When Is The Best Time to Visit?
Nature operates on its own schedule. For everything there is a season.
Sightings of Puffins, Whales & Icebergs vary throughout the year depending on the season. If you are visiting St. John’s or the Avalon region of Newfoundland, Gatherall’s suggests that the times below are usually best for sightings of Puffins, Whales & Icebergs.
The best time to see puffins is from mid-May through to mid-September as this is the normal period when the puffins are breeding followed by the fledging season for the young pufflings. Of course there are always a few stragglers which wait till the last minute to leave which means that there are still a few around during the 3rd week of September.
Timing for the other seabirds – murres, guillemots, petrels, eagles, gannets, fulmars & kittiwakes varies with each species.
While some whales overwinter around the coast of Newfoundland, most of our whale species are migratory. Humpbacks and Minke whales tend to arrive in our region any time after the middle of May and may stay through to the end of September depending on the presence of food.
The peak of the season for sightings is typically throughout the mid-June through to mid-August period but can vary slightly from year to year. Sightings before and after peak season often occur but we consider these sighting to be a bonus. Every season is different. You never know for sure if you don’t go.
Icebergs season in our area (Avalon region) runs from early May through to mid-June. Icebergs sightings can and do vary greatly from year to year. There is no predicting if, when, or where they may appear. When the massive mountains of moving ice do appear in our waters and conditions permit, we will make every effort to get you within a safe distance to take in their awe & natural beauty. Feel free to contact us for updates throughout the season!
Our coastal scenery is beautiful year round and is a treat in and of itself. Jaw dropping sea stacks and high cliff faces. Waterfalls and caves. The sea and the landscape have shaped our culture and our very family for generations.
It’s the Nature of our Business.
The Gatherall Family & Crew want you to have the best time possible. We will do our best to provide you with an opportunity to experience any wildlife present.
Nature operates on it’s own schedule.
Whales in the wild have a vast ocean in which to roam, feed, play and hide in. If you see a whale jump while on a tour with Gatherall’s, it’s doing exactly what it wants to do. Some days the puffins are content to sit on the grassy banks and pose while other days they are very busy feeding. Icebergs are at the mercy of the ocean currents and wind.
We recommend that you always watch the ocean and not your smart phone …. the puffins & whales are not going to buzz, text, tweet, snapchat before they appear. Relax and put your device away for a bit.