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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  • September 24, 2017
    Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve is located on a narrow, well paved road about 14 KM’s off the Cape Shore Drive, Route 100. We had completed a cross country road trip in August 2017 and I stopped he...  more »
  • September 19, 2017
    Great place to learn more about the birds of the region (bassant crazy). Place that is worth the trip even if you aren't a fan of the birds, the view is impressive (cliffs, ocean). Very nice visit, I recommend.
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  • August 24, 2017
    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, ...  more »
  • July 2, 2017
    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.
  • July 8, 2017
    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.
  • July 2, 2017
    Dont be detered by the fog. You can still see wildlife up pretty closely.
  • July 1, 2017
    Off the hook place! Impressive spot for bird lovers!
  • June 13, 2017
    Fabulous experience to visits when the gannets are nesting!

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