About thirty minutes south of St John's Newfoundland is the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve. This area consists of four islands and the surrounding waters. North America's largest population of the provinces official bird, the Atlantic Puffin can be seen here. There are over a quarter of a million of then nesting here. Luckily for us, our visit occurs during the nesting season. There is large populations of other birds here as well including the black-legged kittiwakes and common murres . We enjoyed viewing them from our tour boat along with sightings of whales and dolphins.
Our trip was a bit cold and windy, but the crew provided what could be considered the official drink of Newfoundland-Screech. This is a Caribbean rum. We were provided with several different version of how it became to be called Screech, but it certainly is big here and can be found in every authorized outlet in the province. It is a great way to stay warm on the water.
On our return journey, we stopped at the small fishing village of Petty Harbour. An active fishing village with just a small nod to tourism.