Canada Wilderness Safari
50 Monkstown Rd. St. John's, Nfld. Canada. A1C 3T3
For busy people who would like to explore the Newfoundland coastal wilderness, but don’t have the time to organize a safe voyage of discovery for themselves, we offer the 8-day all-inclusive Coastal Safari . We feature small groups in order to fulfill our commitment to safety and quality. Let us take care of details so that you can fully enjoy the natural and cultural uniqueness of Newfoundland.
Each tour begins and ends in St. John's and includes all transportation, accommodations, meals, camp equipment and all kayaking gear (boats, sprayskirts, paddles). All you bring is your personal gear and we take care of the rest!
DAY 1 - Saturday
We pick you up at St. John's airport and take you to your accommodation in historic downtown St. John’s, the oldest city in North America. You'll be staying in the heritage district within walking distance of St. John’s Harbour, downtown entertainment as well as Signal Hill National Park and it’s dramatic trails overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
"Kimberly Row". c. Leona Ottenheimer
Depending upon arrival and departure times, we might drive to Cape Spear , the most easterly point of land in North America. After an interpretative tour of the historic Cape Spear lighthouse we walk around the old gun fortifications which guarded St. John’s harbour from U. boats during the Second World War. In different seasons, we can expect to see arctic pack ice and/or icebergs brought down from Greenland by the Labrador current, as well as a wide variety of seabirds and whales .
Following the evening meal, we ’ll review the itinerary and make any changes depending on current information on iceberg and whale sightings.
DAY 2 - Sunday
Today we visit the Southern Shore of the Avalon Peninsula for a boat tour of the Witless Bay Provincial Seabird Sanctuary which is composed of four islands—Gull, Green, Great, and Pee Pee—that teem with bird life during the seabird breeding season as well as being a hotspot for birding and icebergs.
This seabird colony features 200,000 nesting pairs of Atlantic puffins, 750,000 pairs of Leach's storm petrel, 75,000 pairs of Common murres as well as Northern fulmars, Herring and Great Black-backed gulls, Black-legged kittiwakes, Razorbills, Thick-billed murres, Black guillemots and Gannets.
Lunch is in Bay Bulls.
After lunch we head off to Salmonier Nature Park en
route to our overnight accommodation. This 1,200 hectare park borders
the Avalon Wilderness Area and is located in a typical boreal forest
biome with glacial ridges. Along the three kilometer nature trail
with elevated boardwalks over bogs, we’ll see indigenous animals (which
were found orphaned or injured) housed in large enclosures containing
ecosystems that resemble their natural habitats. Most of the
typical boreal forest birds including a few arctic visitors such as the
We then drive to our overnight accommodation.
Travel to the Coastal Safari camp is onboard the 36' Anna's
Dream . Built in 2005 Anna's Dream is based on the traditional
Newfoundland small schooner designs that evolved over the centuries to
deal with local conditions.
Before the advent of roads small schooners were the principal
source of transportation in rural Newfoundland. They ranged in size
from the trap skiff generally in the 20 to 30' range up to the Bully
Boat or Jack Boat which was normally around 40' to the larger Western
Boat in the range of 50' in length and then up to full size
schooners.Originally rigged for sailing these vessels were quickly
fitted with engines when they became available around the beginning of
the 20th century
Our journey across Fortune Bay takes us along the same route used by Captain James Cook when he was doing a survey for the British Navy in 1765. Unlike Captain Cook who ran aground on Lobster Cove rocks at the entrance to Long Harbour fjord we know where the rocks are! Amazingly the rocks Captain Cook struck on July 22 1765 are still marked incorrectly on the chart for the area. Captain Cook's log of 1765 and other interesting information about Captain Cook is available on the website of New Zealander John Robson.
En route watch out for bald eagles, whales, dolphins,
bluefin tuna as well as, puffins, shearwaters, gannets and
loons. You can’t miss the shags (cormorants) on Shag Rock and it
is a common sight in the summer to see caribou eating kelp along the
The Coastal Safari Camp is situated on the beach of a raised marine terrace two kilometers inside Long Harbour Fjord in the Maritime Barrens Ecoregion one of the predominant ecoregions of Newfoundland.
Once at the campsite, you can settle in to your comfortable 12' x 14' canvas tent which has a wooden floor, a carpet, proper beds (boxspring and mattress). We provide sleeping bags, all linens and towels and we have a gas heated shower.
These eagles are so accustomed to fishermen and visitors that
we are almost guaranteed to see the young eaglets at any time. A
picnic close by at Lobster Cove allows for an opportunity to scout
options for the more adventurous paddlers. There are miles of
coastline to explore.
This is the last full day to head out on a kayaking trip, hike the hills or jig for fish.
After our adventures, we’ll head back to the Coastal Safari
camp for our farewell supper .
Tonight you'll be staying in the St. John's heritage district
and you have the evening to explore the clubs and pubs on Duckworth and
Water Street and especially George Street for traditional Irish music
or Celtic rock or local jazz!
For an example of the quality of Newfoundland art on display see the online works of Christopher Pratt.
We arrange transportation to St. John's Airport for
Tour activities can be modified to the interests and capabilities of the group. A moderate fitness level and adventurous spirit maximizes your enjoyment of this wilderness adventure. No previous kayaking experience is required.
On safari, communication is the most important aspect of safety; therefore, we are outfitted with radios and a satellite phone to ensure that we can deal quickly with any emergency. Also, our leaders are licensed under the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador Regulations and have First Aid training.
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