Province/Territory: Newfoundland and Labrador

Experience whale and iceberg-watching while staying in an historic island lighthouse inn.

  • 1865 Quirpon Lighthouse
  • 10,000 year old icebergs
  • 16 species of whales and dolphins

Cruise across a narrow straight towards tiny, deserted Quirpon Island at the northernmost tip of Newfoundland. Settle into a charming room in a 1922 lighthouse keeper’s residence in the shadow of an historic 19th century lighthouse. Watch from the clifftop as Humpback whales breach below, just offshore. Feel a rush of adrenalin on a guided Zodiac tour as Minke whales and Orcas spout and surface and pods of dolphins glide by, attracted by the Labrador Current's abundant food supply. Grand icebergs drift southward past the island along Iceberg Alley, sparkling in the sun. Explore a lush, ankle-high forest on a tundra walk across the island, stopping to pick berries and watching seabirds swirl in the currents above. Relax over a traditional, home-cooked dinner of roast beef and Yorkshire pudding or locally-caught cod as the setting sun turns distant icebergs ruby red. Listen to the surf from the cozy cliff-top viewing cabin, marvelling through picture windows at dancing Northern Lights before heading to bed by the sweeping beam of the lighthouse.

Why you should visit
  • Seeing whales breach just offshore and dolphins leap into the air in the shadow of an 1865 lighthouse.
  • Watching massive mountains of ice drift past along Icebeg Alley from a location that has the province's longest iceberg-viewing season.
  • Savouring the unique experience of sleeping in a restored lighthouse keeper’s home from 1922.
  • Walking across verdant tundra picking blueberries and salmon-coloured bakeapple berries.
  • Dining on pan-fried, fresh local cod from the surrounding island waters.

Weather

Northern Newfoundland coastal weather is often breezy, cool but comfortable from late spring through early fall. Daytime temperatures range between 12 °C and 20 °C. Brief showers are not uncommon. Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada’s Canadian Climate Normals Website.

Visitor information

Rates and dates
• Pick up last minute supplies in the tiny community of Straitsville, 6 km (4 mi) from the jumping-off point of  Quirpon village.
 

When to go

May through September

Need to know
  • Pack lightly (max. 9 kg or 20 lbs) as luggage space in the Zodiac may be limited.
  • Bring warm clothes and footwear (like rubber boots) for possible wet conditions while walking, boating or evening whale watching from the cliffs.
  • In the event of unfavourable sea conditions, the Zodiac shuttle docks at a sheltered cove 5.5 km (3.4 mi) from the lighthouse. Guests can walk the path to the inn or ride on a 6-passenger ATV.
Getting Here

  

  • Visitors generally fly into Deer Lake airport then drive for 5 scenic hours (433 kilometres) northwards along the Viking Trail  through Gros Morne National Park to Quirpon at the top of the Northern Peninsula.
  • It is also possible – though costlier and no faster due to connections – to fly into  St. Anthony airport 33 km (20 mi) away.
  • Once in the seaside village of Quirpon, guests are picked up for a 15-minute Zodiac ride to Quirpon Island.