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

#4 of 50 in Wildlife in Newfoundland
Must see · Nature / Park · Wildlife Area
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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  • When they say that bird rock is near the coastline, they meant it! It is mere meters away and easily visible without binoculars or using a zoom lens. It was amazing to see so many types of birds all....  more »
  • The close up look at thousands of birds was amazing. The drive there is not great but was worth it. Be sure to check the weather because fog is not hoof to see the birds.  more »
  • Easily accessible gannet's nesting site. Great for taking photographs of birds in flight. A must see for anybody visiting Newfoundland interested in wildlife. I highly recommend talking to rangers in the interpretation center. Very knowledgeable folks.
  • Wow. Remote and a good walk but sitting on the cliff with thousands of gannets around was a sight (and sound) I won't forget. Was more impressed here than the sea cliffs in Kawai, Hawaii, and those were impressive.

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