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Whale watching and sightseeing tour along the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador

Explore Newfoundland and Labrador on this whale study and sightseeing tour. The rich Labrador coastline is home to orcas. Join your guides for a photographic and historic expedition through northern Newfoundland and southern Labrador. Relive the arctic history of Battle Harbour, Labrador. Contribute to the efforts at studying and cataloguing the region’s humpbacks, orcas, and other whales. 

Travel through time viewing fossils, remnants of the earliest life on earth, and some of the new world’s earliest archaeological sites. The area is incredibly rich with wildlife but is one of North America’s least studied marine areas. Enjoy comfortable nights, wild days, and some of the planet’s most dramatic landscapes as you count humpbacks and continue to pioneer the study of eastern North America’s orcas.

This tour is a combination of viewing and studying the local whale population in southern Labrador and visiting various historical and cultural sites in both Newfoundland and Labrador. At the same time you will be exploring the area on and land and sea, viewing a variety of wildlife and spending time in small coastal communities.

$4890.00 CAD
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Whale Watching

August to September

Easy / Moderate

Your guides boast a great mix of local experience and knowledge. Some are authors, others are professors, and all sport a unique mix of knowledge, humour, and training. Expect a qualified, remarkable, and fun travelling companion.



People with strict dietary requirements or medical concerns need to discuss their requirements well in advance of the expedition since southern Labrador is remote, and some services and products are not available. 

Not Applicable

Trips originate and end in Deer Lake, Newfoundland. Airport pick up and drop off included.


Day-time summer temperatures can range from 10 to 25 degrees Celsius (50 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit), while nights may go a few degrees lower. The weather is quite unpredictable, so be prepared. 


All ground transportation, airport transfers, boat time, whale watching tours and admission fees.  The boats used on the various marine excursions are Canada Coast Guard certified passenger vessels. The Labrador ferry is a larger vessel capable of carrying trucks and motor coaches. The Labrador ferry trip is considered one of the world's premier pelagic seabird watching boat trips. The voyage also typically features whales, seals and icebergs.


Warm sweater, rain gear, light boots, warm jacket, long pants, shorts, t-shirts, hat.


Camera, daypack, sunglasses, sunscreen, water bottle, binoculars.


Accommodations are in hotels and inns along the route. All of the accommodations are best available in the region, and feature good quality local dining and comfortable rooms with their own washroom facilities.Battle Harbour accommodation has several sets of washrooms but does not include facilities for each room.



All meals included.  Meals are a highlight and feature such Newfoundland and Labrador specialties as partridgeberry tarts and bakeapple pies.

Aug 28, 2019 - Sep 06, 2019
$4890.00 / per person - CAD
Based on double occupancy.
Pricing does not include: 15.00% HST.

A 20% deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 30 days before trip commencement.
In the unfortunate event that you have to cancel your holiday for any reason everything is totally refundable until 30 days from a holiday's start date. Full payment is required at the 30 day point but if you have to cancel, we keep 20%. Some of the hotels do charge if a reservation is cancelled within 30 days so we may need to assess a fee. If you cancel on the planned day of arrival, you still receive a 50% refund.

Aug 28, 2019 - Sep 06, 2019

Day 1

Arrive Deer Lake, Newfoundland (YDF). We meet you at the airport and we provide an overview of the adventure while you travel the dramatic route to Gros Morne for the evening.

Overnight Location: Gros Morne

Day 2

Journey to Labrador
Journey to L’Anse au Clair, Labrador with a stop at Port aux Choix, Newfoundland to look at ancient orca carvings. The ferry to Labrador is famous for pelagic seabird watching. Whales and seals are also frequent highlights on this 90-minute crossing.

Meals Breakfast, lunch, Welcoming dinner

Overnight Location: L’Anse au Clair

Day 3

Arctic Outpost Battle Harbour
If time allows, we visit the 1540s World Whaling Capital, Red Bay, where we learn the story of the bowhead and right whales who once called these productive waters home. The region’s dramatic salmon rivers provide beautiful photographic opportunities and may serve to make this coast especially attractive to orcas.  We travel through old growth Labrador forest along the new Labrador Highway to Mary’s Harbour where we meet the Battle Harbour ferry. Watch for the black bears and other wildlife along the route and around Mary’s Harbour. Overnight in the beautifully restored, historic premises of Battle Harbour. From here Peary declared, “The Pole is ours.” Today the area has been restored to the glory it enjoyed when it was the Capital of Labrador. We use generators for electricity and enjoy comfortable rooms and the local food.

