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Our tours begin and end in Stephenville on Newfoundland’s southwest coast, except for our Codroy Valley tour. This outing begins and ends at Codroy Valley.

 

Getting Here by Ground

  • Stephenville is approximately 2 hours from Marine Atlantic’s Ferry Terminal in Port aux Basques
  • Take Route 490 off the Trans-Canada Highway and travel approximately 20km to Stephenville
  • Codroy Valley is approximately 30 minutes from the Ferry Terminal in Port aux Basques
  • Take Route 406 off the Trans-Canada Highway to enter Codroy Valley

Getting Here by Air

There are 2 options for flying into and out of Western Newfoundland

Plan for our weather

Unpredictable weather conditions are actually part of the overall Newfoundland experience and are a key element of our culture.  For the most part, the temperate marine climate reduces the likelihood of extreme fluctuations in temperatures and it’s a constant source of clean, fresh air.

Good birding in the spring coincides with cooler temperatures and wetter conditions with an average temperature of 15°C (61°F) from mid-May to late June.  In summer (June 21 to September 20), the days are drier and warmer with an average temperature of 20°C (68°F).  Temperatures in the fall (September 21 to December 20) are 11°C (59°F) on average with extended periods of unseasonal temperatures reaching up to 20°C (68°F) under clear skies and light winds.  Frost is normally delayed until the middle of October with the first snowfall occurring mid-November. Winter (December 21 to March 20) temperatures hover around 0°C (32°F).

To make the most of your time with us, we recommend dressing in layers.  We’ve put together a checklist of items that may help you when planning your trip to Southwestern Newfoundland:

  • Clothing
    • Hat for sun and rain
    • Multipurpose raincoat suitable for drizzle or light rain
    • Rain pants
    • Water-resistant windbreaker
    • Fleece top or sweater that can be stowed
    • Sturdy and comfortable water-proof hikers; we recommend having backup footwear
    • Woollen toque and light gloves for June and September
    • Long-sleeve pullover shirt
    • Wool socks
    • Long pants and shorts with multiple pockets
  • Birding Tools
    • Bird books
    • Field notebook or diary
    • Binoculars
    • Birding scope
    • Camera
  • General Items
    • Sunglasses and sunscreen
    • Anti-itch cream or mosquito repellant
    • Spare batteries
    • Ziploc bags (to keep items like cell phones, notebooks, etc. dry)
    • Lip balm
    • Benadryl
    • Imodium
    • Facial mask (mandatory for indoor public spaces)
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Refillable water bottles
    • Snacks
    • Back pack for day travel