Wildlife Watching Tour

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

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


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.


  • 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


3 795
Per Adult
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    • International number: +1 780 414 1676

Availability (2021):
Based on double occupancy.
Single occupancy: $4245 CAD

  • June 06 - 13
  • June 13 - 20
  • June 20 - 27
  • June 27 - July 04
  • July 04 - 11
  • July 11 - 18
  • July 18 - 25
  • July 25 - August 01

What's Included

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  • 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

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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.

We greet you at St. John’s airport and provide a short orientation excursion around the old city. Enjoy our hotel’s ocean view and prime downtown location.  We gather in the early evening to greet our fellow travelers and to review the highlights of the upcoming holiday. Relax and get ready for the adventure.

Overnight Location: St. John's

Puffins & Whales
Today begins with a boat voyage featuring whale watching, North America’s largest puffin colony, and tens of thousands of other seabirds. We like to start your holiday with a thrill as we travel to view members of the world’s largest summertime gathering of acrobatic humpback whales; and often we enjoy the company of other whale species including fin whales, minkes, and dolphins. Throughout the vacation - and on this voyage - we will be looking for more exotic seabirds like shearwaters, jaegers, fulmars, and thick-billed murres among the throngs of seabirds on the ocean. The islands we will travel to are one of the planet’s largest seabird reserves — so tens of thousands of puffins are guaranteed.  Expect an amazing and joyful morning. Next, we savor a lunch featuring local flavors before visiting one of the New World’s earliest fishing villages.

Overnight Location: St. John's

Outports & Wilderness
Whales, members of the world’s most southerly caribou herd, a small puffin colony, a tern colony, and seals are usually seen as we circle the Avalon Wilderness Area — a 1,000 square kilometer park. Sometimes the whales are lunge feeding on a local beach — and when this is happening we make that marvelous spectacle and the small caribou herd the highlights of the day. We often get to enjoy lots of other wildlife including seabirds visiting from south of the equator. You will be enchanted by the gorgeous fishing villages and woodland wonders along the way as we travel to St. Brides for the night. Should southerly winds bring fog to this route, we will enjoy an alternative itinerary with coastal communities and wildlife watching as we travel to scenic St. Brides.

Overnight Location: St. Brides

Sea Stacks & Lighthouses
You will always remember your time with us at the continent’s third largest gannet colony. Roger Tory Peterson made this site the subject for chapter one of his early Wild America classic and since that time it has been widely recognized as one of our planet’s most dramatic marine wonders. Before this 20th century recognition by the world’s nature-loving community, our famous cape had been celebrated locally in myth and song for centuries.  We travel there after breakfast because it is the wonderfully accessible breeding ground for tens of thousands of seabirds including the world’s most southerly thick-billed murres. We get great views of gannets, kittiwakes, and murres with their eggs and/or chicks. In season — usually mid-July — we sometimes enjoy some of the world’s finest land-based whale watching as the high seacliffs allow us to watch the whales cavort around their northern coastal feeding grounds. After lunch, we explore Placentia, the first outpost of New France. We also show off our secret orchid patch and look for moose. The evening’s destination is the Trinity/Bonavista/Port Union area. Our route to the coast features a moose and black bear hunt (with cameras only). Some years we enjoy a 90 percent or higher success rate at finding moose over the week, but bears are much more elusive. These hunts are always fun!

Overnight Location: Trinity/Bonavista

Towns, Trails & Tails
This morning we go to sea again to enjoy more of the ocean’s wonders as we look for bald eagles and watch for whales. In 2007, our company’s naturalists established that sperm whales are consistently found during the summer in a portion of Trinity Bay and we will look out for them and other whale species. Our 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 centers. In some ways, this is an afternoon where we can cater to your interests. Bird watching, icebergs, lighthouses, flower walks, beachcombing, sea kayaking, land-based whale watching, photographing the local architecture, and hands-on marine biology programs are all possibilities. Many guests simply enjoy exploring the beautiful and historic community of Trinity. Wander through town on your own or walk with our knowledgeable and fun guide. 

Overnight Location: Trinity/Bonavista

The Oldest City
Explore more of the historic Bonavista/Trinity region. Icebergs, giant chunks of 15,000-year-old Greenland glaciers, and more whales usually add to the day’s photographic wonders. Call in at nearby coastal settlements to learn more about Newfoundland’s unique cultures and flavors before returning to St. John’s for the evening. Enjoy Friday and Saturday night out on the town in North America’s first city. Our leader will provide lots of suggestions about local theatre, entertainment, fine dining, and culture. Enjoy!

Overnight Location: St. John's

The Eastern Edge
Travel to North America’s most easterly point, and further explore the trails, museums, and attractions of historic St. John’s. We also try to fit in another dramatic wildlife watching boat trip and look for more puffins and whales.

Overnight Location: St. John's

Farewell to Sea and Sky
Free in St. John’s until we bring you to the airport.

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.



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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