I first visited Nova Scotia in 2006, and I fell in love with it instantly. If you ask me what made me come to Nova Scotia my only response would be: everything. Shortly after moving here in 2009 on a whim I headed out to Lower Prospect to go sea kayaking and I was hooked. I don't think I've let a week go by since without being in a boat on water. Spending easily over eight hundred hours on the water last year alone I aim to explore as much of Nova Scotia's amazing coastline, pristine lakes and rugged streams as I can. This blog will follow me around the province as I sea kayak, whitewater kayak, stand up paddle board, hike, camp, snowboard, canoe my way across every inch of this beautiful province.
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.
Sometimes the video does all the talking - this is one of those times. An amazing weekend at the point break of Lawrencetown Beach a few weeks back. A big group of surfers, kayakers, wind surfers, all hit the waves. Days like this are why I love Nova Scotia.
Kayaking in Nova Scotia is an amazing experience. Cape Breton is a nexus for Celtic culture, great food and beautiful scenery. Combining the two for a three day festival of kayaking, stand up paddling and canoeing is nothing short of genius. "Cape Breton Paddlefest 2012":http://www.capebretonoutdoors.com/2012/events/cape-breton-paddlefest/ was exactly that.
The rain has finally come which means the rivers are all full of water again. The Folly river up near wentworth was in last Friday so Marc, Steve and I headed up to have some fun. The river is runnable when the water gage reads 1.4m, and scary-insane at 2m. On Friday it was reading 1.58m, which is just about perfect.
The Shubenacadie tidal bore is one of the many unique features in Nova Scotia, and one that you definitely don't want to miss. Starting in "Maitland Nova Scotia":http://www.maitlandns.com, it travels up the Shubenacadie river system about three hours after low tide at "Burncoat head":http://www.waterlevels.gc.ca/eng/station?sid=270. The incoming water interacts with the various mud banks on the river bottom creating standing waves which can be in excess of 18ft high.
Just because it's winter doesn't mean you have to stay indoors. The best surfing conditions in Nova Scotia happen at the end of winter and late fall during hurricane season. Combined air and water temperature below 0C, Dave and I headed out to the eastern shore to catch some double-overhead monsters that were rolling in Friday afternoon.
The leaves have dropped from the trees, we've had our first major snow, and the meteorologists have started using the term 'above zero' for those odd times when it's not freezing. While it might be a little chilly, don't head into hibernation just yet. There are still a lot of things to do, and lots to see around Nova Scotia.