Paddling Routes

Nova Scotia is a paddler’s paradise. There are hundreds of inland lakes, rivers and streams to explore. Most are accessible, but just a few paddle strokes puts you into areas of the province rarely traveled. The fishing and hunting tradition in Nova Scotia has created a web of portages and trails. Look at Inland routes for some suggestions. You will find links to inland paddling route maps produced by the province, as well as other on line resources to help you plan your trip.

Nova Scotia’s coastline is a wealth of coves, headlands, beaches and islands just waiting to be explored by canoe or sea kayak. Look at Coastal Routes for some suggestions.

Some of Nova Scotia’s rivers offer good whitewater paddling opportunities. There is a small but enthusiastic ww Kayaking fraternity that paddle regularly throughout the year. is a good resource for information on locations and conditions. We also have some very good Atlantic coastal surf for those who enjoy the sport of kayak surfing.

CKNS promotes safe boating through a combination of skills training, proper preparation and equipment. We strongly support the proper use of personal floatation devices (PFDs). These should be worn whenever a paddler gets into a boat.

Nova Scotia allows camping on crown land and in designated wilderness areas without cost; however, much of Nova Scotia is privately owned. Please ask permission before crossing or camping on private land.  Please practice No Trace Camping.

We have published route information in 2 sections: Inland Canoe Routes and Coastal Routes

Here is a listing of many Public Water Access In Halifax Region