Step on Board
Plan your visit to The Matthew
The wind whistling through the sails, a seagull soaring overhead and the gentle rolling of a 15th-century caravel. As you look out to sea, imagine what it must have been like for Giovanni Caboto and his crew, sailing toward the unknown.
You will enter the world of 15th-century Europe and discover the events that led to Caboto’s voyage. You will learn the fundamentals of early navigators, feel the weight of a deep-sea, and take a sighting through an astrolabe.
Our knowledgeable guides are on deck and ready to answer all your questions. Your visit includes a guided tour of the Matthew Replica. This 92-foot-long wooden caravel is a full-scale reproduction of the ship that carried Caboto and his crew from Bristol to the New World in 1497. Hear the story of that voyage and take a peek inside Caboto’s cabin and admire the work of our local shipwright.
Take a peek inside the boat bay – the Matthew’s current home – and explore the challenges of recreating a 15th-century vessel. Climb below deck to catch a glimpse of life at sea. Smell the salty air and oiled wood. Listen and let us spark your imagination with true tales of adventure, discovery, and unexpected rewards.
Complete your visit with a stop at Mattea’s Gift Shop, where you’ll find a wide range of souvenirs, reproductions and local artisan crafts.
Take a thrilling boat tour
The Matthew has teamed up with Bonavista Adventure Puffin and Whale Tours to bring you the ultimate sea adventure. Step aboard the LADY MARGUERITE for a breathtaking adventure along the scenic coastline of Bonavista and Trinity Bay.
During the spring and summer months, we are visited by 10,000-year-old icebergs, Humpback Whales, Fin Whales, Minke Whales, Sperm Whales, endangered North Atlantic Right Whales, and Blue Whales. We also see Harbor Porpoise, North Atlantic White Sided Dolphins, Common Dolphins, and Seals. Seabirds number in the hundreds with daily sightings of Puffins, Gannets, Black Guillemots, Kittiwake, Terns and more!
Mattea's Gift Store
The Matthew is an extremely important part of special events and programs planned for each tourist season. Some $24 million in tourism dollars is generated for the province on the Bonavista Peninsula and it is essential that The Matthew remain part of that economic equation.
Most importantly is it part of our shared history. Your sponsorship of The Matthew’s repair, restoration and upkeep will ensure that she has a place in the future as well. Through a series of commemorative plaques, we are recognizing donors on site who have contributed to this important cause. Plaque size and placement will depend on the size of your gift.