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Birdwatching

Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve
Baby Sea Birds
Puffin
Bald Eagle
Common Murres

With over 350 species of birds, there's no question Newfoundland and Labrador is a major destination for birdwatching. Whether it's by land or sea, you can get up close and personal to millions of seabirds, rare birds, and birds of prey. Between the boat tours and kayaking tours, the ecological reserves and the many hiking trails, there's a bird around every turn.

Seabird Capital of North America

Over 29,000 kilometres of coastline - no wonder our 35 million seabirds love this place. Witness the chaotic gatherings of 25,000 gannets, 500,000 puffins, and 7 million storm-petrels, just to name a few. Or try standing a mere 20 metres from Bird Rock at the Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve. May we suggest you bring an umbrella.

Birds of Prey

Smart. Quick. And plentiful. Hawks, falcons, ospreys, and owls patrol these parts. And share their nesting grounds with over 800 American bald eagles - making this place one of the largest populations on the continent.

Rare Birds

Many non-native birds find themselves here, so sightings in this climate zone are not uncommon. Every year, we welcome a few European travellers like the European golden plover and the Northern wheatear. And endangered species like the harlequin duck or the piping plover have also been known to make the odd appearance too.

Best Ways to Watch Birds

Boat tours are one of the best ways to watch seabirds around places such as the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve. In addition, there are a number of top bird gathering spots across Newfoundland and Labrador that are 'must-sees', and also very accessible by land. Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve and Cape Bonavista Lighthouse Provincial Historic Site are two great examples.

Birding Hot Spots

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Icebergs, Whales and Birds – the Triple Play!

Triple Play Map

For tourists keen on viewing whales and seabirds, it should be noted that they migrate north in the late spring and early summer - and can often be plentiful through to early fall. The opposing southerly iceberg migration allows for brief intervals where all three may happily coexist. This spectacle is not entirely uncommon but should not necessarily be expected by sightseers even when travelling at the optimal time of year. Many factors affecting timing, location, and populations naturally vary from year to year, so it's hard to be accurate.

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Birding Newfoundland with Dave Brown

Google Groups - Bird lovers in Newfoundland & Labrador

Starting at $181.99 Per Couple
Experience the freedom of the great outdoors. After an exhilarating day, take advantage of this great stay and birding package which includes one night in a standard guest room at St. Christopher's Hotel, a dinner entree with a glass of wine and hot breakfast for two includes a field checklist prepared by bird biologist Bill Montevecchi for the Codroy Valley Area Development Association.

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St. Christopher's Hotel

Starting at $100.00 Per Person
Sit back, relax and enjoy the view as the largest population of Humpback Whales breach and frolic right before your eyes! You may even witness a rare double breach. Cruise to the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, home to 1/2 a million Atlantic Puffins and millions of other seabirds. Feel the chill as you sail past towering icebergs. Take in the beauty of National Geographic's Top Coastal Destination.

Package includes 2 hr Award Winning Boat Tour, shuttle service from St. John's, 1 Iceberg beer

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O'Brien's Whale and Bird Tours

Starting at $359 Per Night
Come experience some of the best quadding on the island on the Bonavista Peninsula. Create a one, two, three or more multiday package to experience wildlife and raw nature at its finest in the great Newfoundland outdoors. Experience a traditional Newfoundland boil up on the trail with an open fire alongside one of the many ponds, creeks rivers or the ocean. We use our lodge as the jump off point for our tours and the accommodations on our one and two day packages.
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Trinity Eco-Tours Lodge

Starting at $235 Per Person
Three hour exclusive audience with the whales for you and up to 5 of your closest friends. An intimate adventure in one of nature’s most awesome places hosted by senior naturalist. Includes a relaxing picnic lunch in a secluded cove. Relax to sounds of the waves lapping on the shore and the crash of nearby waterfalls. Lunch includes complimentary wine and local micro brewed beer.

Cruise in comfort aboard our 26' catamaran - washroom equipped. All safety equipment provided.

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Gatherall's Puffin and Whale Watch

Starting at $175 Per Person
Newfoundland is internationally renowned for its winter birds – most of which can be found in and around St. John’s. We search rugged coastlines for sought-after seabirds; visit quaint ponds to spot both local and European waterfowl; stroll wooded trails to find northern finches and songbirds, and enjoy the world-famous gull flocks in one of North America's oldest cities. Sometimes, we even find a rarity or two to add a little extra excitement to our day!
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Bird-The-Rock Bird & Nature Tours

Starting at $125 Per Person
Come and catch your fresh cod, mackerel or perch. If interested in some wicked scenery of mountainous fjords and stunning cliff sides the Beautiful Bay of Islands is the place to explore in the Newfoundland Dory ! Get the real personal experience, please don't forget your camera ! Cod season usually opens July 1st weekend, in 2016 we had 46 cod fishing days, outside cod season we are catching mackerel! Have your fresh fish filleted on site for your supper, awesome Bald Eagle photography also !
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Four Seasons Tours

Starting at $81 Per Person
90-minute cruise to the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve - home to the Atlantic Puffin and the best whale watching in North America. Fun! Exciting! Family friendly!

Great hosts and the best whale spotting record.

Join Gatherall's Puffin & Whale Watch for an unforgettable voyage to nature's ocean playground. Leave the driving to us. Transportation from/to St. John's hotels included. Gatherall's catamaran is the largest and most comfortable tour boat in NL. Transport Canada Certified.

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Gatherall's Puffin and Whale Watch

Starting at $95 Per Person
Set sail on an Award Winning Boat Tour that will leave you breathless. View 1/2 a million Atlantic Puffins at the Witless Bay Eco Reserve, watch playful Humpback Whales and sail past 10,000 year old Icebergs. Enjoy a beer tasting of 7 Award Winning ales and lagers at Quidi Vidi Brewery while learning the history of the charming fishing village.

*Full brewery tour available on Saturday’s and Sunday’s

Package includes: 2 hour boat tour, return shuttle service, brewery tasting, 2 pack QV beer.

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O'Brien's Whale and Bird Tours

Starting at $158 Per Person
If you love coastal hiking without crowds this is for you. Guided walk along the Irish Shore's rugged coastlines, quaint villages to a famous lighthouse. Picnic lunch served atop a seaside meadow with vistas of puffins and other seabirds swirling below. The icebergs and whales we see are as interesting as the locals we meet. Their accents and distinct brogues are a delight (the folks, not the whales)! This is a special offer filled with takeaways to remind you of your unforgettable day!

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Cook's Coastal Walks & Stan Cook Sea Kayaking

Starting at $208.99 Per Couple
Experience the freedom of the great outdoors. After an exhilarating day take advantage of this great stay and birding package which includes one night in a standard guest room at St. Christopher's Hotel, dinner entree, dessert, a glass of wine and St. Christopher's breakfast for two, and a field checklist prepared by Bill Montevecchi for the Codroy Valley Area Development Association.
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St. Christopher's Hotel

 

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