Canada: Nova Scotia

South Shore Wild Women Sea Kayak Adventure

Four nights; five days of visiting islands, beaches, and villages by sea kayak, with a day of hiking, and some yoga. Nights in warm inns, with excellent cuisine, offered in partnership with

“The size of the group is key, as is the quality of the personnel both in the office and on the tour. Freewheeling has it just right on all those fronts and I want to thank you all for making my holiday so enjoyable!” – Carol J.


Start: Hubbards, Contact us for parking arrangements., 09:00, day one.

Finish: Hubbards, , 18:00, day five.

Day 1


Yoga, paddle 15km. Meet in Hubbards for optional yoga session at the Sail Loft Studio, 09:00. Afterwards, launch at Bayswater Beach to paddle to the Tancook Islands, where fisherfolk and sauerkraut farmers settled, and about which Canada Reads' first book selection, Ironbound, was written. Finish the day with a short transfer to the UNESCO listed township of Lunenburg in time for an organized dinner. LD
Mecklenburgh Inn or
White Gate Inn; Chester

Day 2

Paddle 10-15km

Paddle 10-15km, or bike: Short ride: 13km to Mahone Bay. Medium ride: 25km to Martin's River. Long ride: 51km return. Optional 13km extra to Backman's Beach. Enjoy a delicious breakfast then prepare for a culturally attractive paddle from Lunenburg to Indian Point, around myriad islands and across Mahone Bay. Alternatively, ride a bicycle on one of Nova Scotia's most interesting rides, on our favourite stretch of coastal country road. The pavement seems built for bikes to follow the pretty coast. A mid-day highlight is the village of Mahone Bay, where there are hidden coffee shops, a great craft brewery, many proud artisans, beautiful boats, and a maritime village feel that makes one inclined to linger. B

Day 3

Transfer 20 minutes. Morning hike 7km. Afternoon sail aboard the Eastern Star.

Begin with a short transfer to a beach and headland hike on Gaff Point, consisting of impressive shale cliffs, conifer forest and juniper heaths; and where you will see evidence of the recent ice age, in the form of glacial erratics and drumlins. Through collaborations with the Nature Conservancy and a community group - the Kingsburg Coastal Conservancy, species, sites and habitats are conserved here, and you'll love the perimeter hike with its (shhh!) secret beach! Afterwards, return to Lunenburg and enjoy an afternoon of sailing aboard a large wooden ketch (Note that this cannot yet be confirmed; alternatives include yoga, a walking tour of Lunenburg, cycling, more paddling, or just relaxed exploration of this fascinating town. B
Mariner King Inn, or

Boscawen Inn; Lunenburg

Day 4

Sea kayak to the seal rookery ~10km

This is one of the best sea kayak experiences in Nova Scotia. You will meander through many islands – both inhabited and wild, and will be visited by dozens, maybe hundreds, of seals. Return to Lunenburg with time to enjoy wandering through this UNESCO World Heritage Site. BLD
Same lodging

Day 5

Paddle the LaHave Islands 6-12km

Cross the LaHave cable ferry first thing this morning. After stopping to see Fort Point Lighthouse, and stocking up on lunch supplies at the delicious bakery, you’ll launch from Crescent Beach to explore the LaHave Islands. We frequently see deer here, and people are scarce. The white sandy beaches will tempt you to swim. At day’s end, transfer back to Halifax in time for dinner. BL


Note about the route:

The planned routes are not long, but can require more stamina when wind picks up. We sometimes change the plan based on conditions, to keep things enjoyable for the whole group.

Spend your days exploring the coves and crannies of Nova Scotia’s most inviting coast by seakayak, and your nights enjoying the warmth and comfort of small inns with fabulous cuisine. You will explore the islands and headlands of the Aspotogan Peninsula, the islands, villages, and beaches of Mahone Bay, and the fantastic, deer-frequented beaches and remote fish stores of the LaHave Islands. You will rest in comfort at a sumptuous inn in Lunenburg, a town so delightful UNESCO has added the whole thing to its World Heritage list! You will explore myriad reefs and islets around Stonehurst, paddle through a colony of seals near the Rackets, and follow a circuitous route through the islands of Mahone Bay, with occasional company from sailboats and marine life. This is an exciting adventure, combining days cavorting with the ocean, and nights with fine dining, the friendliness of small inns, and blissful comfort. Come and exercise your sense of adventure!

Trip history: Nova Scotia is Freewheeling’s home province. Founders Catherine 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.


Day # Daily distance
  10-15 km
  10-20 km
  10 km
    6 to 10 km

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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.


C 2795 (per person, double occupancy)

Includes 5 days, 4 inn nights, 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners, seakayak and equipment, luggage handling, guide support, 15% sales tax

Single room

C 545

Kayak Rental

Included in tour cost.

All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.