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Simon Leblanc offers a great and sincere tour of the traditional Acadian lobster fishery at great... read more

Reviewed September 4, 2023
Bruce J
What a great little tour with local history!

We went on a great little tour of the Tusket Island group by Simon, a local who grew up living on... read more

Reviewed August 19, 2023
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Reviewed July 21, 2016

We spent a beautiful day on their fantastic boat.. The tour was informative, entertaining and fun. The chowder was delicious. It is a great way to get out on the water and learn about this part of Nova Scotia.

Date of experience: July 2016
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Reviewed July 20, 2016

What a Tour! This family run business provides you with the history of the area and lobster fishing in a fun atmosphere. Simone, our Captain Jamie, and his young son Aden answered all questions and ensured we had a nice time. Simone is a school teacher by trade and he explains things very well and encourages questions.The huge 14 pound lobster brought out from the trap provided us with lots of photo ops and the gorgeous scenery was icing on the cake. We had amazing lobster chowder on the island and we were serenaded by Simone singing and playing the guitar on the way back. Aden got into the act by sheepishly playing a drum like instrument as his father the Captain video taped a little of it on his phone...I could see the pride on dad's face :-) The Captain treated us to a special punch with a little kick to it and fun was had by all. When we return to Nova Scotia we would do this tour again. It was several hours long. You can't go wrong with this one! And, did I tell you....they did go out with 4 of us on board, but the following day they had 40 something scheduled!

Date of experience: July 2016
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Reviewed July 8, 2016

Great day on the water, in a large, very safe and stable lobster boat. You tour the scenic Tusket Islands and learn about their history and the history of the Acadians in the area and the lobster fishing industry. You will stop on one of the islands and have a lunch of delicious chowder on the deck of a fishing shanty. Lucien, Simon and Gilles are entertaining, helpful and informative -- full of stories and information. Just a wonderful tour -- and good for all ages.

Date of experience: June 2016
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Reviewed July 6, 2016 via mobile

The tour of the Tusket Islands with Lucien LeBlanc is totally delightful and very interesting. The islands are lovely and hearing their back stories from Lucien puts them in context with respect to the fishing and settlement history of the area. the lunch of seafood chowder was very tasty.
Lucien is charming and amusing as well as an accomplished captain.

We arranged a special additional tour feature - visit to Green Island which is rookery for Atlantic Puffins, Razorbills and Black Guillemots. Saw them all!!

On the way back we fished for @ 30 minutes and two of us caught nice sized cod which Lucien filleted.

Overall a great 6 hours and well worth every penny.

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank Noel R
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Reviewed July 2, 2016

First, a disclaimer: My family owns a summer cottage in Wedgeport along the Tusket River, so I'm familiar with the lovely area and surrounding islands. So I'm a bit biased. But, all bias aside, this is simply a great boat tour.

Our tour guide was Lucien, a young lobster fisherman from a family of Nova Scotian lobster fishermen. Most of the tour takes place on the deck of his fishing boat (a newly built, state-of-the-art boat as of June 2016). Lucien really knows his stuff. You'll learn all you ever wanted to know about the Tusket region and the fishing industries that are this area's bread and butter - from Wedgeport's history as the tuna capital of the world, to the mechanics and economics of modern lobster fishing (including an up-close look at "Caleb", an enormous live lobster), to the absurd story of the Principality of Outer Baldonia.

In addition to being informative, this tour is beautiful. The Tusket River and islands are picturesque, with green wilderness and clear blue seas. One thing to note: You have to go on a sunny day. Obviously if it's foggy on the day you're planning to go, you won't be able to see any of the islands, which isn't great.

On Big Tusket Island, the boat docks and you disembark for a rest stop. This island is home to a small village of old-school fishing shanties, where your boat caption makes lunch: seafood chowder. Now I consider myself a chowder connoisseur, having tried it at as many Nova Scotia restaurants as humanly possible - and this is hands down the best seafood chowder I've ever tasted. Fresh and delicious (and yes, gluten-free!) The tour is almost worth taking just for the chowder alone. On the way back, Lucien (or his brother Simon) sings songs and plays guitar. Very relaxing, though not the high point of the tour.

All in all, I highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting the area. It's a great way to see beautiful scenery and experience a little bit of Acadian fishing culture.

Date of experience: June 2016
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