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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








2017 on the East Coast... that's a wrap!

Sarah Hrdlicka

It's time. We're rising off salty gear one last time and packing up for the winter.

It's hard to pick out just a few highlights from what was an action packed 2017 season, but a few epic 'firsts' come to mind:

  • We were happy to host SUP River and Tour Instructor Training with Mark Scriver, the first time these courses have been offered in Nova Scotia. Stay tuned for River and Touring skills courses in the future!
  • We led 8 incredible days of kayaking and camping in Bonavista Bay, Newfoundland after the pack ice was too thick in the Bay of Exploits. Luckily Scott knows ice after 5 years of working in Antarctica! We're excited to return to Newfoundland again in 2018.
  • We led a 6 day tour from the LaHave Islands to Mahone Bay with stops in Blue Rocks and Stonehurst. It was so epic, we've added it as a new regular offering for 2018!
  • The South Shore School Board brought 70 grade 8 students sea kayaking for the first time ever, giving local youth a great day on the water in their incredible back yard.

Our regular offerings were busier than ever this season, including our shoreline clean up events that we partnered on as part of World Ocean Day. Our yoga day tour and multi-day escapes in the LaHave Islands also continued to be in demand, with their unique blend of adventure and relaxation, and interest in Stand-up Paddleboarding continued to grow.

We are so grateful for our talented guides. We also want to give a huge thanks to all who came out to paddle with us this year! We are convinced that we have the best jobs in the world, jobs which wouldn't exist without your sense of adventure and love for wild, salty places. As we wrap up our paddling season in Nova Scotia, we are filled with gratitude for your enthusiasm and continued support.

Stay in touch and stay tuned for winter updates...tales from Antarctica, South Shore winter surfing, dogsledding and whatever else our guides get up to. Plus we'll keep you updated about our 2018 offerings. We've got some exciting things in store for you. Don't worry, it won't be long before the Dublin Shore seals are calling to you to come back for a 2018 paddle adventure. 

Happy Fall,

Sarah, Scotty and the Cape LaHave Adventures crew

Sunny Island Times

Sarah Hrdlicka

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!