Sea Visions Sailing

by Paul on January 20, 2010

in Blog

See Whales by Sail along the coast of beautiful eastern Cape Breton

Incredible coastal vistas provide the backdrop to the abundant sea life found in the north Atlantic, featuring
whales, seals and many other possibilities. You never know what may come up ‘out of the blue’!

Sea Visions has been providing ‘Whales by Sail’ since 1992. Operated by the MacKinnon family, lifelong residents of Ingonish, the white schooner sails have become a fixture along this coast. The knowledgeable and competent staff will ensure your voyage of
exploration will be a safe and entertaining one.

Sail aboard the 73 foot square topsail schooner Avon Spirit, the largest whale watching vessel on Cape Breton Island, and explore this beautiful coast as our ancestors did in the early 1800s. We do motor out of Ingonish Harbour every tour (under full sail!), however as soon as we reach sufficient wind we turn off the motor and let nature provide the power for the remainder of the voyage.
• 3 tours daily at 10am, 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm
• no noise
• no fumes
• Dept. of Transportation approved
• 2 1/2 hours of fun and excitement
• minimum 6 adults or $200
• Maximum 35 passengers (0-4 year olds count!)
• Weather permitting (yes, we go if it is raining but not if it is too rough out there!)


Sea Visions are located near the south end of the Ingonish just a few hundred yards south of our local ski hill, which is visible from most of the community.

Rates taxes included
Adults: $35 (taxes included)
Children: 5-11 $17.50 0-4 free, must be included in reservations
Seniors: $32
Family Rate: 4 or more of immediate family over 11 years: 15% discount
Group Rates: 6 people or more (5 years and older): 15% discount

Private Tour:
• to July 7 $699
• July 8- August 23 $799
• August 24- late September $699

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Cara August 5, 2011 at 12:48 pm

How can I contact Sea Visions to book a tour?

paul August 5, 2011 at 1:03 pm


SeaVisions Whale Watch isn’t running this year. You can call us regarding Fiddlin Whale Tours, Oshan and Zodiac Adventures (the first two are off “big steel fishing boats” and the third off a zodiac speed boat). Call 902 929 2584 for more info.

Jan May 6, 2012 at 7:48 am

Will Sea Visions be sailing in 2012? We are visiting Cape Breton in August.

paul May 6, 2012 at 8:54 am

Dear Jan,

Thanks for your note asking about Sea Visions. It was not sailing due to repairs. I will inquire and see if the situation has changed (we hope so; it’s a good whale tour). If interested we also recommend Oshan Whale watch and there’s an article and video on under “Captain Cyril Fraser” in our blog at The coastline between Bay St. Lawrence, Meat Cove and Pollets Cove is also outstanding and you’ll see eagles and seals and sometimes dophins and sea birds, besides the whales…I’ll write you an email with more detail…

Eddie June 12, 2012 at 12:08 pm

How’s going for the repairs? Will it be running when we visit Cape Breton this July…

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