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.
Wildlife and historic gold towns in a retrofitted school bus
From US $2490 17 days excluding flights