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Everyone born in Newfoundland and Labrador grows up looking for whales on the ocean plus moose and other wildlife in the forest. Our story starts in 1984 with a local biology student, fresh from offshore experiences with seabirds and whales, looking to share the huge local populations of whales, puffins, caribou, and more with animal-loving travellers. Our first tours in 1984 featured excursions to Cape St. Mary’s and voyages out to see puffins and whales with local fishing enterprises. Soon we were offering adventures to conference goers and week-long excursions for people who wanted to learn more about Newfoundland, Labrador, and the huge local populations of wildlife. In 2014 we are still providing distinctive and fun travel adventures featuring knowledgeable local hosts and natural attractions that will forever become part of your life’s story. We contribute whenever possible to the local understanding of marine wildlife populations and we strive to provide memorable travel adventures on the land and sea. Travel with Wildland Tours, and let our experienced local hosts introduce you to England’s oldest colony and Canada’s youngest province. Share the history, open spaces, warmth of our people, and special spirituality of our landscapes
Here we still have eagles and osprey soaring in a clear sky. We have places where the land appears to move, but it’s really the backs of the world’s largest caribou herd. Along the coast we have places where whirling seabirds are so plentiful they obscure the sun. We take you to where wild salmon leap in crystal clear rivers. Our ocean adventures feature the world’s largest gathering of humpbacks sharing the waters with the second largest animals to ever live - the fin whales. Minke whales are so common we call part of our summer travelling route the “Minke Way.” We make sure you travel with local folk who can show you what it is like to experience these places and sights. Along the way you sample our unique foods - like partridgeberries and bakeapples - and you drink in the freshest air. Travel with Wildland Tours. Share our adventures. We provide holidays you’ll always remember.
As the cliché goes, we leave nothing behind but footprints. We take special care not to harass the whales, seabirds, and other wildlife we enjoy on our holidays. In fact, we have been industry leaders in educating local boat tour operators about whale and bird harassment. We travel in smaller groups in order not to stress the animals (including whales) we look at. (We find small groups also provide our guests with a more enjoyable holiday.) We travel in the smallest vehicle possible allowing for the comfort of our guests. We reduce, reuse, recycle, and reject. We invested large amounts of time and effort into developing guidelines for the eco-tourism industry in Canada. More than one injured wild bird has found its way into our homes for rehabilitation and release. We devote time and money to preserving our freshwater resources. We sit on environmental education committees and support organizations like the Salmonier Nature Park and the Newfoundland and Labrador Natural History Society on an executive level.) We write letters, send out press releases, lobby governments, and appear before Royal Commissions. Through our sister retail operation, Wild Things, we provide an annual scholarship for a post-secondary student who shows leadership in the area of environmental awareness and protection. Every year, Wild Things financially supports the Protected Areas Association (local WWF affiliate). In 1990, we received the Governor General’s Award for Conservation in recognition of our pioneering work in eco-tourism. Other winners include artist Robert Bateman and journalist David Suzuki. And in 2000 we won the Heritage Canada Sustainable Tourism Award. In 2007 and 2008 the city of St. John’s and the province of Newfoundland and Labrador gave us awards for our pioneering work with expedition ships like Lindblad’s National Geographic Explorer and Silver Sea’s Prince Albert which explores the Labrador coast. We combine shore excursion services with research including our pioneering studies on orcas around the North Atlantic. (In 2009 our president Dave Snow and Wildland Tours guests/associates provided most of the research photographs as Dave co-authored Canada’s species at risk report for Atlantic orcas. In 2010 Dave co-authored a study on white-beaked dolphins in the North Atlantic.) In 2008 and 2009 National Geographic recognized us as one of the world’s leading adventure tour operators. While we work to be respectful and educational, we also remember our valued guests promising wild but gentle days in amazing Newfoundland and Labrador locations, and comfortable nights in great local hotels.