Canada: Prince Edward Island

Sea Kayak Tour


Five nights; six days of relatively easy paddling in the Island’s hotspots. Exquisite lodging and dining, with opportunities to explore the Anne of Green Gables site and national park beaches.

“PEI was everything we imagined – beautiful seas, lovely settings each night, good food. Thanks!”- Ben K. & Therese S.





Itinerary



Start: Charlottetown, PEI, The Great George, 09:00, day one. Please contact us to arrange alternate pickup location. Transfers from Halifax, NS, at 18:00 or Halifax Airport at 18:30, leave the day before for $75pp. Arrive at ~22:00.



Finish: Charlottetown, PEI, The Great George, 17:00, day six. Transfers to Halifax Airport or Halifax depart at 17:00 for $75pp. Arrive at ~21:00.



Day 1

North Cape and Northport

09:00 meeting in Charlottetown for transfer to North Cape by 11:30. Following kayak introductions and familiarization, and a picnic lunch, you will paddle in Cascumpec Bay, where an island once used as a silver fox farm is now a private nature reserve populated with a huge blue heron rookery. LD
Northport Pier Inn, Northport

Day 2

Cascumpec Bay

Today you will explore Mill River estuary and the barrier dunes. There are many miles of totally deserted beach for you to explore and enjoy. Most like to balance the day with long walks between idyllic paddles. If the day is long enough, you can also explore the virtually uninhabited Foxley Bay – another delightful estuary. The marsh grasses here make perfect homes for many species of birds. BL
Chez Shea Inn, Kinkora

Day 3

Malpeque Bay West

From Green Park, you will explore the unsettled shoreline of Bideford River and Lennox Island. The latter is home to PEI’s only native community, and you can visit their interpretation centre on the way to spend the afternoon exploring another barrier dune island with incredible beaches. The paddling here is fantastic, in part because of the warm water, but also because of the protective effect of the barrier dunes that in places are over 50 feet high. If the theatre schedule allows, it is possible to see the play Anne of Green Gables tonight, with advance notice only. BLD
Kindred Spirits Country Inn, Cavendish

Day 4

Malpeque Bay East

Today’s paddle takes you to the other side of Malpeque Bay, famous for some of the world’s most delicious oysters. Ram and Courtin Islands are highlights, where cormorant nests invite eagle attacks every spring, and beaches invite paddlers in summer and autumn. The water is shallow and warm, and the beaches are delightful places for picnics. BL
Same lodging

Day 5

National Park Beaches, Rustico River and New Glasgow

A wonderful stop today is the PEI Preserve Company where owner Bruce will argue about why those who call the river the Clyde have favour over those who refer to it as the Hunter. If conditions allow, you can explore the beaches from the sea side this afternoon. Alternatively, New London Bay offers some of the best beaches in the province, and Cavendish is a wonderful sight for those who would like to linger along the Island's famous red sands. BLD
The Inn at St. Peter’s, St. Peter’s Bay; or

Johnson Shore Inn, Hermanville

Day 6

St. Peter’s Bay, Crowbush Cove and St. Peter’s Lake

Launch at Lakeside, near Crowbush Cove, first for exploration of St. Peter’s Lake, where ducks nest in the tall marsh grass, then for a downwind paddle past the lighthouse and into St. Peter’s Bay. The paddle along the spectacular Greenwich Dunes shore is particularly nice. Transfer to Charlottetown at day’s end, pleasantly tired from a day full of PEI’s best outdoor experience! BL





Description




Note about the route:

This is easy paddling, suitable for all levels, but requiring that you maintain paddling stamina for several hours each day, in realtively sheltered or calm waters.






The low-lying coastline, sandstone cliffs and sandy beaches, and the combination of coastal estuaries and barrier sand dunes make this a delightful place to savour from the seat of a kayak.


The adventure begins and ends in Charlottetown, and if you don’t see Anne of Green Gables beforehand or afterwards, you will have the option of attending an evening performance during your adventure. You will begin paddling near the west end of the island, where flocks of great blue herons dine on seafood in shallow bays that are best navigated by kayak. In the evening, seafood is a popular menu choice for you, too. Through the week, you will visit Green Gables, and enjoy the beaches of PEI National Park before progressing to the eastern coast and the spectacular coastline at Greenwich Dunes.


Superb dining, fabulous inns, amazing colour contrasts between land and sea, and some of the nicest long, deserted beaches you'll ever see, are the highlights of this trip. The level of comfort and cuisine are superlative, and the days are a blissful blend of activity and charm.


Come and discover the island magic with us.





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PEI is often touted as Canada's best golf destination so keen golfers will want to make time for a few rounds. Seafood enthusiasts may wish to dig Giant Clams and then steam them up fresh at a beach cookout. Those interested in lounging with a cocktail may wish to sample some Island "Shine" best served with an ample dose of local live music.

The Anne of Green Gables musical in Charlottetown is highly recommended, plays Monday, Tuesday Wednesday, and Saturday nights, and requires advance booking. You can call 1-800-565-0278, or book online here.

There are walking tours available, with historical re-enactments. Contact Confederation-Players-Walking-Tours-Historical-Reenactment for schedules. The cost is about $12.50 per person.

You can combine this itinerary with a few days on the Magdalen Islands for a unique Multisport Adventure, including cycling, kayaking, and kite buggying. In nearby Nova Scotia, try our similar South Shore & Fundy Bike adventure!





Costs

Guided
including 15% tax

US 2695 C 3095

(per person, double ocupancy, includes 6 days, 5 nights, 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 3 dinners, kayak equipment, luggage handling, guide support, vehicle transfers)

Self-Guided

N/A

Not available for this tour.

Single Occupancy
15% tax included

US 645 C 745

Kayak Rental

Included in tour cost.


All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.

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Custom or Private Tours

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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.