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2020 / 2021


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A Real NEWFOUNDLAND Experience!

National Geographic’s Traveler Magazine‘s experts rated the Avalon Penninsula Number 1 out of 99 of the world’s great islands, coastlines, and beaches!

No visit to Newfoundland is complete without experiencing our incredible marine wildlife & scenery first hand.  As one of Newfoundland’s preeminent attractions, it’s no wonder Gatherall’s Puffin & Whale Watch has been a favourite of visitors to Newfoundland for over 30 years and why so many of our guests return time and again. It’s no wonder Gatherall’s rates 5 Stars on Google & TripAdvisor.

Make the most of your group or FIT client’s time in St. John’s.
Only 25 minutes by coach from many of the downtown St. John’s hotels.  Convenient Shuttle Service is available for FIT city stay guests too.   Gatherall’s is the perfect opportunity to let your guests experience a part of what makes the Avalon region Nat Geo’s Traveller Magazine top pick!

 

Photo of a group of puffins on a rock with a gannet gliding past in the background.

PLAYFUL
PUFFINS

Puffins arrive early May and can be viewed in large numbers through till mid September with a few staying till the 3rd week of September. Timing for the other seabirds (murres, guillemots, gannets, kittiwakes, fulmars & more) varies by species.

A close up photo of a Humpback Whale as it lazily breeches.

WONDERFUL
WHALES

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!

Photo of a fisherman in a small dory by the high cliff face.

SPECTACULAR
SCENERY

Iceberg season in our region is typically during May & June.  Although we are at the end of Iceberg Alley and see fewer bergs than northern Newfoundland, the bergs here are often very dramatic as they near the end of their journey.

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INCREDIBLE
ICEBERGS

Spectacular coastal scenery abounds during our cruise throughout the entire season!  Learn more about the incredible geological formations and how the sea has nurtured & impacted our culture for thousands of years!

Why we believe that you should
choose Gatherall’s …

Since 1984 the Gatherall Family, along with our valued crew & support staff,  have strived to provide the highest level of service to our guests.   Our tours operate exclusively in the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve which means that there is always something to see.  Home to over 2.5 million seabirds including over 250,000 pairs of Atlantic Puffins.  The Reserve is also widely regarded as one of the best places in Atlantic Canada to encounter and experience whales in their natural environment.  Our stretch of coastline – both rugged and breathtaking – is conveniently situated at the end of Iceberg Alley and is a real treat for our early visitors.  
We believe that Gatherall’s Puffin & Whale Watch should be your first choice for 3 simple reasons …
Visit the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve - the largest puffin colony in North America and the best place to watch Humpback Whales. This area has no equal in Atlantic Canada for the volume and diversity of wildlife and consistency of sighting.

1. Best Location

Visit the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve – the largest puffin colony in North America and the best place to watch Humpback Whales. This area has no equal in Atlantic Canada for the volume and diversity of wildlife and consistency of sighting.
The Gatherall Family

2. Friendliest Staff

The Gatherall Family & Crew are excited each and every day to share the incredible natural wonders with our guests. We love to share our knowledge and stories of the sea, its life, and our attachment to it.
Gatherall's catamaran is the largest, most stable, and comfortable tour boat in Newfoundland.  Its custom design enable us to explore farther and spend more time  time with the birds

3. Best Boat

Gatherall’s catamaran is the largest, most stable, and comfortable tour boat in Newfoundland. Its custom design enable us to explore farther and spend more time time with the birds & whales and less time getting there.

Gatherall’s Catamaran

Learn why the cat makes
for the most enjoyable experience.

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TOUR SCHEDULE

Group Tour

Gatherall’s Puffin & Whale Watch cruise is  available for bookings (30 or more adults) at the following times May 15 through to September 30.  

9:00 am /  10:30 am /  12:30 pm /  2:30 pm /  4:30 pm / 6:30 pm 

FIT

FIT reservations are available on scheduled public cruises.  Scheduled cruises operate regardless of guest counts to minimize disruption to your guests’ itineraries.   If your client gets delayed or needs to change their travel plans, our staff will be delighted to reschedule their cruise without penalty (subject to availability). 

 Rates & Cruise Schedule
2020 / 2021

 

Gatherall’s offers great rates to Group & FIT clients.

We understand that you have many attractions so we try to keep it simple and uncomplicated for your accounting office and booking agents!   Rates below are subject to applicable taxes.  

Adult:  $53 / Adult   (ages 18 years and over)

Youth   $27 / Youth   (ages 17 years to 3 years)

Infant:   N/C    (2 years & under).

BOOKING TIP!

We recommend scheduling your guests’ experience with Gatherall’s during their first day in the St. John’s area.  Should the weather be inclement we will happily reschedule the service for the next available cruise (cruise / cruise & shuttle only) and will add in a departure if need to accommodate your schedule (group bookings)!

WHAT OUR GUESTS THINK

"Amazing cruise with the whales and puffins. Very professional and courteous crew on tour.  Overall an amazing experience.  First time for some friends of ours to the island. You made their experience one to remember."

Tony Mercer,

“Amazing cruise with the whales and puffins. Very professional and courteous crew on tour. Overall an amazing experience. First time for some friends of ours to the island. You made their experience one to remember.”
"We had an amazing time! The staff was very friendly and we loved the singing. We saw a mother and baby whale plus thousands of puffins. What more could we ask for! My daughter did not want the boat tour to end."

