From the dramatic cliffs, arches and towering pinnacles of northern Cape Breton and Cape Chignecto to the glacial barrens, sheltered waterways and isolated white sand beaches of Prospect and Tangier, for many, our coast is best seen from the water.
For the history buffs - paddle along one of our historic waterfronts, such as Lunenburg, Halifax or Shelburne. Cultural enthusiasts will love chatting with the fishermen unloading their fishing boats in Yarmouth or traversing the waterways of the Mi’kmaq at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site.
Kayaking Tours & Lessons
Our tour operators offer guided excursions, lessons and rentals on all shores of the province for all skill levels. Choose from half-day, full-day, overnight or multi-day adventures to discover seabirds, porpoises, seals and, if you’re lucky, whales, who call our coast home. Explore island-speckled bays, weathered fishing villages, working waterfronts, and unique geological formations.
Paddle our Historic Harbours
Many of the earliest Nova Scotian settlements relied heavily on the ocean and today you will find that many of our historic towns, such as Lunenburg and Shelburne as well as our capital city of Halifax, are situated on large, sheltered harbours. What better way to see a historic skyline than from the water? These calm, sheltered waters are perfect for both novice and experienced kayakers looking for a relaxing, picturesque paddle.
Must-Paddle Sea Kayaking Locations in Nova Scotia
The rugged and diverse coastline of Nova Scotia creates exceptional kayak routes you won’t find anywhere else. Whether paddling through white granite passageways and around islands with white sand beaches and turquoise water, or navigating alongside sheer sea cliffs featuring waterfalls, sea caves and towering arches is what you crave, Nova Scotia is sure to have the adventure for you.
Kayaking Experiences & Packages
Make the most of your paddling excursion by booking a multi-day trip with one of our experienced kayaking tour operators who will show you hidden gems along the way. Choose from a variety of outdoor adventure packages and once-in-a-lifetime experiences featuring guided kayaking trips, with accommodations, meals and access to other must-see attractions in the area.
Paddle our Lakes and Waterways
While paddling Nova Scotia’s seacoast is a must-do for any paddling enthusiast, our tranquil inland lakes and waterways should not be overlooked. Whether you’re looking for a leisurely paddle on an easily accessible route, a multi-day excursion with portage points, or to feel the exhilarating rush of the tidal bore on the Shubenacadie River, you will have plenty of terrific paddling options to choose from in Nova Scotia.
Kayaking Festivals & Events
Whether you’re looking to learn kayaking basics or to hone your skills with some new techniques, you will discover Nova Scotia kayaking events and festivals for all skill levels. Try out new equipment, take part in a variety of activities and workshops, and meet fellow kayakers, all while discovering waterways that only the locals know.