Avalon Region

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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 $2000 Per Person
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An escorted vacation of Newfoundland and Labrador led by a local guide. Visit the coast of Labrador, the Viking Villages in L'Anse aux Meadows, Gros Morne National Park and St. John's. View icebergs, whales, spectacular coastline and quaint fishing villages along our north and eastern coasts. Your local host will help you understand the history, ecology, culture, language and songs of this unique part of the world.
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McCarthy's Party Tours

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 $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 $1847 Per Person
Multi-region
A delightful cross island self driving tour of NL, taking in all the highlights that NL has to offer. Newfoundland is one of the world’s truly authentic places, away from the crowds boasting spectacular scenery, culture and wildlife.
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Vision Atlantic Vacations

Starting at $3050
Multi-region
This is the best, most comprehensive tour of this province available. It is a complete immersion in the culture and daily life of this province. Its easy pace makes it enjoyable. Its encounters make it unforgettable. Let the locals be your guide!
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McCarthy's Party Tours

Starting at $3850 Per Person
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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 7 nights and 8 days for the gut-foundered that include stays in the 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 $2328 Per Person
Multi-region
This self-driving itinerary starts and finishes in St. John’s and takes in all the highlights that Newfoundland has to offer. A 10,000-year history, deep fjords, majestic icebergs, an abundance of wildlife, expansive wilderness & mountains together with its famous hospitality, Newfoundland & Labrador has it all! It captivates the hearts and imaginations of visitors far and wide.
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Vision Atlantic Vacations

Starting at $1299 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 $299 Per Couple
Set sail on an Award Winning Boat Tour for the thrill of a lifetime! View the largest Atlantic Puffin colony in North America at the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve. Watch playful Humpback Whales frolic right before your eyes. Breathe in the fresh ocean air as you pass by 10,000 year old icebergs.

Return to the newly renovated Courtyard by Marriott St. John's, conveniently located in historic downtown for a relaxing evening.

1 night accommodation, tour and shuttle tickets, gourmet chocolate.

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Courtyard by Marriott & O'Brien's Whale & Bird Tours

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 $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 a guide book tailored to your interests 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 $3200 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

 

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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.