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Published: August 9th 2017
Second day in Digby, was whale watching day. It took two ferries to cross over to Brier Island (which is west of Digby - along Digby neck). We almost missed the first ferry because Ann was chatting it up with the owner of the small cafe near the ferry boat. It costs $7 total for each ferry ride which is pretty reasonable. Each of the ferry rides were short (5-10 mins). We were worried we would miss the ferries which leave on the top of the hour so we left at 9a even though our whale watching tour didn't start until 1p. This gave us time to visit Balancing Rock (a 2 km trail that included A LOT of stairs). It only took us about an hour to do the whole trail including time to stop and take a bunch of photos of the famous rock.
Whale watching was amazing. What an experience! Originally we were booked with Brier Island Tours to be on the Mega Nova (which holds 20+ people) for the whale watching. But after speaking to others who have done same whale watching trip, Ann changed to the Zodiac (which holds 12 people). It is a smaller,
faster boat - the kind they use for sea rescue. JoSo have been nervous ever since this change was made because they were convinced that they were going to be eaten by sharks. Those who do the smaller boat also get a full body suit as the boat does go quite fast and we are in open waters where it can get chilly even on a warm summer day. We looked like we were going on an arctic expedition!
We got very close to humpback whales, a mama and her baby. We also saw dolphins and seals. It was like National Geographic but up close - you know whales are big but when you are right beside them you realize they are HUMONGOUS creatures. Jon sat very still and avoided eye contact with the whales. But he needn't have worried. There is a local shark, Pumpkin (named after the area in which he was found), but we didn't meet any sharks. Sophie however did get attacked by a seagull who was trying to escape the Zodiac and decided to fly straight towards her head. It was nature freaking out the city kids! Dad loved every minute of the ride.
He shared that some of his friends had gone on similar tours but not seen very many things and he felt fortunate to have gotten so close to the whales.
Finished the whale watching and reversed our steps (2 ferry rides) back to the mainland. Dad was feeling tired so he opted to not go to dinner and rest instead. The four of us headed out to Bay of Fundy Restaurant in town. Dinner was expensive (Ann and Jon both had lobster dinners - which again, are not any cheaper here than in Toronto), but good. They had a lobster chowder which was very good so we took some back for dad. We ended the evening with shuffleboard (taught Dad how to play) and a drink in the lobby piano bar. Tomorrow we are off to Peggy's Cove.
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