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“An amazing and Humbling Experience, 'Close encounters with the Humpbacks'”

Brier Island Whale and Seabird Cruises
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Westport
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: You'll join a scientific survey as we explore the Bay of Fundy, a corner of the Atlantic that's incredibly rich in marine life. There are humpback, finback, and the critically endangered right whale. You'll see porpoises, dolphins, and seals as well as seabirds that come as far away as Antarctica-an entire marine ecosystem in action.Join us on the Mega Nova, a 50 foot vessel certified to carry 50 passengers r on our 24 foot Zodiac, the Cetacean Adventure, certified to carry 12 passengers for a whale watch experience you will never forget!Dedicated to research and education since 1984. Cruises daily. May to October
Reviewed 19 September 2006

I have gone out for a few trips, this year and have been awed and humbled by the majestic whales of the Bay of Funday. It is truly a Breathtaking experience. If you want to see whales, Brier Island Whale and Seabird Cruises is the company to go with. The crew are knowledgeable and friendly. Sightings are guaranteed or money refunded or free pass for another trip is issued.
They have been doing research since 1986 and know many of the whales by name. They certainly go the extra mile to make the excursion enjoyable and exciting. If you have an interest in seabirds, here again this company is very knowledgeable about the local and pelagic populations. Brier Island itself, is a wonderful place for anyone in tune with nature. It is a small but unspoiled, beautiful little island with a vast array of wildlife and rare plants. There are a couple of B & B's, a lodge with restaurant and a backpackers hostel for accommodations. I highly recommend Brier Island Whale & Seabird Cruises and a stay on the island. The Whales are spectacular and photo opportunities abound. It is a Rare Honour to spend time with the whales in their habitat. Definitely two thumbs up!!
Remember When whale watching on the Bay of Funday...DRESS WARMLY...THINK WINTER!!!
Layers plus a good jacket, you can always take some layers off, but you can't wish them on if you don't have them with you. It can become very chilly out on the water even in the middle of summer. Especially late afternoon and evening cruises. I know this from experience.

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Reviewed 3 July 2006

We took an afternoon whale watching cruise with the Brier Island Whale and Seabird Cruise company on July 1, 2006. Our party included my mother, myself, and my eight-year-old son. We drove down to Brier Island from Kingston, Nova Scotia, in time for the 1:30 pm sailing. We found the company's office with no trouble at all, and hopped aboard the Mega Nova for a 3.5-hour outing on the Bay of Fundy. The boat had plenty of convenient seating for everyone, including an area covered by a canopy, for those who wished to stay out of the sun. The four crew members were unfailingly friendly, knowledgeable, and approachable, and they made the tour interesting for everyone. A crew member (Chris) checked in personally with every person on the boat, just to chat and to answer any questions that people might have. When the weather got a bit breezy, the crew members offered blankets to anyone who was feeling a bit chilled - a very thoughtful gesture.

On our tour, we saw two separate groups of humpback whales close-up, as well as some minke whales at more of a distance. Humpbacks don't generally travel in groups, but we encountered three together, then two together a bit later on. Both times, the humpbacks seemed to enjoy swimming alongside and even under our boat a few times, and we were treated to several fluke views, as well as plenty of spouting. The highlight of the afternoon occured when two humpback whales breeched right behind our boat, one right after the other. We were told that this doesn't happen often, but even if it were an everyday event, I'd still have felt quite excited about seeing it right in front of my eyes!

Every cruise is different, and many factors influence what whales you will encounter. Brier Island Whale and Seabird Cruises offer a free ticket for any future sailing if you fail to see any whales during your cruise - it's a rare occurance, but it can happen.

I've posted a "Digby To-Do" article about whale watching, which includes some tips for making the most of your trip. I won't repeat everything here, but here are the key points:

- Give yourself enough time to get to your cruise. Brier Island is accessible only by ferry. You must take one ferry from the mainland (East Ferry) to Long Island (Tiverton), then drive the length of Long Island to catch the ferry from Freeport to Brier Island (Westport). The cost, as of July 1, 2006, was $4 round-trip. DO NOT STOP ON LONG ISLAND. The ferries are timed so that you can drive from one to the other nonstop. If you miss your ferry to Brier Island, you might miss your cruise. Call the office in advance to ask what time you should plan on leaving Digby to catch your cruise. To get to the Brier Island Whale and Seabird Cruise main office, turn left after leaving the second ferry.
- Call ahead on the day of your tour to endure that they will be sailing. Weather out on the Bay can be markedly different from the weather on the mainland. Our first cruise was canceled due to high winds on the Bay.
- Take Gravel (dramamine) ahead of time if you are prone to motion sickness.
- Think carefully about making this trip with young or restless children. It's a long drive out to Brier Island, and you could be boating around on the Bay for an hour or more before sighting your first whale. We took my eight-year-old son with us, and he was the youngest person on the boat.

If you're a nature fan, or even just like spending time out on the water, this cruise is sure to delight. Have fun!

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