Weddings on Woody Island

Have you ever wanted an authentic Newfoundland wedding surrounded by natural beauty. Perhaps you are visiting home from away or just want a retreat wedding for a close group of friends and family. Woody island is the perfect setting for your wedding of up to 60 guests. Woody Island has proven to be a great wedding location and we have had several very successful weddings at the Resort. Woody Island Resort is especially appealing to those who wish to have a small intimate "wedding with a difference".

We offer two Packages, our Two-Day/One-Night package and on occasion a Two-Night/One-Day package. We can accommodate approximately 60 people at Woody Island Resort, but due to Coast Guard Regulations, only 44 can travel on our boat at one time. Therefore, the maximum that we can take on our Two-Day/One-Night trip is 44 people and the maximum that we can take on our Two-Night/One-Day trip is 14/16 people for a combined wedding attendance of 60.

For a wedding of 44 people or less, we would have to pretty well follow the schedule as outlined in our TWO DAY ONE NIGHT Agenda. For a Wedding Party of more than 44, you may have to go with two different packages (44 for the TWO DAY ONE NIGHT package and the remainder for the TWO NIGHT ONE DAY package). Generally, we find that the bride and groom together with the bridal party or some family members will go up on the night before as part of the TWO NIGHT ONE DAY trip, while the remainder will come up the following morning for the TWO DAY ONE NIGHT trip. There may be times on off days that this schedule can be changed slightly. Unfortunately, on weekends or on any day in most of July and August, we would pretty well have to stick to one or both of the schedules outlined above.

  • What's Included:

    Our trips are all inclusive, i.e., boat transportation, all meals and snacks, accommodations based on double occupancy, live entertainment, use of row boats paddle boats and in the case of our Two-Day/One-Night Trip, a trip on the bay and beach picnic on another island, etc., etc. Refreshments are not included and we have a bar on the premises.
  • Prices:

    The rates quoted on the Agenda/Price List are for our regular trips. However, we have to put significantly more time and effort into weddings and for that reason must charge a slightly higher fee. The amount of this extra fee would depend on a few factors including the number of guests, the day of the week, time of the year, etc. and would normally be between 5 and 15 percent of the posted price on weekdays and from 10 to 20 percent on weekends. From our experience in the past, most guests pay their own way.


If you wish, we can also supply you with the names and contact information of some weddings we have hosted at the Resort in the past and you would be free to contact any of the names on the list as they have already indicated to us that they would be very happy to discuss their wedding experience with you.

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A Unique Newfoundland Vacation with Boat Tour

We invite you to step back in time, and experience Newfoundland history firsthand at Woody Island Resort.

Located just two hours outside the hustle and bustle of St. John's and Gander, this rugged, quaint, beautiful island, resettled in the early 1970's has preserved much of its original heritage. Woody Island Resort offers a vacation destination like no other, and plays host to many Newfoundland traditions such as the iconic kitchen party, sing-a-longs with local musicians, traditional Newfoundland home cooked meals with toutons, fried cod, and fresh homemade bread. Other activities such as boating, hiking, etc. are also available.

Come experience everything Newfoundland has to offer - all at one destination. The resort's accommodations has 30 bedrooms, 28 bathrooms, a fireplace-lit cozy dinning room/common room, and a friendly staff working to ensure you feel right at home.

A Short Voyage Gets You There

Sit back and enjoy the 40-minute cruise to the island, our skipper has everything under control. There is always lots of wildlife to see; bald eagles, moose, caribou and even whales make regular appearances along the route! As you enjoy the unmatched scenery of Placentia Bay, you’ll also get your first introduction to Newfoundland folk music.

Once you disembark from the Merasheen, the island becomes your playground. There is lots to see and do, so once you get settled away in your quarters take advantage of this truly unique opportunity!

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Student Excursions

Move your Classroom “Around the Bay”
Woody Island Resort offers Educational Opportunities that bring your textbook alive, make learning fun through educational games and hands-on experiences.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Studies

    What better way to help bring Newfoundland’s rich history and culture to life than an overnight trip to Woody Island! There, students can step back in time as they experience the environment of a small outport community. Learning activities are limited only by your imagination.

    On a walking tour of Woody Island, students will be able to experience first-hand how the people of outport Newfoundland lived and observe the ruins of churches, schools, houses, and wharves. Explore the three small graveyards located there. Visit the Store Loft Museum. See how many of the over 100 artifacts and collectibles your students can identify and then learn their use.

    Chat with some of the local fishermen, many of whom once lived year-round on Woody Island. Play some of the games that were the main pastime for children growing up in outport Newfoundland. Participate in an Outport Relay Race, (coiling rope, casting nets, dory race, etc.) or a Scavenger Hunt (sand dollars, sea urchins, skates wings, etc.). Experience the past through traditional music, learn a traditional dance, try your hand at the spoons or the “ugly stick” and feel free to take along your own music.

