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A holiday where you choose the dates and leave the rest to us. May can be magic in eastern Newfoundland. The ocean is alive as millions of seabirds feed along the coast enjoying the bounty of the subarctic springtime. Nests are built, burrows are dug, and the coastline is abuzz with soaring gannets, colourful puffins and the first whales of the year. Most years we also enjoy giant Greenland icebergs likely calved from the same glacier as the iceberg that sank the Titanic. Newfoundland and Labrador provides easy access to the hemisphere’s largest icebergs. May is a time when the fishing communities come to life as boats head out for fresh lobster and other delicious local seafoods. This trip enjoys the comforts of olde St. John’s in the evening while providing three fun days of exploration and wildlife that features the highlights of the city and the countryside. Many guests use our May Magic program to explore the wonders of eastern Newfoundland on a tour where they often find themselves enjoying an exclusive excursion. We are delighted to provide these distinctive excursions as described but we also welcome inquiries from folks who want to customize this itinerary or the accommodations to match their own interests.
Pick up at airport and short orientation tour of St. John’s. An evening picture show will introduce you to the highlights of the upcoming adventure.
Today begins with a boat tour featuring North America’s largest puffin colony, and thousands of other seabirds. Often we find dolphins, humpbacks, and the year’s first fin whales. We enjoy a local lunch at a small restaurant (or a picnic lunch in a natural setting) before visiting one of the New World’s earliest fishing villages.
Members of the world’s most southerly caribou herd, a small puffin colony, and seals are usually seen as we circle the Avalon Wilderness Area.
Travel to North America’s most easterly point and briefly explore the oldest City before traveling to the first outpost of New France. Then we visit the Continent’s third largest gannet colony. This site is also a breeding ground for thousands of other seabirds and they will all be waiting for your camera. Another caribou herd, land-based whale watching, and moose are often part of the day’s wonders. Your holiday gala will either be a barbecue at our cottage near the town of Colinet or a late restaurant supper in the city.
Included Four nights accommodations in the Quality Hotel or equivalent in St. John’s, an experienced naturalist guide, all breakfasts and lunches, a gala farewell supper, ground and boat transportation, airport pick-up and drop-off.
Not Included Transportation to and/or from Newfoundland
Other Meals are a highlight and feature Newfoundland specialties such as partridgeberry tarts and bakeapple pies. Note that the order of events may be changed to accommodate the weather and other possible participants. The May weather is usually excellent! Along the way we usually find you some icebergs too!
Terms and Conditions*These are the per person prices based upon room occupancy. The 15 per cent Canada/Newfoundland Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) is not included. Non Canadians receive a FCTIP tax credit on their invoice from us and thus actually pay only 7.5% HST.