Attractions - Visitors' Guide, Printable Map & Directions
CLICK HERE* for a PRINTABLE MAP (in Adobe Reader) of the Elliston & Maberly area with coupon.
*NOTE: If you are using Internet Explorer you will have to press CTRL and left click to open this map.
The Elliston area has much to offer the visitor and the above printable map highlights several points of interest. It is a useful aid to bring with you since wireless coverage is somewhat less than 100% in our area. We also recommend checking out the Satellite View of the Area section as well as the Distance Finder provided by the Provincial Government. Here are jut a few of the highlights:
The Puffin Train (Puffin Ventures Craft Store) (Printable Map Reference #2)
The Puffin Train is a colourful yet unusual attraction located at Maberly, a short distance past the actual Puffin Viewing Site. It is a large mock-up of a train from the fictional puffin railroad featuring the Puffin Express. These cartoon like train cars have both puffin staff and passengers. There is even an empty place that serves as the perfect location for a person to include themselves as a passenger on the Puffin Express. It is a must see for the visitor that desires a fun, light hearted souvenir photo and it’s free! If you like puffins it is surely something worth looking at!
This display is attached to Puffin Ventures Craft Shop that has interesting items as unique as the Puffin Train itself!
Home From The Ice Floes Craft Shop (Printable Map Reference #26)
Opening in May 2017 in sight of the Elliston Sealers' Memorial.
Puffin Viewing Site (Printable Map Reference #6)
The puffin is the official bird of Newfoundland & Labrador and Elliston has one of the closest land views of puffins in North America. Our puffin viewing site is just a short five minute walk from the main road and is also roughly halfway between Sandy Cove Beach and Puffin Ventures Craft Store in Maberly. It is amazing to be able to walk up close to puffin and take some exceptional photos. Puffins return to the area in May and usually stay until the end of September. It is something worth checking out!
Movie Site & Fish Flake (Printable Map Reference #3)
See where scenes for the Grand Seduction, staring Taylor Kitsch, was filmed. A large replica fish flake is at this location that was also included in the film.
A World War I era trench reconstruction was opened on July 1st, 2014. It is an approximation of the front line trench that soldiers from all over the British Empire fought and died in. It is located along the south entrance to Elliston (Catalina Rd.) at the Discovery Shooting Club. The public is welcome to view the facilities including the new trench project. This replica has the distinction in that rifles can actually be fired from this trench just like they did during 1914-1918. Be sure to view this interesting sight on your way into or out of Elliston.
Recreational target shooting packages are also available at the site of the trench replica. Click Here for details.
Sealers Interpretation Centre (Printable Map Reference #19)
This is definitely a must see for those interested in the long and interesting history of the seal hunt in all its glory. Upon entering Elliston from any direction there is only one place to stop first – John C. Crosbie Sealers’ Interpretation Centre. It is centrally located on Main Street and you must pass it to reached Elliston’s well known Puffin Viewing Site and many other attractions. This thoroughly modern centre has a great deal of beautiful artwork, exceptional displays, handicap accessible washrooms and a special immersive area that will simulate standing offshore on an ice flow! Frankly, you will not see anything of this caliber outside of St. John’s and the Provincial “Rooms” museum/art gallery.
Memorial Statue/Memorial Wall (Printable Map Reference #14)
A memorial statue, representation of father and son Reuben and Albert John Crewe, who froze to death during the 1914 SS Newfoundland Sealing Disaster, is located on Porter’s Point with its beautiful ocean vista. Although it depicts specific individuals it is representative of all sealing tragedies and is larger than life! It was constructed by renowned bronze sculptor and visual artist Morgan MacDonald. In addition there is a Granite Memorial Wall listing all those lost during the SS Newfoundland Sealing Disaster and those aboard the SS Southern Cross that were all lost during the same tragic storm in 1914. It is another must see before leaving Elliston.
Maberly to Little Catalina Trail (Printable Map Reference #1)
The "Maberly to Little Catalina Trail" provides one of the best hikes anywhere. It is 16.5 km in length and contains many items of interest such as the breath taking scenery. Experience scenic Flower's Cove, the site of many a "boil up." Likewise, if hiking from the Little Catalina, note the rocks just offshore at the beginning of the trail known as the "Shag Rocks." This is the site of the shipwreck of the Ella Rudolph. From either starting the point this trail is something that has to be seen to be appreciated.
Klondike Trail (Printable Map Reference #25)
The "Klondike Trail" located on the Northern section of town is well known. This trail was regularly used years ago as a horse and cart trail, leading from Elliston to the community of Spillars Cove. Today this trail provides a scenic walk for the adventurer.
Root Cellars (Printable Map Reference #5 & * - All Over Elliston but best views are in the Maberly Area)
The root cellar was the initial item that put Elliston, so to speak, on the map. A root cellar is a structure that was built in the days before electricity in order to keep vegetables from freezing in the winter months and to keep its contents cool during the warm summer months. They can be found all throughout our area and is Elliston’s original claim to fame.
Directions - How to find Elliston
The town of Elliston is situated in Newfoundland & Labrador, the most easterly province in Canada. Specifically we are located in Trinity Bay on the north eastern tip of the historic Bonavista Peninsula just a few minutes away from also historic Bonavista.
Elliston can be reached by turning off the Trans-Canada Highway in the vicinity of Clarenville onto Route 230A or 230. Travelling on 230 and turning off on 238 (entrance to Elliston) at the average speed of 69.4 km/h it will take 1 hour and 36 minutes traversing 111 km.
If you fly in at St. John’s International Airport and drive here it will take 3 hours and 33 minutes, at the average speed of 87.9 km/h, traversing 312 km. From Gander International Airport the drive will take 2 hours and 55 minutes, at the average speed of 82.6 km/h, traversing 241 km. Local taxi services regularly make trips to and from the capital city (St. John's).
The island of Newfoundland can also be accessed by sea. A link is maintained by Marine Atlantic between Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. During the summer an additional run is provided between Argentia, Newfoundland and North Sydney, Nova Scotia. Elliston is 3 hours and 13 minutes, at the average speed of 83.3 km/h, traversing 268 km by road from the Marine Atlantic Ferry terminal in Argentia. It is 8 hours and 41 minutes, at the average speed of 92.3 km/h, traversing 809 km from the Port Aux Basques terminal.
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