SET­TING SAIL

New har­bour tour ex­cur­sion launches.

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Two broth­ers who grew up on the ocean have added boat tours of Yarmouth har­bour to their ex­ist­ing busi­ness.

Cap­tain Lu­cien LeBlanc and his brother Si­mon have op­er­ated the pop­u­lar Tus­ket Is­land Tours since 2014.

Si­mon, a school­teacher as well as a tal­ented mu­si­cian, will be pro­vid­ing the tours of Yarmouth har­bour un­til mid-Septem­ber.

Pas­sen­gers will hear about lo­cal water­front busi­nesses, in­clud­ing IMO Foods, which he toured re­cently, in ad­di­tion to other lo­cal land­marks, ship­wrecks, Frost Park, Parker Eakins and Kil­lam’s Wharf, Gan­net Rock, Green Is­land and more.

He says he’s look­ing for­ward to show­ing pas­sen­gers Yarmouth viewed from the wa­ter.

“In Wedge­port we have lob­ster-fish­ing boats. Here I get to show peo­ple way more, whether it’s scal­lop fish­ing boats, her­ring sein­ers and other ves­sels in­volved in the fish­ing in­dus­try,” he said.

Pas­sen­gers will learn how to haul a lob­ster trap and see the process that lob­ster fish­er­men go through.

There will also be a “bluenose” cer­e­mony to ini­ti­ate visi­tors. Si­mon will chalk their nose blue and they’ll be in­vited to down a shot size of Iron­works Bluenose rum. Each per­son will re­ceive a cer­tifi­cate printed with a rhyming dia­logue writ­ten by Si­mon.

On Wed­nes­day evenings, at the end of the tour, there will be a lob­ster sup­per on a Yarmouth Bar dock for an ad­di­tional fee.

The meal is a part­ner­ship be­tween Yarmouth Aca­dian Shores Tourism As­so­ci­a­tion, Tus­ket Is­land Tours and T &W cater­ing. High­land dancers will en­ter­tain and Si­mon will play his guitar.

“We’re tar­get­ing tourists that want to have the Nova Sco­tia ex­pe­ri­ence of hav­ing a lob­ster sup­per on the shore,” he said.

De­pend­ing on the size of the group, either a lob­ster-fish­ing boat or smaller, deep-sea fish­ing boat will be used for ex­cur­sions.

Pri­vate tours, ed­u­ca­tional class trips and deep-sea fish­ing char­ters are also avail­able.

Har­bour tour guide Si­mon LeBlanc is also a tal­ented on-board mu­si­cian. He sings a song while docked at the wharf.

Boat tours pro­vide an en­tirely dif­fer­ent as­pect of the water­front and a mem­o­rable ad­ven­ture.

Si­mon LeBlanc of Yarmouth Har­bour Tours helps pas­sen­gers aboard.

Ac­tiv­ity was un­der­way on the Lady Denise ll on May 8 as Yarmouth Har­bour Tour pas­sen­gers mo­tored past.

The his­tory be­hind the Bean House, on the west side of the har­bour, is one of many sto­ries told on the har­bour tour.

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