That was a truly great, great vacation. Thank you so much!

Gunner Dietz,
Pulheim, Germany















"Our five days were superb and we weren't nearly ready for the trip to be over.
We will be back to paddle with you again."

Laura Moorehead

















"A fantastic trip: great food, wonderful scenery and delightful company. All the staff were extremely friendly."

Karen Chen











"The organisation of the food was amazing and so very, very good. Those home baked cookies and cakes made the trip even better."

Bob Archer
Amherst, MA











"I really appreciated your efforts to give us an appreciation of the natural history of the coast"

Joe Hermolin
Madison, WI















Notre Dame Bay (NL)

Isle Madame (NS)



 Nova Scotia


3 Day Tour Dates: July 1-3, 15-17, July 30-Aug 1, Aug 13-, 27-29
5 Day Tour


July 1-5, July 30-Aug 3, August 27-31
  Fee: $1025 Cdn*
Departure:   Coastal Exploration Centre, Tangier, Nova Scotia

Only an hour from metropolitan Halifax, along Nova Scotia’s ragged Eastern Shore, lies a fascinating and largely forgotten archipelago of wilderness islands. These isolated outposts of beach, bog, barren and forest have retained their pristine nature, changing little since Samuel de Champlain France sailed among the islands of the Eastern Shore in 1607. He was the first European to chart this rugged and indented coastline. His original name of this section, “Baye de toute Isles”, still remains with us today. Recently, the Nova Scotia Nature Trust has launched a campaign to preserve this unique natural heritage for future generations.
During our 3-5 day tours we will journey among this exceptional island group as we interpret it’s unique biology, geology and human history. Our meandering path will take us to seabird colonies and seal haul-outs, along sand beaches and under exposed cliffs, and into idyllic hidden coves where few other vessels dare to venture. This is a sea kayaking tour for both beginners and families, as well as the inquisitive expert.

Read a paddling article on the Atlantic Coastal Islands.

Read about the 100 Wild Islands Campaign









When an early Africa collided against North America millions of years ago, unimaginable forces opened the earths crust to the molten magma from deep below. Massive granite domes were formed and then pushed to the surface. During this six day tour we will discover the most isolated coastal region of the province with its stark and compelling landscape where huge glacial erractics are perched in strangepositions over the denuded landscape. The uninhabited coastal islands shelter our passage from the open ocean. This is a memorable journey.

For more photos of this tour check our Photo Gallery

Dates: (5 Day Tour)

August 11-15


$1195 Cdn*


Charlos Cove, Nova Scotia




For three to seven days we will paddle under the shadow of the Cape Breton Highlands, on the northern tip of the province, where imposing rock formations flank the Precambrian granite of the highlands, and sea caves and spires adorn the route. Ragged and precipitous cliffs isolate the shoreline rendering this route one of the most inaccessible in Nova Scotia. The narrow, steep valley and gullies, interrupted by waterfalls lead up to the barren plateau with its panoramic view of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Bald eagles nest on cliff ledges and are a common sight soaring high on the updrafts. Seals abound and we will often accompany pilot whales as they feed on the migrating mackerel and squid. This is one of the most spectacular sea kayaking areas in North America.
Read an article on the Cape Breton Highlands.

3 Day Tour Dates: July 30-August 1, August 20-22
Fee: $795Cdn*
5 Day Tour Dates: July 30-August 3, August 20-24
  Fee: $1350 Cdn*
7 Day Tour Dates: July 30-August 5
  Fee: $1850 Cdn*
Departure: Pleasant Bay, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

THE BAY OF FUNDY (Cape Chignecto)

The Bay of Fundy is renowned for the greatest tides on earth which, when combined with the highest cliffs on mainland Nova Scotia, make for a spectacular sight indeed. Our route follows the boundary of a continental collision that thrust Africa against North America eons ago and has left us with a geological wonderland. We will weave among rock gardens, poke into sea caves and glide under towering spires draped with seaweed far above the kayaks. Dark volcanic basalt caps bright redish sandstones where agate, amythest and jasper await the rockhound. This is where the earliest dinasaurs roamed the planet. It is a remarkable coastline which changes by the minute with the ebb and flow of the Fundy waters, and a unique sea kayaking destination.
Read an article on The Bay of Fundy.


