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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 and fascinating

guide was informative about the restoration process and the archaeological findings in the old... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Andy Z
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Toronto, Canada
Great tour!

I would recommend taking the guided tour as opposed to walking it by yourself. The tour was very... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Alexa C
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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 1 week ago

guide was informative about the restoration process and the archaeological findings in the old colony, as well as specific buildings in the settlement itself. Also managed to spot a whale in the distance while walking around the vicinity with fellow SHADS.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I would recommend taking the guided tour as opposed to walking it by yourself. The tour was very informative and at the end I the kitchen, the guide was cooking 1600 style food for tasting. A wonderful day

Thank Alexa C
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I love experiential education because it leads to unforgettable abd meaningful learning. The museum full of artifacts walked us through the drama between the Calvert and Kirke families and the ongoing raids by the French. We saw the lab where the artifacts are sorted and...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our guide , Doris was both pleasant and knowledgeable. In fact what she didn't know she found out for us. It's quite an extensive site, well worth a visit. Make full use of the guided tour to make sure you don't miss anything.

Thank Suma16
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited but it was a very cold day so our time was limited. Interesting to think about the distance the people came and to endure. Such a cold environment they must have been very tough. Good weather picnic is a great idea

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Reviewed 24 September 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

Thank David B
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Coleen c, Manager at Colony of Avalon, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 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 15 September 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

Thank Tom B
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Reviewed 17 August 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 14 August 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 11 August 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 25 September 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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