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.
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.
Until I moved to Nova Scotia just two and a half years ago I had never even heard of a Tidal Bore. Caused by the large tidal change in the Bay of Fundy twice a day the lower 30km of the Shubenacadie river changes direction and flows upstream. This reversing flow can create standing waves of almost 5 meters. For the sane you can ride the waves in high-horse power zodiacs through the local tour operators. For the brave, and experienced you can paddle it in a sea kayak.
June 6th, 2011 was a calm day on the Ocean. Liz, Marc and I took advantage of the calm seas to paddle around Mar's Head just off of Lower Prospect, NS. Half-way to Peggy's Cove, Marr's head marks the final resting place of the SS Atlantic; the White Star Lines first major maritime disaster.
When people think of Nova Scotia surfing often isn't one of the first things that comes to mind. Surfing in Nova Scotia is a year round event for some hearty locals. Dead of winter, snow, freezing spray and -11C air, sure the waves look sweet! Not interested in freezing? Good news, spring is here.