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Donelda's Puffin Boat Tours

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Address: 1099 Hwy 312, Englishtown, Nova Scotia B0C1H0, Canada
Phone Number: 1-902-929-2563
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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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Loved the wildlife and views!

The tour didn't start "on time", but was well worth it. We did see Puffins, but it was from a bit of a distance. Saw the Bald Eagle, seals, and other sea birds.

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 3, 2016
YukonDave99
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Kemptville, Canada
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Kemptville, Canada
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

The tour didn't start "on time", but was well worth it. We did see Puffins, but it was from a bit of a distance. Saw the Bald Eagle, seals, and other sea birds.

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Rocky Face, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

Excellent tour, our guide was very knowledgeable about all of the birds nesting there. She had books to show the different species and a binoculars for a close up view of them. Fish were thrown in the water and the eagles dived very close to the rear of the boat to get them. Loved the Puffins and we saw lots... More 

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Ontario
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

Donald's knows her birds and was really informative. Right after we left shore she informed us how small puffins were and that they were mostly gone so there were not many/ any to be seen. This was disappointing given that the tour is called Donaldas puffin tour and I only wanted to go because of the puffins. We were never... More 

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

Hi , I'm glad that you enjoyed part of the trip. I'm sorry that you were disappointed with the Puffin sightings.They are small birds which anyone can research before coming so they know what to expect. If you saw Puffins then they were still in season . There is no set day that they leave the Islands . If you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015 via mobile

Donelda the guide and her husband the skipper do a fantastic job of describing and seeing the wildlife and sites. You are almost guaranteed to see Eagles close up. They know her and her boat well. We saw at least 10 including 2 after same fish. Family business well worth trip!!

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

Thank you for your kind words and we're happy that you enjoyed your time with us . The Eagles are amazing for sure ! More 

Marietta, Georgia
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

We really enjoyed this boat tour to the bird islands. We saw Puffins, Eagles and all kinds of birds. Must have seen about 100 seals too. Donelda really shared her in depth knowledge of the birds--so we learned quite a bit. She threw out fish so we could see the Eagles soar and then come in to grab it from... More 

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

We are happy that we met you expectations and that you enjoyed your time with us . Giving memories to last a lifetime is what makes it all worthwhile for us ! More 

Lake Ainslie, Nova Scotia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Donelda and her husband-captain are wonderful guides to the Bird Islands. From a birder's perspective, she knows her birds intimately & works hard to make sure everyone gets a chance to see them all. They run a lobstering business too & she fills in the time on the ride back to dock with stories of this laborious trade. Made me... More 

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

Thank you for your kind words . I'm glad that you enjoyed your trip with us and that your husband got a picture of one of " my " Eagles . They are amazing ! More 

Beaumont, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Really was a highlight of our trip to Nova Scotia! Saw more eagles than on our trips to Alaska! Donelda was awesome making sure everyone could spot the various birds and answering any questions. Learned a lot about puffins and lobster fishing. Don't missed this tour!

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

Thank you for including our tour in your trip to Cape Breton . We're happy that you enjoyed your time with us . More 

Baden, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Donelda is very informative and made the trip interesting - even for those who aren't big bird people. We saw lots of birds, seals and beautiful scenery.

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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 our tour . More 

Newark, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

An excellent trip to the Bird Islands. We saw puffins, dozens of bald eagles, dozens of grey seals, and many seabirds. Some of the wild eagles will fly to the boat and swope down to catch a fish tossed to them by the crew. There is inside seating and an area at the rear of the boat where you can... More 

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

Thank you so much for your kind words. We try to make sure that you everyone has a great time and being the highlight of your trip to Canada is a wonderful compliment ! More 

Cary, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We rented a car and drove to Donelda's boat from the Cruise Terminal in Sydney NS. The times were a bit tight since it is a 45 minute drive and we had to rent a car to get out to the boat and back. We made it with some time to spare. The boat is set up to let everyone... More 

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

Thank you for sharing your time with us . We're happy that you enjoyed your trip and got great memories and pictures ! More 

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