Avalon Region

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On Stage At The Arts & Culture Centre

On Stage At The Arts & Culture Centre

Find out what’s on stage at The Arts & Culture Centre, St. John’s!

Salmonier Nature Park

Salmonier Nature Park

This wildlife rehabilitation and educational park provides close encounters with Newfoundland and Labrador wildlife in the heart of the Avalon Peninsula.

Historical Accommodation

Historical Accommodation

Sweet Suites. Rich on Value.

Avalon Peninsula Steals Your Heart

Avalon Peninsula Steals Your Heart

Vacay.ca writer Michelle Hopkins travels through the quiet seaside stretches of the island’s Avalon Peninsula.

About the Avalon Region

Welcome to the far east. Where Newfoundland and North America begins. Where the sun shines first, at Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site, just a few kilometres outside the historic, yet contemporary, capital city of St. John's.

The Avalon Peninsula is not only scenically stunning, but it's also a place full of natural wonders: icebergs drifting along coastlines, groups of whales frolicking, migratory seabirds nesting on cliffs, and caribou roaming. As the oldest region to be settled, the Avalon is full of the legends, lore and history of the early adventurers who first laid claim to the New World. It's home to bustling urban centres like St. John's, a city perched on the edge of nature, surrounded by scenic beauty and wildlife. From the downtown vibrancy of a city embracing both the old world and the new, full of music, boutiques, art, culture, quirky architecture and scenic walks, to charming, historic, outport communities gathered around its coast – the Avalon has something to offer every traveller.

It is a land of firsts. It was here Marconi ushered in the modern era of long-distance wireless communications by receiving the first transatlantic signal atop Signal Hill in 1901. And, of course, it was here the oldest city in North America, St. John's, was founded.

The Avalon bears a fitting name, reminiscent of the legend and romanticism of its misty, Arthurian island counterpart. It is also home to the East Coast Trail which, with hundreds of kilometres of scenic hikes, is perfect for exploring our stunning coastline. This is a place full of beauty, cultural depth and the rugged drama of a seafaring peninsula that has weathered trials, triumphs and everything in-between.

Starting at $90 Per Person
Sit back, relax and enjoy the view as humpback whales breach, pectoral fin and fluke slap right before your eyes. With the largest population of humpbacks returning each summer you never know what you’ll see. You may even witness a rare double breach. Cruise to the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, home to 1/2 a million Atlantic Puffins and millions of other seabirds. Sail past towering icebergs. Package includes: 2 hr Award Winning Boat Tour, Shuttle Service, 1 Iceberg Beer, 1 Puffin Souvenir

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O'Brien's Whale and Bird Tours

Starting at $224.99 Per Person
Departing the Sunset Key Marina in a 24' rigid hull Zodiac we head out on Conception Bay to explore the rugged cliff shoreline of Bell Island; 400' SeaCaves, waterfalls, the Mysterious Grebes Nest, “the Bell” and “the Clapper”; for close encounters with whales, icebergs and seabirds or to catch a cod fish in-season. With your appetite wet, our friends from Cod Sounds will be waiting on a favorite beach to treat us to a scoff of in-season seafood with traditional, homemade fixings.
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Ocean Quest

Starting at $2090 Per Person
An escorted vacation of Newfoundland and Labrador conducted by a local guide. Visit the coast of Labrador, the Viking Villages in L’Anse aux Meadows, Gros Morne National Park and Red Bay – all UNESCO World Heritage sites. View icebergs & whales, walk the spectacular coastlines and meet the people of the quaint fishing villages along our north and western coasts. Your local host will regale you with our vibrant history, ecology, culture, language and songs from this unique corner of the planet.
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McCarthy's Party Tours

Starting at $2399 Per Person
Multi-region
History, scenery, culture and eccentric characters will all play an important role in your journey through Newfoundland and Labrador. Be inspired by the vivid streets of St. John’s, awed by the coastal views of the Atlantic Ocean, and uplifted by the notorious hospitality of the people who want you to love their home as much as they do.

From St. John’s, you will partake on a cross-island adventure to the coast of Labrador, visiting rural communities and small fishing villages along the way.

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Maxxim Vacations

Starting at $199 Per Couple
Hop aboard Newfoundland’s Award Winning Boat Tour with O’Brien’s and set sail to the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve. Enjoy the view of half a million Atlantic Puffins and millions of other seabirds. A birders Paradise! Feel the chill as you pass by 10,000-year-old icebergs. Watch in awe at humpback whales in their natural environment.

Spend a restful night in St. John’s at Memorial University’s Paton or Macpherson College.

1 night stay, return shuttle to boat tour and two boat tour tickets.

