Whale Watching in Atlantic Canada
From the shores of Newfoundland and Labrador to the bays of Nova Scotia, whale watching is a popular pastime for locals and visitors alike. With a variety of species making an appearance year-round, here’s our guide to whale watching in Atlantic Canada…
Whale Watching in Newfoundland and Labrador
One of the most charming locations for whale watching, Newfoundland and Labrador hosts over 20 species of whale, including the world’s largest population of humpbacks. Between the months of May and September, humpback whales can be seen breaching the surface and playing along the shores.
Where to see them: boat trips are available from St John’s, Bay Bulls, Twillingate, St Anthony and Norris Point, whilst shore viewing sites include Signal Hill, Cape Spear, Trinity, Cape Bonavista, Twillingate, Cape St Mary’s, Cape Race, Witless Bay, St Anthony and Quirpon Island.
Species list: beluga, minke, sperm, pilot, blue, fin, humpback and many more
Best time to see them: May – September
We recommend: Newfoundland Discovery
Whale Watching in Nova Scotia & New Brunswick
Almost entirely cosseted by water, Nova Scotia is a fantastic destination for whale watching from sea and on land, boasting over 120 accessible beaches. Separating Nova Scotia and New Brunswick is the world-famous UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Bay of Fundy – known for the world’s highest tides. Here, constant swirls and nutrient-rich waters attract an incredible population of whales.
Where to see them: The Bay of Fundy
Species list: fin, minke, humpback, north Atlantic right, sei, blue
Best time to see them: May – October