Avalon Region

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Regional Highlights

Come For A Time

Come For A Time

Plan on being in St. John's over the summer? There's so much to see and do! Concerts, parades, shows, and gatherings – check out all the goings on right here!

Legendary Coastline of Avalon

Legendary Coastline of Avalon

Come discover why National Geographic Traveler Magazine called the Avalon Peninsula the #1 coastal destination in the world!

Welcoming Hungry Travellers Since the 1800s!

Welcoming Hungry Travellers Since the 1800s!

The Woodstock Colonial Restaurant has been heralded as one of the premier fine dining venues on the Avalon Peninsula. Join us as we experience all they have to offer!

Iceberg Quest

Iceberg Quest

Journey with us to a place where the Atlantic Ocean meets the edge of the earth.

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 $2554 Per Person
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This unique self drive tour allows you to explore the highlights of Newfoundland while staying in a selection of boutique style properties. One of the world’s most romantic destinations, here you’ll find yourself surrounded by spectacular scenery, culture & wildlife – far off the beaten path.
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Vision Atlantic Vacations

Starting at $3650 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. 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 $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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Starting at $2850 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, fin 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 $2190 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 Adventures Inc.

Starting at $799 Per Couple
No trip to Newfoundland is complete without experiencing the best ‘around the bay’ has to offer. This package combines 2 nights at a 100-acre country inn AND 3 nights in your own private ocean front cottage, for a seaside sojourn you’ll never forget.

Includes: 2 nights in a Queen room including hot breakfast for 2 at The Doctor’s House Inn & Spa, 3 nights in a self-catering one or two bedroom Ocean Delight ocean front cottage, and complimentary afternoon tea for two at The Doctor’s House.

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Ocean Delight Cottages

Starting at $279 Per Night
Check in to one of Leaside's suites and unwind with a glass of bubbly. Await your chauffeur who will take you through scenic downtown St John's in to Quidi Vidi. You will enjoy a meal at Mallard Cottage, a one of a kind venue that showcases the provinces' vast array of wild game, seafood & produce. Later you will return to your inn where you can enjoy the rest of the evening huddled near the fireplace. The next morning awake to a hot breakfast served bedside, and enjoy our late check out.
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Leaside Manor & Mallard Cottage

Starting at $1934 Per Person
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There are places on this earth that continue to live on inside of you, long after you’ve gone. Where the stories, tales & traditions are filled with old-world charm. There’s no better way to soak it all up than through authentic encounters and hands-on learning experiences – the kind that leads to a true understanding of the living, breathing culture and traditions that exist in every corner of NL.

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Vision Atlantic Vacations

Starting at $1869 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 round-trip airfare to St. John’s, 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 $3100 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

Starting at $315.00 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 award winning 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 $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 $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 $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 $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

 

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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.