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Donelda's Puffin Boat Tours

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1099 Highway 312, Englishtown, Nova Scotia B0C 1H0, Canada
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I loved this tour. After reading about her in this month's edition of saltscape I can say...she is... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
PineappleGirlNS
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Halifax, Canada
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One of the true highlights of two weeks in Nova Scotia

You’ll be greeted by Donelda MacAskill, owner/operator along with her husband, Captain of the boat... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Manbyk
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San Antonio, Texas
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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
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I loved this tour. After reading about her in this month's edition of saltscape I can say...she is the real deal. Her hubby was pleasant & kept the tour lively. Thank you for showing off our beautiful landscape & birds.

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Reviewed 6 days ago

You’ll be greeted by Donelda MacAskill, owner/operator along with her husband, Captain of the boat, John MacAskill. John pilots the boat during which Donelda narrate the 2 ½ excursion from Englishtown to Bird Island. Combined Donelda & John have roughly 75 years on the water...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Donelda and her boat tour did not dussapoint. It was an entertaining tour. We saw a lot if different sea birds and more. Do not miss this tour. It was great

Thank Sue S
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Donelda M, Owner at Donelda's Puffin Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to share your time spent with us on the boat tour .We enjoyed having you !

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Reviewed October 14, 2017

This trip, led by Donelda was great! She has a certain 'thing' with the bald eagles - thus we saw a variety of them up close and personal. Puffins are pretty small but we were able to see some. We also saw seals, plenty of...More

Thank Deb G
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Reviewed September 2, 2017

We went on the puffin tour on August 25 in the afternoon. We did not see any puffins but we saw more eagles than I have ever seen in my lifetime and many other kinds of birds. There were also many seals in the water...More

Thank Beverly J
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Donelda M, Owner at Donelda's Puffin Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded September 4, 2017

Thank you for taking the time to share your time with us . I remember that day . We did see Puffins on the morning trip but not on the afternoon when you were with us . We saw the last one on Sept 1!...More

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Reviewed August 28, 2017

Donelda's Puffin Boat Tour is very enjoyable -- but the day we went out (1:30pm), we saw hardly any puffins. Yes, we saw tons of birds and seals on Bird Island, but the few puffins viewed were extremely small, flying very fast, and no doubt...More

Thank Suzanne C
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Donelda M, Owner at Donelda's Puffin Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2017

Thank you for posting your review . Puffins have their highs and lows . I've gone out on the morning trip and the rocks covered and go out on the afternoon trip and left wondering where did they go but it's nature . When you...More

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Reviewed August 23, 2017 via mobile

Donelda and her husband were great. We were out on boat for 3.5 hrs and saw bald eagles variety of birds(including puffins) and seals. She throws fish into the water and the eagles come right by the boat and swoop down and grab them! We...More

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Donelda M, Owner at Donelda's Puffin Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2017

Thank you for your review and we're glad that you enjoyed the tour. Your dog was a great sailor ! Thank you for recommending the tour and the "gift shop " .

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Reviewed August 22, 2017

We loved this trip on a beautiful day on the water. We fed eagles on the way out, saw puffins at Bird Rocks, also grey heron, cormorants, gulls and other birds. Seals were in the water at the rocks. The boat was casually comfortable and...More

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Donelda M, Owner at Donelda's Puffin Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2017

Thank you for taking the time to share you experience with us. We're happy that you enjoyed the tour and would recommend it .

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Reviewed August 20, 2017

Donelda and her husband run this tour, and they do a great job. The windows pop out of the frames so the boat is open-air if you choose. The boat was not packed so we were each able to take our own window. We saw...More

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Donelda M, Owner at Donelda's Puffin Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2017

Thank you for sharing your time with us. We're happy that you enjoyed your time at the Islands .

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Reviewed August 20, 2017 via mobile

Guide was fun and so informative.. she fed eagles for close up photo shots .puffins are so tiny difficult to get good pics but great tour..highly recommend..gift shop quaint full of puffin memoriablia

Thank kiko1942
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Donelda M, Owner at Donelda's Puffin Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2017

Thank you for your review of our tour. We're happy that you enjoyed it and would recommend it and our 'Puffin " shop .

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punlover
August 24, 2017|
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Response from Donelda M | Property representative |
Hi, No unfortunately the puffins will be gone out to sea by then . We're still seeing the last " stragglers ", and today we also rescued a baby puffin .
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