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Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve
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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 $90 Per Person
Sit back, relax and enjoy the view as humpback whales breach, pectoral fin and fluke slap right before your eyes. With the largest population of humpbacks returning each summer you never know what you’ll see. 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. Sail past towering icebergs. Package includes: 2 hr Award Winning Boat Tour, Shuttle Service, 1 Iceberg Beer, 1 Puffin Souvenir

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O'Brien's Whale and Bird Tours

Starting at $1349 Per Person
The title says it all - with more than 29,000 kilometres of coastline, there are plenty of vantage points to see the true stars of this package, the whales, birds and bergs!

Package includes expert travel advice, 7 nights’ accommodation, 7-day mid-size car rental with unlimited kilometres, two whale watching boat tours, St. John’s city tour, a Lighthouse Picnic, and admission to select museums and attractions.

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Maxxim Vacations

Starting at $259 Per Person
This is a two night accommodations / three day package featuring guided Zodiac or kayak tour, nature hike, historical three hour walk around Trinity and an evening play featured at the Rising Tide Theatre. Staying at our lodge you can visit the local churches Anglican and Catholic to view their historical significance in a community that made its living form the sea plus related historical sites. A guided walking tour is included that will reveal all of these features and more of the local lore.
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Trinity Eco-Tours Lodge

Starting at $299 Per Couple
Set sail on an award winning boat tour for the thrill of a lifetime! View half a million Atlantic Puffins at the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve. Watch playful Humpback Whales frolic right before your eyes. Breathe in the fresh ocean air as you past by towering icebergs. Return to the Holiday Inn for a swim in their new pool with giant water slides, check out the state-of-the-art fitness center and dine at Eastside Mario’s. Tour & shuttle, one night stay, restaurant gift certificate.

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Holiday Inn St. John's & 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

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 $199 Per Couple
Hop aboard Newfoundland’s Award Winning Boat Tour with O’Brien’s and set sail to the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve. Enjoy the view of half a million Atlantic Puffins and millions of other seabirds. A birders Paradise! Feel the chill as you pass by 10,000-year-old icebergs. Watch in awe at humpback whales in their natural environment.

Spend a restful night in St. John’s at Memorial University’s Paton or Macpherson College.

1 night stay, return shuttle to boat tour and two boat tour tickets.

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O'Brien's Whale and Bird Tours and Memorial University Residences Paton/ Macpherson College

Starting at $160 Per Person
Take a thrilling tour along iceberg alley with award winning Northland Discovery Boat Tours. The 2 ½ hour tour will captivate you with live interpretative programming on our marine life and culture. Our area boasts one of the best regions on the planet to view seabirds, dolphins, whales and 10,000 year old icebergs! Afterwards, enjoy a self guided tour of Grenfell Historic Properties and explore the historic home of Sir Wilfred Grenfell, a heroic medical missionary, originally from England.

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Grenfell Heritage Hotel & Suites & Northland Discovery Boat Tours


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