4 Day Tour


July 21-24


$895 Cdn*



West Advocate, Nova Scotia



Just north of Canso, off the southeast tip of Cape Breton Island, lie the islands of Isle Madame and Petit-de-Grat. Away from the beaten track for the tourists heading north to the better-known destinations of the Cabot Trail and Fortress Louisbourg, this is a hidden sea kayaking gem. The islands were visited early on by Basque and Portuguese fishermen but it was the French who were the first Europeans to settle permanently. Although expelled after the fall of Louisbourg they returned shortly afterwards and their descendents remain to this day and retain their language and culture. During our 3 day tour we will explore the southeastern shoreline of this fascinating archipelago, with its diverse geology of loose drumlin cliffs and volcanic bedrock, its sand and cobble beaches, and the remnants of early settlement. Along the way we will visit several lighthouses that still provide guidance for the Acadian fishermen.

3 Day Tour Dates: July 15-17
  Fee: $725* Cdn
Departure:   Arichat, Nova Scotia





Rated #1 by National Geographic’s Traveler magazine of the world's great coastlines for sustainability and authenticity, a journey to the Avalon Peninsula is like going back in time. It’s close-knit communities, strong local culture and unspoiled scenery provide unique insight into an earlier era. During this exploratory journey we will visit the ragged western coastline of Trinity Bay where the isolated cliffs, coves and sea caves have not changed in millennia and will captivate the coastal paddler. We will visit be the abandoned community of Ireland’s Eye and a window on Newfoundland's past when hundreds of remote fishing villages were scattered about the perimeter of the island and were only connected to one another by boat.



Dates: (8 Day Tour)

July 29-August 5


$2250 Cdn*


Corner Brook , Newfoundland



During this exploratory trip we will discover the western edge of Notre Dame Bay and the Bay of Exploits, with its eclectic collection of headlands and harbours, islands and shoals. Some are still populated while others have been abandoned, their settlers long ago migrating to more economically hospitable places. Still others were never inhabited, and remain as they have been for millennia - rugged and isolated outposts, confronting an inhospitable North Atlantic, and home to numerous bird colonies and seal rookeries. Our relaxing pace will take us alongside a meandering coastline where we will be immersed in a natural and cultural history full of surprises. If we are lucky we will encounter the massive icebergs that often drift down this time of the year or the whales that follow the large schools of migrating capelin that seek the gravel beaches to spawn.

Read an new article by Scott from Sea Kayaker Magazine on the Northeast coast of Newfoundland

Dates: (8 Day Tour)

July 9-16


$2250 Cdn*


Botwood, Newfoundland


The rugged shores of Newfoundland, Canada's eastern most province have changed little since the first Europeans arrived over five hundred years ago. During our sea kayaking journey we discover deep fjords with abrupt, barren walls that alternate with the coastal islands to provide a captivating land/seascape. The rugged interior is a mixture of muskeg, glacial ponds and granite outcrops offering splendid hiking opportunities where we will encounter carniferous plants and the woodland caribou. In the isolated outports, which cling tenaciously to the exposed bedrock, we glimpse a threatened way of life as fishermen struggle to maintain their livelihood on a declining resource.
Read an article on the Southwest Coast.

For more photos of this tour check our Photo Gallery.

Dates: (8 Day Tour)

August 8-15


$2250 Cdn*


Burgeo, Newfoundland





In these sea kayaking tours catering exclusively to women, Gayle Wilson, an experienced coastal paddler will lead you among the offshore islands of the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia. You will explore the various points of interest that make this area the paddling gem of the region. During the tour, instruction will also be offered in the various strokes and rescue techniques to those interested in improving their paddling skills.

Dates: July 22-24

Fee: $595 Cdn*

Departure: Coastal Exploration Centre, Tangier, Nova Scotia

Trip Leader: Gayle Wilson: BCU and Paddle Canada Level II Sea Kayak Instructor



Do you have a group with a special destination in mind? Do our dates not coincide with your vacation plans? Or are you looking for a particular focus (e.g., the biology or geology, cultural history, photography, etc)? Perhaps we can organize an itinerary outside our regular schedule. We can run a trip for as few as 3 partipants and as many as 20 and have lead tours for groups of friends, university classes, the military, as well as other outdoor companies. Contact us for suggestions.

* Prices are in Canadian dollars and exclusive of 15% sales tax.

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