Southern Labrador Adventure – 9 Nights Small Group


This gentle expedition was recognized as one of the world’s best adventure in 2009 by National Geographic.  The rich Labrador coastline is home to orcas. Join Wildland Tours for a photographic and historic expedition through northern Newfoundland and southern Labrador. Relive the arctic history of Battle Harbour, Labrador. Contribute to our efforts at studying and cataloguing the region’s humpbacks, orcas, and other whales. Travel through time viewing fossils, remnants of the earliest life on earth, and some of the new world’s earliest archaeological sites. The area is incredibly rich with wildlife but is one of North America’s least studied marine areas. Enjoy comfortable nights, wild days, and some of our planet’s most dramatic landscapes as we count humpbacks and continue to pioneer the study of eastern North America’s orcas.

2022 Departure Date: August 26


9 Nights Accommodations
All breakfasts and lunches
One “welcome” and one “farewell” dinner, plus 2 dinners at Battle Harbour
Ground and Boat Transportation
All Admissions
Airport Pickup/Drop-off
Experienced Guide

Not Included

Transportation to/from Newfoundland
Alcoholic Beverages
Evening Meals (with exception of welcome dinner, farewell dinner, and 2 dinners at Battle Harbour)
Optional Sightseeing not stated above
Items of Personal Nature
Provincial Sales Tax

Day 1: Arrive in Deer Lake, Newfoundland
Travel the dramatic route to Gros Morne for the evening. Your tour leader will give you an overview of the adventure along the route.
Overnight: Gros Morne

Day 2: Journey to L’Anse au Clair, Labrador with a stop at Port aux Choix, Newfoundland to look at ancient orca carvings
The ferry to Labrador is famous for pelagic seabird watching. Whales and seals are also frequent highlights on this 90-minute crossing. Tonight, we enjoy a welcome dinner. (Breakfast, lunch, welcoming dinner)
Overnight: L’Anse au Clair 

Day 3: Battle Harbour
If time allows, we visit the 1540s World Whaling Capital, Red Bay, one of Canada’s newest UNESCO sites, where we learn the story of the bowhead and right whales who once called these productive waters home. Travel through old growth Labrador forest along the new Labrador Highway to Mary’s Harbour where we meet the Battle Harbour ferry. Watch for black bears and other wildlife along the route and around Mary’s Harbour. Overnight in the beautifully restored, historic premises of Battle Harbour. From here Peary declared, “The Pole is ours.” Today the area has been restored to the glory it enjoyed when it was the Capital of Labrador. We use generators for electricity and enjoy comfortable rooms and the local food. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Overnight: Battle Harbour 

Day 4-5: Explore Battle Harbour and the abandoned communities of the Labrador coast
We will also attempt to gather some of the region’s first humpback tail photographs. Our hope is that we can continue our orca dorsal fin photography and perhaps use hydrophones to listen in on the underwater vocalizations of orcas and dolphins. We have a growing catalogue of orcas we recognize and we will be attempting to broaden our knowledge of these individuals and their biology. The region’s dramatic coast and recently abandoned fishing communities contribute a poignant and unforgettable human adventure to the expedition experience. We enjoy the coast’s whales, abundant seabirds, and seals by day while soaking up the historic atmosphere of Battle Harbour by night. We review the story of Peary and Bartlett and their trip to the Pole. We also revisit the time the world came to Battle Harbour to hear the stories of the first successful journey to the Pole. Our time here is always an expedition highlight. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Overnight: Battle Harbour 

Day 6: Journey to St. Anthony
Our gentle adventure departs Labrador for the St. Anthony, Newfoundland area and our local hotel. The ferry trip between mainland Labrador and the island of Newfoundland provides prime whale and seabird watching opportunities for us again. This is the land of the Vikings and we ponder the region’s rich human history while looking for shorebirds, seabirds, and whales. (Breakfast, lunch)
Overnight: St. Anthony 

Day 7-8: Ancient Norse History 
Depending on the sea conditions and local reports, we will explore the dolphin and humpback-rich areas around St. Anthony and the Grey Islands using local tour boats and zodiacs. Every season several recognizable orcas show up, including individuals we know from the Battle Harbour region. Our study colleagues in the area also have resident humpbacks that they recognize and can tell us about. We also explore the ancient Norse history of this scenic region and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site at L’Anse aux Meadows and learn about the relationships the Norse and the first peoples had with the region’s whales. As we will arrive in Corner Brook late tomorrow evening, tonight we enjoy our farewell dinner. (Breakfast, lunch, farewell dinner) 
Overnight: St. Anthony 

Day 9: Farewell to Northern Newfoundland
The last day of our expedition will likely see more moose and caribou than whales as we leave northern Newfoundland for the charming Glynmill Inn in Corner Brook. (Breakfast, lunch) 
Overnight: Corner Brook 

Day 10: Depart from Deer Lake airport.
If time allows, a leisurely walk through scenic Corner Brook might be in order


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