Looking for icebergs, whales, and puffins? You’ve come to the right place. Located in the middle of the Witless Bay Marine Ecological Reserve, Whale House Guest House overlooks humpback whale feeding grounds and one of the largest puffin and migratory seabird colonies in the world.
Whale House offers the only boutique-style luxury private suites in the Witless Bay Marine Ecological Reserve zone and is close to everything. From Whale House you can walk to the Beach’s Path and Tinkers Point East Coast trails, a wine shop, the Fork Restaurant, and boat tours. The Guest House overlooks Mobile Bay, famous for whales and marine mammals. Humpback Whales feed on capelin and krill in this area all summer long, making it one of the best places for whale watching in Newfoundland. Gull Island, Green Island, Great Island, and Pee Pee Island, famous for migratory seabirds like Puffins, are all located just offshore, making this area perfect for bird watching and nature viewing.
Seeing an iceberg is a rare experience for most people and the East Coast of Newfoundland is one of the best places to view these 10,000-year-old giant floating glaciers. Aside from Greenland and Antarctica, Newfoundland is one of the best places in the world to see icebergs.
Newfoundland locals often collect iceberg chunks and stick them in the freezer to use as ice for drinks. The ice is denser than regular freezer ice and lasts much longer than standard ice cubes. It’s also over 10,000 years old and makes cracking sounds as it melts, which is pretty cool. The ice comes from icebergs that have been frozen for so long, they predate human impact on the planet, making them the purest sources of water available on the planet.
The icebergs you see off the coast of Newfoundland come from glaciers in Greenland and the Canadian Arctic. If you’ve never seen one before, you’re probably already thinking they’re big, but once you’re up close and personal, their size will amaze you. Remember, what you see on the surface is the tip of the iceberg. The other 90% is hidden below the surface.
If you’re looking for adventure, hop on one of the many boat tours in the area. As a Whale House Guest House guest, you get a discount plus priority boarding on many excursions in the area. Feel like hiking? Just walk either direction on the East Coast Trail directly from your room and in moments you’re on one of North America’s most famous trails. Take a short easy walk to one of the easily accessible lookouts, or spend an afternoon going further and exploring places like Tinkers Point, Cribbies, and Tors Cove. Want to just walk one way and take a shuttle back to the Guest House? Southern Shore Taxi and Tours offers easy pick-up and drop-off to all the popular East Coat Trailheads.