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Places to See

Avalon Peninsula, Newfoundland: Travel Tips

The Picturesque community of Ferryland on the Avalon Peninsula is the site of a large-scale archeological excavation of Colony Avalon, a settlement founded by English explorer Lord Baltimore and 11 settlers in 1621. This was Baltimore’s first New World venture, intended to be a self-sufficient colony engaged in fishing, agriculture, and trade, with firm principles of religious tolerance. By the end of the following year there were 32 settlers.

The population continued to grow, and for many years it was the only successful colony in the area. Although excavations to date have unearthed only five percent of the colony, it has proved to be one of the richest sources of artifacts from any early European settlement in North America. Over half a million pieces have been recovered, such as pottery, clay pipes, household implements, and structural parts of many buildings, including defensive works, a smithy, and a waterfront commercial complex. An interpretive center tells the story of the colony and a guided tour includes the chance to watch archeologists working on site and in the laboratory.

At the southern end of the peninsula, Cape St. Mary’s Ecological Reserve is the only nesting seabird colony in the province that can be approached on foot. A short trail leads along spectacular seacliffs to a site where over 8,000 golden headed gannets nest on a rock just a few yards over the cliff.

On the southwest side of the peninsula, overlooking the entrance to the historic French town of Placentia, visitors can stroll through Castle Hill National Historic Site.

These French fortifications dating back to 1632 protected the town, and the site of the remains offers fine coastal views.


Cape St. Mary’s Ecological Reserve

off Route 100.

Tel: (709) 277 1666.

Castle Hill National Historic Site of Canada

Jerseyside, Placentia Bay.

Tel: (709) 227 2401.