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Gatherall's Puffin and Whale Watch
Gatherall's Puffin & Whale Watch

Every year, thousands of humpback whales, dolphins, minke, blue whales, sperm whales, and many other species of marine animals from all over the world visit Newfoundland and Labrador.  Don’t just take our word for it. Experience it for yourself.

Tour: Gatherall's Puffin & Whale Watch

Address: 90 Northside Road, Bay Bulls, NL A0A 1C0, Canada

Witless Bay Ecological Reserve

Come and see Whales and thousands of seabirds.

Two humpback whales surprised a family on a boat off the coast in Conception Bay.

Ways to Watch

This is one of the most popular ways to experience whale watching. Catching a glimpse of whales, orcas and dolphins from the deck of a boat tour is thrilling and the most fulfilling part of your trip. You get to watch whales feed and play in the Atlantic ocean.

The whales are so plentiful you can see them from the coastline. Some of the most scenic trail paths run along the coastline for miles. Hiking along the trails will give you a new perspective on the region. You will see clifts that tower hundreds of feet in height, sandy beaches for you and sit and watch whales swim along the open bay. You can see whales from all the bay areas along the Atlantic coast.


Iceberg Quest Ocean Tours

Every year both Whales and Icebergs come to our coastline. Newfoundland and Labrador is the perfect place to watch both simultaneously. During spring, glacial Icebergs are visible all along the coastline. Sometimes the Icebergs come in sizes as big and tall as two school buses. Icebergs do not stay around too long by mid-June. They are gawn, melt and drift away out to sea.

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What types of whales can I expect to see in Newfoundland waters?

  • Newfoundland's coastal waters are home to various whale species, including humpback whales, minke whales, fin whales, and sometimes even orcas (killer whales).

When is the best time of year to go whale watching in Newfoundland?

  • The prime whale watching season in Newfoundland typically runs from late spring to summer, with peak sightings occurring from June to August when whales migrate to the area for feeding.

Where are the best locations for whale watching in Newfoundland?

  • Popular whale-watching spots in Newfoundland include St. John's, Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, Trinity Bay, and Bonavista.

How long do whale-watching tours usually last?

  • Whale-watching tours in Newfoundland can vary in duration, but they typically last 1 to 2 hours, providing ample time to spot whales and other marine wildlife.

What kind of boat will I be on during the whale-watching tour?

  • Most whale-watching tours in Newfoundland utilize sturdy and comfortable vessels, ranging from traditional fishing boats to modern catamarans or zodiacs, depending on the tour operator and location.

Are whale sightings guaranteed on these tours?

  • While sightings are widespread during the peak season, they can never be guaranteed as whales are wild animals, and their movements can be unpredictable. However, tour operators in Newfoundland often have experienced guides who know the best locations for spotting whales.

What other marine wildlife might I encounter during a whale-watching tour?

  • In addition to whales, you may also encounter other marine wildlife, such as dolphins, seals, seabirds, and even icebergs, depending on the time of year and location.

Is whale watching suitable for children and elderly individuals?

  • Whale-watching tours in Newfoundland are generally suitable for all ages, including children and elderly individuals. However, factors such as weather conditions and participants' comfort levels should be considered before booking a tour.

What should I bring with me on a whale-watching tour?

  • Dressing warmly and in layers is recommended, as temperatures can be more relaxed out on the water. Remember to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, a camera or binoculars for better viewing, and any necessary medications.

Are there any regulations in place to protect the whales during these tours?

  • Yes, there are strict regulations in place to protect whales and other marine wildlife during whale-watching tours in Newfoundland. These regulations include maintaining a safe distance from the animals, avoiding sudden movements or loud noises, and following designated routes to minimize disturbance to the wildlife.