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About Us

Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick


There's No Substitute for Local Knowledge!

Island Quest Marine is a locally owned and operated family business. Captain Chris comes from a long line of fishermen and boat builders who have safely navigated the waters of the Bay of Fundy for generations.

Growing up in a local fishing village, Chris, lured by a family tradition, spent years scalloping, lobstering, and working in our traditional fishery, the herring weirs. After studying two years of boat building, Chris decided to change gears and head back to the Bay to share his extensive knowledge and love for the ocean aboard a v-hull he purchased and custom finished himself.

You’ll love the unique and authentic stories and demonstrations Chris and his crew will describe on your 2½ to 3-hour ultimate adventure.

a man wearing sunglasses and sitting in a boat on the water

The M/V Island Quest is a new 44′ (13.4 meters) custom-built cruiser that meets and exceeds all Canadian Coast Guard standards. Its design and speed make it one of the fastest and most comfortable tour boats to leave the St. Andrews Harbour. This speed allows us to reach the whale feeding grounds quickly, so we can spend more time observing the whales and marine wildlife and less time getting there. The M/V Island Quest is certified to operate beyond inshore waters and can ensure the highest sighting rate possible! We offer comfortable inside and outside seating, room to move around, an upper deck for optimal viewing, and a washroom facility. Our certified captain and professional guides biologists/naturalists have been certified in MED’s, First Aid and CPR.

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Entertaining, Educational, Exciting!

Our Mission

Island Quest Marine strives to deliver a Bay of Fundy adventure that is highly educational and exciting, and at the same time fosters an environmentally sustainable product that offers respect for our marine wildlife and its habitat.

Setting the Standard for Safe, Responsible, and Educational Whale and Wildlife Cruises  

Island Quest Marine adheres to the Bay of Fundy Whale Watchers Code of Ethics for the protection and preservation of whales and other marine wildlife. We are also a proud Bay of Fundy Recommended Experience, awarded by the Bay of Fundy Tourism Partnership.

Sightings May Include

Finback, Minke, Humpback, and the rare North Atlantic Right whales, seals, porpoise, dolphins, the occasional shark, and bluefin tuna, to name a few.

For the Bird Enthusiast

Bald eagles, puffins, guillimonts, kittiwakes, eiders, gulls, cormorants, auks, shearwaters, blue herons, terns, petrels, gannets, to name a few.

Fully Guided and Narrated

Our friendly captain and crew give expert commentary on the region’s culture, history, and wildlife!

Onboard Touch and Feel Tank

Get up and close with creatures found on the ocean floor of the Bay of Fundy.

Exclusive Features