To put it simply, Newfoundland and Labrador is one of the premier whale watching locations in the world. With 22 species of whales, including minke, sperm, pothead, blue, orca, and the world's largest population of humpbacks, and a variety of ways to see them, you are sure to be awed, amazed, and inspired by these ocean giants.

Whale watching by boat - Credit: Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism

From the rail of a boat you move along the Atlantic, with the variety of seabirds, the icebergs, and the Newfoundland coastline there to greet you. The smell of the ocean and the fresh breeze clears the head, while the power and scale of the water has you feeling almost childlike. Binoculars give you a glimpse of whale spouts in the distance and you can hear the slap of flukes along the water. Then, you catch sight of a whale close by the boat and your heart begins to race.


Or you can choose to go even closer, with a kayak, and glide with the whales at sea level, putting yourself in their domain and experiencing their power, grace and playfulness. Beyond the whales, you’ll learn from experienced guides about the area, the waters, the wildlife, and, perhaps most importantly, enjoy the quiet and restful sounds of the ocean as you make your way around the Newfoundland coastline exploring sea caves and cliffs.


Whales breaching in tandem - Credit: Dylan Furst

The best times to go whale watching in Newfoundland is from mid-May to September, with the peak season being from mid-July to mid-August.


Ready to share the water with the whales? Visit the Newfoundland and Labrador tourism website for more information.

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