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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, Sightseeing Tours
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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.
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San Antonio, Texas
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We enjoyed Donelda’s Puffin Boat Tour in July. We saw many beautiful sea birds and eagles with their chicks. The Grey Seals were a real treat. Donelda identified the birds at a glance. It was a very enjoyable afternoon. We would definitely recommend this tour. If we are in the area again, we will take the same tour. The Schrader’s... More

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Gainesville, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Taking a boat tour with 'The Puffin Lady' was a highlight of our vacation in Cape Breton. Her knowledge of puffins, eagles, and all regional birds and wildlife is unparalleled. She also shares lots of fascinating stories and history about her family's decades-long career in the lobstering industry. Seeing her lure an eagle off a distant cliff to swoop down... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We took Donelda's boat tour right at the end of the season, and despite the warning that, puffin-wise, we might be disappointed, we Did see three or four birds (from a distance; my fault as I forgot to bring the binoculars!). We loved the trip -- Donelda is so knowledgeable and the information she gave us (about the birds, the... More

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Royal Oak
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36 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We all enjoyed this very much. Donelda tells you about all the birds you might see. If an eagle appears, she throws a mackerel out the window and the eagle swoops down to pick it up off the surface of the water not more than 10 yards away. We were there at the end of puffin season, but still saw... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

For travelers who enjoy time on the water and birds this is a fantastic way to spend several hours at a very affordable rate! You might even want to go again the next day. The owners who are hands ,on have years of experience and provide a very informative and gracious tour. While there is never a guarantee with any... More

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new jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

A trip to the Bird Islands with Donelda is a must do in Cape Breton. For photographers, bring a telephoto lens (at least 300 mm) and use your sporting exposure; the photos of the Bald Eagles, among others, will be fantastic.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

After a delayed departure on an older boat requiring maintenance we were pleasantly surprised with the beautiful sights and the knowledge of our tour guide Donelda. Numerous eagles along with seals and sea birds sighted. The puffins were a bit more elusive being at the tail end of their season, and not comfortable near boats. But we spotted several and... More

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

Thank you for sharing your experience with us. I'm glad that you enjoyed your trip to the Islands We do regular maintenance on the vessel to try and make sure that we have no break downs during sailing times . but sometimes things happen that are out of our control . The boat worked fine the previous day but if... More

Halifax, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Really enjoyed this tour. The tour guides were very knowledgeable and the scenery is beautiful. Saw lots of eagles, puffins, seals and many others. Highly recommend.

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

Thank you for sailing with us and sharing your pleasure with the tour. Hope to see you again . Regards, Donelda More

Toronto, Canada
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This 3 hr boat trip to the bird island was absolutely thrilling. On the way the conductor lady fed fish to the bald eagles who appeared in the sky from nowhere and swooped down in the water to pick up their catch. At the islands we saw so many different birds like plenty of bald eagles, puffins, cormorants etc. Will... More

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

Thank you for sailing with us .We're happy that you enjoyed your time on the tour. We appreciate your high recommendation ! Regards, Donelda More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

One of the highlights of my time in Nova Scotia!!! Great photo opportunities and have never seen so many eagles up close!

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

Thank you for taking the time to review your time on the tour. We're happy that were able to give you such special memories of your time on Cape Breton island. Regards, Donelda More

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