Bird Island Boat Tours

Months of Operation

May 7 - September 15


1672 Old Rte 5, Big Bras d’Or, B1X 1B1, Bras d'Or Lakes Scenic Drive


T: 902-674-2384

T: 800-661-6680

F: 902-674-2742




Daily tours to see puffins, other seabirds, seals & eagles. Educational, uniquely narrated 2 3/4 hr tours. Rain or shine in new covered boat; most windows removable for glass-free photography. Puffins guaranteed until mid-Aug, seals until mid-Sep. We are the longest running boat tour in Cape Breton. With over 40 years operating and over 100,000 satisfied customers, including the Princess of Japan, you are guaranteed to enjoy your adventure. Our boat tour travels the shortest distance to Bird Islands. It is an ecologically sensitive nature tour that will be enjoyed by young and old. Due to her 15 ft width, our boat, the "Puffin Express", is very stable and yet so maneuverable we can get as close as possible to the Islands and the birds. We have been awarded a Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor. Our family-run tour boat's current Captain van Schaick is Coast Guard trained. We are now training our 3rd generation Captain Van Schaick. You will have easy walk-on access to our boat, only five steps down. We have optimized our seating plan for easiest interaction with captain and crew. Binoculars are available for rent, also, but not required. Reservations recommended 1-2 days ahead, discounts offered.

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Facilities / Services

Limited accessibility

Detailed Information

This property accepts American Express, Mastercard, Visa, Debit card.
Activities: Birding & wildlife, Sailing, Photography & landscape painting, Sightseeing tour
Directions: Hwy 105, Exit 14, 6 km.