When Columbus told the world of his New World Discovery of 1492 he received letters from Basque captains complaining he had revealed their most guarded secret. By the 1540s thousands of Basques were leaving France and Spain to make epic transatlantic voyages to the Labrador coast where their whaling efforts harvested the oil that lit the lamps of Renaissance Europe. The industrial efforts of the Basques had profound effects on the whale populations of the North Atlantic while history books are still being rewritten to recognize the many new world firsts achieved by these hardy seafarers.
Newfoundland and Labrador’s Viking Trail features many stories in its stones. Fossil beds are one geological highlight. Huge boulders created from the primordial ooze believed to have given rise to life on earth is another. The Wildland Tours Viking Trail Experience tour features two days exploring the geology and wildlife of Gros Morne - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The landforms and ancients reefs of Labrador are another holiday highlight. Icebergs, sand dunes, and a leader with the local knowledge to share all the sites and stories w
Arranging your flights for your Newfoundland and Labrador vacation can be easily organized through Air Canada and West Jet who offer direct, summer season flights between the UK and St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada (YYT). West Jet and Air Canada also provide access from dozens of North American airports via connections through Halifax and Toronto.
The puffins, whales, songbirds, and seabirds of eastern Newfoundland have prompted the National Audubon Society to schedule their own exclusive Newfoundland birding adventure from July 30 to August 6, 2011. Details at: http://getoutside.audubon.org/summertime-newfoundland-exploration We are delighted that the Society’s Vice President, Wayne Mones is joining as Audubon birding leader. There is still space so check out the Audubon website for details about how you can join the puffins, murres, shearwaters, fulmars, and warblers in Newfoundland this summer.
We have been documenting the orcas of Newfoundland and Labrador since the 1990s. Numerous 2013 sightings around the Northeast coast and offshore accompanied by some dramatic behavioral observations were followed by a big ice year and more orca sightings in the southern part of our province. We are very excited about our 2015 Southern Labrador Adventure program. You can follow our orca adventures more closely by following our facebook page.
Arranging your flights for your Newfoundland and Labrador vacation can be easily organized through Air Canada who offers direct, summer season flights between London Heathrow (LHR) and St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada (YYT).