Looking for adventure after a long few years inside? Join us at the Colony of Avalon to Tour, Dig, Discover. Tour our grounds with breathtaking 360 views on the ocean and walk through history as our guides take you into the 17th Century kitchen. Dig in the active archaeological site which has uncovered over 2 million artifacts to date with our Archaeologist For A Day Program (Beginning June 29th, 2022). Discover all that history has to teach you.

Please stay tuned for our Great Colonial Cook-off beginning in July and follow us on social media as we dig deep to bring our finds and 17th century recipes to your home. #ExploreNL #ExploreCanada

See you soon!

Kate Pitcher (Executive Director)


With every scrape of an archaeologist’s trowel, stirring of a pot, or planting of a seed, we’re coming a little bit closer to understanding the history of the Colony and the lives of the people who lived here.

Established in 1621 by Sir George Calvert (the First Lord Baltimore), the Colony of Avalon is widely recognized as the best preserved early English colonial site in North America. Today, on-going work at the Colony is changing the way we understand that past.

Think early Newfoundlanders lived in hovels on a diet of fish, fish and more fish? Think all Catholics were persecuted and women were second class citizens? Think again! Imagine a place where substantial stone and timber-frame houses lined a “prettie” cobblestone street, where protestants AND catholics worshipped in peace, and a woman held most of the power!

Join our on-going quest to uncover the Colony. It’s all happening right here, right now, right before your eyes. Want to see how you can become an archeologist for a day, 1/2 day, or an hour? Click here: Archaeology Dig Programs

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Our work has unearthed a portion of Calvert’s mansion, the remains of a bakery/brewhouse, cobblestone street, warehouse, forge, well, sea wall, a sea-flushed privy and close to two million artifacts. Pretty impressive considering archaeologists have uncovered just over a third of Calvert’s original 4 acre site.

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Colony of Avalon


We always have something going on. Bring yourself, or bring the whole family. We’ll keep you entertained.

Activities for the kids, an update from our archaeologists, 17th century cooking, local music, and a whole lot more. Check out what’s on the go by clicking on our calendar to the right.

Colony Day 2022
Wednesday Jan 2nd
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2019 Dig Programs Beginning June 26!
Wednesday Jan 2nd
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From times and toilets to pricing and programs. All the information you need to plan a great day out.

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Opening for the season June 29th, archaeology at the Colony is re-writing history & smashing stereotypes.

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Whatever your age or interest, the Colony and its local partners have programs and activities for you.

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