Watching a whale breach the ocean's surface is a breathtaking experience, on par with how a whale feels the first time it sees the Grand Canyon. See these gentle giants at play with today's Groupon: for $32, you get a seaside whale cruise for two from Love Boat Whale Cruises in Cheticamp (up to a $28 value per person; up to a $64.40 total value, including HST). Children younger than 5 board for free.
Licensed captains Daniel Bourgeois and Jean Chiasson lead voyages along the coast of Cape Breton Highlands National Park, where scenic climes bound a playground for whales and other wildlife, including seals, bald eagles, dolphins, and moose. Adventurers journey alongside whales, and the English and French bilingual captains interview the massive mammals on topics such as migratory patterns and the best fast-food plankton franchise. The 2- to 2.5-hour tours shove off from Quai Mathieu, where watery wayfarers board boats supplied with the latest safety equipment and able to hold up to 55 people. The tour schedule plans launches and whale surprise parties at 9 a.m., 1 p.m., and 5 p.m. through September 15 and at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. from September 16 through October 31. Every trip requires a reservation and is subject to at least six passengers booking. Tourists looking to stick around the area can check out the local attractions, including museums or golf, or can head down to the coastline to watch seals exchange high-fives.
Though Love Boat Whale Cruises sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
80 Hache Rd.
Cheticamp, Nova Scotia B0E 1H0