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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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Puffins!

Donelda and her husband run this tour, and they do a great job. The windows pop out of the frames... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Cathy S
Great tour

Guide was fun and so informative.. she fed eagles for close up photo shots .puffins are so tiny... read more

Reviewed yesterday
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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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“sea birds” (29 reviews)
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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 yesterday

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
Reviewed yesterday 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
Reviewed 6 days ago

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
Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

Thank laurawJ7470QG
Donelda M, Owner at Donelda's Puffin Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

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

Reviewed 1 week ago

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

1  Thank Traveler918
Donelda M, Owner at Donelda's Puffin Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

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 1 week ago 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 5 days ago

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.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was great! We had perfect weather to take this cruise. It took about 40 minutes to get to the Bird Islands. Once there we saw lots of seals, puffins, gulls, blue heron and other birds. At the end, they took us to the other...More

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

Hi Karen, I'm glad that you enjoyed " some " of the tour. I did ask before everyone left if there was anything that anyone didn't like about the tour to speak to me before you left and I could have explained it to you...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Definitely the highlight of our Cape Breton trip. Was amazed and surprised at all the wildlife we saw - puffins, bald eagles, herons, seals and more! Donelda is a wonderful and knowledgeable host. My family of four all went and every one of us thoroughly...More

Thank Cathy K
Donelda M, Owner at Donelda's Puffin Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to review your trip with us .So happy that we helped to make your trip memorable !

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If I could give this a thousand stars, I would!! OMG, this whole thing was incredible! We saw over ten bald eagles! We saw probably 50 seals! And TONS of other sea birds! And of course, PUFFINS! Here are my tips for making this your...More

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

Thank you Erin for your review of your time with us . We are happy that you enjoyed the tour and that you would recommend us to others.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We eagerly started our puffin boat tour on a cloudy morning. Sadly, the wind kicked up despite a calm forecast and we had to return to shore for safety. 😫 Donelda was the consummate hostess & we were all refunded. We will gladly try again...More

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

Thank you for posting your review. So sorry that the seas were too high to make it to the Islands but always better to be safe than sorry . . . a reason to come back !

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Rick C
15 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
9 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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Debra M
10 July 2015|
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Response from sridgewell | Reviewed this property |
When we visited in early June I didn't see a restaurant. I don't think there is one at Donelda's. There is little quirky take out place nearby named Captain Capers that has excellent reviews. I fully intended to stop there... More
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