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The Future of Canadian Tourism

The Future of Canadian Tourism

If 2020 were an ocean liner, it would be the Titanic.

Our daily lives have changed because the unseen iceberg that we suspected was there sank the 2020 tourism season. We sailed at top speed anticipating another successful season without heeding the hazards on the horizon, namely COVID 19. Hindsight is always 20/20. Should we have been taking a serious step back in December to February to save the 2020 tourism season to some degree (the Atlantic Bubble earlier)? Time is a fortune teller.

Tourism in Newfoundland and Labrador is a major financially viable, renewable and essential portion of the provincial economy. The products we offer at Trinity Eco-tours are world class, once in a lifetime, life changing experiences, plus it is good value for your tourism dollar. Where else can you get such up close personal attention in an exotic, unspoiled, unique and friendly surroundings where the people are as lovely as the scenery? 

From our meager beginnings we developed our tourism experience into a customer focused wildlife, whale and scenic experience on and off the water. We are a land/marine stay and play destination. Throughout that time our focus has remained the same; you, our guest. Our model relies on the safety of not only our customers but our staff and community. Changes to our operating procedures have been necessary to ensure the quality of your experience is unchanged yet deals with the pandemic measures.  

While things operated a little differently this season, we were encouraged by how many Newfoundlanders and travellers in the Atlantic Bubble took advantage of ‘Staycation 2020’. We were thrilled to provide experiences and adventures to so many people this summer. This year’s patrons are our future ambassadors for tourism as this year they went the distance to partake of so many different experiential products and destinations within their own province. When a stranger asks the locals where to go, I know they will not be stuck for an answer! (Newfoundlanders usually aren’t!!) We look forward to the tourism season in 2021! Whatever it is, it will be challenging but always rewarding.

How We Stayed Safe in 2020

Like most businesses in Newfoundland, especially in the tourism industry, Trinity Eco-Tours saw a shortened tourism season as we awaited for Newfoundland’s COVID numbers to lower and the government to set firm guidelines. Once guidelines were announced, we began operating at a reduced capacity and worked to keep safety at the forefront. We increased safety measures by operating with smaller tour sizes, observing social distances and masks were possible, encouraging tours within the same bubble, sanitizing all customer contact areas before, during, and after tours finished. 

Despite our ever changing world, we’re proud to say the authenticity and experience of an adventure with Trinity Eco Tours has remained the same. Customer feedback indicates it was another stellar season as far as the quality of our experiences with our interpretation of the tours, the wildlife and our history. As many know, Newfoundlanders are great storytellers. That trait remains true for our owner and tour guide here at Trinity Eco-tours, Skipper Bob.

While we may have kept our distance this summer, wildlife and marine life were everywhere! We were witness to a successful season where we saw so many incredible cetaceans, waterfowl, and wildlife with the beautiful Trinity Bay as our majestic scenic backdrop. Is it any wonder we see: 

  • Humpback Whales
  • Dolphins
  • Bluefin Tuna
  • Sunfish
  • Sharks
  • Bald Eagles
  • Gannets
  • Orcas
  •  Puffins
  • Minke Whales
  • Fin Whales
  • Seals
  • Icebergs
  • Sea Caves
  • Waterfalls, and so much more!

We also joined the World Cetacean Alliance, the largest whale/dolphin advocate world wide  whose aims for preservation and conservation align with our own values. Being a part of this organization gives us a larger collective voice to effect change for the better for cetaceans.

To see snippets of our 2020 tours, check out our Facebook Page, Instagram Page, and YouTube Channel.

How Our Customers Perceived The 2020 Season

We could just go on and on about how incredible the season was, but we figured we’d let our customers speak about the season for themselves: 

Jennifer V.

Professionalism, Quality, Value

My partner and I had such a good time kayaking with Trinity Eco-Tours! Chris (our guide) was awesome! He talked us through different routes and let us know his thoughts. We saw some lovely sights and had a great time! Would DEFINITELY recommend – well worth your money!

 

Patrick M.

Well this was just a highlight of the trip. My wife has never been so excited in her life; from seeing our first puffins, to watching 7 humpbacks in a cove catching bait. The piece that made our day was the whale that spent the whole time on his back slapping his fins and tail. So amazing and will recommend it to anyone.

 

Janine A.

My wife and I had an amazing time on our whale tour today! Our guides were so friendly. The tour being on a small boat made the experience much more personal and enjoyable. They didn’t have a script or set plan they had to stick to so it was easy to just go and find whales. They left it up to us if we would prefer to enjoy the coastline or focus solely on whale watching. We saw two full breaches! The Humpbacks were very playfully flapping their fins, rolling over, and showing us their tails.  We also saw several Fin Whales and Minks. It’s the best whale tour I’ve done and I would highly recommend this.

We are so thankful to share these experiences with guests and friends as well as guests who have become friends. Many of our guests are repeat customers, so we must be doing it right. We are going to keep on doing it right so you have a great experience with Trinity Eco- Tours. We hope to see you again next season!

The Rise of Staycation 2020

While a lot of people were unable to travel this summer, Newfoundlanders and the Atlantic Bubble embraced ‘Staycation 2020’. Unlike previous years where we see Newfoundlanders flock for the warmer regions down south, Europe, and the rest of the world, limited travel did not mean diminished experiences. Newfoundlanders ventured out into their own province to experience Newfoundland like an unabashed tourist.

While most of us grew up surrounded by Newfoundland’s unique offerings, we often take for granted the scenery, people and experiences this unique place has to offer. If you want to be a tourist in your province next year, check out our blog on all the things you can do in Newfoundland as a tourist HERE.

This past tourist season, Newfoundlanders expanded their horizons. We went farther afield and ventured to areas we had never been or revisited long unvisited roots. Tempering familiar settings with new experiences or new settings with old experiences, we got out there! Newfoundlanders did things they might have never done before, such as hikes, exploring the water, trying new restaurants or fishing for cod which has long been a familiar event for so many of us. Newfoundlanders got in touch with our roots, our heritage as well as our taste buds. (Fresh cod tongues and scrunchions take me back every time.)

Adopting the pedestrian mall in downtown St. John’s added a different feel to a familiar setting while promoting the revival of the downtown to local patrons. So much so it is likely to be a long term addition to the downtown core. Future tourists will appreciate the improvements adopted by the locals giving you a daytime as well as the nighttime George Street experience!  

While the 2021 season is still a ways away, Staycation 2020 created a lot of great memories and will heavily influence how Newfoundlanders plan their vacations in 2021.

Tourism in 2021?

With this year’s tourism season dwindling into the twilight of the Staycation 2020 night, there’s already curiosity and questions about what the rising 2021 tourism dawn will look like. When will tourism start? Who can come to visit us? When should we book a tour for next season? What can we expect to see? What will our travel restrictions be? Will we have a vaccine to allow us to travel unrestricted?

Like the wildlife that makes our waters their home, we don’t truly know how the next season will turn out, as things continue to change daily. Fortunately, we’ve had effective measures in place (thanks to Dr. Fizgerald, Minister Haggie, and Premier Ball) that have worked exceptionally well this tourism season. 

Looking back on the 2020 season, we conducted dozens of tours offering the same awe inspiring, roller coaster rides as before the pandemic. But the change this time was that Newfoundlanders were the ones who got that wow factor from our experiences with them. 

As a business, Trinity Eco-Tours will continue to expand and improve during the offseason. We will add to measures already in place that put the safety of our staff and customers first foremost. Our business continues to adapt and prepare for our season start around May 2021. 

