Small groups and giant landscapes are featured on these sightseeing tours along the coast. The dates for these tours include the prime whale watching season.
Most years guests see the largest numbers and varieties of whales between late June and early August. The seabirds are thinning out by late July but everybody should see murres, puffins, razor-billed auks, gannets, eagles, moose, caribou, and many other species of wildlife. Icebergs are common sights on the June and July trips.
These are moving sightseeing tours that begin in St. John's, where you will participate in boat voyages featuring whale watching and a visit to North America's largest puffin colony, and thousands of other seabirds. Guests also get to enjoy eastern Newfoundland’s museums, lighthouses, trails, wildflowers, songbirds, flavors, the historic streets of old St. John’s and local folks.
Price: $3495 CAD per person
Based on double occupancy.
Single occupancy: $3950 CAD
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Guide information: Experienced naturalist hosts boast a great mix of local experience and knowledge. Some are authors, others are professors, and all sport a unique mix of knowledge, humor, and training. Expect a qualified, remarkable, and fun traveling companion.
Restrictions: You need to be able to enjoy an hour of slow-to-moderate paced walking over uneven trails and paths to fully participate in this vacation experience.
Transportation: Trips originate and end in St. John's, Newfoundland. Airport picks up included.
Weather: 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. It is not unusual for people to wear T-shirts and shorts while viewing 15-story-tall icebergs.
Meals & Dining: All breakfasts and lunches included. Meals are a highlight and feature Newfoundland specialties such as partridgeberry tarts and bake apple pies. Dinners are not included in the price but can be purchased at local restaurants along the route.
Welcome to St. John’s, the New World’s first city! We greet you at St. John’s airport (YYT) and, if time allows, provide a short orientation excursion around the town. Enjoy your hotel’s ocean view and prime downtown location. Perhaps take a stroll o...)
Your holiday starts with the thrill of being out on the ocean blue viewing members of the world’s largest summertime gathering of acrobatic Humpback whales! On a boat excursion out of Bay Bulls, you are on the lookout for whales, seabirds, and depend...)
Today we travel southwest on the Avalon to Cape St. Mary’s along the scenic Cape Shore; stopping in along the way to Castle Hill National Historic Site in Placentia, or as the French referred to it, ‘Plaisance’. In the early seventeenth century this ...)
Today we travel southwest on the Avalon to Cape St. Mary’s along the scenic Cape Shore; stopping in along the way to Castle Hill National Historic Site in Placentia, or as the French referred to it, ‘Plaisance’. In the early seventeenth century this area became the French capital of Newfoundland and is still steeped in its history today. Vantage points along the way overlook the ocean and expanses of wild country, providing chances for moose and eagle sightings or activity on the water.
You will never forget your time at the Cape! Before modern day’s recognition by the world’s nature-loving community, our famous Cape St. Mary’s had been celebrated locally in myth and song for centuries. Roger Tory Peterson, himself, recognized it as one of our planet’s most dramatic marine wonders. Cape St. Mary’s Seabird Sanctuary, the continent’s third largest gannet nesting site, is an incredible breeding ground for tens of thousands of seabirds, including the world’s most southerly thick-billed murres. Stand only feet away from gannets, kittiwakes, and murres as they tend to their eggs and/or chicks! In season, usually mid-July, sea cliffs act as theatre seating for you to enjoy some of the world’s finest land-based whale watching, as these majestic marine mammals cavort around their northern coastal feeding grounds.
After lunch, your scenic coastal communities’ drive continues as you make your way to the Rocky River Salmon ladder. Here, learn about the efforts to introduce Atlantic salmon to this once infertile river. Your evening destination awaits you, just a few minutes away, alongside yet another salmon river. If time allows, you may opt for an evening round of golf at your resort or a hike along the river.
Overnight Location: Holyrood
After a scrumptious breakfast, it’s off for an early morning, gentle hike through the Salmonier Nature Park for an opportunity to view up-close Newfoundland Labrador’s native wildlife. Here you will learn about our provincial government’s programs fo...)
After a scrumptious breakfast, it’s off for an early morning, gentle hike through the Salmonier Nature Park for an opportunity to view up-close Newfoundland Labrador’s native wildlife. Here you will learn about our provincial government’s programs for wildlife rehabilitation, research, and environmental monitoring.
Then, once again, we hit the road. Get ready to explore the Trinity/Bonavista region! Notice the change in terrain as you travel off the Avalon and deeper into the interior of the island of Newfoundland. Taller and varied deciduous trees and richer soils abound. Keep your eyes alert for wildlife along the way. After lunch, we are destined for beautiful sea-glass speckled beaches, sea arches, and amazing rock formations. Dramatic waterfalls, scenic vistas and a chance to stretch your legs on local hiking trails taking in woodland and coastline views are all highlights of the day.
Overnight Location: Trinity/Bonavista
After a night’s rest in a comfortable bed, this morning we go to sea once again, to enjoy more of the ocean’s wonders. The Trinity Bay area is alive with Bald eagles, whales, and dolphins. On one of our nature studies, Wildland Tours was the first to...)
After a night’s rest in a comfortable bed, this morning we go to sea once again, to enjoy more of the ocean’s wonders. The Trinity Bay area is alive with Bald eagles, whales, and dolphins. On one of our nature studies, Wildland Tours was the first to determine that Sperm whales are consistently found during the summer in parts of Trinity Bay. When you are rewarded with the sound of Sperm whales through an underwater microphone, as they communicate to each other with vocal ‘clicks’, it is truly a once in a life-time experience!
Your afternoon will feature more of what makes this area so special — trails, moose, osprey, songbirds, dramatic vistas, orchids, shore-birds, and numerous small museums and interpretation centres. In some ways this is an afternoon where you can explore your interests. Bird watching, icebergs, lighthouses, flower walks, beachcombing, land-based whale watching, photographing the local architecture, and a visit to the local aquarium are all possibilities. Many guests simply enjoy exploring the beautiful and historic community of Trinity. Wander through this picturesque town rich in history or take in some local theatre on your own.
Overnight Location: Trinity/Bonavista
So much to explore in the historic Bonavista/Trinity region! Earlier in the season, magnificent icebergs calved from giant chunks of 15,000 year old Greenland glaciers, meander along the shorelines. Before returning back to St. John’s for your evenin...)
Travel to Cape Spear, North America’s most easterly point, and look over the blue horizon as it reaches endlessly towards the eastern continents. Today, we can further explore the trails, museums, and attractions of historic St. John’s. Maybe you wou...)
Farewell to Sea and SkyFree in St. John’s until we bring you to the airport.)
Farewell to Sea and Sky
Free in St. John’s until we bring you to the airport.
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Full payment is required 60 days prior to your holiday’s start date. If you decide to cancel anytime PRIOR TO the 60 days, your deposit and any payments made are 100% refundable. If you must cancel anytime BETWEEN 60 days and 7 days prior to your holiday departure date, you will receive an 80% refund. If you must cancel 6 days prior to and up to or on your departure date, you will receive a 50% refund. If after 60 days you must cancel, your 20% deposit will be applied to your future holiday booking