I try to visit Nova Scotia and the Cabot trail at least once a year in the fall. This year I went the week before Thanksgiving and we had wonderful weather. It has been about 9 years since i went whale watching and as we had pretty decent weather we decided to try Wesley's Whale watching. While there are i believe 3 other companies that do whale watching, Wesley's was the only one that was open. Captain Mark's only had zodiak tours going. We had 3-6 foot swells going out to look for whales. There were about 12 people who came with us including a mother and infant. Needless to say what happened. The infant was fine, but the mother started to feel sick and was scared, so we had to turn back. We lost about 30 minutes doing that. However as it was near the end of the season, there were not too many people so we were able to go back out for the entire 2.5 hours that we were told it would take.
The use of sonar and radar is not used, so spotting whales becomes more of a guessing game. As we were the first boat out of the day, we could not rely on sightings from earlier in the day. I was the one who actually spotted the whales first. We got pretty close to them, and we saw about 8 or so of them. Got some decent photos, but as the sea was a little rough, it was hard to stabilize to take decent photos.
I would have liked to have stayed out longer, but I understand that these tours are time limited. the guide was well in formed and pleasant to talk to. We had a wonderful time.
I do not understand the other bad reviews on the site. It is understandable that if there are too few people for a tour that it may get cancelled or postponed. The cost of running the boat and fuel does not make it possible to simply bring out 1 or 2 people unless the tour operators know that the whales are close by. If visiting near the end of the season, I would call ahead to make sure that there are enough people for a tour.
All in all, if anyone is thinking of going whale watching, that they should go see Wesley.
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