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O'Brien's Whale and Bird Tours and Memorial University Residences Paton/ Macpherson College

Starting at $158 Per Person
If you love coastal hiking without crowds this is for you. Guided walk along the Irish Shore's rugged coastlines, quaint villages to a famous lighthouse. Picnic lunch served atop a seaside meadow with vistas of puffins and other seabirds swirling below. The icebergs and whales we see are as interesting as the locals we meet. Their accents and distinct brogues are a delight (the folks, not the whales)! This is a special offer filled with takeaways to remind you of your unforgettable day!

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Cook's Coastal Walks

Starting at $2950 Per Person
Multi-region
North America's largest puffin colony and members of the world's largest humpback whale gathering headline a week-long holiday rich with the flavours and culture of Newfoundland. Great hotels, icebergs, lighthouses, orchids, sperm whales, caribou, and the New World's first city are also on the itinerary.

Immerse yourself in the colours, flavours, and adventures of this dramatic destination. Join our small groups to explore the coastal headlands and to voyage with local whale researchers.

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Wildland Tours

Starting at $125 Per Person
Let Lori guide you through the streets of downtown St. John’s with a food tour that takes you to four of the best restaurants this city has to offer. At each stop, you’ll have the opportunity to taste their specially selected offerings alongside a paired beverage.

Lori has worked as a chef in this city, she has run her own personal chef business and these days you’ll find her foraging and offering cooking classes. To say the least, she has an inside experience to offer you.

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Cod Sounds

Starting at $250 Per Person
Board McCarthy's Party transportation for guided drive to a beautiful scenic location.

Once we have arrived, you’ll begin identifying and tasting wild edibles in preparation for lunch around an open fire. Feel free to relax, walk about and take plenty of pictures or roll up your sleeves and help Lori while she cooks up a taste of wild Newfoundland and Labrador. Depending on the time of year, you can look forward to sampling Labrador arctic char, moose, cod, mussels or smoked mackerel.

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Cod Sounds

Starting at $224.99 Per Person
Ride the waves on a Zodiac adventure and discover extinct creatures of the ancient ocean. Explore cliff coastline and sea caves, icebergs, whales and waterfalls; Bell Island has so much to offer! The more adventurous could even kayak or snorkel. In the afternoon, relax and enjoy a delicious picnic lunch on scenic Manuels River, then hold 500 million years of history in your hands as you discover the hidden trilobite fossils of the river with our friendly paleontologist Dr. Rod Taylor, Ph.D.
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Ocean Quest

Starting at $165 Per Person
One-of-a-kind experience to a Newfoundland fishing village. Comfy accommodations & traditional meals. Boat transportation & a trip on the bay with a beach picnic. Old-fashioned Kitchen Party with live Newfoundland entertainment and Newfoundland dances. Magnificent scenery, sandy beaches & possible whale sightings. Numerous other outport delights. A must-do on your Newfoundland visit.
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Woody Island Resort
  • Route 210 Garden Cove, 20 minutes from Route 1
  • (709) 364 3701
  • (800) 504 1066

Starting at $299 Per Couple
Two of Canada's Signature Experiences Collection have teamed up to provide an incredible day of Whales - from the water and from a lighthouse! Stan Cook Sea Kayak Adventures & Lighthouse Picnics are offering a coastal kayaking adventure followed by a leisurely picnic. Offer is filled with takeaways to remind you of an unforgettable day! A 2 hour Go & Tow morning adventure, with complimentary custom Tee Shirts from Stan Cook, followed by a lighthouse picnic at Ferryland with a gift blanket.
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Stan Cook Sea Kayak Adventures & Ferryland Lighthouse Picnics

Starting at $225 Per Person
Relax and unwind with 2 nights at our ocean front, charming, Heritage Inn. Laugh with new friends and learn traditions of the area as you settle in for a 3-4 hr lobster cooking adventure! In a small group you will learn lobster cooking and eating techniques as you bake fresh homemade bread. Sit at our Captain's Table to savour its sweet, succulent flavour; drizzled with melted butter. The next morning enjoy storytelling over homemade breakfast. A truly delicious and memorable food experience!
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A Schooner Inn

Starting at $3290 Per Person
Multi-region
The tour company that brought you the original Eco-Culture Experience is back with a journey into the kitchens of our new cuisine. CapeRace has dreamed up 8 days for the gut-foundered that include stays in the coastal foodie hotbed of St. John’s, the Bonavista Peninsula & the famed Fogo Island Inn. Emphasis is on the local- local inspirations and local people doing extraordinary things with traditional ingredients. Along the way you’ll see whales & icebergs, coastal villages & lighthouses.
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CapeRace Cultural Adventures Inc.

