Activities and experiences

Ryan Premises National Historic Site

At the Ryan Premises, there are five buildings with plenty to do and explore! Meet our interpreters and learn hands-on techniques for catching and “making” cod. Explore history on your own in the exhibit, or stroll along a harbour steeped in stories of sealers, salt fish and skiffs.

a Parks Canada employee standing at a desk

Stop by the orientation centre

Start your visit here. Our Parks Canada staff can help with program information and site orientation.

two individuals looking at some stone statues

Explore Atlantic fishing history

In the exhibit "Cod, Seals and Survivors", journey back in time through 500 years of Newfoundland fisheries.

two individuals standing on a wooden staircase next to a white, wooden building

Discover Bonavista in times gone by

The Bonavista Museum has an extensive collection of artifacts that tells the story of traditional Newfoundland life.

Site map

a map of the buildings at Ryan Premises National Historic Site

Each building of the Ryan Premises has its own historic purpose as well as its own modern-day use. Here's a breakdown of what you'll find at each location.

  • Building #1: The Retail Shop - Restored Office Exhibit and Historic Sites Association Gift Shop
  • Building #2: The Retail Store - Orientation Centre and Bonavista Museum
  • Building #3: Fish Store - Exhibit Area
  • Building #4: Salt Store - Temporary Art Displays (ask at the Orientation Centre about ongoing exhibitions)
  • Building #5: Proprietor's House - Art Galleries (closed for the season)

Things to do

Lookout Lookout
Museum Museum
Photo Opportunity Photography
Picnic area Picnicking

Services and amenities

Accessible Facilities Accessible services
Gift Shop Gift shop
Information Information
Lookout Lookout
Picnic area Picnic area
Restrooms Restrooms
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