On our Research Vessel "Double Hookup
each tour benefits from an experienced, bilingual guide and researchers from Dalhousie University. It is fully narrated with information about sea life and local history. Our researchers will be more than happy to answer any questions regarding their studies. On board the zodiacs, you have the pleasure of having your captain as your guide since you are not required to have an extra crew.
Since 1994, Mark, Tina and there family of 3 children
have owned and operated Capt Mark's Whale & Seal Cruise and their success rate is one of the highest in the world
Capt Mark Timmons
is a 3rd generation lobster fisherman, having more than 30 years experience on the sea. Capt Mark is a certified Small Craft Master as of 1994, has Marine Emergency Duties 2 certification, First Aid and you can be confident to know he is also a Rescue Scuba Diver.
Capt. Gilles Chiasson
has been a whalewatch captain for over 23 years. He has been part of our team since 2002. Aside from being french acadian (fully bilingual), Capt. Gilles is also a certified Small Craft Master, has Marine Emergency Duties 2 certification, and First Aid. Capt Gilles' love of driving does not limit him to boats, he has a passion for motorcycling around the Cabot Trail as well.
Capt. Ron Fraser
has been driving our zodiacs since 2007. Capt Ron is certified as a Small Craft Master for our zodiacs, Marine Emergency Duties and First Aid. He joins us in July and August only because he has to do a daily trek over the mountains as the local school bus driver for the remaining months of the year.
Our Bilingual Guide
Although Ben Timmons has been our official tour guide since 2015, he is no stranger to whale watching mostly because he's Capt. Mark & Tina's son. He has watched whales and been part of Capt Mark's experience all his life. He is currently in his 1st year of university pursuing his studies in Computer Science at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS.