Halifax, Nova Scotia
A four day adventure along the coast of Nova Scotia
This September, join Bolt for a long weekend trip by kayak in beautiful, rugged Nova Scotia. Our active wilderness experience paddles the entire length of rugged Cape Chignecto National Park, including rounding the dramatically exposed Cape Chignecto itself. Each day, we'll spend 3-5 hours paddling safe yet sporty double kayaks.
Novice kayakers and more experienced paddlers alike are welcome to join. The voyage includes wildlife spotting, camping under the stars, opportunities to hike, delicious fireside meals, and much more, in one of Canada's most picturesque environments.
Check out "What We'll Do" for a comprehensive, day by day itinerary.
Day 1: Arrive at Halifax, Nova Scotia airport (YHZ) by 2pm. We'll have transport arranged to reach Advocate Harbor, approximately a 2 hour drive away. After a dinner and orientation, we'll spend the night in comfortable local accommodation in preparation for the next three days of paddling.
Day 2: Starting off bright and early, we'll begin our day with a 2-3 hour paddle of the park’s stunning coastline before reaching Seal Cove and it's secluded bay. Here, we’ll hang out on the beach, eat a delicious lunch, and set up camp. There's still plenty of time to explore; in the afternoon, enjoy a hike to Green Point (approximately 1 h return) for magnificent views down to the Three Sisters formation and across the Bay to Fundy National Park. If you didn't get enough time on the water, you're encouraged to take the kayak out once more with a guide for further exploration.
Whichever afternoon adventure you choose to close out your day, we'll meet back for supper on the beach, facing west into the sunset for an epic dining room view. This part of Nova Scotia is famous for its changing tides, and with the water going in and out, you'll see new real estate within just our short visit here. It's a treat to watch the whole tidal cycle by the Bay. When you go to sleep, you might have the gentle waves almost reaching your tent’s doorstep, then open your eyes in the morning to to a massive beach, with a decent stroll to the water.
Day 3: This day see us further exploring along Chignecto’s western shore. Waiting for the right tide, and the currents to slow, the tide is right, we'll make our way around the majestically exposed namesake Cape Chignecto. The coastline becomes even more stunning here, featuring Nova Scotia highest cliffs, Devil’s Slide, along with glimpses of Isle Haute and Cape d’Or. Our destination is Refugee Cove, a historic hide-out it that gave shelter to the Acadians as they fled from the English in 1755. We'll have plenty of time to set up camp, prepare a meal, and enjoy each other's company under the watchful gaze of Old Sal, a large outcropping of rocks named after a local legend.
Day 4: Our last day on the water will take us past zebra-striped rock faces, a massive arch of granite, a waterfall dropping off the cliffs into the sea, and perhaps even some sea curious seal friends. A dip serves as quite a welcome refresher on a warm day! Before long, the church towers and roofs of Advocate Harbour will start to come into focus, along with the red rocks that mark the southern park entrance. We’ll make our way into West Advocate by 3 pm, before heading back to Halifax. We'll have the afternoon to explore this picturesque town, before staying in included accommodations for flights out the next morning.
Day 5: Depart Halifax on any flight!
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