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)

South Shore (NS)

Isle Madame (NS)



 Nova Scotia


3 Day Tour Dates: July 18-20, Aug 9-11, 22-24
5 Day Tour


July 3-7
  Fee: $995 Cdn*
Departure:   Coastal Exploration Centre, Tangier, Nova Scotia

The ragged shoreline of Atlantic Canada is a diverse collage of rocky harbours, soft beaches, tranquil salt marshes and especially the offshore islands. During these three, five and seven day tours we explore the nooks and crannies of this scenic archipelago far from the summer bustle of the mainland. Our meandering journey will take us to the sea bird and seal colonies, over thick kelp beds and into idyllic hidden coves where few other vessels dare to venture. We will also uncover the vanishing signs of our own transient history when the early Europeans settled on these remote outposts, as close to the water as possible. Nature has reclaimed what is rightly hers in a juxtaposition of natural and human history, past and present, that forms a compelling mix-an ideal sea kayaking tour for both beginners and families as well as the inquisitive expert.
Read a paddling article on the Atlantic Coastal Islands
and one on Shipwrecks along the Eastern Shore.








In 1607 Samuel de Champlain France sailed among the islands of the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia, and 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 and aptly describes the largest concentration of islands, islets and shoals along our entire coastline. During this five day journey we will meander among these outposts visiting bird colonies, sea rookeries and an abandoned light station. We will camp in in remote settings with superb vistas that have changed little since Champlain’s visit over 400 years ago.


3 Day Tour Dates: August 30-September 1
  Fee: $595
5 Day Tour Dates: August 30-September 3
  Fee: $1065
Departure:   Port Dufferin, Nova Scotia





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. (Note: Check our Gourmet Tour which also explores the Canso Barrens).

For more photos of this tour check our Photo Gallery

Dates: (5 Day Tour)

August 16-20


$1175 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: August 1-3, 23-25
Fee: $775Cdn*
5 Day Tour Dates: August 1-5, 23-27
  Fee: $1325 Cdn*
7 Day Tour Dates: August 1-7
  Fee: $1795 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 25-28


$895 Cdn*



West Advocate, Nova Scotia




The ragged shorelines, winding roadways, and colourful villages of the South Shore reflect a maritime history that stretches back to when the Europeans first colonized North America. On this five day journey we leave the summer bustle of the mainland and paddle among the deserted offshore islands, where the cars can't reach and the tourists seldom venture. We will visit the remote light stations and remnants of an island way of life now in the past. Weather and water conditions permitting, we will reach teh Sambro Island lighthosue, the oldest still operating in North America.


5 Day Tour


July 18-22


$1125 Cdn*



Tantallon, 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: August 30-September 1
  Fee: $650* Cdn
Departure:   Arichat, Nova Scotia






Early in the season huge icebergs from the Arctic ice fields often drift along the northern coast of Newfoundland, the world famous "Iceberg Alley". Humpback & Minke whales also arrive, pursuing the large schools of capelin, and the sea bird colonies are bustling. It is truly an extraordinary sight. During this tour we will paddle into the outer reaches of Notre Dame Bay, and among the windswept islands of the Bay of Exploits and then around the Twillilngate archipelago with its rugged coves and steep cliffs, that confront the northern sea. Visited by the Dorset Eskimo over a thousand years ago, these outposts were also the last refuge of the indigenous Beothuk. With the arrival of the Europeans thriving fishing communities developed Today most lay silent, excepting for a lasting, and rich, natural and cultural history.

Read an article on the Northern Coast of Newfoundland.

Dates: (8 Day Tour)

July 10-17


$2195 Cdn*


Twillingate, Newfoundland



We begin this 8 day discovery tour near Corner Brook within the sheltered Bay of Islands, first mapped by Capt James Cook in the 18th century. Afterexploring these isolated outposts we explore a nearby section of the Tablelands that reaches down to the water. This brilliant orange landscape was once part of the earth¹s mantle and was uplifted and exposed during the continental collisions millions of years ago. Highly concentrated with magnesium and iron it is very toxic to most plants leaving a barren landscape that is more similar to Arizona that Newfoundland.
Upon leaving the Bay of Islands we continue up the exposed coast and meander along a fascinating shoreline of shoals and pocket beaches, and waterfalls and sea caves, at the base of the hills that rise over 2000 feet ­ an extension of the Appalachian Mountains. We end our journey at the world-renowned Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Dates: (8 Day Tour)

August 2-9


$2195 Cdn*


Corner Brook , Newfoundland



During this exploratory trip we will discover the western edge of Notre Dame Bay, between Baie Verte Peninsula and the Bay of Exploits, with its eclectic collection of headlands and harbours, islands and shoals. Some are still populated, connected to the mainland by ferries. 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)

June 30-July 7


$2195 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 12-19


$2195 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 25-27

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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