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Nova Scotia: A Sea-Kayak Camping Tour on the Outer Islands, Canada

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 5 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 12 people
Destination(s): Nova Scotia  
Specialty Categories: Canoeing/Kayaking/Rafting  
Season: July - September
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1495 Canadian Dollar (CAD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1495 Canadian Dollar (CAD)

Paddle through the myriad islands and intriguing coastlines of Mahone Bay and St. Margaret’s Bay, including some exciting traverses between beautiful Nova Scotian headlands, with stops at dreamy, deserted islands perfect for summer exploration. You will explore many miles of coastline, and might wonder how this island-peppered stretch of Nova Scotia’s South Shore has remained so untouched. Fish shacks decorate parts of the shore, and the maze of islands offshore is so much fun to navigate that in places you can play hide and seek among them. Seals, whales, and many species of birds and fish call the area home. You will stop for lunch or the night on unique islands, each with its own attractions. One is tiny with pebble beaches and little lagoons, one is huge with a peak high enough to reward you with fabulous views, and the others are home to colonies of seabirds whose nesting is a spring highlight, and where summer brings an abundance of wildflowers and wonderful beachcombing. The sailing ketch “Sea Wench” may attend your campsite to serve dinner at anchor, and can serve as a safety boat for the open water crossings. It is also available to carry the trappings necessary for comfortable camping and elaborate dinners, without the need to cram everything into and onto your kayak! This adventure will reward your sense of simple joy with cozy beachfront campsites, starry skies, and intimate evenings in wild and fantastic settings! Come and see why we call this paradise our home!

Day 1: 5 km/3 miles - 15 km/9 miles.
Optional transfer from Halifax is available, otherwise meet at 10:00 in Hubbards for a transfer to the start of kayaking near Lunenburg. Two hours of paddling takes you to your first camp in a beautiful island setting, followed by exploration at Hell Rackets, where the scouring of winter storms contributes to the beachcombing, beautifully worn pebbles, and ancient summer beauty of this collection of islands and reefs. The summer weather makes them a playground for seals and you! Includes: (L), (D).

Day 2: 6 km/4 miles - 16 km/10 miles.
Traverse the mouth of Mahone Bay – a 5 km open water paddle through water frequented by whales and seals, to Big Tancook, Little Tancook, and Flat Islands. The Tancooks are inhabited, and will give you a glimpse into island outport life – a daytime cultural indulgence between two wilderness evenings. Your grassy island campsite is on a sheltered bay in a beachcomber’s paradise. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 3: 19 km/12 miles.
Follow the headlands of the Aspotogan Peninsula, stopping at an abandoned whaling station, a beach park, a salmon farm, a sea cave, and several islands on your way into St. Margaret’s Bay. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 4: 10 km/6 miles - 20 km/13 miles.
A traverse across the mouth of St. Margaret’s Bay will take you to Peggy’s Cove – famous for its lighthouse and artist shops. You can have lunch there then return to the solitude of your kayak for the paddle (usually) downwind, past Indian Point Lighthouse and Anne Murray’s Beach to an island sheltered coast. One of the biggest islands, which frequently reminds us of the Greek islands because of its steep shores and stupendous views over the blue sea, will give you hours of exploring while we prepare your well-earned, delicious dinner feast. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 5: 7 km/4 miles - 10 km/6 miles.
Paddle around your island beneath cliffs of granite, then across the open bay to watch for whales. Finish at the our boathouse, where you will have a private lunch before an optional yoga session or massage, and an afternoon transfer to Hubbards. Optional transfers to Halifax are also available. Includes: (B), (L).

Supplemental Tour Information:
- Start: Hubbards 10:00 day one. Optional transfer from Halifax, $25pp
- Finish: Hubbards 14:00 day five. Optional transfer to Halifax, $25pp

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

- Guided Cost: $1495 (per person, includes 5 days, 4 nights camping, all meals from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 5, seakayaking equipment, tent and sleeping pad, guiding and cooking, support boat). Just bring your own sleeping bag, clothing, and personal items. Wetsuits available $60.

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