Avalon Region

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Regional Highlights

Iceberg Quest

Dolphins, Seabirds & Bergy Bits

This year marks the 30th anniversary for O’Brien’s Whale & Bird Tours and I was thrilled to join in on the celebrations! Atlantic Puffins, Humpback Whales, seabirds, icebergs, sea stacks, caves, and a geyser are just some of the sights you can see during one of their daily boat tours – I couldn't wait to get on the water.

The Rooms: Rockwell Kent in Newfoundland and Labrador

Swim with Whales!

Get up close and personal with these gentle giants of the deep. Ocean Quest Adventure Resort provides a life changing, bucket list kicking adventure that you will never forget. Come snorkel with Humpbacks today!

A Day In Ferryland

A Day In Ferryland

Join us as we spend the day in Ferryland! Sea kayaking, time travel and lighthouse picnics!

The Leyton Gallery of Fine Art

The Leyton Gallery of Fine Art

The Leyton Gallery of Fine Art carries some of the most important rising national and international artists living and working in eastern Canada. The gallery prides itself on its relaxed atmosphere and welcoming social and informative environment. Join us as we visit their latest exhibitions.

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.

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Starting at $199 Per Person
Nothing says excitement like adventures with your friends. Ocean Quest is offering you an awesome group rate package for 2014. Make a booking for 2 people or more and receive $20 off the regular $199 price for each person. Get up close and personal with these gentle giants of the deep. This half day excursion will seek to thrill while maintaining a superior level of safety and comfort. Come snorkel with Humpbacks today!
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Ocean Quest Adventures

Starting at $90 Per Person
Set sail on an Award Winning Boat Tour that will leave you breathless. View the largest Atlantic Puffin colony in North America, watch playful Humpback Whales and sail past 10,000 year old icebergs. Enjoy a beer tasting of 7 Award Winning ales and lagers at Quidi Vidi Brewery while learning the history of the charming fishing village.

*Full brewery tours available on Saturday's and Sunday's

Package includes: 2 hour boat tour, return shuttle service, brewery tasting and 2 pack Quidi Vidi beer.

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O'Brien's Whale and Bird Tours

Starting at $299.00 Per Couple
Two of Canada's Signature Experiences Collection have teamed up to provide an incredible day of Seascapes - 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 $3200 Per Person
Join us to census 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 count 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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Starting at $3650 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 6 nights and 7 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 $302 Per Couple
Let your senses guide you to the best St. John's has to offer. Watch the first sunrise in North America over the Narrows at the Quality Hotel Harbourview. Enjoy gourmet, artisan chocolates from the Newfoundland Chocolate Company. Learn about the award winning beers from Quidi Vidi Brewery, and take home your favourites! Experience the city, icebergs, whales and birds on board St. John's award winning boat tour, Iceberg Quest!
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Quality Hotel Harbourview

Starting at $134 Per Person
In the morning, explore past lives as an Archaeologist at a working seaside archaeological dig in Ferryland. At the Colony of Avalon, settled in 1621 by Lord Baltimore, you’ll step back in time while getting your hands dirty with our dig crew. Continue your land and sea exploration with a two-hour coastal kayaking adventure with Stan Cook Sea Kayak Adventures, one of Canada’s Signature Experiences.
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Colony of Avalon Archaeological Site

Starting at $1429 Per Person
Recognized as the Number One Coastal Destination in the world by National Geographic Traveler, this 6-day self-drive getaway lets you explore the legendary coastline of the Avalon Peninsula.

Package includes round trip airfare to St. John’s, 5-nights’ accommodation, 5-day mid-size car rental with unlimited km, a whale-watching boat tour, St. John’s city tour including Cape Spear (the most easterly point in North America), a Lighthouse Picnic, and admission to The Rooms.

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Maxxim Vacations

Starting at $124.99 Per Person
An interactive archaeological experience at the Colony of Avalon in Ferryland, Newfoundland, settled in 1621.

In this full-day program, participants work alongside archaeologists and conservators to reveal the lives of Ferryland’s early settlers. The day includes: guided tour of the site, orientation to techniques, hands-on archaeology and conservation activities, lunch and a Colony of Avalon membership.

No experience required. Spaces for this unforgettable experience are limited.

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Colony of Avalon Archaeological Site

Starting at $155 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 $3950 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 6 nights and 7 days for the gut-foundered that include stays in the foodie hotbed of St. John’s, the Bonavista Peninsula & the famed Fogo Island Inn. This special offer includes full weekend admission to the famed Roots Rants & Roars Food Festival, known for its 5km coastal food hike featuring Canada's top chefs.
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CapeRace Cultural Adventures Inc.

Starting at $2145 Per Person
Multi-region
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 $55.00 Per Person
Half Day escorted tour of St. John's and the National Park at Cape Spear lead by a local guide.. Tour includes stops at Signal Hill, Quidi Vidi Village, historic downtown St. John's, the fishermen's small boat basin in Fort Amherst, and Cape Spear. Our local guides will orient you and provide you with information on the history, ecology, culture, language and song that makes this area so unique. Let the Locals Be Your Guide!
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McCarthy's Party Tours

Starting at $3195
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 $96 Per Person
In the morning, explore past lives as an Archaeologist at a working seaside archaeological dig in Ferryland. At the Colony of Avalon, settled in 1621 by Lord Baltimore, you’ll step back in time while getting your hands dirty with our dig crew. Then scrub up and hike to the lighthouse for a leisurely gourmet picnic prepared by Lighthouse Picnics, one of Canada’s Signature Experiences.
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Colony of Avalon Archaeological Site

 

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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.