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About Wildland About Wildland

We have hosted gentle, escorted, small-group adventures for over 30 yearsWe have hosted gentle, escorted, small-group adventures for over 30 years
When you know where to look icebergs are a regular highlight on the Viking Trail

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.

Mission StatementMission Statement
Tail photos like this are used to study humpback populations

Our Mission:Our Mission:

To tell the world about the natural wonders of Newfoundland and Labrador thereby enhancing the protection of our wild lands and the ocean.

We accomplish this by inviting travelers from around the world to experience the whales, seabirds, and other wildlife of this place. We are committed to providing quality life experiences for visitors and we strive to maintain excellent customer service while providing respectful, sustainable, educational, and enjoyable excursions.

We also accomplish this by celebrating this place’s natural wonders through the development and/or sale of sustainably produced gift items reflecting our many special resources.

Because we care we support local environmental charities and sustainable tourism activities. Since 1989 we have donated an annual $500 scholarship to the province’s oldest conservation organization (The Natural History Society of Newfoundland and Labrador) with activism joining academics as the scholarship’s main criteria.

Wildland Tours is the longest continual supporter of the Protected Areas Association (local World Wildlife Fund affiliate) and we join them in campaigns supporting park creation and wise use of the outdoors. We are active supporters of numerous other environmental and sustainable tourism organizations including the International Ecotourism Society. We are also active within Newfoundland and Labrador’s tourism industry.

Company President Dave Snow was the founding president of the province’s Outdoor Adventure Association and Wildland Tours has been a member of the province’s tourism industry association (Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador) since 1986. President David Snow and General Manager Ann Simmons sit on enough committees and boards that we don’t want to bore you by listing them all.

Please rest assured that we believe in responsible travel providing authentic, memorable, and positive life experiences with knowledgeable and fun local people.

Wildland Tours Commitment to the EnvironmentWildland Tours Commitment to the Environment
Guests wander the old road to the lighthouse

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.  

Our OfficesOur Offices
Wildland Tours offices are located above the store Wild Things, 124 Water Street

When in St. John’s, check out our offices at 124 Water Street, and take in our three-storey-high mural that celebrates Newfoundland’s marine environment.