While 2020 saw some ups and downs, we were happy to end on a great note and to provide our customers with stories, experiences, and adventures that will last for a lifetime! 

We had a whale of a time during the 2020 season. We hope you did as well. At Trinity Eco-tours we look forward to 2021. We hope that we continue to garner new customers, but we really appreciate the local component who made any success of the 2020 season. Your patronage meant the world to us so we showed you the best of our world. Please reach out to us on any social media platform you use to share your experience with others. We would love to hear from you about your experiences with us this season. 

Here’s to a safe and exhilarating 2021 tourism season. We will see you there!!

 

Exploring the East Coast of Canada 

Exploring the East Coast of Canada 

Exploring the East Coast of Canada 

A part of the world shaped by the water and grown on the land, Canada’s east coast is a beautiful combination of breathtaking acts of nature and heartwarming spirits of people. The Canadian east coast offers a sense of freedom and adventure paired with the intimate connection of community. With the ability to escape on a hike or get lost in a view, exploring the east coast of Canada is sure to leave you with a feeling of fulfillment and connection with yourself and the world around you. 

In an area with so much opportunity, it can be difficult to decide what to do first! That’s why we’re here to give you some insight on all the things you can do to take advantage of your time spent exploring the Canadian east. 

Landmarks 

One of the many things that makes Canada’s east coast so unique is its fascinating landscape and timeless heritage that comes with it. Whether it’s taking in the incredible views, exploring the works of nature, or indulging in the rich history of the oldest parts of North America, there are landmarks far and wide throughout the Canadian east coast that surely warrant a visit. Although it seems impossible to cover all of the magnificent landmarks throughout this part of the globe, we’ve decided to list a few notable mentions to get your journey started!

1. Hopewell Rocks, Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick

Located in south New Brunswick is the Bay of Fundy. With rapidly changing tides and extraordinary rock formations, you can take a stroll on the sea bed and watch the tides swallow it up minutes later. Surrounded by charming coastal towns and unparalleled seafood, the Bay of Fundy is sure to be a pinpoint destination for any traveller looking for something they’ve never seen before. 

Hopewell Rocks New Brunswick

2. Gros Morne, Newfoundland and Labrador 

Take a journey through the breathtaking scenery of Gros Morne National Park. Hike to the top of the 800m summit overlooking a beautiful valley dividing the mountain walls. This one of a kind act of nature is something to behold, a National landmark that never disappoints. 

Hike Gros Morne Newfoundland

3. Green Gables, Prince Edward Island

Interested in a real life experience of a world renowned story? Green Gables in Prince Edward Island the setting of L.M. Montgomery’s famed novel about the adventures of a freckled, red haired young girl, Anne of Green Gables. A family attraction for young and old, this now protected heritage place of Canada is sure to bring to life the history of that area and immerse you in the real life setting of a wonderful story.

Green Gables Prince Edward Island

4. St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

The oldest city in North America, St. John’s, Newfoundland is rich with history and is proud of it. With its jellybean row houses and its unique island culture, this city does not shy away from its roots and takes pride in its heritage. Home to several notable Landmarks such as Signal Hill, Cape Spear, The Rooms, and The Basilica Cathedral, St. John’s offers a variety of opportunities for exploration and excitement.

St. John's Newfoundland

Adventures 

The unique lay of the land on the Canadian east coast opens doors for exciting adventures and one of a kind experiences. No matter the season, there is always some sort of adventure to be had, and we’ve compiled a list of a few favourites so you can get an idea of how much is really out there:

1. The East Coast Trail, Newfoundland and Labrador 

Located on the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland, the East Coast Trail is a 300 kilometre trail of developed world-class coastal hiking. The East Coast Trail provides an exciting opportunity for free exploration for any wilderness explorer. Whether you choose to dip your toes with a short day hike, or dive into a multi-day excursion, the magnificent journey along the East Coast Trail will be sure to excite you every step of the way.

Hike East Coast Trials

2. Marble Mountain Resort, Steady Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador 

Home to one of the greatest hills in the country, Marble Mountain Resort is a renowned ski lodge on the west coast of Newfoundland. Offering an incredible winter ski & snowboarding experience with on hill resorts and a wonderfully cozy lodge area, as well as year-round zipline tours and other fantastically fun activities, Marble Mountain Resort is one of the best opportunities for adventure on the east coast of Canada.

Marble Mountain Newfoundland

Sightseeing

Another staple of the Canadian east coast is the picturesque beauty of the landscape and the nature that lives within it. There are plenty of sights to be seen. Here are a few of our favourites to get you started:

1. Iceberg Alley, Newfoundland and Labrador 

Stretching from the coast of Labrador to the south east of Newfoundland, Iceberg Alley is home to the largest annual collection of stunning icebergs that float along the coastline each year. Finding yourself along the coastline of southern Labrador, or of communities along the south east of Newfoundland such as Trinity or Witless Bay during the spring season is the best way to view spectacular icebergs and experience this wonder of nature.

Icebergs Newfoundland

2. Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia

With its picturesque east coast profile, Peggy’s Cove is an area known world-wide for its scenic beauty. The wonderful simplicity of this town helps to summarize the Canadian east coast, and sheds light on the beautiful history and deep rooted culture that is paired with the breathtaking landscape.

Peggy's Cove Nova Scotia

Ocean and Wildlife Tours 

Take your journey to the next level by experiencing one of the many ocean and wildlife tours throughout eastern Canada. An area of the world filled with incredible creatures that visit that shorelines and animals that call the land their home, there is so much to be seen on the east coast of Canada, and tours like ours at Trinity Eco-Tours are the best way to see it all!

Whales kayaking Newfoundland


Whatever you choose to do, the Canadian east coast is sure to impress! This area of the world never fails to amaze. We know this fantastic land will have you counting down the days to your next visit!

 

How To Be A Tourist In Your Own Province

How To Be A Tourist In Your Own Province

Being A Tourist in Your Own Province

Question: How can you tell all the Newfoundlanders in heaven?

Answer: They’re the one who still wants to go home.

Whether you have spent the majority of your life living in Newfoundland, or have recently moved here, you know how fortunate Newfoundlanders are to reside within this special province. But what does it actually mean to become a tourist in your own home? It means immersing yourself fully into nature, wildlife culture, history and folklore more than you ever have before. 

Rediscover Newfoundland this summer with a rejuvenated wanderlust for adventure. Explore the culture, communities, and nature Newfoundland has to offer. Reacquaint yourself with the island Newfoundlanders are lucky enough to call home.

As a native Newfoundlander and a tourist operator, I have my own personal take on this province as well as the advantage to see it through the eyes of guests from outside the province, country, and continent. 

Once you have heard tourists’ words of praise, you start to really appreciate it. Unlike them, you do not have to travel here, plan a car rental, or find adequate accommodations. You are probably able to do day trips from your doorstep, go on a hike, a boat tour, kayak, or ride a bike around some historical parts of Newfoundland and still be back home in time for supper!

Everyone will be ready this summer to partake in adventure and beat the cabin fever into submission. Let your wild side out and explore this beautiful province we call home! 

Nature

Newfoundland features the largest annual migration of returning Humpbacks in the world. We also have one of the most northern Gannet colonies, and an 800 km wilderness trail from St. John’s to Port aux Basques. This trail takes you through some of the most unspoiled wilderness you may ever experience. By sea or by land; fish, hike, bike, or drive the majestic contours of this one of a kind island. It’s the perfect time to explore and experience the phenomenons of nature this province has to offer. 

