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Nice, if unusual, places for a nosh

Ferryland was one of the first English colonies in the New World, and the archaeological dig there attracts many. Just 20 minutes’ walk across a coastal meadow is the Ferryland lighthouse, home of Lighthouse Picnics. From Wednesday to Sunday during the summer, those who’ve remembered to make reservations – it’s that popular – can dine on an exquisite lunch that includes the fresh foods and a jar of lemonade while reclining on a blanket. Keep an eye out for whales. To reserve call 709-363-7456 or email

The Bonavista Social Club – honest, that’s its real name – was named Newfoundland and Labrador resto of the year for 2012. Located in Upper Amherst Cove, population 75, on the Bonavista Peninsula, the owners source their ingredients from the community, although there’s no guarantee the moose in the moose burger was a local. Unlike most eateries, this one has its own super-duper bread oven, which does double duty when pizza is on the menu. The restaurant attracts people from as far away as St. John’s – two and half hours’ drive – and you’d better have a reservation because the place is blocked all the time. Check it out at

Dining at the easternmost point in Canada is another option. Cape Spear National Historic Site features an 1836 lighthouse where meals are served on Sundays at 6:30 pm from June 23 to Sept. 15. Tuck into a three-course meal prepared by a top chef while trying to imagine what life was like for the light keepers and their families. The first dinner will feature a guest appearance by the last lighthouse keeper, and the last dinner will feature five of St. John’s top chefs showing their chops. For more details, go to

In St. Anthony, about 45 minutes from L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, the Lightkeeper’s Seafood Restaurant provides expansive views over the ocean, so you can watch for whales while you dine.