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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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Amazing - birds and whales

I thought we had great bird cliffs in Britain but this was something else for the close proximity... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Julie P
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United Kingdom
Extraordinary sight.

To get the full experience, I recommend you wait for the fog to roll in. That's right, go when it's... read more

Reviewed 12 August 2017
DoctorJoeE
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Belleville, New Jersey
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“the cliff” (22 reviews)
“long drive” (14 reviews)
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Lears Cove Road, St. Bride's, Newfoundland and Labrador A0B 2Z0, Canada
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I thought we had great bird cliffs in Britain but this was something else for the close proximity you could get to the gannet colony. On the walk along the cliffs we could lots of birds, butterflies, flowers and even whales in the bay below....More

Thank Julie P
Reviewed 12 August 2017

To get the full experience, I recommend you wait for the fog to roll in. That's right, go when it's foggy! The sight of Bird Rock floating in the mist, only a few yards away, is surreal and magical. Then, be patient and wait for...More

1  Thank DoctorJoeE
Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

This is a two hour and twenty minute drive from St. John's down the Irish Loop. There's limited number of gas stations on the way, so fill up before you leave and bring some snacks. As you get closer (50km) to your destination, the roads...More

1  Thank Chris D
Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

Spent the evening exploring & watching the birds. It was a very easy walk & the number of birds, sound & yes even the smells are unimaginable. Whales were also visible along the way. We would visit again for sure.

Thank K-L-222S
Reviewed 28 July 2017

The day was very foggy but the spectacle was really incredible. There are some trails to make extra photos in a very wild and rocky area The information Center don´t have bar service

Thank Antoni957
Reviewed 26 July 2017

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 26 July 2017

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 20 July 2017

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

1  Thank Wayne M
Reviewed 13 July 2017

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 4 July 2017 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
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ishamon
9 June 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.
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Edward B
3 January 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
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