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Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve

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Lears Cove Road, St. Bride's, Newfoundland and Labrador A0B 2Z0, Canada
+1 709-635-4520
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Amazing!!! Worth the drive coming here.

This is a wonderful place to watch seabirds in close proximity. I’ve never seen so many birds in my... read more

Reviewed 29 October 2017
JobeeMom
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Toronto, Canada
Wow- even though it was closed

We weren’t sure what to expect as the sign on the highway said closed but we thought we may be able... read more

Reviewed 25 October 2017
Lesterbeach
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Winnipeg, Canada
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“the cliff” (24 reviews)
“long drive” (15 reviews)
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Lears Cove Road, St. Bride's, Newfoundland and Labrador A0B 2Z0, Canada
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Reviewed 29 October 2017

This is a wonderful place to watch seabirds in close proximity. I’ve never seen so many birds in my life! Surprisingly, it’s not as busy as I expected, and there were no tour buses. From the parking lot, we went through the Interpretation Centre and...More

Thank JobeeMom
Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

We weren’t sure what to expect as the sign on the highway said closed but we thought we may be able to see something. The 13 km Road is narrow and has many bumps so drive the speed limit. Yes we he station was closed...More

Thank Lesterbeach
Reviewed 20 October 2017

The road along the west side of the Avalon peninsula is scenic and not too rough. Spectacular viewing of tens of thousands birds awaits at the end of the road and then a 20 minute walk-in. There are beautiful, yellow, Northern Gannets, Murres, Kitiwakes and...More

Thank harry w
Reviewed 16 October 2017

Our visit here in late September was too late for most birds, who had departed for the season, but 40,000 gannets were still here. The 1km hike out to the rock where they nest was fabulously scenic, and once we got close we recognized that...More

Thank scottandelaine
Reviewed 24 September 2017

Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve is located on a narrow, well paved road about 14 KM’s off the Cape Shore Drive, Route 100. We had completed a cross country road trip in August 2017 and I stopped here in September on a return to Newfoundland...More

Thank David B
Reviewed 24 August 2017

I thought we had great bird cliffs in Britain but this was something else for the close proximity you could get to the gannet colony. On the walk along the cliffs we could lots of birds, butterflies, flowers and even whales in the bay below....More

Thank Julie P
Reviewed 11 August 2017

To get the full experience, I recommend you wait for the fog to roll in. That's right, go when it's foggy! The sight of Bird Rock floating in the mist, only a few yards away, is surreal and magical. Then, be patient and wait for...More

1  Thank DoctorJoeE
Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

This is a two hour and twenty minute drive from St. John's down the Irish Loop. There's limited number of gas stations on the way, so fill up before you leave and bring some snacks. As you get closer (50km) to your destination, the roads...More

1  Thank Chris D
Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

Spent the evening exploring & watching the birds. It was a very easy walk & the number of birds, sound & yes even the smells are unimaginable. Whales were also visible along the way. We would visit again for sure.

Thank K-L-222S
Reviewed 28 July 2017

The day was very foggy but the spectacle was really incredible. There are some trails to make extra photos in a very wild and rocky area The information Center don´t have bar service

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ishamon
8 June 2017|
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Response from CarolynJA | Reviewed this property |
The 92 is better, but the 100 is fine. I suggest going down one way and back the other so you see different things.
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Edward B
2 January 2017|
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Response from Frick01 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Edward, You may not see many puffins at cape St. Mary's. The ecological reserve is fantastic to see gannets in particular. There are other birds there as well during the spring/summer. When we went at the end of August... More
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