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90 Bells Cove Road
LaHave, NS, B0R 1C0
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(902) 693-2023

Sea kayaking and stand up paddling (SUP) adventures in Nova Scotia and Canada’s North Atlantic Coast. We offer guided day tours in the renowned LaHave Island Archipelago and the Mahone Bay Islands on Nova Scotia’s South Shore. For those who prefer a self guided tour, we also rent kayaks, paddleboards and canoes. We also offer multi-day expeditions in superb locations across Atlantic Canada, as well as outdoor education, yoga, paddling instruction and other custom group programs and tours. Everyone is welcome, no experience is needed!

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Fall reflections

Sarah Hrdlicka

We’ve just returned from a 6-day exploratory canoe trip in the Tobeatic. We crawled down the Shelburne river in low water, harvested wild cranberries, marveled at the fall colours and finally started to take a moment to reflect on what a whirlwind year we’ve had. It was a scramble, from Antarctica to Nova Scotia for our inaugural trip as our new company on the Canada Day long weekend.  After our first successful trip, road signs were erected, friends and family continued to come and go, new clients appeared and somehow we were deep into the swing of the summer tides in no time. In addition to the enthusiasm of our first clients, who chose to take a trip with the new outfitter on the block, we were exceptionally lucky to have the warm welcome of new neighbours, who showered us with food and friendship in exchange for the entertainment we seemed to offered, coming and going in our kayaks.  We shared much fun on the water too, with new paddling friends. We established ourselves as strange floating beasts among the local seal population. The kingfishers, terns, eagles and herons all got to know our voices, and us theirs. Then, almost as quickly as it began, it seemed fall arrived. Summer homes on the islands closed up for the season, and surfers started to drool with the occasional increasing swells. All of a sudden we had emails about booking flights for wintertime work and the leaves started to turn. Taken along the Shelburne River, Nova Scotia:

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Scott is off to BC soon, for another month of tripping with adjudicated youth (yep – you paid to go on a trip with Scott in your vacation time, while others get sentenced to go camping with him. It’s a really fantastic programme – but don’t be fooled, you’re still the lucky ones!). While Scott’s in the bush, Sarah will be attempting her first 10 day Vipassana meditation course. By the time the New Year rolls around we’ll be back on Quark’s Ocean Diamond for another round of Antarctic guiding adventures. While we’ll be physically far at times this winter, we’ll be thinking of Cape LaHave Adventures often, and planning out more excellent trips for the 2015 season. A few exciting things are in the works already….including a 14 day sea-kayak expedition in June. We don’t want to spoil the rest – but do let us know if you have itineraries and dates in mind already for next season. It’s going to be big. It’s going to be epic. It’s going to be the most fun on and in the water yet. We hope to see you there!

Have a great fall & Happy Thanksgiving!

Sarah & Scotty

 

2014 Inaugural Trip!

Sarah Hrdlicka

We just returned from our first 3 day trip with the new fleet of boats! The weather and the company of great people couldn't have been better for the Canada Day long weekend. As we paddled along, we saw osprey & bald eagles around some of the smaller islands, shore birds galore including the piping plover out on Bantam bay, and groups of curious seals around the aptly named Seal Point. It seemed like there was a beautiful sandy beach around every bend, perfect for a snack and swim. The Atlantic was just the right refreshing temp to keep us calm, cool and collected under cloudless summer skys. Our fun was fueled by homemade granola & cookies, and delicious camp cookery including a feast of, pesto, local scallops and ocean-chilled wine. A huge thanks to those who who came along for the maiden voyage! We're looking forward to the next trip with you all. Enjoy the pics!

Summer Countdown

Sarah Hrdlicka

We're packing up our home in Montreal, getting ready for our move to LaHave, Nova Scotia! Summer is in full swing in Quebec already - we had our first dramatic afternoon thundershower of the season today, and the first St. Laurent sidewalk sale is this weekend. Classic Montreal summer. A few friends and family from out east have come to visit. They've arrived pale and wearing sweaters. Although it's a bit selfish, it's been a relief to know that we haven't missed too much seaside sun yet! It's been a whirlwind since we've returned from Antarctica in March. Shortly after we returned home to Montreal, we made a quick dash to Nova Scotia via Maine & New Brunswick. We picked up our kayaks en route, and, full of optimism, we drove right into the midst of an ice storm in search of a home for ourselves and our business on the Dublin Shore.

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Having decided we wanted to live along a 5 km stretch of protected coastline, we weren't really sure what we'd find for living arrangements, but somehow we managed to find a sweet little cape cod, just minutes from protected put-ins. We talked with some future neighbours, put the kayaks in the water and, 30 seconds later, made up our minds.

