Bird Island Boat Tour, Cape Breton Island

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  • 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 his...  more »
  • 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 ...  more »
  • Great experience today. Crew made sure everyone was comfortable and warm. Great stories and add sure everyone saw the puffins and seals. Highly recommended!  more »
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  • Great family owned business, super friendly. Father son team on the boat was super enthusiastic and very knowledgeable about birds, we seen puffins and many other birds, many seals, bald eagles. The boat was indoor with open windows so comfortable in rainy weather. Served tea, coffee and hot chocolate after. Great trip! Would definitely recommend!
  • Okay, so I've thought a lot about this review before writing it. I wanted to be fair and give an honest complete review. I had a long discussion with my wife who also went on the tour. This is my fair and honest opinion. You will see all of the birds and seals that you could imagine. However, the tagteam of father and son bantering is way over the top. Each climbs all over the other to try and top the other. This is bad enough, but then add severe lack of social and people skills and this tour quickly becomes annoying. At times, it felt like father and son hate their job. People asked questions and received snide comments back. A woman attempted to ask a question multiple times and instead of going over to her to hear her better (or telling her to stop closer) the son curtly said, "I CAN'T HEAR YOU!" A small child went through a door that was tough to close and the son remarked, "That's why I said to use the other door." There were times that they would be interrupted by something when talking and lose train of thought and go back and start all over again; going back several minutes. It was tedious to sit through at times. Remember though, all this time they are taking you to see the things you paid to see... which was amazing! The down side is that you are trapped on a vessel without an escape from the annoying banter. I like being educated about things I know little to nothing about but i wanted it to stop about 30 minutes in. Maybe bring your headphones? One thing that solidified the experience for me was when I handed the guestbook back to the captain as he was talking to his son about the neighbors in town. I said thank you as I handed it back. The captain took the book from me and gave an annoyed/bothered look. To sum this up, bring your camera and someone to talk to when/if you are done listening to the commentary. Be prapared for a 3 hour trip with mostly smooth seas. There were times of small wave boat rocking. Be ready for a quiz about the things they are teaching you. Be prepared for awkward silence if everyone is tuning the info out and can't answer the questions. Be ready with your camera and have lots of room for great pics. Try and have fun!
  • Captains Vince and Ian were tremendous! Their knowledge of the bird and aquatic life was extensive and deep. Their rapport was fantastic as we spotted the first birds on the islands.
  • Took several people including my elderly father. There are a few steps to board the boat so it is not wheelchair friendly. We saw many types of sea birds including puffins. Also saw bald eagles, seals, and a brief glance of a whale. The rocky cliffs of the Bird Islands were also very scenic.
  • Loved it. Beautiful day at sea, lots of birds of many types, seals everywhere, and very informative captain and crew. Nice touch to include free hot drinks on return to shore.
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