A Paddler's Paradise
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.
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.
Some of Nova Scotia’s rivers offer good whitewater paddling opportunities. There is a small but enthusiastic whitewater kayaking fraternity that paddle regularly throughout the year. We also have some very good Atlantic coastal surf for those who enjoy the sport of kayak surfing.
Nova Scotia’s coastline faces the open Atlantic, providing some of the best surfing opportunities along the eastern seaboard. Whitewater and sea kayakers have been taking advantage of these breaks all year round. Stoney Beach at Lawrencetown outside Dartmouth provides good access to the point break here. Other locations include Martinique Beach, Cherry Hill Beach and Clam Harbour Beach. To be safe, you should have a good roll and always wear warm clothing and a helmet. Never surf alone and remember to practice good surfing etiquette and wait your turn.
Here are some useful resources for Kayak Surfing in Nova Scotia: