Sea Spray Outdoor Adventures
Depending on the season, two to five daily tours can be taken in the lower-priced 'Cruiser' motorboat or closer to the action in a Zodiac. Captain Mark promises not only guaranteed whales, but also time to see seabirds and seals, as well as Gampo Abbey. There's a discount of up to 10% if you reserve a spot on the earliest (9:30am) or latest (5pm) tour.
The popular, challenging 20km-return hiking trail to Pollett's Cove begins at the end of the road to Gampo Abbey. There are great views along the way and perfect spots to camp when you arrive at the abandoned fishing community. This is not a Parks Canada trail, so it can be rough underfoot.
Several operators sell tours from the Government Wharf, across and down from the church. Captain Cal is the most experienced and offers three-hour expeditions up to four times daily. It's wise to reserve your trip a day in advance in midsummer.
For a shorter hike, you can't beat the views over the coast from Grassy Point. The small foot trail (about 40 minutes return) starts just past the campground. Sit for a while at the point to look for whales and nesting bald eagles.
From Meat Cove, a 16km hiking trail continues west to Cape St Lawrence lighthouse and Lowland Cove. Spend an hour gazing over the ocean and you're guaranteed to see pods of pilot whales. They frolic here all spring, summer, and into the fall. Carry a compass and refrain from exploring side paths; locals have gotten lost in this area.
Bay St Lawrence