Avalon Region

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Celebrating 25 Years Sailing Through The Narrows

Celebrating 25 Years Sailing Through The Narrows

Dee Jay Charters is the longest running boat tour in St. John’s! Hop aboard and feast your eyes on humpback whales, seabirds, and majestic icebergs. Book now.

Happiness is a Warm Croissant

Happiness is a Warm Croissant

The story of Rocket Bakery & Fresh Food – real food, made by real people.

History Meets Luxury at Winterholme Heritage Inn & Spa

History Meets Luxury at Winterholme Heritage Inn & Spa

Winterholme is offering something very special to its guests – a chance to live luxuriously in one of St. John’s grandest historical homes. Click to discover more.

Handcrafted & One of a Kind – A Look Inside Running the Goat

Handcrafted & One of a Kind – A Look Inside Running the Goat

Newfoundland books, chapbooks, broadsides, and poemphlets – letterpress printed and sewn by hand. Discover more.

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
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, shuttle service, brewery tasting, 2 pack Quidi Vidi beer

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O'Brien's Whale and Bird Tours

Starting at $225 Per Person
Three hour exclusive audience with the whales for you and up to 5 of your closest friends. An intimate adventure in one of nature’s most awesome places hosted by senior naturalist. Includes a relaxing picnic lunch in a secluded cove. Relax to sounds of the waves lapping on the shore and the crash of nearby waterfalls. Lunch includes complimentary wine and local micro brewed beer.

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Gatherall's Puffin and Whale Watch

Starting at $215 Per Person
You've just slipped into the water and in the distance you see a different shade of blue. It 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 so big be alive?

Or snorkel the incredible sea caves and kayak along the cliffs of Bell Island! A perfect day on the water that gives you the freedom to explore each nook and cranny of the island.

Later you can enjoy a delicious lunch with one of our partners!

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Ocean Quest Adventures

Starting at $299.00 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 $94 Per Person
Experience the excitement of Sea Kayaking on the Avalon Peninsula’s spectacular world famous coastline. Our guided kayak tours explore these waters which are dotted with magnificent icebergs, soaring seabirds, fluttering puffins and majestic whales as they migrate south. Discover hidden coves, sea caves, waterfalls and be sure to bring along your camera to capture all the unforgettable memories. Plus enjoy a scenic drive from Old St. John’s to beautiful Bay Bulls along the Southern Shore.

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The Outfitters Adventures

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 $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 $90 Per Person
Sit back, relax and enjoy the view as humpback whales breach, pectoral fin and fluke (tail) 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. Sail to the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, home to half a million Atlantic Puffins and millions of other seabirds. A sight not to be missed! Package includes: 2 hour boat tour, Shuttle service, 1 Iceberg Beer, 1 Puffin souvenir .

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O'Brien's Whale and Bird Tours

Starting at $3850 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 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 $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 $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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  • 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.