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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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Seals and puffins

We got to see seals and puffins!!! We also saw a whale and loads of other birds. The scenery was... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Eli K
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Great opportunity to see wildlife and learn about area

I did this tour with my husband and two teenage children. Everyone enjoyed it. The tour was... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Maria M
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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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  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
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1672 Old Route 5, Big Bras d'Or, Nova Scotia B1X 1B1, Canada
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+1 800-661-6680
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We got to see seals and puffins!!! We also saw a whale and loads of other birds. The scenery was also very nice. It’s around a three hour tour with 45 min each way for the boat to get to bird Island. Bring a sweater...More

Thank Eli K
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I did this tour with my husband and two teenage children. Everyone enjoyed it. The tour was comfortable, let us have plenty of time to go around both islands and included a good balance of natural history and local history. The gift shop was very...More

Thank Maria M
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Friendly staff on every aspect from gift shop , to boat crew. Had an exceptional day for it weather wise and saw tons of various species of birds. Saw puffins as well but difficult to get good photos of them as it was such a...More

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Reviewed 13 June 2018 via mobile

Great experience today. Crew made sure everyone was comfortable and warm. Great stories and add sure everyone saw the puffins and seals. Highly recommended!

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Bird_Island, Owner at Bird Island Boat Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 2018

Thanks, we are glad you enjoyed your tour.

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Reviewed 5 June 2018 via mobile

Even on a rainy day it was a very enjoyable trip. The guys are knowledgeable and very enthusiastic to share their knowledge. We saw everything on the list except the bald eagle. We even saw a few birds that weren’t on the list — including...More

Thank Julie T
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Reviewed 28 May 2018 via mobile

Family business that kept us entertained. Clean facilities, nice tour boat and very friendly crew. Stories kept coming the whole time. We’d recommend it.

Thank Mark R
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Bird_Island, Owner at Bird Island Boat Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 28 May 2018

Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed our tour. Sheila

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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

1  Thank Marshall J
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Reviewed 8 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

1  Thank bubblycj
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Reviewed 27 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.

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Reviewed 25 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

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iMak80
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
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arlynbence
15 April 2017|
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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
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Gary K
18 August 2016|
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Glad you enjoyed your tour with us. -Sheila
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