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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 $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 $1000 CDN
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Groups of six to ten now have a guided tour of Western Newfoundland. Our Mercedes Sprinter and Driver/Guide will see that you experience everything this region has to offer. From your pick-up at Deer Lake airport, accommodations at Marble Inn Resort to the Blomidon Mountains in Western Newfoundland Serpentine Valley and all the sights of Gros Morne National Park. Create a daily itinerary that hits as many travel goals as time permits.
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Explore Newfoundland

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Are you feeling patriotic today?

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Iceberg Quest Ocean Tours - St. John's

Starting at $269 Per Person
A two night / three day package featuring guided Zodiac or kayak tour, nature hike, historical three hour tour & an evening play featured at the Rising Tide Theatre. Visit the local churches, Lester Garland Premises, The Cooperage &the Brown Family Forge plus a guided walking tour that features the local lore. Do a self guided hike of the Skirwink Trail, a 5.5 km hike in Trinity East rated one of the top ten trails in Canada. Check out the trails here www.hikediscovery.com
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Trinity Eco-Tours Lodge

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This two hour hike is led by a biologist/educator and takes you to a secluded spot near Bonavista. The scenery will leave you in awe as we hike past seven puffin colonies close to the trail. Fill your lungs with the sea breeze as you learn about the geology, plants and animals that form this amazing coastline. Guests receive a free high definition puffin photo (via email) and checklist of things we expect to see on the trail. We also provide a telescope for your puffin viewing pleasure.
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Tuckamore Discoveries

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Four Seasons Tours

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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

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Grenfell Heritage Hotel & Suites & Northland Discovery Boat Tours

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Two of Canada's Signature Experiences Collection have teamed up to provide an incredible day of Seascapes - from the water and from a lighthouse! Stan Cook Sea Kayak Adventures & Lighthouse Picnics are offering a coastal kayaking adventure followed by a leisurely picnic. Offer is filled with takeaways to remind you of an unforgettable day! A 2 hour Go & Tow morning adventure, with complimentary custom Tee Shirts from Stan Cook, followed by a lighthouse picnic at Ferryland with a gift blanket.
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Stan Cook Sea Kayak Adventures & Ferryland Lighthouse Picnics

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Bird-The-Rock Bird & Nature Tours

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Tour Gros Morne

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St. Christopher's Hotel

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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 also viewable in season. 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 sunset kayak trip at half price. We use tandem kayaks.
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Trinity Eco-tours

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Maxxim Vacations

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The Outfitters Adventures

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Experience the excitement of Sea Kayaking on the Avalon Peninsula’s spectacular famous coastline with our morning, afternoon, full day or sunset tours! Our guided kayak tours explore these waters which are seasonally dotted with icebergs, seabirds, puffins and 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. If you do not have your own transportation, we can make arrangements for you!

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The Outfitters Adventures

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St. Christopher's Hotel

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Tour Gros Morne

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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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Gros Morne Adventures

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St. Christopher's Hotel

Starting at $150.00 Per Couple
Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of Newfoundland and Labrador! Join us for a two-hour Award Winning Boat Tour, to view puffins, whales, icebergs and Newfoundland's rugged coastline. Next you'll enjoy Fish & Chips, made with fresh cod at the Sailor's Galley Restaurant, located in our seaside chalet.

We can't think of a better way to celebrate Canada's 150th Birthday!

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O'Brien's Whale and Bird Tours

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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

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Hike the back side of Gros Morne National Park. A valley ideal for wildlife photography. Definitely off the beaten trails. Leave Marble Inn Resort early afternoon & travel off road 1.5 hours. Hike to campsite approximately 3 hours. Enjoy the scenery and wildlife that this area offers as you hike the area. The next day visit the Tablelands in Gros Morne. Dine in a local Trout River Restaurant & return back to Marble Inn Resort. This tour is available as a day tour with a early morning departure.
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Explore Newfoundland

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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

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Multi-region
Whether you arrive or depart Newfoundland via St. John’s, our five day tour will bring you to sites where birds congregate, whales relentlessly pursue their supper, a culture comes alive & North America’s easternmost city thrives around a harbour filled with ships & history. Then to Trinity & Bonavista where gorgeous outports serve as a backdrop to theatre & museums telling our history. We will fill the days you are in the province with as many memories & experiences as you can absorb.

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Linkum 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 $259 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

 

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