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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.

My Ocean Playground

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.

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Spring Whitewater Throwdown on the Medway

Wed, 01 May 2013 | No Comments

The spring melt has arrived. Rivers all across Nova Scotia are peaking, so it's time to get on the river and have some fun!

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Slurp'n'Surf Sessions

Fri, 07 Dec 2012 | No Comments

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.

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Cape Breton Paddlefest 2012

Tue, 02 Oct 2012 | No Comments

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.

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Folly River Fun

Mon, 24 Sep 2012 | No Comments

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.

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The Killer K - Surfing the Tidal bore's biggest feature

Fri, 07 Sep 2012 | No Comments

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.

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Cold water kayak surfing

Mon, 05 Mar 2012 | No Comments

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.

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Medway River - Bangs Falls NS

Wed, 07 Dec 2011 | No Comments

The site of the annual World Kayak Bangs Falls Rodeo the Medway is the river to be on here in Nova Scotia.

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Spryfield Holiday Parade Full of Angels

Wed, 30 Nov 2011 | No Comments

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.

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Sea Kayaking Hurricane swell

Mon, 21 Nov 2011 | No Comments

Hurricanes can be a destructive example of the power of Nature, they are also a surfers best friend. The strong sustained winds create waves 3 meters high (10ft) which is enough to make anybody with a board or boat excited.

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