Visit the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve.
A 90 minute wildlife extravaganza!
A blizzard of puffins and a carnival of whales – and the best hospitality you’re sure to find. Home to over 2.5 million seabirds and one of the Atlantic’s most productive feeding areas for several whale species.
Gatherall’s Puffin & Whale Watch tour is based around the incredible Witless Bay Ecological Reserve. The Reserve is beyond compare in its ability to offer visitors a world class wildlife experience. Sure there are other places in Newfoundland where you may spot wildlife, but no where else can offer such a consistently great wildlife encounter.
Depending on the season, there are incredible sights in store.
Amongst the 2. million seabirds that nest on the islands of the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, the islands are home to over 500,000 Atlantic Puffins – no wonder its the best place to see them. The best time for Puffins is from mid May through to mid September.
The waters around Bay Bulls and the Reserve is a favourite feeding area for the annual migration of the Humpback Whales that make their way to the waters of Newfoundland each summer. The whales have chosen this area because of the abundance of food in the nearby waters – one of the many reasons that this makes this the absolute best place to take your tour. The peak of the whale season here runs from mid-June through to mid-August.
Early in the season – May & June – icebergs make their last stand in our cold waters before they melt away. Sometimes, if the stars align, you may be lucky enough to encounter all three – puffins, whales & icebergs – in a single tour.
Of course it would be great if you could see everting in a single trip but you must remember that there are times of the season are better than others.
YOU’RE IN GREAT COMPANY!
People often ask whether or not a reservation is required.
To better serve our guest we recommend that you book in advance to guarantee your space. If your one of those folks who like to be spontaneous we still recommend that you call ahead – even if it’s only an hour or so before hand. Occasionally, departures may be sold out or unavailable due to local weather conditions. With a reservation, Gatherall’s staff can advise you of any delays or anticipated service interruptions so that you can make the most of your time.
Gatherall’s staff are more than happy to answer any and all questions you may have – we’re only a phone call / email / text or tweet away! If you’re in the area please feel free to drop by (regular business hours of course). Don’t be disappointed.
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A few of the more commonly asked questions are listed below.
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Boat tours are not all “the same”!
There are many things that sets Gatherall’s apart.
While we have no control over the seas, the wildlife, or the sun (or fog)
we continue to try to improve in order to provide you with the best possible experience.
Witless Bay Ecological Reserve – the best place to view
puffins & whales period!
The islands are designated as an Ecological
Reserve (Province of Newfoundland & Labrador)
because of its significance.
Gatherall’s is a family owned and operated business.
Our staff are warm and engaging personalities
who truly enjoy their work. Three generations of
our family are active in the business each and
every day. All of our staff are like family too.
The Cat is a purpose designed and built
specifically for service in our environment.
This superior vessel design was selected to provide
the highest standards of safety for our passengers
and is equipped with twin engines for maximum reliability.
Gatherall’s catamaran is the largest and most
spacious tour vessel operating in Newfoundland.
Its large open deck area and stability ensures great
views for all passengers. It’s the only tour vessel that
provides inside seating for each passenger when the
weather is not so pleasant.
Sure other tours may encounter puffins & whales
from time to time – but none can match the
Witless Bay Ecological Reserve for its ability
to deliver a consistent wildlife experience.
Puffins are viewed from early May through to late
September with peak whale season from mid June
to mid August annually.