Canada: Nova Scotia
Outer Island Sea Kayak Camp
Four nights camping; five days challenging sea kayaking to wilderness island campsites. Luggage support and supply drops by yacht or Zodiac.
“You guys run a terrific operation.” - Liz P.
Start: Hubbards, 10:00, day one. Transfer from The Lord Nelson Hotel available for $25/pp. Please contact us to arrange alternate plans, if necessary.
Finish: Hubbards, 14:00, day five. Transfer to downtown Halifax available for $25/pp.
Optional transfer from downtown Halifax is available, otherwise meet at 10:00 in Hubbards for a transfer to the start of kayaking near Lunenburg. Two hours of paddling takes you to your first camp in a beautiful island setting, followed by exploration at Hell Rackets, where the scouring of winter storms contributes to the beachcombing, beautifully worn pebbles, and ancient summer beauty of this collection of islands and reefs. The summer weather makes them a playground for seals and you! LD
Traverse the mouth of Mahone Bay – a 5km open water paddle through water frequented by whales and seals, to Big Tancook, Little Tancook, and Flat Islands. The Tancooks are inhabited, and will give you a glimpse into island outport life – a daytime cultural indulgence between two wilderness evenings. Your grassy island campsite is on a sheltered bay in a beachcomber’s paradise. BLD
Follow the headlands of the Aspotogan Peninsula, stopping at an abandoned whaling station, a beach park, a salmon farm, a sea cave, and several islands on your way into St. Margaret’s Bay. BLD
A traverse across the mouth of St. Margaret’s Bay will take you to Peggy’s Cove – famous for its lighthouse and artist shops. You can have lunch there then return to the solitude of your kayak for the paddle (usually) downwind, past Indian Point Lighthouse and Anne Murray’s Beach to an island sheltered coast. One of the biggest islands, which frequently reminds us of the Greek islands because of its steep shores and stupendous views over the blue sea, will give you hours of exploring while we prepare your well-earned, delicious dinner feast. BLD
Paddle around your island beneath cliffs of granite, then across the open bay to watch for whales. Finish at the Freewheeling Adventures’ boathouse, where you will have a private lunch before an optional yoga session or massage, and an afternoon transfer to Hubbards. Optional transfers to Halifax are also available. BL
Note about the route:
The level of kayaking ease depends on weather; it can be relatively easy when calm (often in the mornings), and more challenging and exciting when windy. You must be able to paddle for several hours each day to cover the necessary routes, but do not need to be super-fit or experienced. You will paddle some exposed shorelines and open water sections. Kayak loads will be light, thanks to mothership support.
Paddle through the myriad islands and intriguing coastlines of Mahone Bay and St. Margaret’s Bay, including some exciting traverses between beautiful Nova Scotian headlands, with stops at dreamy, deserted islands perfect for summer exploration. You will explore many miles of coastline, and might wonder how this island-peppered stretch of Nova Scotia’s South Shore has remained so untouched. Fish shacks decorate parts of the shore, and the maze of islands offshore is so much fun to navigate that in places you can play hide and seek among them. Seals, whales, and many species of birds and fish call the area home. You will stop for lunch or the night on unique islands, each with its own attractions. One is tiny with pebble beaches and little lagoons, one is huge with a peak high enough to reward you with fabulous views, and the others are home to colonies of seabirds whose nesting is a spring highlight, and where summer brings an abundance of wildflowers and wonderful beachcombing. The sailing ketch “Sea Wench” may attend your campsite to serve dinner at anchor, and can serve as a safety boat for the open water crossings. It is also available to carry the trappings necessary for comfortable camping and elaborate dinners, without the need to cram everything into and onto your kayak! This adventure will reward your sense of simple joy with cozy beachfront campsites, starry skies, and intimate evenings in wild and fantastic settings! Come and see why we call this paradise our home!
Trip history: Nova Scotia is Freewheeling’s home province. Founders Cathy and Philip exercised their exploratory spirits here first and they still have a deep love for its subtle beauty, relaxed lifestyle and friendly people. You will benefit from an intimate knowledge of Nova Scotia by most Freewheeling Adventures staff.
Maps & Elevations
Before & After
Spend some extra time in Halifax including a visit to the Titanic gravesites.
Visit the Halifax farmer's market, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and the Citadel; all thoroughly recommended.
Contact us for hiking, cycling, paddling, or multisport extensions.
Hubbards, 10:00, day one. Transfer from The Lord Nelson Hotel or downtown Halifax available for $25/pp.
Hubbards, 14:00, day five. Transfer to downtown Halifax available for $25/pp.
US 1265 C 1495(per person, includes 5 days, 4 nights camping, all meals from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 5, sea kayaking equipment, tent and sleeping pad, guiding and cooking, support boat).
N/ANot available for this tour.
Included in tour cost.
Just bring your own sleeping bag, clothing, and personal items. Wetsuits available $60.
All details and pricing are subject to change without notice. 15% sales tax applies. 7.5% for non-Canadians.
Custom or Private Tours
Want to go but on different dates?
Want to make a change to the itinerary?
We can adapt for you!
Here are some terms:
Bring your friends. We will run most of these trips for you whenever you want, at the advertised price for a group of four or more on a guided trip, or two if it's self-guided! We reserve the right to make changes if the original inns, etc. are already booked.
If you cannot find others, let us advertise the trip for you! Give us a commitment as far in advance as you can. As long as we have the minimum number of guests at the start, the price will be as advertised. The catch is that if it is just two of you and you want a guided trip, you must be willing to pay a 20% premium in the event that others do not join you. The bright side is that, once reserved, you can count on the trip, whether it remains private or becomes a larger group.
Ask for changes to the itinerary.
We are very flexible, and given enough time, can create a new itinerary to match your desires.