From the Colony of Avalon a bumpy gravel road leads 2km up to Ferryland Head, towards the lighthouse and one of Newfoundland’s most pleasurable experiences: Lighthouse Picnics (June–Sept Wed–Sun 11.30am–4.30pm; t 709 363 7456, w Halfway along you must park your car – part of the attraction is the walk along the final section (allow 25min each way), studded with jaw-dropping views of Ferryland Harbour and Bois Island. Inside the lighthouse itself you pick up your picnic (usually a choice of sandwiches, all with salad, dessert and lemonade; around $25/person) and blanket, then just pick a spot on the headland, high above the rocky point and the waves. Reservations highly recommended.

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