Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve

Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve

Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve
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Sarah K
Edmonton, Canada1,128 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Even in fog so thick we couldn't see the interpretive centre or lighthouse until we were right up close, we could still see the birds on bird rock. The Gannets are pretty cool. The interpreter was super kind and the small indoor museum was really well done. Free to enter, we left a donation.
Written July 19, 2023
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Kelly G
Vancouver Island, Canada5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
What a fabulous experience! The gannets, murres, kittiwakes, etc are so close that pictures are a photographer's dream! Chris, at the desk, is very friendly and knowledgeable! We would definitely recommend this place for the amateur and most experienced bird watchers!
Written June 25, 2023
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StanleyandMarie
Ontario, Canada1,139 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
This is definitely a must see while in eastern Newfoundland. The staff at the Interpretation Centre were excellent and despite the foggy weather, encouraged us to take the hike out to Bird Rock. Amazing view....and the sounds of so many birds. Wow! The Interpretation centre is also worth visiting as is the Lighthouse. And it's free!
Written February 22, 2023
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HPol P
Toronto, Canada211 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Can be foggy but if you’re lucky and it lifts go around and behind the Lighthouse, spectacular vista. Well worth the drive in, which in itself is very scenic and a wonderful excursion from St. John’s.
Written September 5, 2022
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Marilyn M
Dundas, Canada16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
We had a hike out to the bird rock and it was incredible. Great view of the birds. We also attended a concert at the sanctuary and it was one of the highlights of our trip.
Written August 25, 2022
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S L
Ajax, Canada387 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Everyone should go here at least once in their lifetime! It's a bit out of the way and the terrain is more treeless and flat than other parts of Newfoundland. It's very foggy but you will see the birds. It is an untouched area without fences, etc. It is free to visit and there are no cash grabs in the information centre, which is actually surprising because I feel there could be more art, souvenirs, etc. to make money from tourists. Once you get out the the bird rock area your senses will be amazed!
Written August 23, 2022
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2CanadianTravellers
Edmonton, Canada770 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
It is about a 45-minute walk from the parking area to watch the seabirds. It is a phenomenal experience to see so many seabirds in one area. I would recommend to leave the cape way before sunset, although the sunset was so gorgeous on the Atlantic Ocean with the lighthouse on the cape. We almost hit a moose on country highway driving back to St. John's at night.
Written August 4, 2022
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Lara D
Central Vermont78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Don't be put off by the fog. We arrived in a fog so thick we couldn't see the building from the parking lot. As we walked out to the viewing area, the fog slowly lifted until there was sparkling sunshine. An absolute highlight of our trip. I would have spent more time there if I could.
Written July 14, 2022
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Christine N
Surrey, Canada20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Cape St. Mary is a bit out of the way but certainly worth it. The road to get there was a little rough sometimes but very picturesque. There is a small hike on rough ground to get to Bird Rock but I was able to make it even though I am out of shape with bad knees. Using a walking stick would have been helpful for me. The bird nesting area was amazing and you are so close to them. You can experience the noise and the smell (yes, the smell) but it is all part of the area's fantastic eco system. The scenery is beautiful but not a place for young children on the high cliffs. The Visitor Centre is informative and well maintained. The staff was super friendly and helpful. If you love nature, you need to experience this site.
Written July 12, 2022
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Jamie M
Marathon, Canada227 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
This was a must do on my husband's list of things to see on our trip to Newfoundland. It is totally worth the drive. The walk along the grass path is not too rugged. There is a minor spot at the end of the trail that is a little more challenging but doable for anyone. If I could do it, anyone can. They have a few benches along the way, but there could be a few more for those that need a little break here and there.
Written July 1, 2022
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