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LaHave, NS, B0R 1C0
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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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The gift of experience

Sarah Hrdlicka

We’re nearing the end of November…the sun sets by 5pm in Nova Scotia, there is ice on the pond in the mornings, all evening activities at home revolve around a toasty wood stove. We have been working steadily this fall, planning for 2019, our sixth season kayaking and paddleboarding on the South Shore. Our planning process includes reflection - What was amazing about this past season? What are our guests telling us they love most about our business? How do we build on our strengths? It also includes time spent playing and improving our skills: kayaking on the Shubenacadie Tidal Bore, surfing new waves, SUP river runs, a yoga teacher workshop in New York, some exciting food pilgrimages and home cooking experiments. Lobster dumplings anyone?

At Cape LaHave Adventures, we craft unforgettable trips and courses because we believe in the worth of experience. In fact it’s a common value all of our guides share. Whether we spend our time paddling, practicing yoga or surfing, we let our passions feed and instruct us on how to offer experiences that are unforgettably awesome. In 2019, we are focusing in on what we are most passionate about. Here’s a preview:

Multiday Tours

We’ve been pleasantly surprised that our longer multiday tours have become our most popular. While there is a perception that people are taking less time to unplug, we’ve found there is still a significant thirst for longer, immersive wilderness experiences. What great news! 

In 2019, we’ll continue to offer our Newfoundland Icebergs & Outports trip. This trip is always a highlight of the season for us - with an opportunity to visit the incredible landscape of the northern coast of Newfoundland at the height of iceberg season. We’re also planning a recon to a second Newfoundland tripping location on the South Coast for 2020 — stay tuned!

Our Epic South Shore trip has continued to be a hit, allowing guests to experience the wide diversity of paddling on the South Shore, from the LaHave Islands, Blue Rocks, Stonehurst and Mahone Bay. We’ll offer two departures this coming season. 

2018 was our first year offering our LaHave Islands Glamping Adventure. We had so much fun with the multiple adventure options this trip affords: kayaking, standup paddling, beach & SUP yoga, hiking and snorkelling. We noticed that with all of the options available on this trip, adding an additional day to the itinerary will let our guests experience it all.  Depending on your schedule, you can now book a 2, 3 or 4 day Glamping Adventure for 2019. 

Isla Coiba, Panama, 2013. We’re excited to return to this biodiversity hotspot this winter to lead several multi-element, soul-soothing getaways!

Isla Coiba, Panama, 2013. We’re excited to return to this biodiversity hotspot this winter to lead several multi-element, soul-soothing getaways!

The multi-element experience of our Glamping Adventure has inspired us to bring the concept into other trips we offer. It feels so good to use your body in different ways, and to experience a place from multiple perspectives! Our 2019 season will kick off with a new multiday offering in tropical Panama. Isla Coiba Recharge will let you experience this incredible part of the world through kayaking + SUP + snorkelling + hiking + yoga. There’s also an option to add a surf camp to round out the experience, with local legend Michael Mckenzie. This winter getaway has us itching to trade our wetsuits for rash guards and soak it up! 

Simplify

This is just the preview - we’ll have more exciting news about our 2019 day tour and course offerings for you soon. In order to focus on offering you the best paddling adventures, we have decided to simplify for 2019 and close our second location in Mahone Bay. We’ve enjoyed our Mahone Bay shop, but after three years on Main Street, we feel that we no longer need our town location to help us reach you, our fellow ocean-loving adventurers. We’ve had some fun moments of fame this past year in the LaHave Islands: we’ve been featured in Outside Magazine and the Guardian, we’re part of a reality travel show on Amazon Prime, and CBC keeps dropping by. There’s a buzz - the experiences we’re offering are world class. Seek us out and you won’t be disappointed!

Sarah will continue to offer both multiday and day tours with beach yoga, to help you stretch out your paddling muscles, and get the most from your adventures.

Sarah will continue to offer both multiday and day tours with beach yoga, to help you stretch out your paddling muscles, and get the most from your adventures.

While much of the world gears up for Black Friday and holiday shopping, remember it’s is not about fancy gear or the latest high tech gadgets. Sure, quality gear can enhance your experience - and we pride ourselves in keeping our equipment in top shape - but what are you doing with your gear? How are you spending your recreation time? That’s what you will remember and treasure. Let’s make this season about presence not presents. But of course, if you’d like to give the gift of an awesome paddling experience, we won’t object :)

Enjoy the holidays and see you in 2019!

Sarah, Scotty and the Cape LaHave Adventures Crew








Chignecto and the Bay of Fun-dy!

Sarah Hrdlicka

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!

Bay of Fundy Spring Preview

Sarah Hrdlicka

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.

 

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!