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Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve

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Lears Cove Road, St. Bride's, Newfoundland and Labrador A0B 2Z0, Canada
+1 709-635-4520
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Ignore the fog!

Cape St. Mary's Eco Reserve is truly a unique place, especially for birders and bird photographers... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Peeter P
Toronto, Canada
Bucket List for all Birders or folks who just love nature; Cape St. Mary's Reserve, Newfoundland

Visiting a seabird colony, that is home to 70,000 birds, by foot not having to take a boat was a... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Forest Hills, New York
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Lears Cove Road, St. Bride's, Newfoundland and Labrador A0B 2Z0, Canada
+1 709-635-4520
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Reviewed yesterday

Cape St. Mary's Eco Reserve is truly a unique place, especially for birders and bird photographers. In July, they say, it is almost always foggy, so ignore the fog and GO. The rangers noted that late August and September are more typically fog-free, but several...More

Thank Peeter P
Reviewed 2 days ago

Visiting a seabird colony, that is home to 70,000 birds, by foot not having to take a boat was a real privilege. It was a visceral experience; seeing, smelling, hearing and feeling the birds as they flew by almost touching me gives me chills just...More

Thank Gershwin12
Reviewed 1 week ago

You simply have to go here. It is so incredible. I cannot describe in words the awesomeness of this place. Go. Now. ;)

Thank Wayne M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unforgettable spectacular view, amazing trip to the Cape St. Mary's Seabird Ecological Reserve, just walk about 20 mins from the information centre and you could see a lots of seabirds flying around you until you can see the cliff. So many birds flying to the...More

Thank Tienyho
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I visited on a cold wet day. The walk to the nesting grounds is a little over a kilometer, but takes a while, especially when the ground is wet. (The visitors center said it was a 15 minute walk, but it took me longer.) It's...More

Thank foxtail1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not easy to get to but WORTH IT! We're not big bird-watchers but we never experienced a rookery so up close and personal anywhere! The landscape is breathtaking and you can be virtually in their nests by walking a few hundred yards. Amazing! DON'T MISS...More

Thank mark v
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the reserve as part of a photography group. Be ready for fog and wind, which the area is known for. But even with the fog the gannets are visible. The friendly Ranger Chris walked with our group out to the point where we...More

Thank kdstevenson
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Amazing seeing all those Gannets Something like 20,000. And they are literally a stones throw. But be warned, particularly in June and July there is heavy fog most days so you will probably see but be challenged if you want pictures. We went four days...More

Thank Angeles
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The gannets and other nesting birds are amazing! The sound from the gannet colony is unforgettable: the soaring birds; the cliffs; the entire sensory experience! This and Western Brook Pond in Gros Morne were the highlights of the vacation! Anyone with children will exercize caution...More

Thank Helen A
Reviewed June 21, 2017

This was the highlight of our trip to Newfoundland. We were lucky enough to go there on a windless, sunny day. It was truly spectacular to witness the extraordinary number of Northern Gannets, Black-legged Kittiwakes and Common Murres on their nesting ground. Even if you...More

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June 8, 2017|
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Response from CarolynJA | Reviewed this property |
The 92 is better, but the 100 is fine. I suggest going down one way and back the other so you see different things.
Edward B
January 2, 2017|
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Response from Frick01 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Edward, You may not see many puffins at cape St. Mary's. The ecological reserve is fantastic to see gannets in particular. There are other birds there as well during the spring/summer. When we went at the end of August... More