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(Read below for directions on how to reach Whale Watcher House. Scroll up and down on the actual map to see location and proximity to other communities; double click on the map's whale tail 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 meters 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:
- St. John's - our capital city. I love this city - and I have had the privilege of seeing it through the eyes of an innkeeper - my former life! I think you will find that there is plenty to keep you occupied should you want to do day trips in that direction. Click here to visit St. John's
- Cape Spear Located on the outskirts, the most easterly point on the continent is a not to be missed day trip just outside the city of St. John's. Click here to visit Cape Spear website
- Witless Bay Ecological Reserve - birds, birds everywhere.... they make a symphony of the like that is a privilege to wake up to! Click here to visit the Reserve's website
- Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve UNESCO Heritage Site hosts some of the first found fossils on Earth. The number of tours is limited, so if you want to do visit the actual site, as opposed to viewing a cutaway of the site at the interpretation centre - be sure to book. The trip entails a 6 km return walk. Click here to visit Mistaken Point website
- East Coast Trail 26 Wilderness hiking trails including the breathtaking La Manche Village, which many do from my front door. Click here to visit East Cast Trail website and 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. No boat trip required for this one. It is a good distance from our location and entails a full day trip. Click here to visit Cape St. Mary's 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 or the zodiac tours out of both Witless Bay and O'Brien's - Eco Tours Zodiac Adventures
- Micro-breweries Take a tour of the many micro-breweries springing up on the Avalon Peninsula...and indeed throughout the island: Read more about micro-breweries.
- 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.
- Approximately1.6 kilometers 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 2.3 kilometers in. It is house Number 315; it is located on the ocean side of the road...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 above 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.