Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve, St. Bride's

#5 of 23 in Wildlife in Newfoundland
Bird enthusiasts and nature lovers flock to Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve, known for offering plenty of accessible spots to observe nesting seabirds in their natural habitat. Thousands of birds share this reserve, many jostling for position on a 100 m (328 ft) sandstone outcrop, just off the mainland. The viewing area is reached by a 1.4 km (0.6 mi) hike, so be sure to wear some sturdy boots, and absolutely bring your binoculars and a camera. If you're visiting in the warmer months, keep your eyes peeled for whales. For travelers who use our international travel planner, St. Bride's holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • This is a wonderful place to watch seabirds in close proximity. I’ve never seen so many birds in my life! Surprisingly, it’s not as busy as I expected, and there were no tour buses. From the parking l...  more »
  • We weren’t sure what to expect as the sign on the highway said closed but we thought we may be able to see something. The 13 km Road is narrow and has many bumps so drive the speed limit. Yes we he st...  more »
  • The road along the west side of the Avalon peninsula is scenic and not too rough. Spectacular viewing of tens of thousands birds awaits at the end of the road and then a 20 minute walk-in. There are b...  more »
  • Highly recommended stop. There is a short hike (~20 min) required to get to bird rock, but it was well worth it. The panoramic view of all the birds nesting and flying about was incredible--and it was very foggy when we went; I can only imagine how much more spectacular it would be on a clear day. The staff inside the center was very helpful in giving us directions on how to get there and what to look for. There is an informative exhibit inside the center that I recommend reading before setting out.
  • Great place to view birds and sea the ocean. No cost 1.5k hike to see birds(only 60 feet away, from viewing). They also have a bird exhibit that's free. With carved birds out of wood that look life like and taxidermy ones also. Wow just a great place if you love all those things like myself.
  • Dont be detered by the fog. You can still see wildlife up pretty closely.
  • Off the hook place! Impressive spot for bird lovers!
  • Fabulous experience to visits when the gannets are nesting!

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