Break Water Ocean View Cottage

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Bonavista is one of the most historic towns in Newfoundland , one of the largest fishing communities on the island , and one of the oldest settlement in North America. 

Below is a list of some of the things to see and do in Bonavista and the surrounding area. 

Historic Sites​​ 

  • ​​​​Ryan Premises National Historic Site (Includes Bonavista Museum)

  • ​Cape Bonavista Lighthouse (Built in 1843)

  • Mockbeggar Plantation (Senator Gordon Bradley's home, Newfoundlands first Senator and first federal cabinet member) 

  • ​Ye Matthew Legacy (65 ft. replica of the boat John Cabot sailed on in 1497)

  • Memorial United Church (Largest wooden church east of Montreal built in 1907, they offer tours of the church)

Provincial Parks & Hiking Trails

  • ​​​The  Dungeons (Sea cave with rocks as old as 500 million years)

  • ​Hike Discovery - Cape Shore walking trail (Trail which will take you to the Lighthouse, 7 km return along the coastline)


  • ​The Garrick Theatre

    • Live music every Saturday and Thursday evening, events are listed on their website  

  • Shannon's Pub & Grill 

    • Live music every weekend

Local Tours

  • Bonavista Puffin and Whale watching boat tours

  • ​​Bonavista Adventure tours (Hiking tours, beach boil ups, berry picking)

New Local Businesses

  • East Coast Glow (Handcrafted soaps, bath bombs, serums and more all using local ingredients. Also cruelty free!!)

  • Bonavista Bicycle Picnics & Cafe (Bicycle rentals, packed picnic basket & a map of suggested cycling routes)

  • Newfoundland Salt Company(They produce sea salt using local water from Bonavista & Spillars Cove)

  • Sweet Rock Ice Cream (Handmade ice cream made fresh onsite using local ingredients, chocolates from Aunt Sarah's in Trinity too!)

Places to eat

  • Mifflin's Tea Room (Traditional Newfoundland meals offered, Jigg's dinner on Sundays but you should book in advance)
  • Bonavista Social Club (Fantastic pizza!)
  • Pk's Restaurant& Take-out (Fast food, but they also offer inside dining. They also have amazing pizza)
  • Little Dairy King (They have the best view! It's on your way out to the Lighthouse)
  • Shannon's Pub & Grill(Irish pub located on Bonavista's church street, they have salt meat poutine as well!)

Other Attractions Near By

  • ​Home From The Sea, John C. Crosbie Sealers Interpretation Centre​, Elliston (Sealing disaster of 1914,  8 km away)

  • Klondike Trail, Elliston (Coastal walking trail, 5 km away)

  • Root cellars, Elliston (root cellar capital of the world, 8 km away)

  • Sandy Beach (Perfect on a sunny day! You can go for a quick dip in the ocean)

  • Puffin viewing site (One of only two in Newfoundland and the only one that is accessible by land & FREE , 10 km away)

  • Sir William Croaker Heritage Foundation Inc. , Port Union (Restored Factory building is open for tours, 20 km away)

  • Skerwink Trail  (5.2 km long, rated as one of the top trails in North America, 46 km away)  

  • King's Cove Lighthouse Trail(3.2 km long, picnic site on the grounds on your way to the lighthouse, 32 km away)