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Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve

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Address: Lears Cove Road | St. Bride's, Newfoundland and Labrador A0B 2Z0, Canada
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Yes, There Are Birds Here.

Stopped by here on our way out to visit a relative's cabin. It's a ways out of St. John's, but the drive is pretty, so you might find some photo ops along the way. Don't wear any... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Red Deer, Canada
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Red Deer, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped by here on our way out to visit a relative's cabin. It's a ways out of St. John's, but the drive is pretty, so you might find some photo ops along the way. Don't wear any new/favorite clothes because there is a good chance someone might drop a present on you. Wear stuff that you can clean easily. If... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The drive to get there is long and the road has potholes. It would have been nice to stop and take in some of the beautiful scenery on the way, but the roads are winding and no place to stop. We got a very foggy day for our visit! When you get to the Ecological Reserve you see a Lighthouse... More 

Thank funpower
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

I loved the gannets and I seen many similar behaviours they exhibit to people. However there numbers are depleting. Fish is not as plentiful and both parents leave the nest to find food. Often returning to their baby missing or dead. A gorgeous place to hang out the whole day, take a picnic lunch. The path is long and you... More 

Thank Vicki K
Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Well worth the drive to get there! The fog descended for our visit but there's spellbinding scenery out there according to the photos and conversations with the wardens. Despite poor visibility we saw and heard thousands of gannets. At other times of the year, there are other bird species too. A day or two after our visit, there was a... More 

Thank hlglobetrotter
Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

It would be amazing to watch a full year pass at this site. As it was, we only had September 4th yet we were astounded by the vision of thousands of gannets. They shingled the rock tower mere metres from our perch at the end of an easy trail. We could hear their calls from the beautiful interpretive centre and,... More 

Thank Robert T
Sundre, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

A must see if you are in the eastern part of Newfoundland. One of the most amazing nature reserves we have ever seen. Being that close to 45,000 birds, literally feet away was breath taking. Definitely a MUST SEE!

Thank Paul G
Cobourg, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

This reserve is located at the southern end of the Burrin peninsula. It was quite a drive to get there from where we stayed but well worth it. To get to the actual reserve, it is a 13 km drive down a road that is barely wide enough for two cars. You will be driving across some interesting landscape made... More 

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Summerside, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

It is hard to put into words the feeling you get when you reach Cape St Mary's, hike down that trail and see the cliffs, the sea washing against the rocks, and the birds...thousands of them! It is awe inspiring, spiritual even. It makes you want to stop and not speak and just sit in a rock, watch and listen.... More 

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North Oaks, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

My wife and I spent two weeks in Newfoundland in August and this was one of the most spectacular places we were at. You have to WANT to get here though. In this area of the province the main roads seem to be filled with more potholes than vehicles. But the side road to get to St Mary's seemed to... More 

Thank Rich J
Cobourg, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Make sure this is on that list of things you are going to do on the Avalon. It is a bit off the path but wow is it worth to see these birds clinging to the cliffs in the tens of thousands. Close as close can be and nature sure can overwhelm you here. Stop in next year for sure... More 

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