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Loyola O'Brien


O'Brien's Whale & Bird Tours Inc.

Loyola is one of the founding members and has continued to be a very active member of the St. John's Skal Club since it's inception in 1990. He received the distinguished recognition for his contributions to the tourism industry in Newfoundland & Labrador by receiving the Doug Wheeler Award for 2014.

Loyola along with his brother, Joe, made their living in the fishing industry until the mid-1980s. They foresaw the looming closure of the cod fishery, and began to look for other ways to make a living from the sea. Their love of the ocean and their knowledge of the natural surroundings led them, in 1985, to offer guided tours of the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve aboard their refurbished fishing vessel the Rob and Rand. Operating under the name Bird Island Charters, they were the first boat-touring company to operate out of Bay Bulls, Newfoundland.
Their great service, their emphasis on safety, and their unique brand of entertainment and knowledge, quickly attracted a growing number of visitors to the O'Brien's tours. Joe and Loyola soon added two 46-foot passenger vessels, the Atlantic Puffin and Atlantic Whaler, to give visitors an even more comfortable tour.
This year we are celebrating our 30th anniversary as a boat tour operator in Bay Bulls, Newfoundland and we pride ourselves on creating memories for our guests that will last a lifetime. Atlantic Puffins, Humpback Whales, seabirds, icebergs, sea stacks, caves and a geyser are just some of the sights you can see during one of our daily boat tours.


22 Lower Road, Bay Bulls, NL A0A 1C0

Website: http://www.obriensboattours.com/

Induction Date

17 May 1990