Wildlife Watching Tour

View whales and wildlife on this sightseeing tour in Newfoundland | CA-WT801

Experience the world's largest gathering of humpback whales and a fabulous diversity of marine wildlife

Overview

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.

Highlights

  • Whales, puffins
  • Murres, razorbilled auks
  • Gannets, eagles, moose, caribou
  • Bonavista/Trinity region
  • Newfoundland’s museums
  • Stacks & Lighthouses

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. 

  • Personal Experience
  • Trusted Tour Operator
  • Local Guides
  • Small group
Availability Jun - Aug
Duration 8 days
Departs From St. John's, NL
Difficulty Easy / Moderate
Group maximum 18
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up Yes (from airport)
Region Newfoundland

From

3 795
Per Adult
    • Best Price Guarantee
    • Toll Free number in N. America: +1 888 285 1676
    • International number: +1 780 414 1676

Availability (2022):
Based on double occupancy.
Single occupancy: $4245 CAD

  • June 5 - 12
  • June 12 - 19
  • June 19 - 26
  • June 26 - July 03
  • July 03 - 10
  • July 10 - 17
  • July 17 - 24
  • July 24 - 31
  • July 31 - August 7

What's Included

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Included

  • Accommodations in fine quality local hotels along the route
  • All breakfasts and lunches
  • All ground and boat transportation
  • All admission fees
  • Airport pick up and drop off

Suggested Clothing

  • Warm sweater
  • Rain gear
  • Light boots
  • Warm jacket
  • Long pants
  • Shorts
  • T-shirts
  • Hat

Suggested Items

  • Camera
  • Daypack
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Binoculars
  • Water bottle

Contact us for more Information about this tour

TOLL FREE NUMBER IN N. AMERICA: +1 888 285 1676
INTERNATIONAL NUMBER: +1 780 414 1676

You can also send an email to info@adventures.com, or use the contact form here below.

Itinerary

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Information

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 on Water Street this evening, North America’s oldest street. In the morning after breakfast, meet your tour leader and fellow travelers. Your adventure begins!

Overnight: St. John's
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 depending on the time of the year, icebergs! Other whale species including Fin whales, Minkes, and dolphins usually make an appearance. Become mesmerized as tens of thousands of seabirds swirl around you in the overhead sky and cry in chorus from the islands that you slowly sail alongside; camera in hand. Delight in knowing you have now experienced North America’s largest Atlantic puffin colony. Challenge yourself to find a Bald eagle and other more exotic seabirds like shearwaters, jaegers, fulmars, and thick billed murres. Be prepared for an amazing and joyful morning. Midday, savour a delicious lunch featuring local flavors before visiting one of the New World’s earliest fishing villages.

Overnight: St. John's

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 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 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 evening, we call in at nearby coastal settlements to experience more of Newfoundland’s unique cultures and flavours. A photographer’s wonderland of wildlife, historic properties, and crashing, rolling waves upon seascapes beckons around every turn of the road.

Once back in North America’s first city, your tour leader can provide lots of suggestions of things to see and do on your Friday and Saturday nights; local theatre, shopping, fine dining, entertainment, or natural and cultural experiences. Enjoy!

Overnight Location: St. John's
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 would like to visit The Rooms – the majestic provincial museum, gallery, and archives, where Newfoundland Labrador history, heritage, and artistic expression come together; or venture through the Johnson Geo Centre – an underground geological interpretation centre. Maybe you would like to go shopping or stroll through Harbourside Park where Sir Humphrey Gilbert claimed this land for England in 1583? Perhaps an additional boat tour out of the St. John’s Harbour would also be an option to top off your Newfoundland Adventure!

Overnight Location: St. John's

Payment Details

Deposit and Taxes

  • 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.

 

CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS

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 canceled 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.

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