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Sea Kayak Day Tours

An Incomparable Introduction to Sea Kayaking

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COASTAL ADVENTURES will introduce you to the untapped wilderness of the 100 Wild Islands off the Atlantic Coast of Nova Scotia.

During these half day and day long sea kayaking trips our friendly and experienced guides will help you to discover the unique biology, geology and human history of this pristine wilderness far from the summer bustle.

 

From our base in Tangier, along the province's rugged Eastern Shore, we will instruct you in choosing the right type of kayak for you. Several different models, both singles and doubles, will be available. Instruction will be given in the basic paddling strokes and the fundamentals of a safe and enjoyable sea kayaking trip. During our journey we will explore the sheltered offshore islets and islands, and a fascinating world where the land meets the sea.

 

Beginners are welcome and no prior experience is needed.

 
Dates

Inquire about available dates [reservation is required]

 

2022 Fees

Full Day: $130 CDN [$150/person with only two]
(picnic lunch extra $15 - not available during Covid)

Half Day: $85 CDN [$95/person with only two]

 

Location

Coastal Exploration Centre
84 Mason's Point Road
Tangier, N.S.
(85 km/50 miles from Halifax)

 

Duration

Full Day: 9:30 AM - 4:30/5:00 PM
Half Day: 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM; or 1:30 - 5:00 PM

Suggested Clothing
  • Non-slip footwear (which will get wet)

  • Towel, bathing suit

  • Sun hat & glasses

  • Short pants, long pants

  • T-shirt, sweater

  • Anorak / rain jacket

  • Extra clothing / footwear

 

Supplied Equipment
  • Sea kayaks (singles, doubles)

  • Paddles, spray skirts

  • Wet suits, boots, gloves (spring clinics)

  • Life vests

  • Maps, compass

  • Water bottles

  • First Aid and Safety kits

  • Dry bags

  • Paddling Jackets

The 100 Wild Islands

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This narrow band of isolated outposts stretches the entire length of the coastline. There are litterally hundreds, some so tiny that they scarcely breath air at high water; others cover hundreds of acres. Some are carpeted with dense coastal spruce, many are barren, but all have a character and a story of their own.

 

When the Europeans first came to our shores in search of our once abundant cod, they settled along the coast and in many cases on the offshore islands.Although these early settlers have long since departed to the comforts of the mainland, scattered remnants of this other era remain. You will find mostly solitude, though, in a rugged and pristine wilderness far from any crowds, where a winding journey will take you to remote sea bird colonies, over thick kelp beds and into idyllic coves where few other vessels dare to venture. Recently, the Nova Scotia Nature Trust initiated a campaign to preserve this unique archipelago for future generations.

 

Regardless of the weather conditions you can find a sheltered route and an idyllic lunch spot with a juxtaposition of natural and human history, past and present, that creates a compelling mix of experiences

 

Photo opportunities abound. To view some of the scenes that you might encounter during our paddling journey along our shores.

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Destination Day Tours

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We began our day-long Destination Paddles last season for those who had already paddled Tangier Harbour. They were chosen for their unique nature with some having a special biological or geological significance, others illustrating the early history of the shore [lighthouses, settlement, etc], and still others attracting due to the challenge of their remote nature where many would prefer venture out with an experienced guide. 

During the 2022 season we will continue, and build upon, these specialty paddles.