The nutrient-rich waters of the Bay of Fundy attract dozens of whales, and several companies in Digby Neck, a narrow finger of land that nudges out into the Bay of Fundy, organize daily whale-watching excursions from late May to mid-October. Trips usually last between two and three hours, though those from Westport (Brier Island) tend to last longer – between three and five hours. No one can guarantee you’ll spy a whale, but there’s every chance, beginning with finback and minke in late spring, and humpback from mid- to late June. By the middle of July all three species are sighted and usually hang around the Bay of Fundy till late summer and autumn, which is when the rare North Atlantic right whale is seen.
Brier Island Whale & Seabird Cruises 223 Water St, Westport, Brier Island 902 839 2995, brierislandwhalewatch.com. Variety of trips by boat ($49; 3–5hr) or Zodiac ($58; 2–3hr).
Mariner Cruises Westport, Brier Island 902 839 2346, novascotiawhalewatching.ca. Friendly competition is supplied by this local outfit, with trips also $49 (2hr 30min–4hr 30min).
Ocean Explorations Whale Cruises Tiverton, Long Island 902 839 2417, oceanexplorations.ca. On Long Island, this outfit only uses Zodiac boats, with tours from $59 (2hr 30min–3hr 30min).