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Picnic With The Whales
in Newfoundland

Gatherall’s Signature Tour.
Puffin & Whale Cruise
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Picnic with Whales Newfoundland


For over 30 years the Gatherall Family & Crew have been delighted to share our home and its incredible wildlife with travellers from the world over.  For those seeking a truly personalized experience, Gatherall’s offers its Picnic With The Whales program.   Intended for more adventurous souls, this small boat experience – lead by one of our senior naturalists – offers an opportunity to experience whales and local marine wildlife and explore our striking coastline on your schedule.   This program is tailored for your and by you.  The focus of this adventure is up to you.  

The Gatherall Family, Crew & Staff are committed to providing you with the best possible experience each and every time you visit.  We know your time is valuable – and your vacation time always seems to be too short.  We appreciate and thank you for taking a few short moments to consider including our tour as part of your Newfoundland vacation. 





Puffin & Whale Watch

Gatherall’s Signature Tour.
Picnic with Whales Newfoundland
Picnic with Whales Newfoundland
Picnic with Whales Newfoundland

Picnic with Whales!

Looking for something a little different?

How about an extra special, once in a lifetime event! Picnic with Whales in Newfoundland with Gatherall’s.

Experience your very own private puffin and whale watch tour from the comfort and safety of Gatherall’s smaller catamaran.  Only minutes from St. John’s, Gatherall’s Picnic with the Whales is real get-a-way.  An intimate adventure in one of nature’s most splendid wildlife reserves hosted by one of Gatherall’s senior naturalists.

The itinerary is set by you!

Want to spend all three hours with the whales – that’s up to you (and the whales of course).  Want to spend more time exploring the coastline of chilling with the puffins – it’s your call.  Our naturalist is onboard to guide you through this very special journey.  Only minutes from downtown St. John’s, picnic with whales is a world away!

Lunch is included!

This three (3) hour experience includes a relaxing lunch stop in a secluded cove of a nearby abandoned fishing village. Relax and unwind as the sounds of the waves lapping on the shore and the crash of the nearby waterfalls create an unforgettable lunch backdrop.  A picnic lunch is included complete with a selection of beverages (including complimentary wine and local micro brewed beer) is provided. 


A personal experience!

This is a private tour for you and up to 5 of your closest family or friends.  Each tour is an exclusive experience.  You choose your travelling companions  – we do not combine reservations / parties.  This experience is not available for children under the age of 5.  

Nature Happens!

Depending on the season, there are many incredible sights in store.

The nicest thing about the Picnic With The Whales experience is that you can decide how much time you want to spend or what you want to focus on.  You determine the direction of the tour!  

Feel free to ask as many or as few questions as you want – it’s up to you.  Our naturalist is there to provide you with as much information and as many stories as you want to hear.  Every Picnic with The Whales is entirely original!

The stars of the tour are the whales of course but that doesn’t mean that we can’t stop by the islands to see the puffins or get a close up view of some of the incredible coastal seascapes – it’s entirely up to you. 


We want to make sure you have the best experience possible and that means you need to know when to visit.  Gatherall’s Picnic With The Whales experience is only available during the peak of the whale watch season from July 01 through to August 10.   Whales may still spotted before and after peak season  –  click the calendar icon above to learn more.

Puffins arrive early May and stay till 3rd week of September. Timing for the other seabirds varies.
Whale sightings typically peak during the period from mid-June through to mid-August. While whales can arrive any time after the middle of May and stay through to the end of September.  Sightings outside of the peak season are a bonus!
Icebergs season in the Avalon region is typically from early May through to mid-June however sightings vary greatly from year to year. Feel free to contact us for updates!
Our coastal scenery is beautiful year round and is a treat in and of itself. Our cruise offers an incredible opportunity to experience wondrous seascapes, mighty cliff faces & pounding surf.

Reservations Required.

 A reservation is required for the Picnic with Whales experience.
reservations for the Picnic With The Whales experience should be made at least three days in advance of the required date. Special dietary requirements and considerations are accommodated.

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.


Just click the “Book Now” button at the top of any page.

Our most up-to-date tour schedule is available in real time online.

FYI & FAQ’s.


Gatherall’s Picnic With The Whales is an incredible experience.  The high quality of our tour, consistent wildlife sightings, safe, comfortable tour boat, friendly, knowledgeable & professional staff all work to ensure that you have a great experience.


Gatherall’s Picnic With The Whales program runs two (2) tours daily during the peak of the whale season. To maximize your opportunity for an incredible wheel encounter, departures are only available for this program from July 01 through to August 10 each season. Click any Book Now button to check availability.

Online Reservations

Gatherall’s on-line reservation system provides an easy and secure way to book your experience. You can check available departure times for each day of the season for our most up-to-date information. Not sure why time works best for you – our staff are happy to discuss your options directly with you.

Shuttle Service

Visiting St. John’s without access to a car? No need to miss out. Shuttle service is available from the major hotels and B&B’s in St. John’s is available (additional charges apply). Relax and take in the scenery and leave the driving to one of our curtious drivers – feel free to have a chat along the way.


Your schedule changed.  Flight delayed. Weather not so great.  Don’t worry – we’re here to serve you.  We’ll try to accommodate schedule changes where possible and only ask that you provide us with as much notice as you can.


Have questions?  Need more information?  Please be sure to contact us even during the off season.  You can reach us by phone, email, or social media.  We are more than happy to answer your questions and to provide suggestions & or recommendations.

Tour Length

Our Picnic With The Whales experience is three (3) hours in length.  The cat allows us to travel further in less time than just about all of the other large tour boats (and most of the smaller ones too) and still spend more time with the birds & whales. We’ve determined that this is the optimum tour length for this type of special encounter. 


The vessel used for our Picnic With The Whales experience is equipped with twin dependable, quiet & clean 4 stroke outboards.  Just like our larger cat, the smaller cat is equipped with an inflatable life raft in addition to modern electronic communications and navigations systems.  Depending on the weather, you can elect to wear a full floatation suit or a lifejacket.  We even have a washroom on board.



Contact Us

If you’re ready to start your adventure, just click on any of the Book Now buttons and our easy, secure booking system will let you select the experience that is most convenient for you.  If you have any questions or need more information, we would be more than happy to respond.  Feel free to contact us directly by phone, via social media, or by email. 

Where To Find Us

Gatherall’s Puffin
& Whale Watch

90 Northside Rd., Bay Bulls,
Newfoundland  Canada
A0A 1C0

1-800-419-4253 CAN /US
(709)334-2887  Local