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Address: 1099 Hwy 312 | POBox 33, Englishtown, Nova Scotia B0C1H0, Canada
Phone Number: 1-902-929-2563
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Description: Donelda's Puffin Boat Tours is one of the 100 Must-See Destinations in...
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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First Rate! Donelda clearly knows her stuff and obviously loves what she and her husband do. Knowledgable , experienced and enthusiastic, she gives so much to make this... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
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Halifax, Canada
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Halifax, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

First Rate! Donelda clearly knows her stuff and obviously loves what she and her husband do. Knowledgable , experienced and enthusiastic, she gives so much to make this experience wonderful. The islands and the Puffins , razorbills, gullimots and other birds are wonderful , but so too are the seals, the whales, and the bald eagles. ! My friends and... More 

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Monroe, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Met and exceeded all expectations!! Very personable and knowledgable making sure everyone saw the birds and had binoculars to share. Boat was very clean and comfy complete with onboard head. Both the captain and Donelda did a really great job of getting my mom on the boat as she is not very mobile, making sure she was comfortable and safe... More 

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Baltimore, MD
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Done lea is one of the most amazing people I've ever met. She does this tour 2 or 3 times a day and was as enthusiastic about pointing out birds and making sure everyone saw everything there was to see as if she did it once a week. Really, one of the best nature tours I've ever been on.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

If you hesitate to go or not – my advice- 100% YES! Believe me – you would not regret at all! We have been taking this tour on the first week of June, 2015. It was very rainy and nasty day! Heavy non stopping rain! I was sure Donelda would cancel the trip- and was so upset. We had a... More 

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South Porcupine, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

My sister and I took the tour mid June. The weather the day before was windy so sailing conditions were suspect since the 1:30 tour was cancelled. We arrived at the wharf and were greeted by Donelda our tour guide, bird expert, seal expert, lobster fisher woman , etc...etc.. From the onset she was an encyclopedia of knowledge of the... More 

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Apopka, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

My wife and I took Donelda's Puffin Boat Tour on June 2nd. It was a raw cold day, and despite the weather we had a wonderful time. Donelda made sure we saw all there was to see. She provided an informative narrative helping us to miss nothing. I would recommend this to all without hesitation.

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San Antonio, Texas
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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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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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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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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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Address: 1099 Hwy 312 | POBox 33, Englishtown, Nova Scotia B0C1H0, Canada
Phone Number: 1-902-929-2563
Location: Canada  >  Nova Scotia  >  Cape Breton Island  >  Englishtown

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