Friday, July 13, 2007

Kayaking in the Maritimes, July 2007

Its not Newfoundland, but I figure its worth posting a few pictures of. We did a quick 6 day trip through Nova Scotia, New Brunswick en route to PEI for a wedding. Got to do some paddling on the way:

Cascumpec Bay, PEI
Just a short paddle before the wedding.

What a paddle we had at the Hopewell Rocks, Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick. The weather
was pretty gnarly, winds at about 25 knots, 41 ft tide and pouring
rain. Most of the waves about 50 ft from shore were cresting over and
breaking at about 5-7 ft. It looked nasty! There is a kayak touring
company called Baymount Adventures that operate right in Hopewell
Rocks Park, and we were talking to them about going out for a paddle.
If you plan to go by yourself you have to sign a waiver with the park
and they will let you drive your car down to the beach that is
otherwise gated off. Anyhow, the guides were going to cancel the tours
for the day, due to the conditions, but there was a film crew from
Japan there to film some kayaking in the area, to help promote the
area, so 6 of the guides were going out anyways and they let us and a
few others tag along in their doubles. They didn't want us going out
in our fibreglass boats, because of all the submerged rocks. The water
is very brown and you can't see rocks that are hidden just below the
surface, and it can be a bit tangly, if you aren't familar with the
area. We went out right when the tide was at its highest point, which
amplifies the hieght of the waves.

We paddled around the world famous 'flower pot' rocks at Hopewell Cape
and surfed our way back for about 2-3 hrs. First time we had ever
surfed in a double, and it was amazing! The guides were fantastic, a
great bunch skilled paddlers.

Ingonish, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

Rock over London, Rock on Chicago

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