Take advantage of the knowledgeable, world-class tourism operators that are located throughout the island. Whether it’s SCUBA diving, snorkelling, paddle boarding, or boating, we recommend getting out to see the natural wonders near our shores. 

Venture inland by bike, ATV, or hiking. We know you’ll discover a newfound appreciation for the nature surrounding you. You might even be able to catch your lunch during the recreational fishing season. Mussels, scallops, trout, salmon, and codfish abound or buy it from the local fisherman who can sell you lobster, crab and many different kinds of fish. Nothing beats a feed of fish cooked over an open fire or a Coleman stove in one of our provincial parks or campground sites! Don’t feel like cooking? Well there are plenty of restaurants, pubs and microbreweries to sample local and nouveau fare alike.

Icebergs

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, to capture the moment as it’s happening must be worth at least a million! If you’ve never stood in the path of a towering mammoth of ice while it bears down on you. The picture is a great take away but it will never beat the  feeling of standing in the frigid air blowing from it. A close second is to savour the taste of victory from your iceberg  in your drink of choice whilst remembering the awesome experience. Iceberg water is the purest water you can find. It allows you to savour the flavours of your favourite drink. I believe it does add a unique taste but how can something so pure add flavour? But it certainly seems to!

Icebergs arrive in the most mysterious places and circumstances, as the passengers of the Titanic unfortunately found out. Sir Humphrey Gilbert’s ship even ran into an iceberg on its return voyage home. 

When viewing icebergs, it’s important to prioritize safety. Read about iceberg safety tips before you travel. You can safely view icebergs with a number of operators in the province in a variety of places. A couple of useful tools to plan your excursion is Iceberg Finder sponsored by Newfoundland Labrador Tourism or Newfoundland Iceberg Reports on Facebook. 

Newfoundland Labrador Tourism is a great resource to plan your vacation listing everything from accommodations, tours, packages, and bargains as well as festivals and scheduled events across the province. It’s especially useful for timing the perfect Iceberg expedition. We are very fortunate Trinity is in an area of Iceberg Alley where icebergs reside during the season. Here is a typical summary of what we have seen in a week during the peak of the iceberg season.

There are several tourism companies around Newfoundland that specialize in iceberg viewing like ourselves. While it’s always nice to catch a glimpse of an iceberg as you’re driving by, nothing beats seeing one up close and personal on a boat tour. See icebergs in detail; a masterpiece 10,000-15,000 years in the making! Here is a great iceberg from 2018 at Amherst cove taken by our drone.

Whales and Seabirds

Whales return to Newfoundland for the annual spawning of the Capelin. These small fish sustain the life cycle of the whale that may not feed again for up to 8 months until their next annual migration. Some of the whales that frequent our waters are Fin, Minke, Sperm, Sei, Pilot and everyone’s favourite, the Showman of the Ocean, Humpbacks! More social than the rest, these cetaceans amaze us with their antics of breaching, tail lobbing, and Pec fin slapping. These more social whales have left long standing impressions on our guests. When the magic comes together, it’s the experience of a lifetime, our theme and mantra! Here is a magical moment we experienced during the 2018 whale season

Gannets, Puffins, and the Bald Eagle are seen on almost every tour during the peak of summer. The Puffin is the parrot of the sea; awkward and clumsy, they lose their ability to fly if they eat too much capelin! It is comical to watch a Puffin trying to take to the wing while colliding with the very ocean he is trying to escape.

Bald Eagles are growing in number from year to year with several nesting on our tour route. To see eight, ten, or twelve mature adults on the beach fighting with their fledgling for capelin is quite the sight.

This best method to observe whales, birds, and icebergs is by watching from smaller tour boats, kayaks, and zodiac RHIB boats like ours. It also helps to be in one of our cozy floater suits for your individual comfort.

We are fortunate in Newfoundland to have a number of knowledgeable and experienced boat tour operators located across the island. Some of the more popular locations that are great for whale watching include: Signal Hill, Cape Spear, Trinity, Twillingate, White Bay, Strait of Belle Isle, St. Vincent’s, Cape St. Mary’s, Cape Race, Witless Bay, and St. Anthony.

During peak times, we often see icebergs, whales, and a variety of marine birds all during a single tour. Your home province is a place to discover new things about nature, wildlife, the geography and the geology of the place we affectionately call The Rock.

Hiking

Walking and hiking the broad expanses of wilderness is another excellent way to explore the nature and landscapes of Newfoundland. The province has long recognized the accessibility as well as the beauty of the wilds here. Trails are provincially, regionally, and even municipally sponsored, like the Skerwink Trail in Port Rexton.

Hikes can be a great escape from the towns and the city while experiencing all Newfoundland has to offer. Our hiking trails bring you to places dedicated to foot traffic only. Experience front-row views of the ocean from locations like the Signal Hill Trail, offering a unique and picturesque view of St. John’s Harbour. 

Walk through history and culture while being one with nature on the Skerwink Trail, located near Trinity. The Skerwink Trail is a 5.3km hike near Port Rexton which is rated one of the top ten trails in North America. 

Experience hiking at various skill levels as you scale the Gros Morne Mountain Trail. Challenge the climb to the top and experience the beautiful vistas that Grose Morne has to offer. 

For more trail inspiration, checkout this list of the top 16 hiking spots in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Camping

The province’s network of parks and private camping facilities are a comfortable option for your travel plans. Most parks have full amenities such as showers, laundry facilities, and individual electrical and water hookups at the campsite. So whether you’re travelling in a fifth wheel or a pup tent, you can be assured of a comfortable stay close to nature. Family trips are enhanced by staying in campgrounds with close quarters and shared experiences reaffirming family bonds. Aren’t you feeling the love already?

Newfoundland has three recognized National Parks offering opportunities and experiences to explore the province from different perspectives. Their interpretation centers and facilities are second to none. Be sure to stop in to see them especially at Terra Nova and Gros Morne parks. Here’s a list of resources for the National Parks in Newfoundland:

The National Parks and National Historic Sites as well as the Provincial Historic sites are incredible venues to explore nature and learn more about the island. These sites include many interpretive centres that detail many interesting facts, folklore, and history.  If you’re looking for something a little smaller, there are also over 30 Provincial Parks you can visit in Newfoundland & Labrador. These parks are a great way to spend time in nature while travelling and exploring towns and communities. 

To get a better idea of where some of these parks are located check out https://www.nlcamping.ca for more information.

Dining

Everyone loves a delicious home cooked fish and brewis, scruncheons (ask your cardiologist) and onions, jiggs dinner, nan’s homemade bread, and freshly cooked cod. Becoming a tourist whilst relishing historical Newfoundland dishes is a must. 

Try food from local restaurants and experience their take on certain Newfoundland dishes, or try something haute and nouveau. Our heritage has brought us a culinary experience that cultivates local root vegetables, salted or cured meats, as well as a plethora of wild game such as moose, caribou, rabbit, seal; fish stocks such as flounder, cod, salmon, mussels, scallops, crab and lobster. 

Experience a lobster boil up over an open fire in a provincial park campground, now there’s a Norman Rockwell moment! The dining culture across the province has become varied and inventive to satisfy the meandering palette of the travelling public. Restaurants and pubs have varied their menus to rejuvenate old favourites like traditional Jiggs Dinner, Cod Tongues (YUM!) and fish and chips. See the Mallard Cottage menu for an example of how inventive the local entrepreneurs get with traditional dishes. You’re sure to find a local culinary delight no matter what community you visit.

