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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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Much more than puffins!

The tour was much more than we expected, a full explanation of the wildlife; fish, foul and mammal... read more

Reviewed 11 September 2017
Marshall J
Byfield, Massachusetts
Our first Boat Tour.

We took the Bird Island Boat Tour. I really wanted to see the Puffins but didn't know that they... read more

Reviewed 7 September 2017
Sydney, Canada
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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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  • Very good9%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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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 11 September 2017

The tour was much more than we expected, a full explanation of the wildlife; fish, foul and mammal. In addition, the history of the area, the economics of what's happening in the Cape Breton and some comments on the politics both north and south of...More

Thank Marshall J
Reviewed 7 September 2017

We took the Bird Island Boat Tour. I really wanted to see the Puffins but didn't know that they migrate around the end of July. Saw other species, bald eagles, cormorants, and mustn't forget those seals. We enjoyed our tour very much. It was a...More

Thank bubblycj
Reviewed 26 August 2017

I've always wanted to see a puffin, and we saw plenty. Captain Vince Van Schaick was very knowledgeable about wildlife and was able to identify and spot the many types of birds on the island.

Thank Herpman8
Reviewed 24 August 2017

This was a very educational 2.5 hour trip to the islands and we learned a lot about many birds. It was a comfortable boat and restrictions on where you could go or what you could do were minimum. The captain and his son were certainly...More

Thank kdhbcreek
Reviewed 15 August 2017

I believe I had been very lucky in that I had seen lots of North Atlantic sea birds during other trips. This trip, whilst enjoyable, did not have the vast array I had seen elsewhere. I suppose for other participants it was excellent. We did...More

Thank travellover077
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

The small boat where you can sit outside makes you feel as close to the water as possible which was fun. The captain and his son were support informative and had interesting stories, not just about the birds but also about the local economics and...More

Thank mommy24_10
Reviewed 13 August 2017

The tour was both fun and educational. The Captain and his son knew their stuff and it was interesting to listen to. We saw lots of sea birds (including plenty of puffins) and seals. I just wanted to make a comment about another reviewer concerning...More

Thank Patricia B
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

The Bird Island Tour was great. We saw puffins, bald eagles, grey seals and many other sea birds. The captain and his co captain told us many facts about the birds. The water can be rough so be careful if you get seasick.

Thank DianeSZDI
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

Thankfully we booked ahead as the boat only takes a maximum of 20 passengers. The boat was very comfortable with large viewing windows and a continuous commentary from Captain Ian and his deckie was appreciated by all. We saw 11 different birds and seals as...More

Thank LuboCoffsHarbour
Reviewed 8 August 2017

My son and I are avid wildlife photographers so we booked the photographers tour. The photographer tours have less people to allow for a bit more movement onboard. The tour operators were very knowledgable and would accommodate the patrons by taking a second pass at...More

Thank trevorb876
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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
17 August 2016|
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Response from Bird_Island | Property representative |
Glad you enjoyed your tour with us. -Sheila