Local Attractions

Whale, Dolphin & Seal Watching – Large numbers of whales dolphins and porpoises migrate into the waters adjacent to the Newfoundland coast every year. They arrive off the coast of Newfoundland in late spring from their Caribbean winter breeding grounds. Whale species include Humpback, Minke and Fin.
Icebergs – Icebergs are a common sight along the coast of Newfoundland from March until July. Newfoundland is one of the only places in the world where you can see two and three-story icebergs making their way down the Atlantic Ocean from Greenland.
Puffins – The Atlantic Puffin is a small, pigeon-sized seabird which lives on the open ocean throughout the majority of the year. They are the only species of puffin found on the Atlantic coast. The other species of puffin, of which there are three, occur only in the Pacific.
Cape Bonavista Lighthouse – Cape Bonavista was the first land sighted by John Cabot from the Matthew on June 24, 1497, although that fact is disputed by some. The lighthouse at this location was built in 1843 and still stands, although it no longer functions. The current active light is a steel tower built in 1966 beside the old lighthouse.


The Ryan Premises – The Ryan Premises, a restored merchant's premises, commemorates the role of the East Coast fishery in Canadian history from the early 1500s to the present day.

John Cabot & the Matthew Legacy – A modern day replica of the Matthew is moored along the wharf at the Matthew Legacy Site in Bonavista for tourists to come aboard and enjoy the events on this ship. The Matthew was sailed by John Cabot, a Venetian Explorer, in 1497 from England where he landed on June 24 in Bonavista.
The Mockbeggar PlantationThe Mockbeggar Plantation Provincial Historic Site is a restored outport merchant premisses. The history of the plantation dates back to the 17th century when the town of Bonavista was first settled. The site consists of a large property with a dwelling house and outbuildings. Tours are offered by guides dressed in period costumes.
Rugged, Scenic Coastlines - Newfoundland's scenic coastline is punctuated by numerous coves and adorned by picturesque cliffs, natural rock formations and geographical wonders.
Swimming – If it gets too hot, there are numerous swimming holes and ponds as well as a Sandy Beach in Elliston - a short drive away.

Bicycling – Peddle bike riding is a great way to enjoy the sites and tour the town.  Bike rentals are available. 
Sunrises & Sunsets – Experience some of the most spectacular sunsets you can imagine. If you’re lucky, you may even get to see the Northern Lights.
Hiking Trails – Uncover one of the many hiking trails along the ocean or in the wilderness.
Cultural Emersion – Spend time at Walkam Gate’s Pub where you can chat with the locals and take in the local music. Or just walk around town where you find warm and welcoming people.
Storm Watching - Marbella Cottage is located in an area of Bonavista called Moses Point, the Northern Point of Bonavista Bay making it open to north westerly winds from the sea, encouraging waves to break on its rugged coastline.

For further local attractions, visit http://www.townofbonavista.com/index.php?id=85

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