If you choose to imbibe, there are locally crafted spirits available across the island. Microbreweries and local distilleries have become a popular industry across the province. Head to a local tap room and see which spirits are in store. There are craft breweries located far and wide across Newfoundland. Checkout the complete list of craft breweries here: https://www.newfoundlandlabrador.com/trip-ideas/travel-stories/ale-tales-story-of-craft-beer

If beer isn’t your fancy, Newfoundland also has a large presence in other types of drinks at places like the Newfoundland Distillery located in Clarke’s Beach that offers a variety of Spirits in their tasting room.

We’ve all experienced Newfoundland dining from our own perspective but as a tourist in your own province, you may find a couple of new favourites.

Entertainment

As we all know, Newfoundlanders are entertainers and storytellers by nature. As a mainlander once said to me, “sure you all sing and play down there”. 

You never have to travel far to find a party, usually just find the nearest kitchen. We love to share our culture with loved ones, close friends, and even complete strangers. There are so many places to find entertainment around the island. Talk to the locals, read the cork boards at the markets, surf the internet, peruse the local shops, restaurants, and stores. If there’s something happening it’s sure to be on someone’s wall! Locals know where to find the best entertainment. “Come and be one of us” is a  favourite local expression.

Culture & History

Newfoundland has a rich cultural heritage. We’ve heard stories passed down from generation to generation from relatives, but sometimes it’s easy to take that for granted. 

The best way to be a tourist in your own province is by immersing yourself in the culture. Each region, town, and community has their own history making Newfoundland culture so unique. There are a number of museums and historic sites located throughout the province that can help you discover history in a new way. We would recommend the following:

    • The Rooms: A beautiful building dedicated to sharing the history, art, and culture of Newfoundland.
    • Bell Island Mines: Enter the depths of the mines and discover the history of Newfoundland’s mining industry, iron-ore production, and Bell Island’s community.
    • Heart’s Content Cable Station Provincial Historic Site: Visit where the first permanent telegraph cable connecting Europe and North America was hauled ashore.
    • The Rising Tide Theatre in Trinity: The theatre offers a variety of award winning plays celebrating the history and culture of Newfoundland performed by local artists as well as historical reenactments such as the Trinity Pagean acted out by locals of the historical events in Trinity’s past. 

Discover even more museums and sites Newfoundland has to offer.

Social & Local Media

Start planning your adventure across the island by doing some classic social media research. We would recommend following Newfoundland & Labrador Tourism social media pages and keeping up to date on their website. They work closely with local tourism companies and frequently share valuable information.

Follow local hashtags such as #ExploreNL to see what other locals and visitors alike are up to. This is a great way to discover how other people are spending their time, and to find some hidden gems! 

We would recommend checking out Guide To The Good, a Newfoundland based company which promotes local sustainable social enterprises. This can help determine the communities, shops, and restaurants you’ll visit when travelling around the island.  

When you do set out on your adventure, remember to share your experiences with others using the #ExploreNL and #ExploreCanada, or any number of hashtags like: #whales #iceberg #humpback …well you get the idea.


Now you’re well informed to travel within Newfoundland & Labrador! Go forth, explore, and may the travels you experience live long into the hearts and minds of you, your travelling companions, and the people you meet along the way!

The Ultimate Guide to Planning the Best Whale Watching Tour

The Ultimate Guide to Planning the Best Whale Watching Tour

So, you’ve got the trip planned, you’ve got destinations and places set to visit, and you’re looking to experience the perfect Whale Watching tour.

You’ve heard stories of whales swimming up to greet boats and watched jaw-dropping videos of them breaching to the sky. Now, you want to experience it for yourself. But you have a few questions: “Where should I go?” “When should I go?” “What expectations should I have?” All this and more will be answered in our Ultimate Guide to Planning The Best Whale Watching Tour.

When is the Best Time to Book a Whale Watching Tour?

Most whales begin migrating to the coast of Newfoundland during May, and can stay here until September. However, the warmer months of July and August tend to be when whales are at their highest volume in our Atlantic waters. But you have to keep in mind, there’s no guarantees schedule for sea creatures. Migration can vary year to year.

Depending on when you’re planning to visit Newfoundland, you may be lucky enough to experience a once in a lifetime sight: icebergs and whales together. During the months of May and June, iceberg season intersects whale season, and you just might be able to see both at once! How cool would that be?

Here in Newfoundland, we are extremely fortunate to view a wide variety of whale species throughout the summer season. The most popular breed living near Newfoundland shores is the Humpback whale. However, there’s certainly no shortage of other whale species, including; Sperm Whales, Minke Whales, Blue Whales, Orca Whales, Pothead Whales, and if you’re lucky, you may even get to see a pod of Dolphins swimming by. What can we say, we’re grateful for the variety of whales that call Newfoundland waters their home.

What Watercraft Vehicles Can Be Used to Take Whale Watching Tours?

You can picture it now; you’re cruising through Trinity Bay, when in the corner of your eye, you see a Humpback Whale rise to the surface, waving its tail as if saying ‘hello’. Cool huh?

How are you able to see such a sight you may ask? While sailing on our RHIB Zodiac Boat, you get an up-close experience with whales and other sea life. Our Zodiac boats allow you to get much closer than a traditional ‘Boat Tour’ ship.Safety is always our #1 priority, and our RHIB Zodiac Boats are certified tour operating vehicles with a capacity of 12 persons. As well, our boats are equipped with your choice of brand new Helly Hansen flotation suits.

Where Is Trinity Bay?

Trinity is located on the East Coast of Newfoundland, about 2.5 hours away from the capital city, St. John’s. But don’t worry, the drive is well worth it! With tons of places to visit, sights to see, and delicious food to eat, Trinity has “all that and a bag of chips”. You’ll learn all about our culture, lingo, and history while spending time in Trinity. We’re only a little bit worried you may never want to leave…

For a quick guide to Trinity, checkout our blog post detailing the ins and outs of the beautiful Town of Trinity: trinityecotours.com/things-to-do-intrinity-newfoundland/

Places To See & Things to Do

  • Have a sip of local beer at the Port Rexton Brewery (nestled only 15 minutes away in the town nextdoor)
  • Dine at the Twine Loft.
  • Hike along the Skerwink Trail. Once of Newfoundland’s most beloved trails, the Skerwink runs 5.3 Kilometers along the coastline where you will catch glimpses of local communities, heritage buildings, and breath-taking views of the Atlantic ocean. You may also encounter some wildlife and discover secret gems such as sea caves, tiny beaches, and a variety of seabirds.
  • Hike the Discovery Trail. With 7 different paths to choose from, the Discovery Trail will lead you through surrounding communities, each offering views of our breath-taking coastline.
  • See a show at the Rising Tide Theatre. The theatre offers a variety of award winning plays celebrating the history and culture of Newfoundland. These plays are performed yearly by over 40 local artists.
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Other Adventures

Guided Kayak Harbour Tour

The Harbour Kayak Tour takes you on a two hour leisurely paddle around Trinity Harbour where you’ll experience wildlife such as moose, fox, eagles, seals, Pine Marten, Gannets and more!

Learn more about the tour on our website: trinityecotours.com/seakayaking-tours/

Tow & Go

Geared towards more experienced Kayakers, our Tow and Go tour brings you farther out into the waters of Trinity Bay, where you will then Kayak back along the coast. Experience the sights and sounds Trinity Bay has to offer along the way, like caves, diverse marine life, and puffins. This tour lasts approximately 3-4 hours.

