Whale Watching & Wildlife Bay Tour from Tiverton
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Duration: 3 to 4 Hours
Come to Nova Scotia's Long Island, on the coast of Bay of Fundy at Tiverton to venture among whales, seabirds, marine mammals and deep blue skies. The Bay of Fundy is the summer feeding ground for many species of marine mammals and seabirds. Each year from mid May to late fall, the bay is teeming with marine life, and is one of the richest marine habitats in the world.
A typical cruise will last from 3 to 4 hours, depending on how far we have to go to see the whales. They are often found within a few miles of shore, but we sometimes need to travel further to other feeding areas. As you enter the Bay of Fundy, take note of the Boars Head Lighthouse, a working lighthouse on the northern tip of Long Island.
10:00 am, 1:00 pm, & 4:00 pm
- Daily (Mid-June through early October)
Enjoy your marine wildlife cruise aboard one of our two 42 foot vessels. Both are certified passenger vessels which meet all safety standards set by the Steamship Safety Branch of the Transport Canada and are equipped with handrails, life jackets, shelter and washroom facilities.
The captains and crew are fully licensed and have had many years experience navigating the waters of the Bay of Fundy. All of our tours are narrated by guides.
You WILL see whales! Sightings are guaranteed. Very seldom do we not see whales on our wildlife cruises. If, for some reason, we cannot find a whale, we will offer you a free pass to join us again at any time.
You can expect to see any or all of the following species of whale: Humpback Whale, Fin Whale, Minke Whale, and the rare North Atlantic Right Whale. The Right Whale was hunted nearly to extinction back in the whaling days and still only has a population of less than 300 animals. Over half of that population comes to the Bay of Fundy each summer.
Also commonly seen are Atlantic White Sided and White Beaked Dolphins, Harbor Porpoise, Grey and Harbor Seals, Basking Sharks and a wide variety of seabirds. We have also sighted some not so common visitors to the Bay of Fundy in the past. In 1995 and again in 1996, the first-ever sighting of a Blue Whale in the Bay of Fundy was documented! Other past sightings have included Sperm Whales, Pilot Whales, a Beluga Whale, a small pod of Orcas and Sea Turtles.
Each trip is different and you never know what you're going to see. The chance to see these magnificent creatures while in the company of the friendly and knowledgeable crew is an experience that you will always remember.
Humpback Whales - This majestic animal is well known for being the clown of the sea, because of their acrobatic displays often viewed by whalewatchers. Humpbacks often reach lengths of 45-50 feet. They are distinguished by their long white flippers and the fact that they often raise their tails high into the air when they dive. Humpbacks arrive in the Bay of Fundy in June and will remain through to fall, with some moving back and forth between Cape Cod and Massuchusettes Bays and the Bay of Fundy. Humpbacks come to these waters in the summertime to feed on small schooling fish such as herring and sandlance as well as krill. Mothers also bring their calves here and use this area as a nursery.
North Atlantic Right Whale - It is the most endangered of all the world's great whales. Less than 300 North Atlantic right whales remain in the world today. Even though these whales have been legally protected longer than any other whale, their numbers are continuing to decline. These 40-50 foot animals use their long baleen plates, which are covered with a thick mat of fine hairs, to strain tiny plankton from the water for food. Right whales use the Bay of Fundy as a feeding ground, nursery and courtship area.
Fin Whale - The fin whale is somewhat larger than the humpback, reaching lengths of 50-75 feet. It is a more streamlined animal, moving quickly through the water. Among their particular characteristics are the subtle shadings and swirls on the right side of the whale called the blaze and chevron. Fin whales are unique because they are asymmetrically colored. The whale's lower right jaw is white and its lower left jaw is dark gray or black. As with humpbacks, fin whales come to the Bay of Fundy waters predominately between spring and fall and use this area both as a feeding ground and nursery.
Minke Whale - The minke whale is the smallest baleen whale seen off our shores. Unlike the humpback or finback, the minke's maximum length is only around 30 feet. The minke whale is identified by a distinctive field mark - a broad white band running across each flipper which can be seen only under good conditions. The belly is porcelain white and may occasionally be seen through the water when a minke rolls over.
Atlantic White-Sided Dolphin - These are the most common dolphins observed in the Bay of Fundy. They are found only in the North Atlantic and tend to be most abundant in our area spring through the fall. The Atlantic white-sided dolphin travels in close knit groups called pods, which can range from a few individuals to over several hundred animals. They can grow to lengths of nine feet and weigh up to 500 pounds. The white-sided dolphin feeds on small schooling fish and is sometimes sighted associating with other species such as humpback or fin whales while feeding. White-sided dolphins also use this area as a nursery. Calves are born around June and July and typically remain in the herd they were born in for up to two years.
Birds - Expert and beginning bird watchers alike will be thrilled at the possibility of sighting species such as: Black Guillemots, Cormorants, Eagles, Eider Ducks, Fulmars, Gannets, Grebes, Great Blue Herons, Jaegers, Kittiwakes, Loons, Murres, Osprey, Petrels, Phalaropes, Puffins, Razorbills, Shearwaters, Skuas, Turns, and Gulls.
Other Wildlife - Other marine life we have encountered on our cruises include: Basking Sharks, Bluefin Tuna, Gray Seals, Harbour Seals, Ocean Sunfish, Plankton, School Herring, Sea Turtles, and swarms of Krill.
Transportation from Halifax is NOT included. It is a 3-hour drive from Halifax to the departure point. Rates are in US Dollars. Child price is for ages 5 to 12. Please reserve online, or call us toll-free at 1-800-745-1925.
Transportation from Halifax is NOT included. It is a 3-hour drive from Halifax to the departure point. Rates are in US Dollars and include all taxes. Child price is for ages 5 to 12. Please reserve online, or call us toll-free at 1-800-745-1925.
There are no refunds. All sales are final.
If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.