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Ryan Premises National Historic Site

Rolling Cove Road, Bonavista, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
+1 709-468-1600
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So much to learn here!

The exhibits at the Ryan Premises were excellent! I learned so much about Newfoundland as a whole... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Helen A
Saskatoon, Canada
The fishery

I cannot give this a true review, as our time was running out and we only visited 1/4 buildings... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
St. John's, Canada
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Rolling Cove Road, Bonavista, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
+1 709-468-1600
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The exhibits at the Ryan Premises were excellent! I learned so much about Newfoundland as a whole and Bonavista in particular, especially the development of the the fisheries. Not all the buildings were accessible at the time we visited, but I enjoyed what I saw...More

Thank Helen A
Reviewed 4 days ago

I cannot give this a true review, as our time was running out and we only visited 1/4 buildings. This is a National historic site and is free (as is all National Historic sites in NL) this year for Canada's 150th birthday. I would have...More

Thank sunshinebaby45
Reviewed 4 days ago

Incredible buildings. The proprietors house is bigger than most houses in Newfoundland today and was built in 1861! Lots of history and neat artifacts. Beautiful view of the Bay. The staff were very knowledgeable and so informative. And this being the 100th anniversary of Parks...More

Thank Angeles
Reviewed 1 week ago

The interpreters here are extremely knowledgable about local history and the fishing industry. Definitely a must-see for every visitor to Bonavista.

Thank rickwilson99
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Going around Newfoundland, you snippets of the history, but come here and learn it all at once! How to "make" fish, why the seal hunt, who made all the money, where did people come from, and where did all the fish go? Four buildings with...More

Thank Bucketlist46
Reviewed 4 March 2017

stop by in the morning, spent couple hours, there are a lot of educational information. it is a very good place for kids, even adults to learn something about Newfoundland history.

1  Thank Feng L
Reviewed 30 September 2016

I'm of the opinion that any 'National' site should be free to citizens of the country. It promotes understanding for the place you call home. Having said that there are parts of this historic site that you can wander for free; outbuildings, shore, and gift...More

1  Thank Robert T
Reviewed 12 September 2016

We visited Ryan's Premises while staying at Bonavista. It is centrally located in the village with a beautiful view of the harbour. On a warm day, it would be lovely to sit on the picnic benches overlooking the harbour and linger. The first docent, who...More

1  Thank Mila W
Reviewed 5 September 2016

Pros: A neat Bonavista gift shop is housed in one of the buildings with locally themed gifts. There's a fun fishing themed board game to play in one of the exhibits. Good views of the Bonavista harbour. Cons: It was hard to pick out the...More

1  Thank RoapTripper3081
Reviewed 4 September 2016

This Parks Canada site is really cool. Original buildings, great story and exhibits about the history of the fishery and they had a couple of older chaps singing the tunes upstairs.

1  Thank John G
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