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Colony of Avalon

1 The Pool Rd., Ferryland, Newfoundland and Labrador A0A 2H0, Canada
+1 709-432-3200
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Informative, Fascinating Piece of History

The Colony of Avalon is located on the Irish Loop, in Ferryland, Route 10. My wife and I had... read more

Reviewed September 24, 2017
David B
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Saint-Lambert, Canada
It is the beauty of the setting in Ferryland that makes this special.

The historic elements are interesting and say a lot about English colonization, the geographic... read more

Reviewed September 15, 2017
Tom B
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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Have you ever walked on a 17th-century street, seen a 17th-century herb garden, or looked at the remains of everyday life in one of the earliest European colonies in North America? If you haven't, come to the Colony of Avalon at Ferryland, Newfoundland. The colony was founded by George Calvert, later Lord Baltimore, in 1621. Most people have no idea that permanent European settlement in North America dates so far back, and that Newfoundland played such an important role. The Ferryland settlement was "forgotten", and its remains lay undisturbed for centuries.The site is now being excavated and archaeologists have uncovered over a million artifacts from the stone constructed buildings including gold rings, Portuguese ceramics and other unusual objects. Ferryland is easily accessible from St. John's, Newfoundland. Enjoy a tour of the Interpretation Centre and the excavations. In season, you can enjoy whales playing in the waters with icebergs in the distance. There are seabird sanctuaries nearby, and not far away, the Avalon caribou herd wanders in view of the road. Boat tours, guest houses, gift shops and restaurants are all available.
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1 The Pool Rd., Ferryland, Newfoundland and Labrador A0A 2H0, Canada
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Reviewed September 24, 2017

The Colony of Avalon is located on the Irish Loop, in Ferryland, Route 10. My wife and I had completed a cross country road trip in August 2017 and I stopped here in September on a return to Newfoundland to see a few things I...More

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Coleen c, Manager at Colony of Avalon, responded to this reviewResponded September 25, 2017

We are sorry that you missed us while we were open. Our guided tour would have provided you with a wealth of information. Hopefully you will be able to return during our operating season and experience the tour and all that the Colony of Avalon...More

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Reviewed September 15, 2017

The historic elements are interesting and say a lot about English colonization, the geographic importance of NFLD, and the role climate plays in settlement. The icebergs add a a great backdrop if you visit at the right time. My wife's family is from Ferryland and...More

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Reviewed August 17, 2017

My wife and I visited the Colony of Avalon in mid-July on the recommendation of a friend. It's located in a picturesque (albeit somewhat unassuming) location near the southeast corner of the Avalon peninsula. Upon arriving, we were able to join in with a guided...More

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Reviewed August 14, 2017

What can I say or how to start. Hard to think that such a colony existed in the 1600's. The interpretation centre is first class with very impressive professional displays of the many artifacts discovered. The actual dig site is hard to discribe. You can...More

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Reviewed August 11, 2017

Very nice Historical Site, great place to explore and drive to the Lighthouse, just disappointed nothing around was open the first week of June to accommodate all the early season Tourists.

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Coleen c, Manager at Colony of Avalon, responded to this reviewResponded September 25, 2017

We are glad that you got to visit Ferryland. We are sorry that you missed the Colony of Avalon during our operating season. If you ever get the chance to return, you would enjoy the guided tours.

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Reviewed August 9, 2017 via mobile

This might just be one of my favourite places in the province of Newfoundland. Go to an archeological site and go back through time. It's sad to see the tim Horton cups and Doritos chip bags. But oh the finds from previous centuries are amazing....More

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Reviewed July 19, 2017

This active archeology site provides a good window back into the early settlement of the Avalon Peninsula with either a guided tour or self-guide tour book. The old foundation outlines give an overview of the settlement lay-out & activities. The site offers a scenic view...More

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Reviewed June 25, 2017

Good presentation, we had a private visit with a guide. You will learn a lot about history and first settlers. Very nice location. Trais nearby. Visit lightouse picnic also.

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Reviewed March 15, 2017

We wanted to see archaeologists at work, but the weather was terrible during our visit so we did not get to do this. The Center is interesting with numerous artifacts found her in Ferryland from between 1500-1600s. The artifacts are it pretty condition. I enjoyed...More

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Coleen c, Manager at Colony of Avalon, responded to this reviewResponded September 25, 2017

Thank you for visiting the Colony of Avalon. So sorry you never got to see the dig sites. I wish we could control our weather! If you ever get the chance to return, you would really enjoy the full tour.

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Reviewed November 13, 2016 via mobile

I went here alone on a wet, rainy, miserable day and had a great time. You start out by watching a video and touring a museum looking at all the artifacts they've found. Then, you go outside with a guide where they explain how everything...More

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Maryanne B, Manager at Colony of Avalon, responded to this reviewResponded November 15, 2016

We appreciate your review of the Colony of Avalon and we are thrilled that you enjoyed your visit. If you ever travel to Ferryland again, be sure to drop by and see our new discoveries!

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