The Wilds is about more than just golf. It's about nature, breathtaking scenery, and everything you need in a destination. Why not stay at our hotel and experience some of the exciting adventure possibilities offered on-site, or offered by our neighbors
Positioned on beautiful Salmonier Line, The Wilds is the perfect home base for your adventures around the area. From a bird sanctuary, to kayaking, and even whale tours, it's all here. Stay at The Wilds and experience the adventures of the region. We'll even provide shuttle service from our resort to your destination and back again.
Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve and Bird Sanctuary
Located about 200 km southwest of St. John's, Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve also known as "the Cape" is one of Newfoundland and Labrador's major seabird colonies. During the breeding season, it is home to 24,000 Northern gannet, 20,000 black-legged kittiwake, 20,000 common murre, and 2,000 thick-billed murre. In addition, more than 100 pairs of razorbill, more than 60 pairs of black guillemot, plus double-crested and great cormorant, and Northern fulmar nest there.
Mistaken Point Reserve
Embedded in the planes of Mistaken Point's tilted and cleaved mudstone and sandstone, exposed by the pounding of the Atlantic waves, are fossils of the oldest creatures—in fact, the oldest complex life forms—found anywhere on Earth. Known to scientists as the Ediacara biota, they are creatures that lived 575 to 542 million years ago, when all life was in the sea.
Avalon Wilderness Reserve
The Avalon Wilderness Reserve is 1,070 km2 of barrens and forests. It protects the Avalon woodland caribou herd, the most southerly caribou herd in Canada. The survival of this herd is a North American conservation success story. The herd had dwindled to only a few dozen animals by the early 1960s, but it rose to a high of six to seven thousand animals in the early 1990s. In 1998, it numbered almost two thousand animals.
Salmonier Nature Park
The layout of the Park is based on a nature walk. The animals are in large natural enclosures scattered along the park’s boardwalk trail. This allows visitors to see animals that are part of their natural surroundings and also encourages visitors to feel they are part of these surroundings. Salmonier Nature Park takes people into the landscape where the animals are displayed in settings that are as natural as possible.
Salmonier River Salmon Fishing
The river boasts huge runs of atlantic salmon and sea-run brown trout. Resident fish species include brown and brook trout. River hotspots include Pinsent's Falls, the Flats, and Murphy's Falls. Fishing Action is best from the last week of June to mid July, with salmon predominately being caught anywhere in the lower reaches of the river.
Rocky River Fishway
At the Rocky River in Colinet you can see Atlantic salmon scale a salmon ladder or watch for eagles and osprey overhead. You are at an estuary offering a unique ecosystem. There are also walking trails, picnic area and a gift shop with local crafts. You can also see an example of what a loggers' camp looked like in years gone-by. These were developed by the St. Mary's Bay North Rural Development Association. In summer there is sometimes entertainment provided.
The Irish Loop, located on the southeastern part of the Avalon Peninsula, is named to reflect over 400 years of history by Irish immigrant settlers. The Loop, as it is more commonly called, is the heart of Irish culture and heritage in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Stan Cook Kayaking
Located deep in the heart of the Irish Loop (yet only a 45 minute drive from St. John's) is the renowned sea kayak destination of Cape Broyle. We have converted a 120 year old provincially recognized heritage structure - the R.J. O'Brien General Store Premises - into our headquarters with washrooms, change-rooms and other facilities. We offer wetsuits, paddling jackets and pants, neoprene gloves and other extras to our clients.
Rodrigues Winery is located in Markland, just off the Trans Canada Highway on Route 81, approximately 80 kms from St. John's. When the new medical clinic was built to service the area in 1986, Markland's Historic Cottage Hospital was purchased by Dr. Hillary Rodrigues and his wife, Marie-France, it was to become the home of Newfoundland's first winery.
Catch a glimpse of a humpback playfully frolicking or breaching high into the air. You'll also find minke, fin, and orca whales as they swim along the coastline in search of food. Friendly and curious creatures, whales are known to surface just a few metres from tour boats.