Ferryland is where George Calvert, better known as Lord Baltimore, founded the Colony of Avalon in 1621. Today, you can peer over the shoulders of working archaeologists as they uncover the foundations of houses and a cobblestone street built in the 17th century. And you can view some of the thousands of discovered artifacts at the interpretation centre.
Rich in history, even before Baltimore, the Ferryland area had been used as a summer fishing station by migratory European fishermen. It had also drawn the attention of the Beothuks, the now extinct aboriginal people of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Baltimore stayed only a few years before transferring his energies into another colony in Maryland. But Ferryland survived his departure and prospered (despite a raid by the Dutch in the 1670s) until the 1690s when French raids drove the English away. But the Colony of Avalon was close to rich fishing grounds too good to be abandoned, and it was soon reoccupied.
There's a distinct Irish feel here, and with good reason. The Irish came to dominate this shore - first as summer workers for English and Irish fish merchants, then as permanent settlers throughout the 18th century.
Today, this area is known as the Irish heart of Newfoundland and Labrador. Irish traditions, attitudes, and music continue to thrive here. The town regularly hosts summer musical events and dinner theatre productions with a strong local flavour - and no shortage of the famed Irish wit. The annual Shamrock Folk Festival produced by the Southern Shore Folk Arts Council in Ferryland is the ultimate Irish/Newfoundland music festival in the province.
The town's museum is housed in the old courthouse – complete with a couple of holding cells – where you can discover many of the legends and characters of Ferryland history. After a day of traditional dancing and entertainment, you can sit on the front porch of the museum and look toward the sea across a meadow called The Gaze.
At nearby Ferryland Head, accessible by an easy walking and hiking trail across the Downs, is the town's famous lighthouse. Here you can order an incredibly popular and delicious Lighthouse Picnic to eat as you nestle down in lush grass and watch for whales, birds, and icebergs off the breathtaking coastline.
Ferryland is located on the island of Newfoundland, 74 km or just a 1-hour drive from St. John's along Route 10 - The Irish Loop.
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FerrylandAn Archaeological site featuring excavations of Lord Baltimore's colony dating to 1621, interpretation centre, conservation laboratory, 17th century reproduction kitchen, heritage gardens and gift shop.
St. John'sA 540-km wilderness coastal hiking and walking trail that traces the eastern edge of the Avalon Peninsula from Topsail Beach to Trepassey passing directly through our capital city, St. John's. Entry points exist in all communities along the trail, 265-km of which is fully developed. Guidebooks and detailed map sets can be purchased from the association office or through the website. Family and life memberships are fully tax receipted and help develop and maintain the trail. Snowshoes and skis are frequently used on and around the trail paths throughout the winter.
Ferryland5.2-km trail between Calvert and Ferryland. Allow 1.5-2 hours. Easy. Attractions include offshore islands, meadows, cobble beaches, old railway route, stone church, easy family walking.
Ferryland5.5-km trail between Ferryland and Aquaforte. Allow 2-3 hours. Easy/moderate. Attractions include Colony of Avalon, lighthouse, picnicking, cobble beach, waterfall.
FerrylandBuilt in 1870, the lighthouse is the location for Lighthouse Picnics, a unique venture that offers exquisite food in combination with history, culture and whale watching. A 25 minute hike.
FerrylandLocated in the Old Courthouse overlooking Ferryland Downs and Isle aux Bois, the museum tells of Ferryland's endurance. Local history depicts life in rural Newfoundland. Original jail cell with re-created courtroom. A short walk from the Colony of Avalon.+1 (709) 432 2711
FerrylandBuilt in 1865 in the Gothic Revival style, Holy Trinity Church is the last remaining of five stone churches built during this period in Newfoundland.+1 (709) 432 2127
FerrylandRegional Arts Centre hosts dinner theatre, plays, Tetley Tea Room, Concerts and an art gallery.
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FerrylandNewly built, private entrance, spacious TV room. Near archaeological dig, museum & restaurants.Toll Free: +1 (877) 992 2561
Cape BroyleTwo-bedroom cottages with all pine interior. Located near East Coast Trail, hunting,fishing and boat tours.
FerrylandNestled in the heart of Ferryland's Historic District. Four ocean front rooms with ensuite
FerrylandLuxurious two-bedroom fully equipped ocean view cottage in beautiful Ferryland on the Irish Loop.
Renews1870s Manor. Rooms with ensuite, full breakfast, ocean view in rooms with double, queen and king beds.Toll Free: +1 (888) 363 2270