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Enjoy and learn about sperm whales.

Whales and puffins.  Trinity and Bonavista.  Sea and sky.  Join us to experience the world’s largest gathering of humpback whales and a fabulous diversity of marine wildlife. Small groups and giant landscapes are featured together with the historic streets of old St. John’s, the New World’s first city. These departures highlight many of the natural and cultural wonders of eastern Newfoundland and are all guaranteed to go. While we can never promise whales, these dates include the prime whale watching season (100 per cent viewing success 1994-2014). Most years we see the largest numbers and varieties of whales between late June and early August. The seabirds are thinning out by late July but everybody should see murres, puffins, razorbilled auks, gannets, eagles, moose, caribou, and many other species of wildlife. Since 1993 (except 1999, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011, and 2013) everybody saw icebergs on our June and July trips. We are anticipating great icebergs for 2015! Guests also get to enjoy eastern Newfoundland’s museums, lighthouses, trails, wildflowers, songbirds, flavours, and local folks. We use warm and welcoming local hotels but the genuine Newfoundlanders and Labradorians we introduce our guests to will also be among your vacation highlights.

accessible seabird colonies

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.

A humpback whale watches the whale watcher - both are curious

They come thousands of miles for our Newfoundland seafood menu. Our Whale Study Week lets you hang out with humpbacks and come to know these curious and acrobatic ocean giants as they travel and sometimes play in their northern feeding grounds.  Your evenings will include the flavours and highlights of old St. John’s, the New World’s first city.  This vacation is a great opportunity to participate in actual whale research or whale lovers can simply enjoy being in the company of these majestic animals as they join puffins, shearwaters, seals, and other marine wildlife for the famous Newfoundland subarctic feeding frenzy. For groups with a special interest in marine mammal biology, we often provide special evening presentations on whale behaviour, marine mammal entrapment research, whale biology, dolphin intelligence, whale distribution, and general marine ecology. Wildland Tours president Dave Snow has taught marine mammal biology in Canada and the United States and has been involved with field studies and projects with some of the world’s best known whale researchers. You do not need to be an expert to enjoy this holiday; the program is suitable for any nature enthusiast who wants to enjoy the company of whales - from both land and sea. And although we do try to collect useful scientific information, the holiday is simply a wonderful experience for anybody interested in fun, photography, and a unique adventure.  (Our facebook site often features photos from this holiday - and our other adventures!) 

Giant icebergs of Newfoundland and Labrador

Journey through time with us to learn about the birth of a continent and the death of an ocean. Walk in the footsteps of the New World’s first peoples and explore the home of the first Viking explorers. This exciting holiday starts and ends in Deer Lake, Newfoundland and explores the nature and geology of Gros Morne National Park — a United Nations (UNESCO) World Heritage Site. L’Anse aux Meadows, North America’s first authenticated Norse settlement and another UNESCO World Heritage Site joins Red Bay, the Labrador home to over 1,500 Basque whalers during the 1540s, as destination highlights you experience during this unique vacation. In 2013 the Red Bay site became this holiday’s 3rd UNESCO World Heritage Site in recognition of how this 16th century enterprise shaped the history of Europe and the world. Your Newfoundland and Labrador holiday also features the northern terminus of the Appalachian Mountains, an arctic lifestyle encounter at the Grenfell Interpretation Centre, lots of birds and wildlife, plus a short journey to the “centre of the earth.” Enjoy Newfoundlanders, Labradorians, our culture, our distinctive food flavours, and our landscape on this unforgettable holiday. And you will help us remember the Vikings who walked our shores and explored our coast over 10 centuries ago.

We explore the lighthouses and headlands of southern Labrador

Filled for 2014!  This gentle expedition was recognized as one of the world’s best adventure in 2009 by National Geographic.  The rich Labrador coastline is home to orcas. Join Wildland Tours for a photographic and historic expedition through northern Newfoundland and southern Labrador. Relive the arctic history of Battle Harbour, Labrador. Contribute to our efforts at studying and cataloguing the region’s humpbacks, orcas, and other whales. Travel through time viewing fossils, remnants of the earliest life on earth, and some of the new world’s earliest archaeological sites. The area is incredibly rich with wildlife but is one of North America’s least studied marine areas. Enjoy comfortable nights, wild days, and some of our planet’s most dramatic landscapes as we count humpbacks and continue to pioneer the study of eastern North America’s orcas.

The eider ducks of Newfoundland and Labrador are a conservation success story.

For 2015 we are offering this exploratory excursion for your preferred dates up to May 20, 2015.  Enjoy the local knowledge of west coast naturalist and photographer Mark Tsang. This is Mark’s favorite time of the year. To the north there are icebergs drifting by. Birds of prey are establishing new territories and reclaiming old ones. There is usually snow in the mountains and the ptarmigan are somewhere between winter and breeding colours. Moose and caribou are walking the lowlands in great numbers. Their first calves are harder to find as the mother’s are mindful of hunting bears, lynx, eagles, and coyotes. The first wildflowers and songbirds are beginning to show colour in anticipation of a busy subarctic summer. The mountains of Gros Morne provide spectacular photographic opportunities during this season of magic, reawakening, and rejuvenation in May on the Great Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland. This is a small-group vacation that lets us view fossils, mountains, and a dramatic, glacially scoured landscape as we travel the roads and trails of western and northern Newfoundland… enjoy the magic of May with Mark.

This humpback calf put on an amazing show for us

Welcome to our Newfoundland Family Wildlife Adventure. Join Margaret and Victoria plus their mom for a week of family fun and adventure on the eastern edge of North America. Our family vacation program is designed to engage, enrich, and entertain all generations. During the days you will join other travelling families and watch whales, measure giant squid, study puffins, walk through lighthouses, watch salmon jump in wild rivers, and visit science centres. During the evening we can enjoy the hotel’s swimming pool, take a haunted stroll through the new world’s oldest European city, and enjoy a family bonfire on the beach. There are many optional fun activities.  You will experience the company of the world’s largest gathering of humpback whales as they swim among some of the planet’s most spectacular seabird reserves. You will explore the wonders of the ocean and flavours of the north. Caribou, moose, icebergs, and more add to our subarctic tales of ocean riches and adventure off Newfoundland and Labrador. We invite you to join us on a safe but thrilling adventure that will take your kids away from their computer and game screens and give them an unforgettable encounter with life and adventure, and their own family, in the natural world.

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