Whale Watching

The area near Digby is renowned for whale watching.  Several companies offer tours leaving from Digby Neck and Long Island or Brier Island. If you wish to take the ferry there is regular  service between the mainland (East Ferry) and Long Island (Tiverton), and Long Island (Freeport) and Brier Island (Westport), and the ferries are timed so that you can drive off one, travel the length of Long Island, then drive right on to the next ferry.  Some Digby area-based whale watching outfitters are Brier Island Whale and Seabird Cruises  (from Brier Island),   Mariner Cruises Whale and Seabird Watching (Brier Island), Petit Passage Whale Watch  (East Ferry), Dockside Whale Watching Tours  (Digby marina), Freeport Whale & Seabird Tours (Freeport)

Whale Watching Tips

Some of these tips are good for whale watching in general, but  most are specifically for whale watching based out of Brier Island or Long Island.

DO:

  • Make reservations.
  • Call before heading out to your tour.  Weather is always a variable, even if it looks clear and calm in Digby.  Call to be sure that your scheduled tour is actually going to happen.
  • Leave yourself enough time to get to your tour.  The ferry service runs on a fixed schedule, and if you miss one, you might miss your tour.  Ask the staff at your tour company how much time you should allow yourself to get from Digby to their location.
  • Take warm and waterproof clothing along with you.  It is cool and breezy out on the water, even in the middle of summer.  Sometimes tour crews have blankets for people who are feeling chilled.
  • Take snacks and drinks with you.  Or you can purchase snacks at Long Island Trading in Tiverton, as well as gas.
  • Take exact change for the ferries ($5.25 round trip, as of July 1, 2011)
  • The ferry schedule is from East Ferry to Tiverton the ferry leaves every hour on the hour, and from Freeport to Westport every hour at 25 past the hour.  This schedule runs 24 hours daily.

DON'T:

  • Stop at Balancing Rock trail if your heading to Brier Island unless you have an hour to spare before your tour. 
  • Worry about gas there are two gas stations one on Digby Neck at Lake Midway and another in Tiverton.
  • Worry about dining, there are several restaurants on Long and Brier Island