Meals Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight Location: Battle Harbour

Day 4

Coastal Adventures and Coastal Explorations
Coastal boat trips searching for humpbacks, orcas, and other whales. Explore Battle Harbour and the abandoned communities of the Labrador coast. We will also attempt to gather some of the region’s first humpback tail photographs. Our hope is that we can continue our orca dorsal fin photography and perhaps use hydrophones to listen in on the underwater vocalizations of orcas and dolphins. We have a small catalogue of orcas we recognize and we will be attempting to broaden our knowledge of these individuals and their biology. The region’s dramatic coast and recently abandoned fishing communities contribute a poignant and unforgettable human adventure to the expedition experience. We enjoy the coast’s whales, abundant seabirds, and seals by day while soaking up the historic atmosphere of Battle Harbour by night. We review the story of Peary and Bartlett and their trip to the Pole. We also revisit the time the world came to Battle Harbour to hear the stories of the first successful journey to the Pole. Our time here is always an expedition highlight.

Meals Breakfasts, lunches, dinners

Overnight Location: Battle Harbour

Day 5

Orca Adventures & Coastal Explorations
The south coast of Labrador is rich with seabirds, seals, and whales.  Today one of our stops will likely be Cape Charles - truly the most easterly point in North America.  While Cape Spear near St. John’s, Newfoundland promotes itself as the continent’s most easterly point, Newfoundland is an island.  One cannot walk from Cape Spear to British Columbia but one can make the journey starting at Cape Charles, the true eastern edge of North America.  We explore other coastal communities during our expedition boat trips searching for humpbacks, orcas, and other whales. We also take the time to explore Battle Harbour’s trails and history. Few people can truly claim to have stood on the absolute eastern edge of North America; however, all of the participants in our Southern Labrador Adventures (formerly called the Northern Whale Study Expedition) share this special priviledge and distinction.

Overnight Location: Battle Harbour

Day 6

Orca Adventures & Coastal Explorations
We call this vacation program an expedition because the restored historic premises at Battle Harbour boast one modern washroom per restored building rather than one washroom per bedroom.  The exotic and remote destination of Battle Harbour means that many modern conveniences like television and WiFi connections are absent.  The rich coast and landscape make this our most talked about vacation program but we do feel it more appropriate to call this a comfortable and “gentle expedition” rather than a traditional group tour.  This is our third day of coastal boat trips searching for humpbacks, orcas, and other whales. We also further explore Battle Harbour and the abandoned communities of the Labrador coast. The region’s dramatic coast and recently abandoned fishing communities contribute a poignant and unforgettable human adventure to the expedition experience. We enjoy the coast’s whales, abundant seabirds, and seals by day while soaking up the historic atmosphere of Battle Harbour by night. Guests always remember their time at Battle Harbour as one of their life’s highlights.  The atmosphere and setting are magical.

Overnight Location: Battle Harbour

Day 7

Viking Trails & Dolphin Tails
Our gentle adventure departs Labrador for the St. Anthony, Newfoundland area and our local hotel. The ferry trip between mainland Labrador and the Island of Newfoundland provides prime whale and seabird watching opportunities for us again. This is the land of the Vikings and we ponder the region’s rich human history while looking for shorebirds, seabirds, and whales. 

Meals Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight Location: St. Anthony

Day 8

Lief Ericson's Home & Humpback Tails
Depending on the sea conditions and local reports, we will explore the dolphin and humpback-rich areas around St. Anthony and the Grey Islands on a local tour boat. Every season several recognizable orcas show up, including individuals we know from the Battle Harbour region. Our study colleagues in the area also have resident humpbacks that they recognize and can tell us about. This is our last day for photographing humpback tails and orca dorsal fins. We also explore the ancient Norse history of this scenic region and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site at L’Anse aux Meadows… and learn about the relationships the Norse and the first peoples had with the region’s whales.

Meals Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 9

Mountains, Moose & Caribou
The last day of our expedition will likely see more moose and caribou than whales as we leave northern Newfoundland for the charming Glynmill Inn in Corner Brook. Here we enjoy a sumptuous farewell supper.

Meals Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight Location: Corner Brook

Day 10

Whale Songs & Farewell
Depart from Deer Lake airport.

Meals Breakfast