Puffin Encounters in Elliston, Newfoundland

When my good friend Candice was trying to lure me to Newfoundland this past summer she promised me icebergs, cod fishing, beers and wild puffins. I was sold. Before this trip I had never seen a real Puffin… scratch that, I had never seen a living Puffin… Before this trip I had only ever eaten puffin. I dined on this fishy chicken while traveling around Iceland in 2011 which you can see HERE (skip to 8:40).

Puffin birds in Elliston, Newfoundland - Puffin Encounters in Elliston, Newfoundland


I was excited to finally get to see these cute and almost cuddly looking birds on our trip and the small town of Elliston on the East Coast of Newfoundland was the perfect place to see them. In fact Elliston is the closest place on land in North America that you can see nesting puffins.

Puffins collect grass for nesting in Elliston, Newfoundland - Puffin Encounters in Elliston, Newfoundland


Elliston is also known as the Root Cellar capital of the world, it is home to a great memorial and museum for the sealers of Newfoundland and the 1914 Sealing disasters, as well as being home to a quirky puffin train. Currently home to 300 people Elliston was once an active fishing village, tourism seems to be the main business these days.

Puffing viewing site Elliston, Newfoundland - Puffin Encounters in Elliston, Newfoundland


To see the puffins in Elliston visit the “Puffin Viewing Site” between May and September. Located a short 5 minute walk from the road there is free entrance to the viewing site however donations are kindly accepted. Once you reach the end of the point across a small tickle is another large rock where you can spot hundreds of this cute little birds waddling around and wobbly flying through the sky.

Puffins nesting on bird island in Elliston, Newfoundland - Puffin Encounters in Elliston, Newfoundland


If you are lucky you will arrive when there aren’t many other people around. Stand still and cross your fingers and there is a good chance that a few brave and curious puffins will fly over to the mainland near you in search of grass for their nests or just to hang out and pose for your camera. Rain or shine the puffins are always around to greet you.

Puffin spreads its wings Elliston, Newfoundland - Puffin Encounters in Elliston, Newfoundland


To learn more about these adorable tasty little guys watch my newest video.

Special thanks to the Legendary Coasts of Eastern Newfoundland for helping us plan our road trip.

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    Canada - 36 Amazing Outdoor Adventures from Coast to Coast
    February 1, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    […] When visiting Newfoundland aside from getting screeched in and going iceberg hunting you should also be on the look out for adorable puffins. The best place to find these unique seabirds is in the small town of Elliston, Newfoundland population 337. Once an active fishing community, tourism to see the puffins is the main business these days. The best time to see the birds is from May to September and they can always be found at the Puffin Viewing Site rain or shine. Admission is free to get on to the land to see these wild birds, however donations are accepted. See the video at Puffin Encounters in Elliston Newfoundland […]

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    November 9, 2014 at 1:02 am

    I wonder if she regrets eating them now that she’s seen how cute they are

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      November 9, 2014 at 10:24 am

      hahaha not really! ;)

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    November 8, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Such cute birds … I heard some Newfoundlanders (or is it Ice/Greenlanders?) actually eat puffin …. I could never bring myself to do that!

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    October 19, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Cute little Puffins! They are so adorable!

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    October 17, 2014 at 11:08 am

    I love this! They are such wonderful little butterballs.

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