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Donelda's Puffin Boat Tours

1099 Highway 312, Englishtown, Nova Scotia B0C 1H0, Canada
+1 902-929-2563
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Fun afternoon on the water

We went on the puffin tour on August 25 in the afternoon. We did not see any puffins but we saw... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Beverly J
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Indianapolis, Indiana
Worthwhile trip!

Donelda's Puffin Boat Tour is very enjoyable -- but the day we went out (1:30pm), we saw hardly any... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Suzanne C
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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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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went on the puffin tour on August 25 in the afternoon. We did not see any puffins but we saw more eagles than I have ever seen in my lifetime and many other kinds of birds. There were also many seals in the water...More

Thank Beverly J
Donelda M, Owner at Donelda's Puffin Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to share your time with us . I remember that day . We did see Puffins on the morning trip but not on the afternoon when you were with us . We saw the last one on Sept 1!...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Donelda's Puffin Boat Tour is very enjoyable -- but the day we went out (1:30pm), we saw hardly any puffins. Yes, we saw tons of birds and seals on Bird Island, but the few puffins viewed were extremely small, flying very fast, and no doubt...More

Thank Suzanne C
Donelda M, Owner at Donelda's Puffin Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for posting your review . Puffins have their highs and lows . I've gone out on the morning trip and the rocks covered and go out on the afternoon trip and left wondering where did they go but it's nature . When you...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Donelda and her husband were great. We were out on boat for 3.5 hrs and saw bald eagles variety of birds(including puffins) and seals. She throws fish into the water and the eagles come right by the boat and swoop down and grab them! We...More

Thank Devashane
Donelda M, Owner at Donelda's Puffin Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review and we're glad that you enjoyed the tour. Your dog was a great sailor ! Thank you for recommending the tour and the "gift shop " .

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We loved this trip on a beautiful day on the water. We fed eagles on the way out, saw puffins at Bird Rocks, also grey heron, cormorants, gulls and other birds. Seals were in the water at the rocks. The boat was casually comfortable and...More

Thank STraveler2
Donelda M, Owner at Donelda's Puffin Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to share you experience with us. We're happy that you enjoyed the tour and would recommend it .

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Donelda and her husband run this tour, and they do a great job. The windows pop out of the frames so the boat is open-air if you choose. The boat was not packed so we were each able to take our own window. We saw...More

Thank Cathy S
Donelda M, Owner at Donelda's Puffin Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for sharing your time with us. We're happy that you enjoyed your time at the Islands .

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Guide was fun and so informative.. she fed eagles for close up photo shots .puffins are so tiny difficult to get good pics but great tour..highly recommend..gift shop quaint full of puffin memoriablia

Thank kiko1942
Donelda M, Owner at Donelda's Puffin Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review of our tour. We're happy that you enjoyed it and would recommend it and our 'Puffin " shop .

Reviewed 16 August 2017

We stayed in Baddeck - about a 20 minute drive to Englishtown. Reservations are required as this appears to be a popular tour. Tour is 2 1/2 hours out to Bird Islands and back. Its 40 minutes or so to the rocks - a pleasant...More

Thank mike s
Donelda M, Owner at Donelda's Puffin Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We're happy that you enjoyed your time with us . Thank you for posting your review.

Reviewed 15 August 2017

Donelda was awesome. We saw more Puffins and Bald Eagles then I could have hoped for. She was extremely knowledgeable. Answered everyone's questions. What a lovely experience.

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Donelda M, Owner at Donelda's Puffin Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2017

Thank you for the compliments ! I'm very happy that you enjoyed the time spent with us

Reviewed 13 August 2017

I had read MANY positive reviews of this tour before booking it. The owner, Donelda, is clearly very dedicated to her business and tries hard to educate and please the customers. We took a late-afternoon cruise on a calm, beautiful day, so had no issues...More

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Donelda M, Owner at Donelda's Puffin Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2017

Thank you for your review of your time with us . The sounds system and speakers have just been replaced so there isn't a problem any more . I talk for part of the trip going out , about 25 minutes and then ,give people...More

Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

Donelda and her husband Captain John MacAskill take you on the most wonderful tour of St. Ann's Bay. It lasts almost 3 hours and Donelda describes Atlantic Puffin, Razorbills, Herring Gulls, Cormorants, Black Guillermo and Bald Eagles who live in or near Bird Island in...More

1  Thank DickandLynn
Donelda M, Owner at Donelda's Puffin Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2017

Thank you for sharing your time with us. We are happy that you enjoyed your trip with us and that you would recommend it to others.

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punlover
24 August 2017|
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Response from Donelda M | Property representative |
Hi, No unfortunately the puffins will be gone out to sea by then . We're still seeing the last " stragglers ", and today we also rescued a baby puffin .
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Rick C
16 October 2015|
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Response from Gail O | Reviewed this property |
We were there in August and lots of puffins were present.
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SHARON P
10 August 2015|
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Response from don123 | Property representative |
There is no set date that the Puffins leave. There will probably still be some here on Aug 22 .
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