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“Biology made fun!”
Review of GAEL Tours

GAEL Tours
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Bay of Fundy, Digby, Nova Scotia. Stones, Steeples, Ships, and Seafood Tour: Experience Digby’s historic streetscapes and the culture of an active fishing community. Sample fare from the sea as we stroll the waterfront.Plankton, Periwinkles and Predators Tour:Explore the spectacular rocky shore while we take a close-up view of the flora and fauna and discover the effects of the giant tides of Fundy.
Reviewed 15 August 2014

After a morning whale watching tour (arranged by Greg), we joined him on the shores of the Bay of Fundy for an afternoon of fun and discovery. Greg is a former science teacher who knows how to engage people and make the science come alive. My children (ages 10 and 7) loved it, which I had fully anticipated, what I didn't anticipate was how much my husband and I would enjoy it as well. Greg has a contraption rigged up so that you can collect plankton, he has microscopes to get a clearer look at things, and he has enthusiasm about all he teaches. He encourages tour members to investigate under the sea kelp covering the rocks and make your own discoveries. We found barnacles, periwinkles, dog whelks, sponges, mussels, and crabs. We even had a seal watching us for a while. Greg begins by explaining that everything is alive and shows how all the creatures interact to maintain balance in the eco-system. The plankton that is collected at the beginning was eventually fed to barnacles in a tidal pool at the end. He showed us sea anemome and explained that they will eat the periwinkles. Guess what my daughter did? It was a science class come alive. I would wholeheartedly recommend this tour for children, adults, families or anyone with a desire to learn. Wear long sleeves and no-slip shoes and enjoy!

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GAELTours, Owner at GAEL Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2014

I greatly appreciate the nice review. Your youngsters and their curiosity sure made my day. I'm glad the adults enjoyed the experience too. Many thanks for all the photos!

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Reviewed 23 July 2014

This was such an interesting and informative tour about life on the rocky shores of the Bay of Fundy. Greg was so easy going and explained away about the plankton and periwinkles. The area you explore is like none other. Sea kelp covered rocks that you climb over (wear hiking boots or rubber boots that won't slip) We even ate sea lettuce. Our two teens loved this, but my husband loved it the most!

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GAELTours, Owner at GAEL Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2014

Thanks so much for the nice review. We had a great day on the shore with cooperating plankton, green crabs and barnacles! Your family's enthusiasm helped make the day!

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Reviewed 8 July 2014

Greg allowed our whole family to discover the mysteries of the Fundy intertidal zone. Our children, 3, 5 and 7, had an incredible time, and so did we!

Thank Stephan W
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GAELTours, Owner at GAEL Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2014

It was an absolute delight to interact with your family on our Plankton, Periwinkles and Predators experience! Everyone was so engaged and interested. The couple that was also on the tour remarked how the youngsters really made their day! Thanks for the nice review!

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Reviewed 1 September 2013

Took advantage of the Shore and Whale watch tour listed the Gael Tours website. Day started with a Whale Watch with Petit Passage Whale Watch tours and Greg decided to come along for the trip to have a chance to get to know his group better. Felt like we had our own personal guide along and the whales and dolphins did not disappoint.
Package continued with lunch at the Petit Passage Cafe where we enjoyed a delightful meal (with recommendations from Greg).
Greg made arrangements to meet us later in the day in Digby but left us with some tips as to what best to explore along the drive back to Digby (about 45 min from East Ferry to Digby). Very relaxed journey as lingered over ice cream and took side trips to Sandy Cove.
Met up with Greg as planned and joined another family for a trip to Point Prim. Glad to have sturdy shoes as we climbed down the shoreline to areas previously covered by water when the tide was in. We happened to be visiting on a full moon so even more of shore exposed.
Greg very knowledgeable and you can tell he thoroughly enjoys sharing the treasures of the area. Our family had teenagers in tow who enjoyed getting into the hunt for living crabs and star fish but have to admit that having smaller children along made for great questions. Greg very much a teacher, not a lecturer so you get drawn into exploring and caretaking what the sea leaves behind.
This was our last day in NS and so glad we found this activity to wrap up a trip of a lifetime for our family. Thanks Greg!

1  Thank Jakeez
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GAELTours, Owner at GAEL Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2013

Thank you for the very nice review. What a great day we had! I very much enjoyed the opportunity to meet your family and share the wonders of the Bay of Fundy with you. From plankton to whales, it was a memorable time!

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Reviewed 29 August 2013 via mobile

We had such a great tour with Greg. It was just my boyfriend and me. It happened to be a very foggy day so the lighthouse was blaring. That just added to the atmosphere. What a fun time we had and boy did we learn a lot! Highly recommended for all ages. Wear sturdy shoes and be prepared to climb all over the rocks and slippery seaweed.

3  Thank Jennifer B
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GAELTours, Owner at GAEL Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2013

We really appreciate the nice review! It sure was foggy at the start, but what a day it turned out to be. I enjoyed showing you the wonders of a Bay of Fundy rocky shore. Lots of plankton in the net, a green crab showing a regrown claw, cooperative barnacles and the coastline revealed as the foggy veil lifted. Thanks for choosing GAEL Tours!

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