Jessie McMillin

“We had an amazing time! The staff was very friendly and we loved the singing. We saw a mother and baby whale plus thousands of puffins. What more could we ask for! My daughter did not want the boat tour to end.”
"We thoroughly enjoyed our tour. You provided an extremely courteous service from the moment it was booked. Your staff is very pleasant and humorous. That I like. The tour guides shared fabulous knowledge about the birds . Very informative . Will be happy to recommend you to family and friends."

Ethel Bachewich

“We thoroughly enjoyed our tour. You provided an extremely courteous service from the moment it was booked. Your staff is very pleasant and humorous. That I like. The tour guides shared fabulous knowledge about the birds . Very informative . Will be happy to recommend you to family and friends.”
"It was Fabulous. The tour guides were excellent very informative and entertaining. The captain as well was great. All staff made the excursion a very enjoyable one. Would definitely recommend doing it."

Lucille Vey

“It was Fabulous. The tour guides were excellent very informative and entertaining. The captain as well was great. All staff made the excursion a very enjoyable one. Would definitely recommend doing it.”
"Thanks so much for a fine day on June 29. We appreciated the knowledge and professionalism of the crew as they showed us puffins, guillemots, gannets, kittiwakes, Minke whales and more. We were also glad that they were willing to wait at sea long enough to see at least three humpback whale. We couldn’t have asked for more."

Jane Hopkinson

“Thanks so much for a fine day on June 29. We appreciated the knowledge and professionalism of the crew as they showed us puffins, guillemots, gannets, kittiwakes, Minke whales and more. We were also glad that they were willing to wait at sea long enough to see at least three humpback whale. We couldn’t have asked for more.”
"Loved our trip. I was so excited to see whales and puffins for the first time ever!! The boat ride was a blast and the crew were so entertaining. Highlight of my trip to Newfoundland so far."

Wendy Fraser

“Loved our trip. I was so excited to see whales and puffins for the first time ever!! The boat ride was a blast and the crew were so entertaining. Highlight of my trip to Newfoundland so far.”

Value

Gatherall’s Puffin & Whale Watch offers great value.  The high quality of our tour, consistent wildlife sightings, safe, comfortable tour boat, friendly, knowledgeable & professional staff all work to ensure that you and your clients get the best value for your money. 

Schedule

Gatherall’s offers up to six tours daily during the wildlife season.  Full departure schedule available for group tours throughout the entire season.  Confirmed reservations are guaranteed sailings regardless of minimum numbers (departures may be rescheduled due to weather of course).

Online Reservations

Group reservations are administered directly by Gatherall’s staff.  Gatherall’s online reservation platform can be accessed 24/7 for direct booking & immediate confirmation or choose to offer guests an “Open Voucher” if they want greater flexibility.   FIT bookings can be rescheduled unto one hour before departure without penalty.

Shuttle Service

Delegates can relax and take in the scenery and leave the driving to one of our curtious drivers – they’re always to have a chat along the way.  Shuttle service is offered from the major hotels in St. John’s. 

Cancellations

Last minute schedule change.  Flight delayed. Weather not so great.  Don’t worry.  Gatherall’s is happy to reschedule individual bookings without penalty at any time.  For our Group Tour clients, we’ll can directly with the Tour Director to work around the weather whenever possible.  

Chat

Have questions?  Need more information?  Please be sure to contact us at any time 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

Puffin & Whale cruises average 90 minutes in length.  Gatherall’s catamaran tour boat allows us to travel further in less time than any of the other large tour boats (and most of the smaller ones too) and still spend more time with the birds & whales. Event timing can be tailored to meet your specific needs.

Safety

Safety is Gatherall’s foremost priority.  Our vessels and crews are Transport Canada certified and the cat is constructed to the highest safety standard for vessels in its class.  The cat is also designed to be the most comfortable and stable platform for your enjoyment.

YOU’RE IN GREAT COMPANY!

Gatherall’s Puffin & Whale Watch works with many established professional tour operators in Canada, the United States, the UK, Germany, Australia, and many other countries. Our long standing relationships with these industry leaders assures you that you are in good company when choosing Gatherall’s Puffin & Whale Watch as an activity for your clients.

Whether you choose to contract directly with Gatherall’s or through one of the many professional receptive tour operators which feature Gatherall’s – either way your in great hands!  Gatherall’s is partnered with many Canadian and regional receptive operators so its easy to add your incredible experience to your itinerary whether it’s a stress free escorted motorcoach journey or a customized FIT adventure.

Of course we’re always looking to establish relationships with new operators as we believe that “a rising tide lifts all boats” and as Newfoundland gains more exposure on the international stage we will all benefit.

Need Media?

Gatherall’s Travel Trade Media page offers great images and video clips to help you spread the word about your Newfoundland Experiences.  

Images and video clips are available for download and free use for your promotional activities.  We’re going to be adding more content through the season so that you have a supply of fresh, original content to choose from. Loads of high quality wildlife stills, panoramic shots, drone clips, and we even hope to add in some 360 and virtual reality footage in the coming months.  We’re looking forward to sharing all of our content with you so that you can reach out to your markets and give them that extra nudge to come and explore Newfoundland. 

Just click on any of the images below to access the Trade Media page on our site.  When prompted for a password simply type in   Trade

Contact Us

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
[email protected]