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Since then, we've been looking forward to our first summer in LaHave from a distance. Scott travelled to BC to lead a 26-day youth justice wilderness expedition for Coastline Challenges. Sarah has been in Montreal for the most part, swimming in paperwork and phone calls, making sure Cape LaHave Adventures is in order and that we're stocked with the only the best gear. Scott re-immerged from the woods & has been busy trying to catch up while also orchestrating the release of The Bounty, the debut album by his band More Please! The Toronto launch last week included a bassoon player, and incredible period pieces from a clothing collector (I don't know. Ask Scott). It's been quite the production & full of amazing friends & family. Montreal, Ottawa & Halifax releases are still to come! Don't miss them!: http://morepleasemusic.ca/?page_id=52

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We've been planning all sorts of workshops, trips & special events for Cape LaHave Adventures this summer. We'll also be trying new ways to get the word out (we have a new monthly newsletter that is really going to be awesome! Subscribe to stay up to date on the fun!). We're going to try to post updates and stories here more often.  Most importantly though, we'll be running guided sea kayaking trips very soon (June 28th at the latest) in one of the most stunning paddling areas either of us has ever visited. We really think you should come visit us this summer, and experience paddling the LaHave archipelago for yourselves. There's a reason we've spent the spring dashing about so Cape LaHave Adventures can become a reality. We know you'll understand when you get on the water with us. Hope to see you this summer!

Southern Seas

Sarah Hrdlicka

We've made our yearly migration south again, to guide trips in Antarctica aboard Quark's Ocean Diamond from November to March. There have been so many highlights - singing Weddell seals, calving glaciers, lunge feeding humpback whales, pods of orcas amongst the ice... Oh, did we mention penguins?! Their chicks are little fluff balls now, getting bigger and more gregarious by the day. Early in the season, before the chicks were hatched, our second expedition took us to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula - some of our favourite places on earth. In the Falklands and South Georgia, we communed with rock hopper penguins, king penguins, nesting black browed albatross, long finned pilot whales, fur seals, and elephant seals and their weaning pups. You could spend a lifetime here and still be captivated by the wildlife. We'll spare you the complete list, but suffice it to say that the incredible diversity and sheer abundance of wildlife of the Sub-Antarctic is parallel to none. The beaches of South Georgia are a wildlife bonanza.

The second trip of the season was exceptional on another account - after a sunny two days of excursions, Scotty launched the new More Please! album The Bounty.  He's playing aboard the Ocean Diamond this season for what might be the first album release tour in Antarctica. Good times on the Ocean Diamond! What more could you need? (The More Please! Canadian launch is happening this spring. Look out!)

We arrived at the Peninsula, where mountains soar above the water's edge, and ice is so abundant that glaciers spill over the tops of peaks. The Antarctic landscape is so humbling and raw - it's a privilege to work in such a magical place.

After eight trips from Ushuaia across the Drake Passage to the seventh continent  and back again, we're currently catching our breaths with a short break. I'm sure we'll have more stories when we return. In the meantime, enjoy the photos!

Maritime Adventures

Sarah Hrdlicka

We had great summer in Grand Manan, New Brunswick and on the South Shore of Nova Scotia. We led sea kayak trips for Kevin Sampson's Adventure High. It was a good year for herring in the Bay of Fundy, which meant a good year for porpoise and minke whale sightings.  It also happened to be a good year for the End of Summer music festival there - Michael Feurstack, Weather Report, Jon McKiel and Paper Beats Scissors played ocean-side on a flatbed trailer-turned stage, in the little festival that could (and did) totally rock. After we had satiated ourselves with dulse and few months of island life, we left to enjoy the warm autumn weather and a feast of fresh mackerel on the South Shore. We took some time off to go kayaking at the Keji Seaside Adjunct, Blue Rocks, the LaHave Islands and many islands in Mahone Bay. The LaHave Islands so thoroughly enchanted us such that we are returning to set up shop there in the new year. We met Joe Laird, the long time kayak tour operator in the area. He recently retired, but he is still filled with enthusiasm about his home. He told us all about the trips he used to run, and showed us some of the fibreglass kayaks he designed and built. He even made kayaks with see-through bottoms, so you could watch the lobsters crawl along the ocean floor!

We returned to our apartment in Montreal in October - but LaHave hasn't been far from our minds. We're looking forward to our return in the new year. For now, it's back to packing though. We return to Antarctica to work for Quark Expeditions in less than a week. Even though it's not our first season, it still feels extraordinary to be traveling to such a remote part of the world while the rest of Canada hunkers down for the quickly approaching winter. But more on Antarctica later....

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Coming Soon!

Sarah Hrdlicka

Cape LaHave Adventures is coming soon! We are in the process of getting everything in order so that we can guide you on Sea Kayak trips of a lifetime starting in 2014.