Top 5 Whale Watching Destinations

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Seeing a whale up close and personal, in its natural environment, is an amazing experience. Fortunately for boaters in New England and Atlantic Canada, you don’t need to travel great distances to get a glimpse of these magnificent creatures, as evidenced by Fodors Travel‘s list of top 5 whale-watching destinations.

BAY OF FUNDY, NEW BRUNSWICK & NOVA SCOTIA

Wedged between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, this marine paradise features a safe harbor nursery, and nutrient-rich, tide-fed feeding grounds for as many as a dozen species of whales.”

STELLWAGEN BANK, MASSACHUSETTS

Ranked among the best whale-watching sites in the world by the World Wildlife Fund, the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, a protected marine area situated off the coast of Massachusetts at the mouth of Massachusetts Bay, attracts some 1.5 million whale watchers annually.”

NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR

“The island of Newfoundland (in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador) offers optimum whale-watching conditions that attract a staggering 22 species of whales. In fact, the world’ s largest population of humpbacks (more than 10,000 annually) congregate here, drawn by a bountiful feast of krill, capelin, and squid.”

BAR HARBOR, MAINE

“Not far from Acadia National Park, launching from the pleasant waterfront resort town of Bar Harbor, the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company brings whale-watchers out about twenty miles offshore into the Gulf of Maine.”

CAPE BRETON ISLAND, NOVA SCOTIA

Follow Cape Breton Island‘s scenic Cabot Trail roadway north to Pleasant Bay, where several whale-watching boats operate (many touting sighting guarantees) and the Whale Interpretive Centre is based.”