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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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step back in time

This active archeology site provides a good window back into the early settlement of the Avalon... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
342williamn
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Allendale, Michigan
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Good presentation, we had a private visit with a guide. You will learn a lot about history and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Jean Pierre P
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Montreal, Canada
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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 2 days ago

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

Thank 342williamn
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

Thank Jean Pierre P
Reviewed 14 March 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

Thank Julie H
Reviewed 13 November 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

Thank Loves2wine
Maryanne B, Manager at Colony of Avalon, responded to this reviewResponded 15 November 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!

Reviewed 10 September 2016

Pros: Lots of artifacts are on display with signs explaining what they probably were used for or who they might have been owned by, along with a lot of information about the people who lived in the colony. The guided tour was excellent and our...More

Thank RoapTripper3081
Reviewed 5 September 2016

This working archeological site is well developed and presented.Our guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. She presented the story of the colony and of the dig so that we got a sense of what we were seeing. The 17th century kitchen was also remarkable. You get...More

Thank Lorri W
Reviewed 3 September 2016

The introductory film was excellent. Well put together and informative. The displays of artefacts were not as interesting as we had hoped.

Thank Robin R
Reviewed 28 August 2016

As with almost every interpretive centre we visited in Newfoundland you can begin this one with a short film giving an overview of the place. The museum is very good with many artifacts and good displays telling about the seventeenth century colony. Once you leave...More

Thank martomsak
Reviewed 24 August 2016

More Newfoundland history you never hear about. The guide books are worth the price, as they explain what you are looking at as you walk around the site. They are still excavating in places. Smaller children may find this less interesting than those who can...More

Thank snowomyn
Reviewed 23 August 2016

Upon completing the (Yummy!!) Ferryland Lighthouse Picnic (reviewed by me separately), we stopped at the Colony of Avalon Visitor Center. The museum and interpretation center are very interesting and informative. We started with the short video presentation and walked through the various artifacts and text...More

Thank Shaked007
Maryanne B, Manager at Colony of Avalon, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2016

Thank you for your review! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed you visit to the Colony of Avalon!

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