Avalon Region

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Regional Highlights

Hike Bike Travel hikes the Spurwink Path, East Coast Trail.

Hike Bike Travel hikes the Spurwink Path, East Coast Trail.

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Snorkeling Bell Island’s Sea Caves with Ocean Quest

Snorkeling Bell Island’s Sea Caves with Ocean Quest.

2 guides, 3-hour boat tour, 4 boats, 8 lights, 12 people, and 24 fins! Finally a tour where you don’t need to choose what to do!

Looking for a Great Meeting Space? Look a Little Deeper.

Looking for a Great Meeting Space? Look a Little Deeper.

Next time you're looking for a great meeting space, look a little deeper!

Tavola

Tavola

Discover a little slice of Europe in the heart of downtown St. John's!

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 $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 $1649 Per Person
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Explore the east and west coast of the island in this truly unforgettable 8-night self-drive adventure!

Package includes round trip airfare, 8 nights’ accommodation, 8 day mid-size car rental with unlimited kilometres, 2 day Gros Morne National Park pass, a Lighthouse Picnic and admission to The Rooms. This cross-island getaway promises breath-taking scenery and unforgettable hospitality, a trip not to be missed!

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Maxxim Vacations

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 $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

 

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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.