Straggling around the head of a deep and pointed inlet, 25km south of St John’s on Rte-10, the village of Bay Bulls makes much of its living from boat tours to the four tiny offshore islets comprising the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve. The best time to visit is between mid-June and mid-July, when over 800,000 birds gather here – the reserve has the largest puffin colony in eastern Canada and there are also thousands of storm petrels, common murres, kittiwakes, razorbills, guillemots and cormorants. In addition, the area is home to the largest population of humpback whales in the world, and finback and minke whales are often spotted between June and August.

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