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Bird Island Boat Tour

1672 Old Route 5, Big Bras d'Or, Nova Scotia B1X 1B1, Canada
+1 800-661-6680
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This 2+ hour boat ride took me somewhere unlike anywhere I have been before. The initial attraction... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago

What a great trip! Today we had an extra surprise of a Minke whale. So many bald eagles, puffins... read more

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Loads of Puffins, plus seals and bald eagles - boat tours daily from May 8-late Sept. 40th year operating, with a new tour boat, 'Puffin Express'. A coastal experience all in the family will love with lots of open windows for great photos and fresh sea air. We'll even puppy-sit your pet while you take our tour !
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1672 Old Route 5, Big Bras d'Or, Nova Scotia B1X 1B1, Canada
+1 800-661-6680
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This 2+ hour boat ride took me somewhere unlike anywhere I have been before. The initial attraction is I like bird watching, and my wife thinks Puffins are cute. The captain and his teenage son were very kind, and made sure everyone on the boat...More

Thank markinRB
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

What a great trip! Today we had an extra surprise of a Minke whale. So many bald eagles, puffins, other birds and seals. We all walked away saying"Wow, that was so much fun"!

Thank RoamN4708
Reviewed 1 week ago

After two days of hiking we were looking for something without rocks and tree roots so a boat tour seemed ideal. If you like wildlife and want to see sea birds, eagles and seals and hear from a leader who seemed to know everything about...More

Thank boba413
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A great tour from a lovely, very genuine family. Really friendly and went the extra mile. Their enthusiasm and love of the area really made the trip. Incredibly good value for money. Loved the timed commentary, a cute bit of humor on the long ride...More

Thank Beth H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great boat tour of about 3 hours. Saw lots of puffins, bald eagles, seals and other birds. The boat does go slowly around the two "bird islands" be prepared if you have motion sickness. Suggest taking medication or using Sea bands to ensure most enjoyment!...More

Thank B172VJtarah
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a wonderful experience. A family run business that has passed from generation to generation on an amazing property that is relaxing and has beautiful views. Captain and his mate are very pleasant and engaging as well as entertaining. The puffins didn't disappoint. I...More

Thank Kathy N
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Captain Ian Van Schaik and his brother Mark were very knowledgeable about both birds and local history--the whole trip was a pleasure. We learned so much, and we saw such a great array of birds, not to mention seals and a minke whale. I highly,...More

Thank Francesca F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip with the Captain and his son! Their knowledge and expertise was shared professionally. The boat got us so close to the birds and the seals! It was amazing. They also shared how much things have changed over their 40 years...More

Thank zeemie83
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a very enjoyable tour. Lots of different types of birds and beautiful scenery. Captain was knowledgeable about the birds and provided lots of information about each type of bird that we saw. great for both the experienced bird watcher and us novices. He...More

Thank daneginni
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great tour....absolutely worth the few dollars it costs. The captain and his son do a wonderful job.The information one gets here, is educational and entertaining.

Thank White B
Bird_Island, Owner at Bird Island Boat Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks, our goal is to ensure you get a lot out of our tour. -Sheila

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13 June 2017|
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Response from Bird_Island | Property representative |
Yes, you can bring a babe in a carrier . Both our boys were on the boat before their first birthday. Very safe, and they tend to fall asleep with the rocking motion. Sheila
15 April 2017|
Response from Bird_Island | Property representative |
We are closer to Sydney port. But the cruise ship has already pre-booked all the seats on our tour boat for that day's tour to see puffins. And they have arranged a bus to bring you the 40 minutes out to us, and provided box... More
Gary K
18 August 2016|
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Response from Bird_Island | Property representative |
Glad you enjoyed your tour with us. -Sheila