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“Very well done”
Review of Colony of Avalon

Colony of Avalon
Ranked #2 of 6 things to do in Ferryland
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Owner description: Have you ever walked on a 17th-century street, seen a 17th-century herb garden, or looked at the remains of everyday life in one of the earliest European colonies in North America? If you haven't, come to the Colony of Avalon at Ferryland, Newfoundland. The colony was founded by George Calvert, later Lord Baltimore, in 1621. Most people have no idea that permanent European settlement in North America dates so far back, and that Newfoundland played such an important role. The Ferryland settlement was "forgotten", and its remains lay undisturbed for centuries.The site is now being excavated and archaeologists have uncovered over a million artifacts from the stone constructed buildings including gold rings, Portuguese ceramics and other unusual objects. Ferryland is easily accessible from St. John's, Newfoundland. Enjoy a tour of the Interpretation Centre and the excavations. In season, you can enjoy whales playing in the waters with icebergs in the distance. There are seabird sanctuaries nearby, and not far away, the Avalon caribou herd wanders in view of the road. Boat tours, guest houses, gift shops and restaurants are all available.
Calgary, Canada
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“Very well done”
Reviewed August 9, 2013

Touring the C of A is so worthwhile. It is a great chance to see archeologists in action.

Our tour was led by an earnest young man on his first day at the job. He was well-informed and we really appreciated his willingness to answer questions. He provided many fascinating details about the history of the site. We were even able to see some of the artifacts dug up just that day, view NA's first flush toilet (twice daily with the tide) and walk on the same 17th century road tread by Lord Baltimore. At the end of the tour you are led to a period kitchen, where another costumed guide spends time telling you about all kinds of interesting artifacts.

Either before or after the tour you can explore the VC. It is full of objects from the dig; you can also watch a 7 minute introductory film.

Ferryland is scenically beautiful as well.

Visited July 2013
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“An Amazing Step Back in Time”
Reviewed August 1, 2013

I had heard about the Colony of Avalon from a guidebook and my friend and I decided to see it. We spent about 4 hrs exploring the site and thoroughly enjoyed the guided tour, the 17th century kitchen with the "puzzle cup" and the conservation lab. This site has been actively excavated since 1992 and is only about 35% complete. It was wonderful to how the colony is being slowly uncovered and walk on a cobblestone main street dating back to 1621. We had a young knowledgeable, courteous and professional tour guide who was eager to provide information and seek answers to questions he didn't know. The conservation lab was exciting since it provided the opportunity to see some of the current "treasures" from the dig as they are being pieced together as well as discuss with the archeologists. Loved every minute and definitely worth seeing.

Visited August 2013
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Patti B, Manager at Colony of Avalon, responded to this review, August 4, 2013
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Calgary, Canada
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“Interesting and Inspirational”
Reviewed July 23, 2013

The Colony of Avalon introduces you to a wonderful historical period and to an archeological dig, in action. Great guides, a terrific museum help to tell the story of a very early attempt to settle in Newfoundland. Highly recommend this experience - for 10 and older children and adults, maybe less so for young school children. Ferryland itself is a magically beautiful spot on earth!

Visited July 2013
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Calgary, Canada
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“Canadian History Unfolds Before Your Eyes”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

This ongoing archaelogical dig has revealed an important aspect of Canada's history - the first permanent settlement on Newfoundland. Since the site is still being excavated, you could return annually and have a different experience. Our guide, Judy, was very knowledgeable and friendly, and she welcomed questions and comments. The interpretive centre houses some incredible artifacts discovered on the site, including gold rings, dishes, blacksmith tools, and decorative pieces from clothing. The fee is very reasonable, and there is a nice Tea House to grab a snack or lunch during your visit (fish cakes were excellent)! This is a must see when visiting the Avalon Peninsula!

Visited July 2013
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Renews, Canada
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“Great Archeology center”
Reviewed July 18, 2013

A very nice archeology center. High quality exhibits - just enough of it, not too much ! You absolutely have to do the guided visit. It is very instructive and very entertaining. It will change the way you view Newfoundland !

Visited July 2013
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Patti B, Manager at Colony of Avalon, responded to this review, July 19, 2013
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