Learn more about our Tow & Go Tour on our website: trinityecotours.com/tow-go-kayak/

ATV Tours

We are taking our wildlife experiences inland with our new ATV Tours. Explore the ponds, creeks, and trails of the Bonavista Peninsula and beyond. See moose, ducks, fox, beavers and local birds while riding on our new Honda ATV’s. Discover the “Trailway” system as you ride your ATV along the old abandoned railway track that crosses the entire island. Then, settle down for an authentic Newfoundland boil up with tea and sandwiches by the campfire.

Learn more about our ATV Tours on our website: trinityecotours.com/atv-tours/

Where Do I Stay?

So, you’ve decided to come to Trinity. Now it’s time to book the perfect place to stay to round out your Ultimate Whale Watching Experience. To properly explore the Town of Trinity, we would recommend staying nearby. At Trinity Eco Tours Accommodations, you’ll stay in cozy, refurbished, historic buildings nestled in the heart of Trinity. We’re certain our accommodations will be perfect for you. To book your stay, checkout our accommodations page: trinityecotours.com/accommodations/ There are also plenty of other cozy places to stay within the Town of Trinity in case our accommodations are full. Take a look:

Rosewood Suites: rosewoodtrinity.com

Sherwood Suites: www.sherwoodsuites.com

Eriksen Premises: mytrinityexperience.com/eriksen-premises/

The Twine Loft: www.trinityvacations.com

The Fishers Loft: fishersloft.com

Seaport Inn: seaportinn.net


Book Your Trip Today

Now that you’ve learned everything there is to know about planning the ultimate whale watching experience, it’s time to book! Learn more about our Whale Watching Tours, Accommodations, and more on our website.

Still not convinced? Check out these incredible clips from our tours on our YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/1963Bartlett

 

10 Facts About Icebergs in Newfoundland

10 Facts About Icebergs in Newfoundland

Are you interested in an up-close and personal experience with icebergs so close you feel like you could reach out and touch them?  Love the icy chill of the breeze that comes from being so close. This is the opportunity to be around floating glacier portions as they drift through our Newfoundland waters that occur each spring in Iceberg Alley.

If you have answered yes, watching icebergs in Newfoundland is the ideal opportunity for you! Newfoundland is uniquely placed to take advantage of these behemoths as they sail past our province.

What is an Iceberg?

An iceberg is a large piece of a glacier that was calved off western Greenland usually that follows ocean currents to its inevitable demise in warmer climes. Icebergs have travelled as far as Bermuda, Ireland and tropical destinations in the Atlantic when conditions are right.

To be classified as an iceberg, it must rise at least 16’ out of the water and be at least 98’ thick. Smaller pieces of ice are known as “bergy bits” and “growlers”.

Blocky pinnacle iceberg
Blocky Pinnacled Iceberg

Icebergs are also classified by shape, most commonly as either tabular or non-tabular. 

Large Tabular Iceberg
Large Tabular Iceberg 2016

Tabular icebergs have steep sides and a flat top (like a tabletop). Non-tabular icebergs can further be described as blocky, pinnacled, domes, or wedges. We have every instance and variety of them in Newfoundland which makes us the ideal iceberg destination. 

Where are the Icebergs in Newfoundland?

Icebergs start their journey in Greenland’s west coast where the glaciers calve into the ocean. They then travel with the Labrador current down the coast traversing over to Newfoundland around St. Anthony at the tip of the Great Northern Peninsula. The Labrador current then coaxes them further down the coast tipping out around White Bay and the Baie Verte peninsula. The best place to see them is along our own north-eastern coastlines from St. Anthony right down to Cape Race. Iceberg season lasts from April to July usually but can be longer the further north you go towards Labrador. The stretch of coastline that the icebergs hug during their travel south around Newfoundland is known as Iceberg Alley.

Trinity is a major part of Iceberg Alley. so we’re in a prime location for you to experience these marvels of nature.

Iceberg Tours in Newfoundland

When can you see Icebergs in Newfoundland?

Typically, you can see icebergs in Newfoundland between mid-April and mid-July. However, every year is different from the one before, so it’s a good idea to check IcebergFinder or the Canadian Ice Service charts but the best way is to watch our Facebook Page for our posts of the icebergs we are visiting in the area. We usually post daily in season. By keeping an eye on these resources you can get a good idea for what you can expect on one of our iceberg viewing tours.

We did a great interactive photoshoot for the Globe and Mail last year on one of our trips. It will give you a great idea about what our trips are like.

10 Facts About Icebergs in Newfoundland

1. Newfoundland’s icebergs are 10,000 years old

The glacial ice that creates icebergs was formed during the last ice age. Just think, mammoths may have walked on the very ice that you’re looking at in Trinity Bay.

2. Icebergs are not the same temperature all the way through

While the interior of an iceberg can be as cold as -15 to -20C, the surface is the same temperature as the surrounding water, with the ice melting as the water warms.

3. Icebergs are not salty

Icebergs may be floating in the saltwater of the ocean but they themselves are not salty. Icebergs are calved from giant glaciers that are formed from snow which turns into ice. Which is what makes iceberg ice perfect for your drink.

4. 90% of Newfoundland’s icebergs are born in Greenland

While we can get some icebergs coming from glaciers in Canada’s arctic, the vast majority are calved from the glaciers of western Greenland and make their way here via the coast of Labrador.

5. It can take icebergs up to three years to reach the coast of Newfoundland

Icebergs aren’t known for their speed and some can take years to get from Greenland to Trinity Bay. While each berg moves at its own pace, dictated by ocean currents, waves, wind, and its own shape and size, the average drift speed of an iceberg is 0.7 km/h.

6. By the time icebergs reach Newfoundland they have already lost about 85% of their original size

Since it can take so long for icebergs to make their way to Newfoundland, slowly melting the entire way, it makes sense that they’re smaller once they get here. But did you know that what we see is actually just a small fraction of their original size?

7. Icebergs can weigh up to several million tonnes

Icebergs are just like people in that they vary in size and shape from one to the next. The biggest of the big bergs are truly awe-inspiring coming in over 10 million tonnes! The average weight of Newfoundland icebergs is much smaller but still impressive 100,000-200,000 tonnes.

8. 85-90% of an iceberg is underwater

You’ve all heard the phrase “tip of the iceberg” and it’s all true. Ice has a density of 0.92 g/ml, or nine-tenths of water’s density, which is why the majority floats below the surface. The ice goes out as well as down, with the maximum width of the iceberg being 20%-30% larger than you can see on the surface.

9. The word iceberg comes from the Dutch term ijsberg meaning “ice mountain”

First recorded in the 1820s as “detached piece of a glacier or ice pack at sea” iceberg is derived from ijs “ice” + berg “mountain”. Earlier English terms for icebergs were sea-hill (1690s) and island of ice (1610s).

10. One of the best ways to see icebergs in Newfoundland is on a zodiac boat tour

Feel the cold air coming off massive icebergs as we float by at sea level. Get up close and personal instead of standing on the shoreline. Be awestruck by the full scale and enormity of these blue-white behemoths. When you view an iceberg from one of our Zodiacs, it’s a breathtaking experience to be so close to the water looking up at a large pinnacled or drydock iceberg. If you did not follow the link above before it is a great time to go back and experience one of our trips from last iceberg season!!

If you want to get up close and personal with icebergs in Newfoundland this year, book yourself onto one of our 3-hour zodiac tours!

