When Italian explorer, Giovanni Caboto - or John Cabot as he is locally known - first laid eyes on what is now the Newfoundland village of Bonavista, his first words were "O buono vista" meaning "Oh happy sight!"  The town's name stemmed from those words.

Bonavista has seen centuries pass by, telling the stories of the past and writing the stories of the future.A simple walk through town is an eclectic mix of old worldliness and modern ingenuity. Working harbours are steps away from inviting coffee shops and charming boutiques.

The rugged coastline offers breathtaking views that have inspired artists and writers for generations. Bonavista truly captures the essence of its historic roots while embracing the possibilities of tomorrow. It is a place where history meets contemporary life, creating a unique and vibrant atmosphere that continues to draw visitors from near and far.

Top 5 Things to Do

  • Ryan Premises National Historic Site
  • Cape Bonavista Lighthouse
  • Mockbeggar Plantation Provincial Historic Site
  • Boat Tours
  • Hiking Trails

Dungeon Provincial Park

Located only minutes from the town of Bonavista, a massive, heart-shaped crater known as "The Dungeon" draws visitors to Dungeon Provincial Park.

Video Credit: Jim B - YouTube

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