Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve
Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve is a wonderland for birdwatchers and explorers alike. Thousands of gulls, razorbills, common murres, black-legged kittiwakes, northern gannets, and double-crested and great cormorants nest here. Where 20,000 scoters, oldsquaw, harlequin, dovekies, thick-billed murres, and kittiwakes winter. This captivating area is one of seven seabird ecological reserves protected by provincial legislation. Its natural beauty makes it perfect for nature walks and family adventures.
Cape St. Mary's is the most accessible seabird rookery in North America. Bird Rock is the third largest nesting site and southernmost colony of northern gannets in North America. Cape St. Mary's is also the southernmost breeding area for thick-billed murres in the world and the southernmost major breeding site for common murres in the northwest Atlantic Ocean. This site is overflowing with perching, diving, and scrambling birds from edge to edge – melding together into an awesome moving, breathing spectacle of colour and sound.
Explore the edge of rugged cliffs and spend hours watching the daily lives of some of the world's most interesting seabirds. The stunning, majestic scenery of the Cape is perfect for a relaxing walk or a challenging hike. Mosses, lichens, low-growing shrubs, and alpine wildflowers blanket the plateau and nearby Golden Bay is seasonally rich with wild bakeapple berry pickings. Snap photos of eiders, eagles, osprey, cormorant, and guillemot against a brilliant glowing horizon.
In the interpretation centre, take a moment to understand the lives of seabirds in the wild and watch them soar from a giant viewing window. Friendly and hospitable staff can guide you through the reserve and answer any questions you may have. The reserve can be visited year round, and the interpretation centre is open from May to October. During the summer, visit our annual concert series that includes traditional music, dancing, food, drink and fun!
Cape St. Mary's is located on the Cape Shore Drive off Route 100 approximately 2 hours from St. John's.
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St. Bride'sClean comfortable rooms. Near Cape St. Mary's Seabird Sanctuary, one hour from Argentia ferry. Breakfast included with price.+1 (709) 337 2860
St. Bride'sThe closest accommodations to Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve and set overlooking the ocean.
PlacentiaNewly renovated two-story hotel with elevator service. Located at the entrance to Placentia, only 4 1/2kms from Marine Atlantic Ferry.
HolyroodQuiet ocean view property in a tranquil country setting and nestled in the heart of all attractions and touring routes on the Avalon. Three times Beautification Award winner!
St. Bride'sGuest confort & satisfaction at affordable prices close to the Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve.
FreshwaterPreviously a Convent, comfortable rooms/private bath, continental breakfast (Fees Apply), internet/wireless
BranchWelcome to the edge of St. Mary's Bay....sea sounds, sunrise, twilight...
DildoBuilt in 1885 and carefully restored 5 star accommodations on the oceanfront in Dildo.
PlacentiaLL & D Guest Rooms, Ferndale, Placentia Bay, 709 227 2660 - 709 229-5139+1 (709) 227 2660
PlacentiaEnjoy the view of the sunset over beautiful Placentia Bay - a spectacular site! Restaurants nearby.Toll Free: +1 (877) 224 8439
PlacentiaWaterfront 1893 Heritage Inn. Pastry Chef Host. Gourmet Breakfasts. 6 Elegant Rooms.
St. Vincent'sWhale Song B & B located on Route 90 on the Irish Loop.+1 (709) 525 3985
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Cape St. Mary's Ecological ReserveThe most accessible seabird colony in North America. The vantage point overlooks a magnificent sea stack and offers an opportunity to photograph the seabirds, including the second largest nesting colony of gannets in Newfoundland, and the third largest in North America. Interpretation Centre, guided & interpretive hikes.