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My Ocean Playground

by Karl Vollmer, on Fri, 14 Jun 2013 | No Comments

Nova Scotia really is my ocean playground. You're never more then an hour from the ocean, and there's something fun to do out on the water year round. With unique features like the Tidal Bore in Maitland to the amazing mountains in Cape Breton, five years in Nova Scotia and I am still finding new fun spots.

Each year I think I'll run out of new places to go kayaking. Five years on and I've still got a Nova Scotia 'paddling' bucket list a kilometre long. As part of my goal to continue to explore new areas in Nova Scotia I've volunteered at every single paddle-fest/symposium/event I could, and there's a lot to choose from this year!

Canoe Kayak Nova Scotia, the regional recreational paddling association maintains a list of all of the public paddling events in the province at http://ckns.ca/calendar/ . If you're visiting, or planning on visiting and are curious about the local rivers, lakes, or ocean routes drop them a line at admin@ckns.ca. This year alone Canoe Kayak Nova Scotia is funding three amazing paddling oppertunities.

Shelburn Kayak Festival Aug 16 - 18th
A festival that truly celebrates getting people paddling - takes place from August 16-18th on the waters of beautiful Shelburne Harbour. A unique festival featuring workshops, social events, and guided trips that are affordable and fun for the whole family. The festival is open to everyone; even if you've never paddled before, this is a great chance to try it out! Or if you are an experienced paddled there are courses and workshops for all levels. Early bird passes for the whole weekend are on sale now for only $60 until June 15th. "We had so much fun last year; we're doing it again and inviting all of Nova Scotia to come celebrate Shelburne's paddle perfect waters." Read More...

Cape Breton Paddlefest Sept 14 - 16th
The 3rd annual Cape Breton Paddlefest will be held in Arichat, Cape Breton on September 13-15, 2013. The event showcases the beautiful paddling opportunities in southwestern Cape Breton Island, from the under appreciated inland sea of the Bras d'Or Lakes Biosphere Reserve to the sheltered inlets of Isle Madame and the open Atlantic coastline. The event, hosted and sponsored by the Municipality of the County of Richmond, has been supported by CKNS and Rising Tide Expeditions as well as volunteer CKNS and Paddle Canada instructors from across the province. Canoe, kayak and SUP paddlers who want to see a beautiful area of our province and enjoy a community of paddlers should check our website at capebretonoutdoors.com join our Facebook page. For more information, please email cbpaddlefest@capebretonoutdoors.com. Read More...

Bay of Fundy Sea Kayak Symposium Sept 20 - 23rd
The Bay of Fundy Sea Kayaking Symposium is a 3-day paddling event that combines world class coaching with paddlers in one of the most spectacular coastal settings in Eastern North America. The Tusket islands are not only rich with history and Acadian culture they boast large tides as the Bay of Fundy is home to the largest tidal range in the world.The symposium offers a wide variety of paddling sessions with active and knowledgeable coaches for a range of paddling interests and skill levels. Read More...

Even if you're not into the high-speed fun of surfing and rock hoping, there are lots of amazing opportunities to get out on the water in Nova Scotia just mintues after you land in Halifax. Check out this video featuring my friend, Adam Zita, produced for Destination Halifax.

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