So many lakes, trees, scrub bushes, mountains and the cliffs…
oh the cliffs with the ocean waves caressing them
in such harmony
and the smell of clean salty Atlantic sea air…”
The Bonavista Peninsula is an eastern Newfoundland treasure waiting to be found. It’s a place where the rugged earth, wild wind, and restless ocean are continually in a perfect harmonic dance together.
Elizabeth J. Cottages are each designed as a secret retreat, a place to hide away, to rest your soul, and get back to your roots. Here, in your home away from home, you will experience a slower pace; a place where the stunning sunrises start your day and the jaw-dropping sunsets end you day with a peaceful soul filled so much that your desire to sleep on the deck will be impossible to resist. One must of course add the lapping or roaring of the rhythmic ocean and voila you are asleep.
A Dream Come True
From the comfort of your cottage windows, private window box seats and large decks, you will experience Mother Earth’s children at their best. Think passing icebergs, singing birds and ever-playful dolphins and whales seem to know you are there and daily will put a show on while eating. Then with your mouth open and whales really happy full of food they then take off into the sky breaching over 500 tons of themselves and land with a splash within 40 yards of the shoreline. Oh t’is a dream come true!
How to get here
“This is your place to run away to…”
John Cabot sailed the Matthew across the uncharted Atlantic in 1497 to discover this new land. For you, a three-half – four hour drive from St. John’s will be a much easier journey and will be enhanced by the breathtaking scenery.
From the Trans-Canada Highway, exit at Clarenville onto 230-A or 230 or 233. Follow signage to Bonavista via Highway 230 or 235. For the most scenic route, follow Highway 235 into Bonavista. Follow my signage when entering Bonavista. Elizabeth J. Cottages is found following either way to Cannalle Rd up to Harris on the right and Elizabeth J. Cottages will be waiting for you.
Please do keep an eye out for moose, especially when driving at dusk and early morn.
What to bring
Guests should pack layered clothing since Newfoundlanders can experience four seasons in one day.
Warm wind/rain jacket with hood
A fleece sweater or hooded sweatshirt
Light, long-sleeve shirts
Hats, scarves and mitts (May/June and September/October travellers)
Warm pants – jeans, casual slacks, shorts
Sunscreen, sunglasses, and sun hats (July to September travellers)
Umbrellas are not very helpful here – the wind loves to sail them away!
Swimsuit – yes you can get into the ocean in front of the cottages or another beach in Elliston just minutes away
Casual evening wear
If you happen to need warmer sweaters etc then come to The Elephant Shop where warm, light weight sweaters, scarves/wraps, wristlets await you from Nepal!
Weather & Taxi info
“How the weather changes here. One looks out and all is calm. Then but a second later the wind howls, the ocean roars, the salt spray stings, for just a moment challenging you to stay with her, stay and be free like she is …” -
I recommend that you arrange car rental along with airline tickets. It is always nice to have your rented car booked and ready to go. Taxi service is available to pick you up at the airport and bring you to Bonavista. However, be advised it takes quite awhile to get here since the bus needs to drop passengers off along the way. It may take 5-6 hours to get here.
If you wish to take the taxi please pre-arranged services can be booked with:
Marshes Bus/Taxi Bob Marsh 1-709-468-6215 (cell). The fare is approximately 40.00 Can. per passenger.
The weather in Bonavista is lovely, but ever changing. Guests should pack layered clothing for conditions including rain, wind, sun, and unexpected chill and heat wave depending on the month.
Max 11.8 degrees C
Min 4.8 C
Max 13.0 degrees C
Min 8.2 C
Max 25.6 degrees C
Min 13.0 C
Max 22.4 degrees C
Min 15.6 C
Max 10.0 degrees C
Min 7.2 C
Max 4.2 degrees C
Min 3.2 C
Whale Watching Tours
Whether watching from shore or on a boat trip, enjoy precious moments with some of the world’s most majestic creatures; humpback whales, dolphins, porpoises and other whale species including sperm whales, killer whales and pothead whales. Watch for all the rarely seen birds you love from your bird book. So many are here building nests, flying out to catch food to feed their young.
Book a Newfoundland Whale Watching Tours via Zodiac where you can discover these intelligent, beautiful marine creatures. The high tales that truth be told are real, whales that swim under your zodiac without a whisper of their 500-800 Ton bodies touching a hair on the bottom of the zodiac. Then as you think you have seen it all – out of the ocean like a rocket to be sure are the most awesome of mammals flying into the air well above the ocean twisting in great delight showing off so you may understand them a wee bit more…