10 Facts About Icebergs in Newfoundland

Best Time to See Whales in Newfoundland

Best Time to See Whales in Newfoundland

You’re bobbing along quietly, eyes searching the dark abyss, unsure where to look or if there is anything to see. Suddenly you hear the gasp of someone doing a second take while catching sight of 25 tonnes of whale breaching ending its performance with a wave of its 16’ tail. Whales in Newfoundland are a sight to behold!

When is the best time to see whales in Newfoundland? We hear that question often and we answer quite carefully.  People are inspired by their whales! But they also want to see icebergs and whales or icebergs alone. There is a window for icebergs and a window for whales and sometimes it is possible to do both. I have had a lot of my guests achieve both.

Watching these leviathans, these behemoths gracefully passing by in front of you can be a life-changing experience for many.

Every year thousands of whales come to voraciously feed here in Newfoundland. They are replenishing their spent fat reserves from their eight-month fasting that the whales have lived on in the southern North Atlantic. Females have given birth to a new generation of their species. They must nurse them and get to the northern feeding grounds before they can enjoy the bounty of the cold North Atlantic of Newfoundland, Capelin. 

The world’s largest population of humpback whales calls our bays, inlets, and coves home while they feed on capelin, krill, and squid. On the water or from the shore, you can observe them feed and display exuberant, happy behaviour. These acts hold us in awe, gobsmacked and grateful to be part of the enigma unfolding before us.

One of your best chances of having your magical experience will be by finding out the best time to see whales in Newfoundland.

Woman looking at a breaching whale

When can you see whales in Newfoundland?

You can see whales in Newfoundland between the months of May and October. Typically the warmer summer months of July and August are the most active for whale sightings. Nature always operates on its own schedule, however, so the season can vary year to year.

If you visit in June or July you may also be lucky enough to spot both whales and icebergs on your zodiac tour!

Whales, such as humpbacks, will travel south for the winter, spending their days in warm waters living off their fat reserves. This is also when they typically give birth before migrating up to 25,000(check this I think it is closer to 12,000, 6600 miles) kilometers in the spring, with their young, to once again fill their bellies.

What kind of whales are in Newfoundland?

We have one of the most extensive lists of whales around! Newfoundland mainly sees humpback whales but another 21 species of whales and dolphins visit every summer including minke, sperm, pothead, blue, and orca. It’s an embarrassment of riches. Our province is truly one of the best places in the world to catch the marine spectacular that is whale watching.

A whale jumping

What factors can affect seeing whales?

Weather

The weather has a significant effect on whale behaviour and your chances of spotting them. Whales are sea mammals and as such need to come to the surface of the water for oxygen no matter the weather. Ideally, you want calm waters, clear skies, no fog, and sun that is not blinding to increase the likelihood of seeing them.

Tide

Whales, like much sea life, take advantage of the currents in the waters they inhabit to ease their travel meaning the direction of the tides can affect the location of the whales. But don’t worry, we keep track of this for you in order to guide you in our zodiac to the best locations off of Trinity for whale sightings on every tour.

Capelin

You’ll want to keep an eye on the capelin activity leading up to your visit since whales sightings increase when there are more of the shiny little fish near our shores. When capelin spawn the shore, whales gather around like it’s an all you can eat buffet. It’s awesome to witness.

Is there a best time of day to see whales?

There really is no “best” time of day to go whale watching. Whales are out and about all day and night, so morning, afternoon, evening—you’ll always have a great chance of spotting a whale on any of our daily tours.

If you are looking to book your spot or group for an upcoming whale watching adventure, be sure to check out our online booking feature which makes booking easy!

If you want up to date information on our whale sightings in 2020, be sure to follow us on Facebook.

Best time to see whales in Newfoundland

Newfoundland Whale Watching FAQ

Newfoundland Whale Watching FAQ

Newfoundland Whale Watching 

whale watching zodiac tour

Looking to go on a whale watching tour to see some of the largest whales, swim, frolic and feed up close and personal? Well, Newfoundland is the place to do it!

Newfoundland has the largest annually returning numbers of whales that visit our Newfoundland waters every year. These gentle giants of the sea will amaze you and leave you in awe. As I say to be well informed is to be well armed, so here is the information you need to have a spectacular whale tour any time of the season according to our expert, Skipper Bob Bartlett!

When is the best time to see whales in Newfoundland?

 Whales migrate north from southern waters like the Dominican Republic. They start to arrive in April and continue arriving throughout the season until the middle of September. Whales do not necessarily stop to feed in one place all summer but move around so like our friend Finnegan the Humpback he arrives early and usually moves out midseason to other areas.

Whale numbers peak with the arrival of the Capelin. Capelin is a small smelt like fish that arrive here by the billions to spawn in the shallows of the Newfoundland coast. This is what attracts the whales to come to Newfoundland. The whales that arrive earlier in the year feed on Krill, small Herring, and even Plankton if it is thick enough. Outside of peak season, there are other species of whales to see like the Minke whale. We also have porpoises, dolphins and even Orcas can arrive in the latter part of the season.

What type of whales can I expect to see?

During the peak season, our most popular whales are Minke Whales, Sperm Whales, Fin or Finback Whales and the majestic Humpback Whale the Showman of the Ocean as I call them.

Humpback Whale

My favourite and most popular whale are the majestic Humpbacks. The image above is a humpback whale, named Finnegan. The tail fluke print of a Humpback Whale as pictured above is as unique to that whale as a fingerprint is to a human being. Humpbacks range in the 45-50-foot range. They eat up to 2 tons of Capelin per day during the feeding season. More amazing Humpback facts are revealed on our tour as well as displays of breaching, tail lobbing and other amazing whale feats!

humpback whale newfoundland

Sperm Whales

The Sperm Whale (same type as Moby Dick) is the only variety of toothed whale that feeds in Newfoundland. (Killer Whales or Orcas are actually toothed but technically not whales but Dolphins). In the 45-55-foot range, Sperm Whales dive deep for long periods of time to feed on the deeper dwelling creatures like Giant Squid and other denizens of the deep. You can tell the Sperm Whale at a distance by the spout from its head coming off at about a 30-degree angle. It is very distinct.

Minke Whales

The Minke Whale is the smallest of the whale family in the 22 – 25-foot range similar in body shape to the Blue and Fin Whales but much smaller. These whales are black or dark blue on their upper side with a light white colour on their belly and under their flippers. Just like Humpback whales, they feed on small fish such as herring or capelin. Blue whales and even Narwhales have been spotted in Trinity Bay though it is not a  common occurrence.

minke whale newfoundland

 

Fin or Finback Whales

Fin or Finback whales ( named for the appearance of their fin so far back on their bodies) are the second largest of the whale family next to the largest whale species the Blue Whale. The Fin Whales can reach up to 80 feet in length, however, the average in the northern hemisphere tends to be in the 62-66-foot range and in the southern hemisphere 66 – 72-foot range. The Fin Whale’s spout is high and straight and distinguishable from quite some distance as opposed to the Humpback whose spout is closer to the water and mushrooms as it completes its breath. I can usually tell the type of whale long before we reach them. Here is a video of the Fin Whale taken by us last season passing the boat.

Dolphins

We get three variety of Dolphins in Newfoundland, the Atlantic White Sided Dolphin, Common Dolphin, and the White Beaked. They are very strong swimmers often frolicking in the wake or the bow wave created by our boats. Dolphins can get up to ten feet in length with large curved dorsal fins which distinguishes them from other species. They are mostly dark grey with a light white on their sides. They can weigh up to 775 pounds often traveling in large groups of 10-20 dolphins but can get as large as 100 individuals.

dolphin in newfoundland

Will we only see whales? Is there other wildlife we can see?

