Earlier this month we had the pleasure of guiding a three day multi-day trip in the Bay of Fundy, along the shoreline of Cape Chignecto Provincial Park. This seldom visited coastline features the highest cliffs on the mainland of Nova Scotia, impressive sea stacks and rock spires, sea caves, and of course the incredible tides of the Bay of Fundy. In addition to the unique geology, the coastline has a rich history. From our camp at Refugee Cove where we found evidence of an old mill, we hiked up to French Lookout, where the Acadians kept a watchful eye out for British ships. All in all, a fascinating coastline to explore. Many thanks to all of those who joined us for a great adventure!
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Here are some pictures from our 14 day trip in the Northeast coast of Newfoundland this spring. What a trip! We explored the protected waters of Dildo Run, and then circumnavigated New World Island. We threaded our way in and out of protected waters as we made our way around, paddling through a number of narrow straights or tickles (our favourite: Gut Tickle). We then concluded our trip with a few days in the beautiful Bay of Exploits. We paddled through history (both Beothuk and European), and watched as countless icebergs drifted our way from Western Greenland, riding the Labrador current. The Northeast coast and it's people are truly incredible! We had great travelling companions who enjoyed our shock at all of the jokes about Nova Scotians that we learnt from the islanders. We made a few new friends who promised to visit us in Nova Scotia...if they run out of gas on the way to Toronto! Ha! Thank you all for a fantastic time. We'll be back!
We just got back from an early spring trip around Cape Chignecto, in the Bay of Fundy. We had big tides, incredible cliffs & waterfalls, beautiful camping, good food and great laughs. What an amazing place to paddle! We're looking forward to returning to guide a three day trip here in mid June.
We've made our way back to the northern hemisphere again. We're on opposite coasts at the moment - Sarah has returned east to prepare for the coming Cape LaHave Adventures season and Scott has headed west to work another adventure therapy progamme with Coastline Challenges. We're looking forward to reuniting for our new Maritime adventures soon. We'll kick it off with in late May with an epic 14 day sea kayaking expedition in Newfoundland, followed by a 3 day trip in the Bay of Fundy along the stunning Chignecto coastline (check out our Guided Sea Kayak Multi-Day Tours for more info, and let us know if you'd like to join us!). After that we'll back in the swing of things in the LaHave Islands again, in mid-June.
It's going to be a busy and exciting season, so we thought should take the time now to look back through some photos from last season in the LaHave Islands. There were so many amazing moments in just one season! Things were so busy that we didn't have a chance to share any of our trip photos from our multi-day tour late last August. What a great group of people! What a great trip! See you on the water!
En route to guiding in Antarctica this year, we took two weeks to explore the northwest of Argentina. In the provinces of Salta & Jujuy, we soaked up the heat of the desert and mountains before heading into the ice. The landscape blew us away – cacti the size of trees and a truly magical pallet of minerals and stone, eroded into jagged scalloped mountaintops. We convened with the locals & llamas for Christmas. In fact we stayed for as long as possible, before having to gun it down to Ushuaia several thousand kilometers to the south. It’s not good to miss the boat! Now it’s off to a different kind of desert to ring in the New Year. We’ll try to keep the photos coming & keep you up to date about our 2015 offerings. Hope you enjoy!
Sarah & Scott
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:
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