Plan your visit

Ryan Premises National Historic Site

The Ryan Premises is located in Bonavista, Newfoundland and Labrador, approximately 300 km – a 3.5-hour drive - from the provincial capital of St. John's.

Exhibits and displays are open June to October though it is possible to stroll the grounds year round. Plan at least a half day to visit the exhibits and take part in hands-on demonstrations, leaving extra time to stroll the town, harbor, and wharf.

Hours of operation

Operating season and hours of operation.

How to get here

Directions including GPS coordinates, route by car, and how to get to the island of Newfoundland.


Daily visitor fees, program fees, and more. Free admission for youth.


Download a site brochure for Ryan Premises and other places to discover in the Eastern Newfoundland region.

How to get here


10 Ryans Hill Road (Route 235)
Bonavista NL A0C 1B0




By air
St. John’s International Airport (YYT) serves the east coast of Newfoundland. Air Canada, WestJet, Porter, Provincial Airlines, and Air Labrador are the major airlines offering a variety of flights to St. John’s.

By ferry
Marine Atlantic operates car/passenger ferries year-round between North Sydney, Nova Scotia, and Port aux Basques on Newfoundland’s southwest coast. Ferry service between North Sydney and Argentia, on Newfoundland’s east coast, is offered from mid-June to late September. The crossing time from North Sydney to Port aux Basques is approximately 6 hours, and 11 hours from North Sydney to Argentia.

For ferry reservations, which are strongly recommended, and the most up-to-date ferry schedules and fares, please visit the Marine Atlantic website.

By car
Starting at St. John's, follow the TransCanada Highway west to Clarenville. At Clarenville, take route 230, the Discovery Trail, to the Town of Bonavista, then follow the signs. As an alternate route, take route 230 from Clarenville, turn onto route 235 at Southern Bay and follow route 235 straight to the Ryan Premises.

Facilities and services

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


close-up of two white buildings with orange trim

Important bulletins

A list of current notices.

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