Top things to do in Cape Shore

Park in Cape Shore

Cape St Mary's Ecological Reserve

This major seabird colony hosts 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 thic…
Cafe in Placentia

Philip's Cafe

A must pre- or post-ferry stop for yummy baked goods and creative sandwiches such as apple and sharp cheddar on molasses-raisin bread. The breakfasts are the stuff of legend around here; come early to skip the wait.…
Viewpoint in Cape St Mary's Ecological Reserve & Around

Bird Rock

Reach this viewpoint via an easy footpath through fields of sheep and blue irises; suddenly you're at the cliff's edge facing a massive, near-vertical rock swarmed by squawking birds.
Historic Site in Placentia

Castle Hill National Historic Site

French and British forces spent almost a decade fighting over this land, all in the name of expanding their fisheries and seizing control of the North American continent. This historical site commemorates that confl…
Seafood in Cape St Mary's Ecological Reserve & Around


Overlooking the water (on the 2nd floor of a convenience store), this little spot has great fresh fish, solid moose burgers, and a lot of local patronage. The little town of Branch is 22km east of the reserve.
Pub Food in Placentia

Three Sisters

Lovely pub grub and chilly pints of beer are served in this atmospheric Placentia house. It's often busy, and come evening, it's the best nightlife going in town.
Museum in Placentia

O'Reilly House Museum

This century-old Victorian home offers an inside look at the town and the lives of its upper-class residents.
Museum in Cape St Mary's Ecological Reserve & Around

Interpretive Centre

This center serves as a museum and clearing house of information on nesting seabirds and the local ecology.