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Donelda's Puffin Boat Tours

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1099 Highway 312, Englishtown, Nova Scotia B0C 1H0, Canada
+1 902-929-2563
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Best bird tour

What a fabulous tour!! We saw bald eagles, comorants, puffins, seals and many other sea birds... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
gailcanada
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canada
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Great birdwatching experience

This was a great experience. We saw thousands of Atlantic Puffins, a number of Black Guillemots and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
BillLeighty
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Richmond, Virginia
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Donelda's Puffin Boat Tours is one of the 100 Must-See Destinations in Unforgettable Atlantic Canada! On the 2 1/2 - 3 hour boat tour you'll be amazed at the beautiful rock formations on the way to the Islands , a stop to look at an old sea cave as well as a stop or two to feed some Bald Eagles. The Bird Islands are home to Grey Seals, Bald Eagles ,Atlantic Puffins and other sea birds. Our vessel, Highland Lass has all removable windows down both sides (refit 2012) for easy viewing and taking pictures from the comfort of your seat.Our tour spends over an hour at the Islands viewing birds (more if necessary) this does not include the time spent feeding Bald Eagles on the way to and from the Islands or stopping for anything else of interest, whales dolphins, gannets etc. The tour is offered in English , however there are written transcripts ( limited numbers of each ) of the whole tour available on the boat in English, French and German to make your experience more enjoyable. Please note that tours can be cancelled due to unsafe sailing conditions.
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1099 Highway 312, Englishtown, Nova Scotia B0C 1H0, Canada
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+1 902-929-2563
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

What a fabulous tour!! We saw bald eagles, comorants, puffins, seals and many other sea birds. Donalda was quick to point out where to look for the different birds on the rocks. She was a fountain of information you could tell how much she &...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This was a great experience. We saw thousands of Atlantic Puffins, a number of Black Guillemots and a smattering of razorbills. But timing is everything. The Puffins were in there last stages of caring for there fledglings. I recommend calling ahead and getting a report...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What an interesting and comprehensive trip. It is quite obvious from the minute that Donelda begins her comprehensive commentary that she loves what she does.this is of course complemented by the 'tight' rapourt that she has with the 'captain',for indeed they work together to provide...More

Thank Lynette R
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We thoroughly enjoyed Donelda and John's boat tour. It was a joy to see puffins, eagles, cormorants, seals, herons, and other wildlife. The tour greatly enriched our visit to Cape Breton. We highly recommend it.

Thank Bradley P
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was an incredible trip, worth every penny. The bird islands are teeming with Bald Eagles, Puffins, Cormorants, Gulls, Kittiwakes, Herons, Gray Seals and more. Donelda was extremely knowledgeable and her life spent on the sea and passion for marine life allowed her to answer...More

Thank Marc K
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Worth the time & effort. Not a pretty boat but functional--There are life jackets, a safety speech & an emergency bathroom. Offers twice a day tours for an outing of 2 1/2 hours.. Most informative, interesting & detailed guide(Donaldo) with a sense of humor &...More

Thank Brenda C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Donelda's tour was the highlight of our time in Cape Breton. She was informative, welcoming, and fun. Truly amazing, once in a lifetime sights. Don't hesitate to join.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had such a great day on the water! Doneldas puffin tours is definitely the best we’ve been on! They are adventurous and informative and above all, good fun! We had a fantastic time seeing eagles, seals, and of course, puffins! It was Doneldas birthday...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had planned our Cape Breton trip many months in advance. When we read about the opportunity to see puffins we were in. Met Donelda on the wharf and you knew immediately that she knows her stuff. And she does. Trip out to Bird Island...More

Thank scott a
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went out on The Highland Lass on the one o’clock tour. The family-run boat is clean and well organized, the narrative was really interesting and informative. We saw many birds and seals, but I was most impressed by Donelda’s knowledge about a wide range of...More

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Valerie P
15 August 2018|
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Response from Donelda M | Property representative |
Hi, Coming from Baddeck you'll be coming east on the TCH 105 to exit 12 and I'm located just before the ferry , a 20 minute drive from Baddeck
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photobugger2015
23 July 2018|
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Response from Donelda M | Property representative |
I have 2 prices, cash is $ 47.00 plus tax Credit cards are $50.00 plus tax .Seniors are $45.00 plus tax cash and $48.00 credit cards plus tax. US cash is $41.00 for adults .
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