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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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Puffin love

Had a great time with Donelda and her husband. They are very knowledgeable, friendly, and great... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Nicole D
via mobile
Fun, relaxing, saw Puffins!

Saw bald eagles, seals, Puffins, cormorants. Donelda was very informative. A nice relaxing... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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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
+1 902-929-2563
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Had a great time with Donelda and her husband. They are very knowledgeable, friendly, and great tour guides. Saw hundreds of puffins, probably 50 seals, a pilot whale, and two bald eagles. Highly recommend this tour!

Thank Nicole D
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Saw bald eagles, seals, Puffins, cormorants. Donelda was very informative. A nice relaxing afternoon.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Donelda knows and loves her puffins, these are very small birds, so don't be surprised. Donelda has great knowledge of all the birds that you will see, and there are lots of them! The eagles know her and how cool to see her throw a...More

1  Thank kmom9663
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife had on her bucket list to see puffins and Donelda delivered. We saw many puffins, razorbills, and a variety of other sea birds. Saw 2 seals and 3 bald eagles who Donelda tossed a whole fish to. They swooped down and picked the...More

1  Thank RogerB2506
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had such a great time going out to these islands and Donelda was a great tour guide. Very informative and professional. We saw so many puffins, bald eagles and other birds as well as seals. Highly recommend it for bird lovers.

Thank KennO555
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I and our three children (11, 8, and 4) went. It was a wonderful time. The view from the boat was incredible! A bald eagle swooped down right next to us. It's about a forty minute ride to the Bird island during...More

1  Thank Tara D
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

we got to sea a lot of different birds, including the tiny little puffins! and lots of seals on the way back

Thank Angel T
Reviewed 15 November 2016

The Birds are the reason and Donelda is the bonus! Donelda has been a lobster fisherperson for many, many years and she knows the sea. She also knows her birds and her customers and she brings the two together as close as she can. From...More

Thank Westiespencer
Reviewed 18 October 2016

We drove for several hours from our campsite (Broad Cove) to get across a little causeway on a ferry boat and found the correct dock. The trip was most awesome. Donelda and her husband took us EVERYWHERE to assure that we all saw everything. They...More

Thank FranOHIO
Reviewed 2 October 2016

This was a great tour. We went in the beginning of August and saw all kinds of wildlife; puffins, eagles, seals, great blue herons and so on. We highly recommend everyone to take this tour if you're heading to Cape Breton. Both Donelda and her...More

2  Thank bigkid1333
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Rick C
What is the best time of year to see puffins?
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.
Hi, will we still see puffins on Aug 22? We are thinking of doing a tour on that date.
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 .
Debra M
Is there a new phone number for your restaurant? I have tried to call for a reservation for the past 2 weeks and listed number does not ring.
10 July 2015|
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