Starting at $70 Per Family
Breakout NL are a physical adventure game place in which participants have to use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles, find clues, and escape the room within a set time limit. Players must be observant and use their critical thinking sills and team work to escape the room.
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Breakout NL

Starting at $3300 Per Person
Join us to count humpback whales and enjoy the romantic history of old St. John's. An amazing holiday for whale enthusiasts and seabird watchers. Enjoy comfortable nights, wild days and some of our planet's most dramatic landscapes as we census humpbacks and hang out with some of the planet's largest seabird gatherings. Learn about our pioneering studies of eastern North America's orcas. Savour lobster and look for puffins, caribou, moose, icebergs, sperm whales, and other local highlights.
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Wildland Tours

Starting at $199 Per Night
We have your day planned! Check in at 4pm, take a stroll downtown historic St. John's, come back to our onsite bar, Magnum & Steins, for a drink, and then when hungry feast on our 3 course with wine pairing tasting menu in our wine bar. Retire to your room in our lovingly restored 1892 property and relax in your comfy bed. With garage parking conveniently across the street, sleep in and check out at 11am.
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The Duckworth

Starting at $1860 Per Person
NEW: Culinary Getaway to St. John's. A compact extended weekend full of great food, local music and outdoor fresh-air adventures all within the city limits. Arrive Thursday, experience three nights of culinary intrigue, great coastal hiking and walking and a unique music scene unmatched anywhere in Canada. We’ve made the hard-to-secure dining reservations, booked your car and prepared Hare's Ears Cottage; a raincoat-yellow painted cottage located in the picturesque Outer Battery Village.
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CapeRace Cultural Adventures Inc.

Starting at $1349 Per Person
Multi-region
The title says it all - with more than 29,000 kilometres of coastline, there are plenty of vantage points to see the true stars of this package, the whales, birds and bergs!

Package includes expert travel advice, 7 nights’ accommodation, 7-day mid-size car rental with unlimited kilometres, two whale watching boat tours, St. John’s city tour, a Lighthouse Picnic, and admission to select museums and attractions.

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Maxxim Vacations

Starting at $50 Per Person
Multi-region
Experience Twillingate, Iceberg Capital of the world with award winning Iceberg Quest. Breathe in the fresh ocean air as we set sail down Iceberg Alley. Feast your eyes on a glittering parade of majestic icebergs, 25,000 years in the making. Witness the mighty humpback whale playfully thrust itself out of the water in a full breach. Sail past rugged coastlines. Dance a jig to a Newfoundland shanty. Fall is love all over again. Book now... experience the WONDER!
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Iceberg Quest Ocean Tours

Starting at $2490 Per Person
Multi-region
The key we give you to three restored coastal homes unlocks more than doors. It opens what National Geographic Traveler calls “one of the world’s most transformative travel experiences.” Meet the local characters whose spirit and wit gives their neighbours endless glee. With our home-grown guide book written for the trip and an unlimited distance vehicle, find the places you want to see, get close to wildlife, and hike trails to pristine spots that transform the spirit.
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CapeRace Cultural Adventures Inc.

Starting at $149 Per Person
You are bobbing up and down in the Atlantic Ocean. In the distance a different shade of blue grows and brightens, until it is white. It takes a moment to process that this is the underbelly of a humpback whale. How can anything living be so big? The whale surfaces for air and notices you. How curious and strange you must be to her. She decides to have a closer look. You realize you now have a new friend; too bad you can’t text her later. Available option: no snorkeling / stay aboard Zodiac!
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Ocean Quest Adventures

Starting at $1200 Per Person
Become immersed, experience and create something unique on your vacation. Spend your days learning how to build a traditional Newfoundland boat through hands-on instruction and interpretation from our resident boat builder and master story teller. Spend five nights in one of two seaside accommodations - The Point B&B in Hant's Harbour or Heart's Content Cable House B&B. Package includes full breakfast and boxed lunch.
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Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador

Starting at $1956 Per Person
Multi-region
Newfoundland is one of the world's truly authentic places, and this self-drive tour highlights all the island has to offer. Take two nature cruises to search for whales and icebergs, enjoy a Ferryland Lighthouse picnic, tour Western Brook Pond in Gros Morne, and experience the old port city of St. John's.
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Vision Atlantic Vacations

Starting at $299 Per Couple
Set sail on an award winning boat tour for the thrill of a lifetime! View half a million Atlantic Puffins at the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve. Watch playful Humpback Whales frolic right before your eyes. Breathe in the fresh ocean air as you past by towering icebergs. Return to the Holiday Inn for a swim in their new pool with giant water slides, check out the state-of-the-art fitness center and dine at Eastside Mario’s. Tour & shuttle, one night stay, restaurant gift certificate.

