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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 $94 Per Person
Experience the excitement of Sea Kayaking on the Avalon Peninsula’s spectacular world famous coastline. Our guided kayak tours explore these waters which are dotted with magnificent icebergs, soaring seabirds, fluttering puffins and majestic whales as they migrate south. Discover hidden coves, sea caves, waterfalls and be sure to bring along your camera to capture all the unforgettable memories. Plus enjoy a scenic drive from Old St. John’s to beautiful Bay Bulls along the Southern Shore.

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The Outfitters Adventures

Starting at $90 Per Person
Sit back, relax and enjoy the view as humpback whales breach, pectoral fin and fluke (tail) 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. Sail to the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, home to half a million Atlantic Puffins and millions of other seabirds. A sight not to be missed! Package includes: 2 hour boat tour, Shuttle service, 1 Iceberg Beer, 1 Puffin souvenir .

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O'Brien's Whale and Bird Tours

Starting at $80 Per Person
Ride on a zodiac tour to see whales up close and personal plus other marine wildlife like dolphins, porpoises, seals, eagles, turres & murres plus puffins. Icebergs are in and view able NOW!!!! After your experience of a lifetime, relax at Skipper Bob's café and enjoy a $20 gift certificate towards food at the Lodge or let us pack you a bag lunch to hike the Skirwink Trail rated one of the top ten trails in Canada! Or enjoy a two hour kayak trip at half price. We use tandem kayaks.
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Trinity Eco-tours

Starting at $79 Per Person
Take a true Newfoundland tour aboard a dory. This is a personal tour around Goose Arm & Middle Arm in search of the majestic whales and the bald eagles. We get up close and personal with the bald eagles. Feed these majestic birds near their nest site then collect mussels for a fresh boil up a seaside cabin. This area is very scenic, mountains, waterfalls, fjords, resettled communities, a Dorset Eskimo burial site and a very calm setting.
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Four Seasons Tours

Starting at $1299 Per Person
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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 $160 Per Person
Northland Discovery Boat Tours will guide you to an area that boasts the highest number of icebergs and the greatest variety of whales in Newfoundland. After your boat tour, enjoy a selfguided tour of the Grenfell Properties and learn a little about our local history. Package includes: 2 passes for the boat tour, 2 passes for Grenfell Properties, $50 gift certificate for Lightkeeper's Restaurant and a night at the Grenfell Heritage Hotel & Suites with continental breakfast.

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Grenfell Heritage Hotel & Suites & Northland Discovery Boat Tours

Starting at $90 Per Person
Set sail on an Award Winning Boat Tour that will leave you breathless. View the largest Atlantic Puffin colony in North America, 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 tours available on Saturday's and Sunday's

Package includes: 2 hour boat tour, shuttle service, brewery tasting, 2 pack Quidi Vidi beer

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O'Brien's Whale and Bird Tours

Starting at $225 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.

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Gatherall's Puffin and Whale Watch

 

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