For now, this is a 2-day self-drive guided tour that can be customized based on the details of our standard tour described below. We are happy to assist you with your overnight accommodations as well as transportation options. Let us know what you need; we are here for you!
Birding the Port au Port Peninsula
This is a two-day guided tour that takes you on a stunning panoramic journey around the Port au Port Peninsula. Admire breathtaking views while birding a remarkable diversity of habitat, in an area rich in culture and history. “The French Ancestors Route” is named for the area’s strong Francophone and Acadian Heritage and French-speaking birders can experience the tour through an interpreter (subject to availability).
Tour Starts / Ends
Day 1 – Depart Stephenville
Day 2 -Return Stephenville
Transportation during the tour
2 picnic-style lunches
1 overnight accommodations in Cape St. George
Field checklist of the Port au Port Peninsula (unofficial)
What you might see on this tour
The dramatic seaside cliffs at Cape St. George are some of the most impressive on the island of Newfoundland and are home to Black-legged Kittiwake, Black Guillemot, and lesser numbers of Razorbill during the breeding season. Nearby are great views of rocky perches where Great Cormorant spread their wings to dry.
In the spring, thousands of Northern Gannet pierce the sea close to shore in a spectacular dive for fish.
Songbirds like Boreal Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Pine Grosbeak, White-throated Sparrow, Tennessee Warbler, and Blackpoll Warbler take shelter in the boreal forest and patches of tuckamore along the coast.
The Winter Wren may be heard singing its lengthy tune, one of the longest and most complex of the avian world. If our timing is right, we may see American Kestrel as it hunts over a rare Limestone Barrens!
We are likely to see a variety of waterfowl, and later in the season, shorebirds at staging habitats in Piccadilly. The fall is also a great time of year to encounter flocks of American Pipit as they move about the area.
And there is always a chance to capture wonderful photos of whale, seal, moose, hare, and fox as we travel this historic route!
Currently, there is no cellular reception on the western side of the Peninsula at Mainland and Three Rock Cove.
Cape St. George is home to the only Acadian monument in the province. Nearby is an outdoor bread oven that is active from June 30 to August 30. Mi’kmaq communities along the Route contribute to the Peninsula’s unique heritage and sense of place.