Nova Scotia is a kayaker’s dream vacation destination. With thousands of kilometres of winding coastline, and hundreds of rivers, lakes, islands and secluded coastal inlets, many areas of the province offer great kayaking, from novice to expert level, with or without guides.
Sea Kayaking in Nova Scotia, Canada
Sea kayaking is one of the best ways to explore Nova Scotia’s picturesque coastline. From the dramatic cliffs of Cape Breton to the gentle coves and inlets around Mahone Bay, sea kayakers will find plenty to reward their efforts, including isolated beaches, rich marine life, and even sea caves.
For beginner, or intermediate kayakers, kayak tour companies offer guided tours, courses, kayaking lessons, rentals and equipment, in most parts of the province.
Many kayak tour companies offer exciting half day, full day, and overnight adventures to remote ocean islands, or other natural attractions.
Nova Scotia Locations for Experienced Kayakers
One of the beauties of kayaking in Nova Scotia is that just a few minutes of paddling can take kayakers into remote areas rarely seen by other vacationers. More experienced kayakers can find exciting routes along the ocean shore, or inland.
In some coastal areas, kayakers can paddle out to remote islands where they can wake up to the sound of seals barking nearby. In other areas paddlers can explore hidden caves, or sea kayak the world’s highest tides in the Bay of Fundy.
Kayaking at Nova Scotia’s National and Provincial Parks
With water access available at most of Nova Scotia’s National and Provincial Parks
, access to kayaking locations in Nova Scotia is never far away. Some of the inland routes paddled today have been used for hundreds of years, following a network of remote but well-worn inland trials and portages including heritage rivers and traditional Mi’kmaq routes.
Cape Breton Kayak Locations, Tours and VacationsCape Breton Island kayaking locations
offer challenging adventure for kayak enthusiasts. With some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world, its rugged coastline is perfect for adventurous kayakers. In the words of Sir Alexander Graham Bell: "I have seen the Canadian Rockies, the American Rockies, the Andes and the Alps and the Highlands of Scotland; but for simple beauty, Cape Breton outrivals them all."