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Come Home To History

We have opened for the 2024 season and things are looking good! Tours can be booked through our “Book Now” page, and our “Dig For A Day” experience is now live with booking from June 25th to August 22nd!

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. Discover all that history has to teach you.

Please stay tuned for our Great Colonial Cook-off that happens each year 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)

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Uncovering, Preserving and Exploring History

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!

History of the site

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There is so much to do at the Colony of Avalon! Explore the resources at your fingertips before coming and exploring the history beneath your feet.

  • Experiences

    Experiences

    Visiting the Colony of Avalon is an experience like no other, so make the most of it by getting the WHOLE story

    Experiences
  • The Dig Site

    The Dig Site

    While the specific location of Lord Baltimore’s Colony of Avalon was not known, the people of Ferryland were no strangers to the history of the location.

    The Dig Site




Plan Your Trip
Make The Most Of Your Visit

Whether you’re coming directly to visit, or making us part of your trip around the Irish Loop, it’s worth planning how to make the most of the Colony of Avalon and Ferryland where we’re found.

Make sure you know where to find us, where the best picnic spots are, and what other stops are worth it on your route!

 

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  • We had a wonderful visit!

    We had a wonderful visit! Lulu and Lori were so knowledgeable and kind. The made us feel like family.
    Ann
  • You aren’t done exploring NL if this isn’t on your list!

    Really knowledgeable + fun tour guides. you aren't done exploring NL, if this isn't on your list. We got a family pass which averaged out to $14 p/p which is amazing value- considering all the knowledge the tour guides would have learnt to present it in a easily digestiable way for tourists, well done!
    Deana
  • I was fascinated by this history

    The Museum Center is very easy to get to just off the main road. The people are phenomenally polite. The museum admission price is reasonable and the staff has done an amazing job put together the history of the site. The combination of artefacts and document research shows a vibrant community of various faiths living together in a new land. As someone from Maryland I was fascinated by this history and the connection of Maryland to this place. Go - it is worth the time and energy.
    Andrew
  • Very cool active archaeological site

    Very cool active archaeological site with tons of interesting history on the settlement and power struggles of NFLD. Walking through the cobblestone paths was a treat, and the sweeping shorelines and waves are amazing to enjoy. Would recommend a visit for sure when travelling along the Irish loop!
    Bryan
  • One of the best places to visit…

    We completed the Irish Loop and stopped in for a visit to explore the artifacts and items on display. This was one of our best places to visit on the Irish Loop.
  • So fascinating!

    And the walk up to the lighthouse was worth it! The museum there, the ladies were very helpful and shared some very cool stories and full of knowledge! I’m jealous of where they live and their jobs. History is just so fascinating for this tiny little area on the planet, you won’t be let down by coming here just to see it first hand. It’s a small little museum but very interesting!
    Scott H.

Follow Us

It's never a dull moment here at the Colony of Avalon! Late last week During one of our guided tours, nature surprised us with the presence of a Humpback Whale! 🐋🌊

They just love to visit our beautiful community! It's the best spot to get a wonderful back scratch and tummy rub! 

 #whalesofnewfoundlandandlabrador #ColonyOfAvalon #Ferryland #exploremorein24 #museumsNL
Great colonial cook off week 1 winner is Bonnie Piatt! Congratulations Bonnie, I’ll be in contact with you 😊
Fresh warm Buttered-Ale ☀️
Only a couple days left before Week 2 recipe comes out on Monday! 

Remember to get those photos sent in! 
Preferably Sent to our Facebook page or commented on the original Week 1 recipe post ☺️
SOB
Calling all artisans! The Colony of Avalon Gift Shop is now accepting consignment items for sale in our Gift Shop. If you are a returning consigner who has been with us before, please reach out or drop by next week to drop off your stock!
Things have been busy lately as we get our new Gift Shop Manager up to speed, but we are excited and ready to welcome you all back!
A holiday treat for you all!
Are you planning a trip to Newfoundland in 2024? Book your tour today and save! 

After 5 years of keeping our prices the same, we finally need to raise our admission prices to keep up with our costs. As a private non-profit (not run by the government) we rely on admission sales and donations to keep our doors open. In advance of our price increase, we are offering our Guided Tours at 2023 prices until December 26th. What a great gift for someone visiting Newfoundland or even a local who you cannot find a gift for!
Don't worry! Tour times are able to be changed as your date gets closer.

**This promotion does not apply to archaeology programs
The Colony of Avalon Foundation formally invites its members and the public to attend our Annual General Meeting on December 9th, 2:00PM, at the Colony of Avalon Building or via Zoom. Dr. Barry Gaulton will be presenting the Archaeology Report for the 2023 Field Season and Board Chair Michael Harrington will be presenting on the operations of the Colony of Avalon including the Financial Report for the 2022 Fiscal Year. To attend via zoom, please email info@colonyofavalon.ca
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