Cape Chignecto Adventure (3 days) By Nova Shores Sea Kayaking
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Cape Chignecto is regarded as THE paddling destination in Nova Scotia by the sea kayaking crowd. Yet, it's little known outside the kayaking world, which adds to its charm.
The Cape Chignecto Adventure is the ultimate sea kayaking wilderness experience as you paddle the whole length of the namesake provincial park, including rounding the dramatically exposed Cape Chignecto.
We put in at the same spot as the day tour, but go further and paddle the park's majestic coastline for 2-3 hrs until we reach the secluded bay of Seal Cove. Here, we'll relax on the beach, have lunch, and set up camp. In the afternoon, you have the option of hiking up the escarpment to Green Point (1 h return) for magnificent vistas back to the Three Sisters and across the Bay to Fundy National Park, or you could go out kayaking again with your guide to float among the seals. You land again for dinner on the beach facing west - perfect for the sunset. The tides change the scenery dramatically, and it is great to spend a whole tidal cycle by the Bay - have the water almost lapping at your tent's doorstep and wake up to a huge beach with quite a walk to the water's edge.
On the second day, further exploring along Chignecto's western shore is in the cards. When the tide is right and the currents have eased off, we round the spectacularly exposed Cape Chignecto that gave the park its name. The coastline gets even more grand here, with Nova Scotia mainland's highest cliffs, Devil's Slide, and views of Isle Haute and Cape d'Or. We're headed for Refugee Cove, named for the hide-out it provided for Acadians fleeing the English in 1755, for another night spent in a truly romantic setting. The picturesque cove is guarded by Old Sal, a bulky sea stack named after a local legend.
Day three will have us see perhaps some curious seals, zebra-striped rock faces, a huge granite arch, and a waterfall tumbling off the cliffs into the sea. This can be a welcome refresher on a hot day! Soon, the roofs and church towers of Advocate Harbour will come into view, and the red rocks that mark the southern park entrance are visible from afar. We'll land happy and relaxed in West Advocate around 2-3 pm.
On all tours, we provide healthy, tasty & carefully prepared meals. Most ingredients are either home-grown in our garden, home-baked, or provided by the local fishermen.
We usually take our guests on tour in double kayaks as the conditions on the Bay can change quickly and the immense tides can create some extra challenges. The doubles are stable yet sporty, long sea kayaks that leave each paddler enough space to paddle even if they shouldn't be in sync.
We provide all gear but sleeping bags. Guests can bring their own or rent one from us for CA$20. We also provide 2 medium sized dry bags for your personal gear and sleeping bag, and will provide a packing list.
Full payment is due upon booking.