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Witless Bay ecological reserve

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Harbour Rd, Witless Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
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The preserve is only accessible by boat...it is on a couple of islands

We knew nothing about the Preserve before visiting. There is only one sign on the TCH for the... read more

Reviewed 4 October 2017
SylRickTraveler
A truly special place

Can only be visited by boat so take a trip - O'Brien's is the most popular and thoroughly... read more

Reviewed 24 August 2017
Julie P
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Harbour Rd, Witless Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
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Reviewed 4 October 2017

We knew nothing about the Preserve before visiting. There is only one sign on the TCH for the Witless Bay Ecological Preserve. There are no signs at all on Route 20 and no directional signs in Witless Bay on how to get to the Visitor's...More

1  Thank SylRickTraveler
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Reviewed 24 August 2017

Can only be visited by boat so take a trip - O'Brien's is the most popular and thoroughly recommended. You get close to a variety of seabirds on Gull Island and then the spectacle of whales in the bay. The whales can also be observed...More

1  Thank Julie P
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Reviewed 13 August 2017

To truly appreciate the reserve, one must take a tour. There are literally dozens of humpback whales in the bay, and you witness multiple blow spouts within seconds even without binoculars. On the sea you see, hear, and smell the whales nearby. Also thousands of...More

1  Thank Craig B
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Reviewed 3 August 2017

The WBER is worth a trip top see the 300,000 Plus nesting Puffins my favourite Canadian bird. Its amazing to see up close & personal

1  Thank Patti K
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Reviewed 2 August 2017

No trip to Newfoundland would be complete without a boat trip to Witless bay. It is a visceral experience and not to be missed; we experienced (visualized, smelled and heard) wildlife in it's raw magnificence. Whales, seals, puffins, gannets, common murres, razor bills, black legged...More

1  Thank Gershwin12
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Reviewed 23 July 2017

The zodiac trip we took to see the whales also took us to see the ecological reserve. Well worth the time spent.

1  Thank Donna P
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Reviewed 30 June 2017

Imagine in summertime you have the chance to see young little Puffin chick, just coming out and get seduced by the light. Puffin Patrol is ready to help them to survive. It is a great and unique work those folks are doing during the night...More

1  Thank Puffinman
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Reviewed 19 April 2017

I've traveled all over the world trying to see Puffins: Iceland, S. America but I found thousands in my own country. This boat trip to the Witless Bay reserve enabled us to see thousands of Atlantic Puffins, Murres and other summer seabirds. The boat trip...More

3  Thank myraevans1942
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Cindyski
2 July 2017|
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Response from Puffinman | Reviewed this property |
This is the perfect time to see and save Puffins. Puffin Patrol will be every evening out to save the disoriented little Puffins .street lights are distracting them. So we will be out and save them.Next morning they will see... More
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