We’re packing up and shipping out, after a season of paddling in the LaHave Islands and throughout the North Atlantic. There wasn’t a dull moment this year. Although the snow was still pilled high when Sarah returned to LaHave in April, it wasn’t long before she was out paddling the icy shorelines as winter gave way to a late spring. Then it was off to Cape Chignecto on the Bay of Fundy for a reconnaissance trip with some good paddling friends. Scott returned from a month long trip in BC in May and two days later he was on the road again, as we headed north for a 14 day expedition to Newfoundland’s Northeast coast. We covered over 101 miles of coastline in total and lost track of the sheer number of icebergs we encountered.
In our incredible backyard archipelago, our day-trips were more popular than ever this summer, and the seals more numerous as well! We’re thrilled that word seems to have spread about the beauty and accessibility of kayaking in the LaHave Islands, and we feel exceptionally privileged to help visitors and locals to enjoy being on the water here. We had more requests for full day and multi-day trips this season too, as well as sea kayak and yoga adventures. The Paddle Canada courses were a splash too with lots of great folks coming to get into sea kayaking for the first time, or to improve their skills.
Our sunset paddles were also more popular than ever. We spent a record number of calm magical evenings on the water with delighted guests from all over the map. We had visits from fellow kayakers, John and Brisa, from Spain who invited us to come join them at Pagaia – a sea kayak symposium along the Costa Brava in Spain. We also were visited by the Mike Evin and his band while they were on tour. After a great paddle and a refreshing swim, Scotty’s band, More Please! played a show with Mike at the Company House in Halifax.
It’s wonderful to see that increasing numbers of people are interested in taking the time to unplug and immerse themselves in the sea life of the LaHave Islands area, be it for an evening, a day or a long weekend.
Autumn has brought some northerly winds; leaves are turning and the wild cranberries are ripe. We’ve been enjoying the bounty of our new vegetable garden (fed by the local seaweeds of course!), along with treats from the sea. This month we hosted our last community paddle of the season along with a BBQ potluck and oyster shuck. Despite the high winds and cooler temps, folks came out and helped us shuck 200 of Nova Scotia’s finest oysters. We feasted on seasonal dishes that everyone contributed and warmed ourselves around the fire as the party continued on into the crisp, clear night.
We’re still buzzing from all the fun, but alas it’s already time to wash our gear and put it away for the season. Then on to the task of packing our bags for 2 1/2 months in Antarctica and two weeks in Argentina. Hmm - a couple of t-shirts, bathing suits, long johns & a balaclava should do…!
We are already excited for next season with trips dates already planned for the Bay of Exploits, Newfoundland, as well as multi-day trips, day trips and Paddle Canada instruction in the LaHave Islands. New for 2016 will be Stand-Up-Paddleboarding (SUP) and a full-day guided Hike & Paddle. Make sure you subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date and don't miss our sales! Please excuse any tardy replies for the next few months, as we will be on the high seas of the Southern Ocean until Febuary.
All the best and happy paddling,
Scotty and Sarah