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Donelda's Puffin Boat Tours

1099 Hwy 312 | POBox 33, Englishtown, Nova Scotia B0C1H0, Canada
1-902-929-2563
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Boat Tours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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West Bloomfield, MI
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19 reviews 19 reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We went on this tour today and it was wonderful! Saw hundreds of puffins and seals, and over a dozen bald eagles. Not only is Donelda a most knowledgeable tour guide, but she clearly loves the sight of these animals and her enthusiasm is contagious! I give this tour my highest recommendation, and know that I am pretty picky. Thank... More

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Saint Thomas, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

I have visited Cape Breton 5 out of the past 6 years, and this is the only tour I have done 5 times. I am not a "birder", but for 3 hours on the boat I become one. The 3 hour boat ride around bird island is an unforgettable experience as you see the eagles, puffins, seals, gulls, and many... More

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

While we are 'birders' that is not a requirement for enjoying this experience. Every one with an appreciation of wildlife would enjoyed it. We saw all the birds that we had hoped to see, up close and more. Bring your camera for close-ups of the eagles. Seals, razorbacks, murre, puffins of course, kittiwakes. The hosts are hard-working lobster fisherman, but... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Everything about this tour was fantastic. Having Donalda as the tour guide is itself worth the experience. She is incredibly knowledgeable and approachable. We learned so much about so many different kinds of ocean birds, and while puffins are the focus, bald eagles made themselves part of the adventure, and Donalda and her husband welcomed them to join us. When... More

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Alice Springs, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Brilliant 3 hours. A truly memorable occasion. Donelda shared her knowledge of the different bird species and also informed us of life as a lobster farmer. The feeding of the eagles was something I will never forget and to see so many puffins and seals was a thrill

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don123, Owner at Donelda's Puffin Boat Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience with us. The Bald Eagles are truly amazing and I'm happy that you enjoyed seeing them as well as the other birds and seals. More

ontario, canada
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115 reviews 115 reviews
39 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

As the poster said below, the Eagles stole the show. The puffins were so sweet and so small and we enjoyed watching them bobbing around in the water. Loved watching all of the birds and the seals but really it was the Eagles that made the trip for us. Donelda is very lovely and her husband, the captain, is very... More

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don123, Owner at Donelda's Puffin Boat Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for including our tour in your vacation. I'm so happy that it gave you some special memories. Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience. Donelda More

Fishers, Indiana
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141 reviews 141 reviews
52 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

This tour is wonderful, mostly because the namesake proprietor, Donelda herself is a fun and enthusiast tour guide. The boat holds about 30 people, though we were only about 20 making it very comfortable. Yes we saw the little puffins bobbing and flying, but the real stars of the tour were the bald eagles who followed the boat and waited... More

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don123, Owner at Donelda's Puffin Boat Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for making our tour part of your vacation. I'm happy that you enjoyed it . The Bald Eagles are a very special part of the tour and certainly seeing them fly to the boat is something that I never get tired of. Donelda More

Etobicoke
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Our day was cloudy and cool but it was still a great tour.. mostly eagles, seals, cormorants and other birds.. puffins were tiny! Also a lobster fishing 101 lesson!

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don123, Owner at Donelda's Puffin Boat Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments . Cloudy and cool is great for seeing the birds, the heater in the boat helps if it is too cool !Thank you for spending part of your day with us. Donelda More

Surrey, Canada
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91 reviews 91 reviews
54 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014 via mobile

We drove to English town where we took a boat tour to see puffins. They are so cute and small. We saw lots, we saw cormorants, herons, grey seals, a whale, razorbills, gillimots and more. Donelda did a get job explaining the history of the area, lobster fishing, about thre different birds etc. Her husbands uncle was Giant Mc Askill,... More

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don123, Owner at Donelda's Puffin Boat Tours, responded to this review

'Thank you for writing about your time with us. We are happy that you enjoyed the tour and got lots of memories Donelda More

Toronto, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Saw lots of puffin and the bald eagles basically came to the boat, as Donelda had somewhat "trained" them to come grab the fish she threw for them. The only small suggestion I have is to improve the speaker quality, as it was somewhat difficult to hear the tidbits and stories Donelda was sharing.

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don123, Owner at Donelda's Puffin Boat Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write about your time with us. I'm happy that you enjoyed the tour. I'm sorry that you had difficulty hearing what I was saying. Sometimes when the windows are out, and a breeze blowing it can make it a little harder to hear. Donelda More

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