Avalon Peninsula attractions

Top Choice Lighthouse in Cape Spear

Cape Spear Lighthouse

Constructed in 1835, the oldest surviving lighthouse in the province sits on the dramatic headlands of the continent's most easterly point.
Park in Witless Bay Ecological Reserve & Around

Witless Bay Ecological Reserve

Consisting of four islands in Witless Bay, the reserve is North America's largest Atlantic puffin colony with over 260,000 pairs nesting here during the late spring and summer. In fact, every summer, more than a mil…
Park in Southeastern Avalon Peninsula

Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve

Designated a World Heritage site in 2016, this ecological reserve protects 575-million-year-old multicelled marine fossils – the oldest in the world. The only way to reach it is via a free, ranger-guided, 45-minute …
Park in Southeastern Avalon Peninsula

La Manche Provincial Park

Diverse birdlife, along with beaver, moose and snowshoe hare, can be seen in this lush park only 53km south of St John's. A highlight is the 1.25km trail to the remains of La Manche, a fishing village that was destr…
Archaeological Site in Ferryland

Colony of Avalon

The seaside surrounds of the Colony of Avalon archaeological site only add to the rich atmosphere, where you'll see archaeologists unearthing everything from axes to bowls. The worthwhile interpretation center house…
Park in Cape St Mary's Ecological Reserve & Around

Cape St Mary's Ecological Reserve

A major seabird colony, with breeding-season populations of tens of thousands of northern gannet, black-legged kittiwake and common murre. Viewing is easy, with land sightings as close as 10m. There are also thick-b…
Viewpoint in Cape St Mary's Ecological Reserve & Around

Bird Rock

Bird Rock is reached by an easy footpath through fields of sheep and blue irises, and then suddenly you're at the cliff's edge facing a massive, near-vertical rock swarmed by squawking birds.
Historic Site in Harbour Grace & Around

Harbour Grace Airfield

The airstrip Amelia Earhart launched from in 1932 when she became the first woman to cross the Atlantic solo.
Park in Southeastern Avalon Peninsula

Avalon Wilderness Reserve

Dominating the interior of the region is the 1070-sq-km Avalon Wilderness Reserve. Illegal hunting dropped the region's caribou population to around 100 in the 1980s. Thirty years later, a couple of thousand now roa…
Historic Site in Cape Spear

Cape Spear National Historic Site

In a stunning windswept setting, Cape Spear National Historic Site includes an interpretive center, the refurbished 1835 lighthouse and the heavy gun batteries and magazines built in 1941 to protect the harbor durin…