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Holiday Inn St. John's & O'Brien's Whale and Bird Tours

Starting at $400 Per Person
Looking for a truly unique weekend getaway? Come discover the Baccalieu Trail. Spend Saturday in Winterton where our resident boat builder and master story teller will provide hands-on instruction and interpretation of boat building. Saturday evening enjoy Cajun, Newfoundland and Fusion cuisine at Grates Cove Studio after exploring rock wall gardens and outdoor sculptures. Package includes 2 nights' accommodations in one of two seaside accommodations and 3 course dinner.
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Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador

Starting at $175 Per Person
Newfoundland is internationally renowned for its winter birds – most of which can be found in and around St. John’s. We search rugged coastlines for sought-after seabirds; visit quaint ponds to spot both local and European waterfowl; stroll wooded trails to find northern finches and songbirds, and enjoy the world-famous gull flocks in one of North America's oldest cities. Sometimes, we even find a rarity or two to add a little extra excitement to our day!
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Bird-The-Rock Bird & Nature Tours

Starting at $500 For Two Nights
Watch comings and goings of ocean activity from your bed and kitchen table. Enjoy Cajun, Newfoundland and Fusion cuisine after exploring rock wall gardens and out-door sculptures throughout Grates Cove. Our 3 bedroom executive home offers comfort and amenities for family and friends while you explore. Package includes $55 gift certificate to our restaurant. Add Intro to Photography, Night Time Photography or Sushi Making Workshop with Artist Terrence Howell for $75/person, 4 person minimum

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Grates Cove Studios & Cafe

 

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  • 3 Days
    The Avalon Peninsula offers a multitude of hiking and walking opportunities, ranging from a gentle stroll around a small lake in St. John's a to a multi-day coastal trail for the serious — and fit — hiker. For walkers, the Grand Concourse in St. John's and nearby communities provides an extensive and well-maintained trail system that criss-crosses the city, from hilltop and river valley to parks and downtown. For the serious hiker, the East Coast Trail is both a challenge and a journey of discovery into the heart of Irish Newfoundland. There are many more trails all over the region, and a bit of research prior to arriving will give you an idea of the variety available.
  • 3 Days
    Some of the most accessible seabird colonies in the world can be found in Newfoundland and Labrador's Avalon region. On this short three-day break, we visit two ecological reserves, an archaeological dig and a nature park, and do a day's birding in the capital city, St. John's.
  • 67 km
    The Admiral's Coast follows Route 60 along the western and southern shore of Conception Bay between Colliers and Paradise, and provides excellent views over the bay.
  • 230 km
    "Wherever you are steer northwest for Baccalieu." This old sailors' proverb (minus the compass direction) is still good advice for today's traveller. Along Routes 80 and 70, and their offshoots, you'll find charming fishing villages, gorgeous coastal scenery, and a few surprises. There are several ways to access The Baccalieu Trail: from Route 60, or take Routes 75 or 80 from Route 1.
  • Avalon
    303 km
    This tour takes you to the Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve seabird sanctuary, one of the most incredible wildlife spectacles in the world, and into an area of Placentia Bay that played an exciting part in the history of North America during its early days when England fought France for control of the colony and the continent.
  • Avalon
    312 km
    This scenic and historic drive starts at St. John's and heads south on Route 10 into the heart of Irish Newfoundland, and the magical world of whales, seabirds and caribou, then loops back to St. John's along Routes 90 and 1.
  • 55 km
    According to the Dictionary of Newfoundland English, a killick is "an anchor made up of an elongated stone, encased in pliable sticks bound at the top and fixed in two curved cross-pieces, used in mooring nets and small boats." In other words, it's a homemade anchor. The Killick Coast stretches from St. Thomas to Logy Bay on the northeast coast of the Avalon Peninsula and includes Bell Island. This is a favourite scenic drive for people who live in the area. It takes you into old fishing villages, a former mining town, and through farmland.
  • Avalon
    28 km
    The Osprey Trail skirts the southern coast of beautiful Trinity Bay.
  • 35 km
    Newfoundland and Labrador's capital city of St. John's is one of the oldest European settlements in North America. Originally called St. John's Bay, this perfectly sheltered harbour drew explorers and fishermen in the 1500s. Possessing an eclectic history, from being a summer fishing station and brawling, colonial seaport to a commercial and communications hub, today it is one of the most economically- and artistically-vibrant cities in Canada.