  • English Language Arts/ Writing

    With natural and historic settings and experiences to stimulate students, creative thinking and writing activities during or following a trip to Woody Island Resort could include:
    • Bringing resettlement to life by writing/dramatizing conversations of family members as they discuss the pros and cons of leaving the island.
    • Finding perfect settings to present selected pieces of poetry or prose.
    • Perusing books and pictures depicting the history of communities around Placentia Bay and having students write a description of Woody Island before and after resettlement.
    • Visiting the Store Loft Museum and using the Newfoundland artifacts and collectibles to stimulate discussion and creative writing.
    • Writing a tall tale or a ghost story set on the island to be read later in the evening around the bonfire on the beach or in the comfort of the lodge.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Studies

  • Environmental Studies

  • English Language Arts/ Writing

  • Environmental Studies

    A trip to Woody Island offers teachers the perfect opportunity to get their students out of the classroom and into the natural environment with various Eco-systems, including:

    Intertidal Marine
    Sandy and rocky beaches provide samples of marine algae and other elements comprising coastline profile. The occasional glimpse of an oil tanker in the distance stimulates lively discussion.
    Close to the lodge is an ideal place for students to do a bog field study, examining the microscopic community in a picture plant and in bog water.
    Boreal Forests, Meadows and Streams
    The walking paths that connected the original settlers of the island provide easy access to the best of the island’s natural habitats.
    On the boat trip to the island and the tour of the bay, students may see whales and sea birds or even a caribou swimming from one island to another.
  • Enterprise Education

    Woody Island Resort is an example of an entrepreneurial vision come to fruition.

    Following the resettlement of the island in the early 1970s, only seasonal fishermen and those with summer homes were able to return for extended visits.

    The Resort began with an idea, followed some painstaking years later by the main lodge, and has grown to encompass four buildings, including meeting and dormitory facilities.

    During the trip and back in the classroom, students can be challenged to consider the difficulties the owner may have encountered, to suggest ideas for improvement and expansion, to anticipate obstacles and devise marketing strategies.

Student Testimonials

  • Gina


    "Woody Island is the best experience I ever had! I loved everything from the food, to the boat ride, to the “museum” that was set up, but the most enjoyable was seeing what Newfoundland was like decades ago. I went with my class. I don’t think there was a person who didn’t like it. A wonderful experience for all ages. "
  • Kayla


    "Woody Island was the best field trip I ever went on. This was the most fun thing that ever happened to me. (Besides Disney World)."
  • Laura


    " I liked Woody Island because you feel good and get close to nature. I went to lots of beaches. We had a scavenger hunt and a relay race. Other kids should go there because they would have fun and would not be bored at all. You will have good memories for life."


Day One

  • Your adventure begins on Day One in Garden Cove, Placentia Bay. Board the 42-foot Coast Guard approved M.V. “Merasheen”. Take a seat in the heated cabins or catch the salt air on deck as the skipper navigates calm inland waters, past Sound Island where bald eagles nest.
  • At the Resort, you can wander sandy beaches and isolated coves…enjoy delicious meals…learn about the people who once lived there…explore old cemeteries…chat with visiting fishermen… participate in a nature scavenger hunt….enjoy an outport relay race….visit the “Store Loft Museum and try to identify over 100 artifacts.
  • In the evening cozy up around a bonfire or kick up your heels to some traditional or contemporary music.

Day Two

  • After breakfast, the highlight of Day Two is a boat tour of beautiful Placentia Bay. If it’s the right time of year you may see whales, dolphins or bald eagles.
  • Step ashore on another abandoned island. Sit by the fire as you wait for the kettle to boil or follow the shoreline and explore the meadows and other remains of an abandoned community.
  • After this unforgettable day, it’s back aboard the Merasheen for the journey to Garden Cove.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What do I need to take along on the Trip?

    Just take along you’re your personal belongings. Everything else is provided including towels, facecloths, bedding, toiletries etc.
  • What should I wear?

    The weather on Woody Island is very similar to the weather on the rest of the Avalon Peninsula. Clothing that you would normally wear for an after dinner walk would be sufficient. Sneakers or walking shoes would be fine for walking around the island. If there is rain in the forecast we suggest you take along your rain gear. However, we do sell ponchos and umbrellas in the shop for less than $5.00
  • What if I am allergic to or don’t like the food you serve?

    Most of our food is Newfoundland fare but unlike a restaurant, we cannot offer a number of different meals at one time. However, if after reading the menu you are allergic to or do not like some of our meals, just let us know a few days before your departure date and we will arrange an alternative. For Example, chicken is our usual substitute for fish. We also ask that you mention your required meal substitution to the cook when you first arrive at Woody Island.
  • What if I have dietary restrictions such as Gluten intolerance, Lactose intolerance or am vegetarian?

    If you have any dietary requirements such as these, please notify us when booking or at least a week before your trip so we can ensure we can offer alternatives.
  • Do you have a bar?

  • Do you have ice?

    We have ice for our bar and ice is also sold from the store on the island.
  • How much luggage can I take along?

    Due to limited storage space we ask that you travel light. Given that most of your amenities are included, a small overnight bag will generally be sufficient.
  • Do you have a Souvenir Store on the Island?

    Yes, we do have a Souvenir Store. We sell souvenirs including hats, sweat shirts, T-Shirts, etc. We also sell pop, beer, ice, chips, bars, etc.
  • What type of electrical power do you have?

    Our power is supplied by a 110 Volt generator. The generator is not running all of the time. Rather, it is turned off and on periodically during the day and at night it is shut off about an hour after the last person goes to bed. (Usually at 1 or 2 AM) It is started again at approximately 7 AM. While you can use hair dryers, curling irons, etc. during your stay, we ask you to please be conservative. Our reasoning for this is the limited power source; if the generator becomes overloaded, we may end up tripping a breaker. This is not a serious problem as we only have to reset the breaker. Nevertheless, if we stagger the use of the guilty appliances this snag is easily avoided.

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