As Forest Gump said, “Life is a like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get.” Much like the variety of species you can see on our tours. From the middle of June until the latter part of August you are almost certainly guaranteed to see Humpbacks, Fin Whales and a variety of seabirds including Puffins, Eagles, Guillemots, Razorbills, Northern Gannets and many more. It amazes me what we see and have seen from Ocean Sunfish to Leatherback Turtles.bald eagle

How often do you see whales on tours? Is there a better time of day to see them?

One time of day seems no better than another for spotting whales. The cycle for whales here in Newfoundland is all about feeding so whales gorge themselves to build up their fat reserves of which they may lose up to 50% from one season to the next. During the last two seasons, we have seen whales almost every trip. Our percentages for the last two years have been better than 98%.

newfoudland whale watching tour

Why should I book with Trinity Eco Tours?

If you want the most action-packed, fun-filled, most informative and most relaxing tour you should book with us. We provide you with an immersion suit for warmth during the colder part of the season, (something you do not get on the big tour boats during their whale watching tour). Our photos and videos have been featured worldwide for their amazing content which has all been taken on our tour. See videos from us on YouTube and Facebook.

We are an established company located in Trinity Bay, Newfoundland, a hotspot of whale activity in season!  Skipper Bob, your tour guide has been a diver for over 30 years spending much time filming above and below the water. He has filmed whales here in Newfoundland as well as the Dominican Republic in the offseason. Our groups are small and personable with the ability to ask your skipper individual questions. You are a small contingent of fewer than 12 passengers onboard. You have more social interaction with your guide and other guests. Our Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (Zodiacs) are the most stable whale viewing platforms with the ability to be up close and personal to the action.

Trinity Bay Newfoundland is a very popular tourist destination and if not on your list you should add it. We have been welcoming visitors for over 400 years! Trinity has many local museums, historic sites, theater, fine dining, hiking trails, popular local microbrewery amongst many other attractions. If you miss us, you missed out! Plus, the variety of wildlife in season is unparalleled as well as the spectacular seascapes and sea caves. Experience wildlife, icebergs, and culture with the locals and you might not want to go back.

whale tours newfoundland

What type of boat will be used on my whale watching tour?

On our Whale Watching Tours, we use  Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIB). Our Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats are the same type of boats used for rescue craft in the offshore industries. They are the most stable, comfortable vessel for work vessels and our tours. Our boats and our skippers are Transport Canada certified, so we are well equipped to handle your comfort and your care. An additional selling feature of our tours is that you are less susceptible to seasickness as the vessel does not slow roll out like a large boat. Being seasick during your tour is not conducive to a good trip. We usually have Gravol available prior to our tours if you think you may need it. Very few people have ever been seasick aboard our tours.

What Should I Wear on A Whale Watching Tour?

As mentioned, we provide you with a one-piece full immersion suit that is nylon covered Neoprene suit. This protects against the wet and the cold in the shoulder seasons. It has been commented by many a passenger that it saved the trip for our patrons for their warmth and comfort. As I so often like to say it is better to have and not need as opposed to needing and not have so good footwear is a must, adequate thermal socks in season and of course gloves and mitts. Even during the peak of the summer temperatures can drop by 10 Degrees Celsius when we get out into the middle of the bay!

whale watching flotation suit

How do I book a whale watching tour with Trinity Eco-Tours?

There are several different ways you can book your tour with Trinity Eco-Tours. You can book online through either of the links on our Facebook Page or visit our website directly at TrinityEcoTours.com. If you don’t want to book online, you can call us directly at (709) 464-3712 or our accommodations in Trinity (709) 436-3011. Skipper Bob would be glad to help.

 

Iceberg Tours In Newfoundland

Iceberg Tours In Newfoundland

Planning the Best Iceberg Tour in Newfoundland

Iceberg Tours in Newfoundland

Are you interested in viewing icebergs up close and personal rather than standing on the coastline? Are you interested in feeling the cold air of these massive icebergs as they drift through our Newfoundland waters?

If you have answered yes to the questions above, Newfoundland is for you! Newfoundland is your place of choice to view these massive icebergs. Trinity Eco-Tours will give you an unforgettable holiday that includes scenery, wildlife, culture and a great sense of adventure.

I have lived here all my life and it still excites me to go on the water every trip not just every day but up to three times a day. As a matter of fact, we have been seeing whales and icebergs together for the past several years, how can you beat that?

Many individuals think that to receive an unforgettable experience with Icebergs and Whales you would have to go to Alaska. Well, that is not the case. I have taken many guests from Alaska, on our Newfoundland iceberg tours, who have sung the accolades of Newfoundland for their iceberg/whale experience. Early in the spring, they may even have the opportunity to meet our favourite whale, Finnegan.

Our iceberg tours are done out of Trinity Bay, Newfoundland. Trinity Bay is about as far away from Disneyland as you can get. On our iceberg tours and whale watching tours, you are one in a million instead of one of a million. When you view an iceberg from one of our Zodiacs, it is a breathtaking experience to be so close to the water looking up at a large pinnacled or drydock iceberg.

Newfoundland Iceberg Tour

So, what is the formula to success to ensure that you see these massive icebergs while in Newfoundland? Here is what I recommend:

Do not depend upon one area to fulfill all of your iceberg dreams. Book at least two or three different areas where icebergs are well known. For instance on the west coast of the province, St. Anthony is a great place to view icebergs later in the season. There has a tendency to be a high amount of pack ice early in the season, which may block the icebergs in. However, you should also consult other resources like IcebergFinder.com or the Iceberg Alley App.

If you are on the Great Northern Peninsula then the North Central and Central Coast may have icebergs to follow. You may want to book in Change Islands/Twillingate area. If launching from the East Coast all along the Northeast Coast of the Avalon Peninsula can be a potential viewing area. St. John’s has several Whale Watch/Iceberg Tours. Therefore you may want to include Trinity/Bonavista as a jumpoff point for iceberg exploration.

 

Newfoundland Iceberg Tours

Weather can foil your exploration plans. If you only a lot one day in a particular place then fog or weather can prevent you from having your iceberg encounter before you have to move on. Take a two-pronged approach to your visit; early in the season be flexible in your travel plans and be ready to move on to another place on short notice! Traveling on a whim is hard for some travelers but early in the season, you may be able to negotiate better rates and take advantage of the shoulder season when there is lots of space and availability. An added benefit is that you can also be on a tour that is very small and personal like Bonnie and Shelley below.

Trinity Iceberg Tours

Get the information upfront. Follow the Iceberg Finder website that identifies icebergs with pictures on google maps. You can get dates of sightings, pictures of the iceberg and the route to follow to get there.

Newfoundland Iceberg Tours

Another great resource is the Iceberg Alley App. It also gives sightings, pictures, and locations of icebergs, whales, and wildlife. Download it on your phone and have access while you travel to the latest pictures and locations to find the icebergs you are after.

Newfoundland Icebergs

We also post daily photos and videos in season showing our icebergs, whales, seabirds and wildlife to our Facebook page. Sometimes we have drone footage and other interesting events like Finnegan the Friendly Humpback whale, who we met during an iceberg tour in 2016. CBC wrote an interesting article on Finnegan!

whale tours Newfoundland

Liking our Facebook page will provide you with up to date information about what is available in the Trinity area. We also supply information to IcebergFinder.com and Iceberg Alley App. Another great resource is a private facebook page Newfoundland Iceberg Reports. They never let a Newfoundland Iceberg slip them by!

