(Read below for directions on how to reach Whale Watcher House. Scroll up and down on actual map to see location and proximity to other communities; double click on the map's whale tale to go directly to Google maps.)
Whale Watcher House, with its self-catering apartments, is just 40 minutes outside the city of St. John's. What makes it unique is its community, and its extraordinary position on the cliff overlooking the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve. When whales are in season they can be as close as 10 metres from the shore. Breathtaking. When icebergs are in season in late spring - it can be like walking into a refrigerator, but still nothing short of spectacular! Bird watching in Newfoundland -- we have them all - in the millions, including the gorgeous puffins...and viewing them is easy.
There is no shortage of things to do in the capital city. Click here to visit St. John's or spend the day "up the shore" as the locals know it...you will no doubt wish you had booked longer!
- Cape Spear Located on the outskirts of the city of St. John's. Click here to visit Cape Spear website
- Witless Bay Ecological Reserve Click here to visit the Reserve's website
- Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve UNESCO Heritage Site hosts some of the first found fossils on Earth. Click here to visit Mistaken Point website
- East Coast Trail 26 Wilderness hiking trails including the breathtaking La Manche Village. Click here to visit East Cast Trail website Click here to read more about LaManche
- Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve Bird Sanctuary Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve is one of the best and most accessible places in the world to see nesting seabirds. Click here to visit Cape St. Mary's Website
- Cape Race Wireless Museum Click here to visit Cape Race website
- Lighthouse Picnic A picnic to be enjoyed while relaxing and enjoying amazing scenery – waves, whales, and seabirds are all part of the vista in gorgeous Ferryland. This is one of our busiest attractions so book before you travel ... ie. early....and pray for good weather! Click here to visit Light House Picnic's website
- Boat Tours There are a good number of boat operators on the Irish Shore. Click to try any one of these: O'Brien's Boat Tours or Gatherall's or Mullowney's or Capt. Wayne's
- From St. John's:
- take Route 2 (Pitt's Memorial Drive)
- Take Exit 3 towards Commonwealth Ave.
- Turn left onto Heavy Tree Road/Route 3 South towards the town of the Goulds
- After 9.7 kms, Route 3 will turn into Route 10 S / Southern Shore Highway.
- Follow HWY 10 south through Bay Bulls, through Witless Bay, through Tors Cove.
- Approximately 1.6 kilometres south of Tors Cove, turn left towards Bauline East. This is an unnamed, but well-travelled road. There is an ATV repair shop on the corner – Melvin's.
- Whale Watcher House is located along that coastal road - about 1.6 kilometres in. It is house Number 315, and there is a small humpback sign to catch your attention. If you reach the Church - you have gone too far.
- From Trans-Canada Highway (HWY 1) - traveling towards St. John's:
- Turn onto to HWY 13 from the Trans-Canada Highway (TCH) towards HWY 10.
- Follow Highway 10 for 20.8 kms to HWY 10.
- Turn right onto HWY 10 - and travel through Witless Bay and Tors Cove.
- Then follow as abovee to reach the Whale Watcher House.
- From Ferryland, Trepassey, etc. - if you are going North on HWY 10:
- Take the turnoff from HWY 10 towards Bauline East. It's about 19 from Cape Broyle.
- Follow the directions as above.