Attractions in the area

Ryan Premises:   National Historic Site.  This nineteenth century salt fish mercantile complex was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1997 and commemorates five centuries of commercial fishing on the East Coast through interactive exhibits, an aquarium and artifacts.  The site consists of five buildings, including store houses where the smell of fish still lingers in the air. - More...

Matthew Ship Replica:   A full scale replica of John Cabot’s ship; this 15th century sailing ship, which commemorates Cabot’s epic voyage to the New World in 1497, was built at the Bonavista marine centre - More...

Memorial United Church:  The largest wooden church in eastern Canada, which seats 2200, is found in the centre of Bonavista on Church Street

Mockbeggar Plantation:  May well be the oldest fishery plantation on the island of Newfoundland and is believed to have been built in 1733.  The Bradley House is part of this plantation and was the home of Senator F.G. Bradley—one of the signatories to the signing of Confederation in 1949 - More...

Bridge House/Alexander House:  Is the oldest documented residential structure on the island of Newfoundland.  It’s a Georgian style home, two and one-half stories, built during 1811-1813 for William Alexander, a native of Western Scotland who had come to Bonavista to establish himself as a merchant planter - More...

Courthouse and Whipping Post:   The current courthouse is the third one to occupy the site and was built between 1887 and 1900; also on the grounds is an old WWI gun carriage and replicas of a whipping post and set of stocks - More...

Bonavista Landscape:  Many buildings have been restored throughout the town; the best way to see the historic downtown is on foot by taking a leisurely walk down Church Sreet and Campbell Street

Cape Bonavista Lighthouse:  Built between 1841 and 1843, this lighthouse is open to the public for tours guided by staff dressed in period costume.  From the site of the lighthouse , puffins perched on cliffs and sea stacks can be seen; excellent photo opportunities at every turn.

Dungeon:  A twin-entrance sea cave with a collapsed roof, this sea cave which was formed through years of sea tides and erosion; it ranks high on the list of places to visit - More...

Hiking Trails:  Maberly (10 minutes from Bonavista) to Little Catalina is a 16.5 km hiking trail that brings you past coastal scenery, lush woodland vegetation and opportunities to see wildlife on land and in the water.  This trail was traditionally used as a footpath by residents for berry picking, hunting and travelling to neighboring outports.  The scenic beach at Flower’s Brook Cove is a popular site for a picnic along the trail. - More...

Root Cellar Capital of the World:  Elliston is known as the “Root Cellar Capital of the World” with 134 documented root cellars, some dating back to the 1830’s.  More than 40 have been restored to optimum storage condition.  A local group, Tourism Elliston, offers guided tours - More...

Atlantic Puffin Site:  Found in Maberly, past Sandy Beach, Elliston, is one of the most accessible places in Newfoundland to view the Atlantic Puffin.  A five-minute walk to the nesting site is home to more than 400 breeding pairs of puffins.   The Annual Bird Island Puffin Festival held each summer in July is so named for the local summer breeding populations of these small parrot-like seabirds.  This festival draws huge crowds and in addition to music, activities, and games, it serves up the largest “Jiggs Dinner” in Newfoundland Labrador. - More...

Sandy Cove BeachElliston (10 minutes from Bonavista) also lays claim to one of the most beautiful sandy beaches on the island and is a favourite swimming area for locals and tourists.

Port Union:  Designated a National Historic District of Canada in 1999 and in 2007 received Provincial Historic District status.  It is the only union-built town in North America.  In 1916, the Town of Port Union began to take shape.  The Fisherman’s Protective Union Trading Company Premises was completed and the Union Corporate Headquarters transferred from St. John’s.  A salt fish processing store, a department store with electric elevators, a seal oil plant and a medicine shop were among some of the amenities available in Port Union in the early 1900s.  Visitors can step back in time and wander the streets and waterfront area or take a tour of the Factory, home of the Fisherman’s Advocate newspaper.  Learn about Sir William Coaker, one of Newfoundland’s most fascinating and controversial public figures of his time.  Visit the Bungalow, the estate of Sir  William Coaker, and the nearby Memorial Cemetery, the burial place of the leader.  Port Union Museum is located in the original 1917 Reid Company Railway Station—this museum tells the story of Coaker and the FPU and the Reid Railway. - More...

Rising Tide Theatre:  Is one of Newfoundland’s best-loved professional theatre companies and is located in the Town of Trinity, 30 minutes from Bonavista.  Every summer and fall, Rising Tide presents an award-winning blend of drama, culture and history set against the backdrop of Trinity Harbour.  The anchor event is the New Founde Lande Trinity Pageant, an outdoor historical pageant that takes you on a journey through the lanes of Trinity three afternoons per week. - More...

Random Passage, CBC International TV series.
The set of this eight-part television series, based on Bernice Morgan's book of the same name, is approximately 40 minutes from Bonavista. - More...

Skerwink Trail:  5.3 km coastal woodland trail (named by Travel and Leisure Magazine as one of the top 10 hiking trails in Canada). - More...