Go on multiple tours! It may be a good idea to do more than one tour. Make sure you get the best of the season and go to visit the different areas where icebergs are. Afterall you made the effort to get here so you should maximize success, experience, and fun.

Zodiac Iceberg Tours

To sum up, this post, be informed!! Be like a mud flap – flexible and willing to travel! Your experiences will be ones to remember of Iceberg Season 2019! You may get to see the perfect iceberg on a perfect day.

Be sure to check out our whale watching tours and sea kayaking tours if you are in the area and are looking for an experience that you won’t soon forget. 

If you would like any further information, send us an email  bobbartlett@trinityeco-tours.com or call direct (709) 464-3712. I would be happy to help.

Cheers,

Skipper Bob Bartlett

 
Skipper Bob Bartlett
Best Whale Watching Tours in Newfoundland

Best Whale Watching Tours in Newfoundland

Best Whale Watching Tours in Newfoundland

I just read a whale watching review by someone in Michigan today who was here and only mentioned one boat tour with the title Best Whale Watching tours in Newfoundland. I thought that is a pretty limited point of view as to what we see. SO I said to myself “Hey Skipper Bob, you are an expert maybe you should throw your hat in the arena and venture some opinions.” Though biased because I am a whale aficionado(self-proclaimed by the way). I know of few others around who are more passionate about whales who has personally observed (and filmed) their feeding, breeding and migratory behavior. Plus I have even caught them well… erghhh… unghhhh… well farting!!!😬😬😬😬😬😬😬
 
I have traveled to the south in The Dominican Republic and ventured offshore to the Silver Banks where the mothers bear the young. Seeing a newborn calf exploring its surroundings while some strange two-legged creature swims around for an unknown purpose to him. 
 
There is magic in that. There is magic in listening and filming an inverted Humpback singer calling out his lonely call to others. 
 
I have filmed a sleeping Humpback in the northern waters of Trinity Bay my home and the base for our tours. Don’t watch all the way to the end as it is not exciting to watch someone sleep!!
 
We have thousands of pictures, videos and personal experiences to share from our nine consecutive years on the water. So yeah I am going to say I am an expert!  Plus we have been kissed by a whale and I have the video to prove it. Don’t worry Finnegan I am not the kind to kiss and tell, well maybe in your case.
 
Growing up in the province I have traveled almost everywhere you could possibly go, experience, swim, dive, walk and film of this island we call home. I love this place there is no place I would rather be. You know how you tell all the Newfoundlanders in heaven? They are the ones that still want to go home!!!!!

I will say the Northeast Avalon is among the best if not the best for whale watching. With a combination of spawning Capelin which draws the whales. the Fin, Humpback and Minke whales that migrate to feed on them. Combined with the fact that we get such splendid icebergs, Puffins, Northern Gannets, Cormorants, Bald Eagles, spectacular seascapes and caves Best Whale Watching yeah we do that!!!

best whale watching tours in newfoundland
 
best whale watching tours in newfoundland
best whale watching tours in newfoundland
best whale watching tours in newfoundland
Well we have the most to see that I know of in just one tour. We have the videos. pictures and testimonials to prove it.
Just check out our FaceBook page and like to get our daily feed:
 
Check out our many videos on Facebook as well: 
 
 
If you can find better viewing from videos taken on anyone’s whale tours in Newfoundland I would be very surprised so I think I will throw my hat in the ring for BEST WHALE WATCHING TOUR IN NEWFOUNDLAND!!!
 
My advice is when you want to find out something that is the best ask someone local and check out Newfoundland Labrador.com NewfoundlandLabrador.com!! All their providers are Tourism Assurance Plan certified as accommodations, tour, and guest services fully qualified and competent to give you your best experience. 
Everyone has great experiences on their visit here. It is something magical about the place we call home, Newfoundland. Well, let Skipper Bob talk about it a bit.
Why Whale Watching Should Be On Your Newfoundland Bucket List

Why Whale Watching Should Be On Your Newfoundland Bucket List

Newfoundland Whale Watching Tours

A Newfoundland Whale Watching Tour is a beautiful, exciting, and unique experience.  Your journey in Newfoundland will be chocked full of epic landscapes, endless wildlife viewing opportunities, and friendly encounters with humble locals.  Newfoundland is also very large. If you have limited time during your vacation, you’ll want to prioritize all the wonderful things to see and do in this place.

We truly believe that a Newfoundland whale watching tour is one of the most rewarding things you can do during your stay in Newfoundland. (We made a career out of whale watching. It’s that good.)

If you’re unconvinced, read on!

The largest population of humpback whales return here year after year

If you happen to be in Newfoundland during whale season, you’re in for a treat.During a Newfoundland whale watching tour season, The largest population of humpback whales come here every year, feeding on krill and capelin. Spend some time along the coast (especially in Eastern Newfoundland), and you’re pretty much guaranteed to see a spouting or breaching humpback whale.

Your chances improve once you move further west from St. John’s, where you don’t have to compete with dozens of other people in the province’s capital for the best views on a whale watching Newfoundland boat. Maybe we’re biased, but we think the best opportunity to see whales is by taking a tour from Trinity!

You can get up close and personal with the whales

The best thing about a Newfoundland whale watching tour in a small, intimate boat is how easy it is to get up close and personal with a giant 40-ton humpback (or a minke, or even an orca). Whether you’re kayaking around Trinity Bay or zipping along in a Zodiac, it’s so much easier to get close to these friendly giants when you’re eye level with them from a smaller boat.

Whales are curious by nature, and they’re not shy. There’s a good chance you’ll find yourself eye-to-eye with one! (And don’t panic if you do; just give him/her a wave.)

You’ll see plenty of other wildlife, too

You’re probably planning on coming here for humpback whales, minke, orcas, sperm whales, and even blue whales. But even on the off-chance that you won’t see any of those behemoth creatures, you’ll still have so many great opportunities to interact with other wildlife. You’re guaranteed to have an incredible experience on the water.

It’s not uncommon to see puffins diving for fish, or bald eagles circling overhead. You might have dolphins trailing behind you, or gannets swooping around your boat. It’s a rare day in Newfoundland when you don’t encounter wildlife!

Even if you don’t see whales, you’ll love the experience

Take it from a Newfoundlander: there’s nothing like being out on the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Drink in the experience — the smell of briney water, the sun beating down on your head, and the sound of seabirds calling overhead.

We make our tours as informative and entertaining as possible, so you’ll learn plenty about your surroundings as you’re cruising along. Newfoundlanders are notoriously fantastic storytellers, and you’ll come away from the tour with some new friends and a few insights into the local culture.

Newfoundland Whale Watching season is the best time to visit!

Most whales migrate to Newfoundland from May to September, which just so happens to be the best time to visit. The weather is mostly favorable during this time, and you can pair your whale watching trip with other memorable experiences  — including iceberg viewing! Icebergs usually start making their way down Iceberg Alley from Greenland in March or April.

Newfoundlanders (and visitors to the island) make the most of those glorious spring and summer months. There’s plenty of opportunity for hiking, sightseeing, and enjoying live entertainment and festivals. In the Trinity area, you can hike the Skerwink Trail, enjoy delicious meals at local restaurants (try the paninis at the Two Whales Coffee Shop), or catch some live music or theatre (especially at the Rising Tide Theatre).

Join us on tour this year, and you’ll see for yourself why whale watching should be on your Newfoundland bucket list.