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The quaint town of Bonavista honor’s the 1497 discover of Newfoundland & Labrador by explorer John Cabot. Visit the replica of his tall-ship and view whales and icebergs near shore. But there’s much more to discover in this coastal enclave. Bonavista is a community rich in history and cultural traditions from centuries past. Uniquely blending old-world traditions with modern conveniences, Bonavista is a dynamic and vibrant community that distinguishes itself as one of the best places to live, work and play.

Pieces of salt cod drying on string on outdoor poles in Bonavista harbor, Newfoundland, Canada.

Colorful Community

Small huddles of houses, new and old, sit alongside rocky shores, pebble beaches, and picturesque fishing boats. Dense forest becomes amazing shoreline, frequently visited by whales, seabirds, and icebergs. At the Dungeon, the cliffs drop away into a mammoth sinkhole with two seaward channels, the result of years of ocean erosion. In fact, throughout the peninsula the ancient past is recorded in the land and seascapes. Download the Bonavista! Geological Tour app (iPhone and Android) for a driving tour that highlights the geology of the region.

History Takes Flight

At the harbour, step inside a full-scale replica of Matthew Cabot’s ship, and imagine how the explorer felt on his epic voyage to North America.

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