• Archeology Dig Programs

    Hands-on History

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    Archeology Dig Programs

Hands-On History
Annual Dig Programs.

Join our dedicated crew as they delve into the excavation site, meticulously unearthing, sifting, identifying, and documenting the remnants of Baltimore’s captivating colony..

Get ready to roll up your sleeves and immerse yourself in a hands-on experience with history. We’ll provide all the necessary tools and comprehensive training – all you need is a burning desire to be a part of this extraordinary journey.

Space is limited, so make sure to secure your spot in our half and full-day dig programs by registering in advance. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity – contact us to reserve your place.

Get ready to unearth the past and make history alongside our passionate team. The adventure awaits!

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Something special
Dig and Dig In.

Immerse yourself in history as you spend a captivating morning as a valued member of our esteemed archaeological crew.

Roll up your sleeves, dig deep, and get hands-on with the fascinating remnants of the past. Experience the thrill of unearthing secrets buried for centuries.

After your exciting archaeological adventure, freshen up and embark on a scenic hike to the breathtaking Ferryland Lighthouse. Indulge in an award-winning gourmet picnic, savoring delectable flavors amidst the stunning coastal scenery.

Spaces are limited, so be sure to secure your spot by registering in advance. Starting June 1, we will begin accepting bookings for our highly anticipated 2023 season. Don’t miss out on this extraordinary opportunity to be a part of history.

Reserve your place today and get ready to make memories that will last a lifetime.

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Your Trip

What To Expect

The Colony of Avalon VIP Guided Experience is the best way to immerse yourself into the surprising history of Lord Baltimore’s settlement. Gain exclusive access to the stories, artefacts and local knowledge that truly brings the experience to life.

  • Visitor Centre

  • Archeology Lab

  • Heritage Gardens

  • 17th Century Kitchen

  • Colony Dig Site



  • Q: Will there be an archaeologist on site when I visit?

    Maybe. Our archaeologists work under strict permits given by the provincial government. We try to have archaeologists on site for 8 weeks during the season, usually from early July to the end of August. If you want to know if there are archaeologists on site, reach out to us at info@colonyofavalon.ca or check out our social media.

  • Q: Can I participate in the dig?

    Absolutely! We offer a variety of programs where visitors can dig alongside the archaeologists. Choose from a full-day, half-day, or even an hour and get your hands dirty. While we can’t guarantee you will find an artifact, we haven’t had anyone come up empty handed!

  • Q: Do you offer sensory friendly tours?

    Unfortunately, due to our limited opening time, we do not offer sensory friendly tours. If you would like to book a private tour outside of regular operating hours, we will make every accommodation for you to have a good visit.

  • Q: Is your site accessible?

    We have a large site. The bottom floor of the museum is accessible for those with mobility issues, and we do have an elevator on site to visit the Conservation Lab. The dig site is along a road with sections that are unpaved, and can cause some issues for those in wheelchairs. The Gift Shop has a ramp, though there are two small bumps that need to be navigated to enter the 17th Century Kitchen.

  • Q: How long does a tour take?

    Our tours can be customised to your schedule, just let us know what you need! Typically, our tours last an hour and a half. This is to allow time to see the dig site, explore the museum, and check out our 17th Century Kitchen.

  • Q: What else is there to do in Ferryland?

    There is so much natural beauty in Ferryland! Located right beside the East Coast Trail, Ferryland has a lot to offer. In the Spring, icebergs are a common sight. Come June, the whales will be playing right off our shores. If you want to take in all the beauty that Ferryland has to offer, why not try a Lighthouse Picnic? If you are in the mood for a road trip, Mistaken Point UNESCO World Heritage site is only an hour drive away.

  • Q: How do I get there?

    The fastest way to get to The Colony of Avalon via St. John’s is by taking the NL-10 South. There are signs that will point the way! We are directly off the main road coming to Ferryland.

  • Q: Are you open year round?

    We are open from mid-June to mid-September each year. School groups are encouraged to reach out prior to opening if you would like to book a tour before we open for the season.

  • Q: What bus parking is available?
  • Q: Is there a chaperone policy / chaperone number limits
  • Q: DO chaperones/teachers receive free admission
  • Q: What is the price per student for groups
  • Q: What is the maximum group size allowed?
  • Q: Can I bring my own food and drink?

    Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic and enjoy the Colony’s grounds.

  • Q: Can I take photos of the site?

    The Colony of Avalon welcomes photographers. Please share your photos with us on Facebook and Twitter.

  • Q: Is there on-site WiFi?

    Paid admission gives all visitors free access to WIFI while you enjoy your visiting the Colony of Avalon.

  • Q: What do I need to wear?

    Weather in Newfoundland is unpredictable. No matter what the temperature or state of the sky, pack a warm layer and a raincoat. Skip the sandals. Sneakers or walking shoes work best on site.

  • Q: Is the site accessable for those with limited mobility?

    Blue Zone parking is available immediately outside our Visitor Centre. A chair lift is available to our second floor. While most visitors walk from the Visitor Centre, parking is also available next to the archaeological site. Please ask staff for directions. Access around the archaeological site is uneven but fairly level.

  • Q: Parlez Vous Francais?

    Please inquire about availability of French-language guided tours. Printed versions of our tour are available in French at Reception.

  • Q: Is the site dog-friendly?

    We dig dogs! Leashed pets are welcome on site. Sorry, service dogs only inside buildings.

  • Q: What are your open hours?

    The Colony of Avalon is currently CLOSED for the season.

    During the summer, the site is open 7 days a week for tours at 10.30am, 12.00pm, 3.00pm, 4.30pm from mid-June to mid-September.

  • We had a wonderful visit!

    We had a wonderful visit! Lulu and Lori were so knowledgeable and kind. The made us feel like family.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.

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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 ☺️
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