All participants are encouraged to assist with our whale work (see Whale Study Week) but this excursion is a more general, fun, and educational introduction to the wildlife and human cultures of Newfoundland and Labrador. This coast has had human occupation for 9000 years and we explore the natural world and how the various peoples have lived here. We visit and learn about caribou herds, puffin colonies, gannet stacks, and more. We view and learn about some of the planet's largest marine wildlife gatherings.
We also view/learn about the seabirds that come from the southern hemisphere to enjoy the rich feeding here. We carefully visit and teach about orchid patches, fossil beds, and breeding areas of rare birds. We present biological reports to our guests and to government scientists tasked with monitoring wildlife populations. In 2009 our company president co-authored Canada's status report on Atlantic orcas and in 2011 he published a book on the region's growing orca population. Our entire staff works to assist with whale, seabird, and sea turtle research in the region and we are known locally for work on polar bears and other northerly species.
We are happy to sometimes present an alternative to the local lifestyles which doesn't always value the natural world. We have worked to bring a bag limit to the world's largest unregulated hunt (the local guillemot hunt) and we have supported park creation in areas where local people traditionally took their all terrain vehicles to hunt game..and where some opposed conservation measures despite dwindling wildlife populations.
In Newfoundland and Labrador we have North America's highest number of hunters per capita and lowest number of birdwatchers/nature association members per capita and we also boast some of the world's friendliest and most musical folks.
All of our programs feature local hosts/leaders and all distribute non resident travelers to remote areas where they enjoy local services and hospitality ranging from boat tours to delicious homemade bread and local sub-arctic berry jams.
A National Geographic survey of guest satisfaction looked at the ethic of sustainability and educational emphasis of these very enjoyable excursions, and resulted in National Geographic Adventure Magazine listing our company as one of the best Adventure Travel companies on earth two years running.
Our St. John's office is located above our educationally and culturally themed gift shop and gallery. Since 1990 "Wild Things" has supported Newfoundland and Labrador's oldest conservation organization (Nature NL) by funding an annual scholarship and sponsoring educational initiatives. Other conservation organizations also receive support for fundraising or educational programs. Wild Things reaches out to northern Labrador and other remote areas of the province, supporting and celebrating (and selling) the region's traditional and new arts and crafts.
Wildland Tours travels to remote areas seeking out distinctive and special experiences where we get to view rich wildlife spectacles. We were formed to spread the message that healthy wildlife populations can bring (nonconsumptive) benefits to a region. Over the years we have also hosted nature show crews and journalists so while we work locally to support the region's communities we also work internationally to put the spotlight on the significant populations of whales, seabirds, and other wildlife found in Newfoundland and Labrador....from rusty blackbirds to polar bears to pine marten.
Reviews of Newfoundland vacation adventure
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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
Reviewed on 24 Jul 2014 by Stephen Clements
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
Close up views of the icebergs and lots of encounters with humpback whales. It was fascinating to see the Caplin rolling on the beaches.
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
Make sure you have warm clothing as well as cool clothing , the weather can be unpredictable .
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
We stayed a small hotels run by locals and ate at very interesting local restaurants. The driver and the guide were genuine Newfoundlanders so they knew all the best places to go.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
It was a great experience. There was more driving than we expected but we covered lots of wildlife hot spots and historical places. We really enjoyed the company of our fellow travelers who came from the UK, USA Belgium and Australia. We all got on well and this helped to enhance the vacation. Jared (the guide) was very helpful and the itinerary was flexible enough to take account of different interests and the weather.