A Nursery for Puffins
A short drive from St. John’s, prepare to be thrilled on a boat tour to the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, the largest Atlantic Puffin sanctuary in the Western Atlantic. About 95% of North American puffins breed off the Newfoundland and Labrador coasts. They are exceptional swimmers, but awkward in flight, so they are a real delight to watch. The puffin is our provincial bird, but Newfoundland and Labrador is home to over 35 million seabirds, so keep an eye out for northern gannets, kittiwakes, murres, osprey, falcons, hawks, razorbills, and bald eagles. Humpback whales are also a very common sight, along with over 20 other whale species that call Newfoundland and Labrador their summer home.