As rugged as the rocks of its shores and as friendly as the pubs of St. John's,
the Avalon Peninsula is where North American begins. It's a place where you can
photograph herds of caribou, icebergs,
seabird colonies and whales..
Being the first region of settlement, the Avalon is filled with tales of early adventurers who laid claim to this New World and the men from many nations who fished here. Enjoy the legends and lore from the folk that you'll meet.
Museums and historic sites bring history to life. At Cape Spear you'll find the most easterly point of land in North America along with a restored 160 year old lighthouse, the oldest in Newfoundland and Labrador. Follow this with a stroll along the narrow streets of Brigus or past the brightly painted homes of St. Brides and you'll be taken to another time.
In every harbour the boats of the inshore fishery float on bright blue waters. Along the Southern Shore and around Cape Race, the chills rise up from the sea to incredible heights. Inland, thousands of caribou roam the open ground. In the Witless Bay Seabird Ecological Reserve, just south of St. John's in St. Mary's Bay and in Placentia Bay, huge whales feed just offshore and vast colonies of seabirds nest in the cliffs.
All parts of the Peninsula are within a few hours drive of the province's capital city, St. John's and its newest city Mount Pearl. Here you will find arts and entertainment, great food and a wide range of accommodations.
Throughout the entire region you will find warm, fun loving people that have a high regard for hospitality and deliver it with a friendliness and kindness that Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are world renowned for.
Enjoy your visit!