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“Nova Scotia Sea Kayaking”

East Coast Outfitters Sea Kayaking
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: We specialize in professionally guided sea kayaking tours & lessons, and offer a full service equipment rental and sales program. Our fleet is one of the largest in Atlantic Canada, and features top quality boats and equipment from the world’s leading manufacturers. All of our guides are highly trained and nationally certified.East Coast Outfitters (E.C.O.)is a community based eco-tourism operator that has been Halifax’s premier paddling spot since 2001. Locally owned and operated, ECO specializes in sea kayak, canoe, & stand up paddle board (SUP) tours, lessons, and equipment rentals. ECO’s guides are some of the most highly trained and qualified paddlers in the region, and will show you everything you need to know to get on the water safely. ECO offers a wide range of tours and lessons to choose from: guided tours every day, lessons every weekend, and daily specials which range from skills clinics on Mondays, Yoga on Sundays, to an after-work paddle, BBQ & live music on Friday nights. The ECO base is in Lower Prospect, a tiny fishing village located a 1/2 hour from Halifax. We have a giant wharf, a post-and-beam boathouse, and one of the largest fleets of boats in the Maritimes. ECO is where Halifax paddles.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed August 1, 2008

"Coastal sea kayaking" is offered as an optional shore excursion for cruise ships visiting Halifax ($133 US when we traveled). Six in our party (mix of two >40 men and 4 20's young folk) were picked up at the pier alongside Carnival Victory by a comfortable tour bus that made the 45-minute drive along the coast to Lower Prospect.

We were met by friendly staff who quickly got us oriented and fitted to the equipment we would be using (paddle, PFD, skirt, and boat). Then launched in groups of 12 (three tandem boats, 6 singles, and 3 guides) for a circuit of rocky islands and capes. We saw no sea mammals, though we were told that seals, otters, and the occasional whale have been sighted. Lots of birds of course, and fish in the shallows. The route took us out to the seaward buoy where a little bit of surfing was quite enjoyable, even a little bit of adrenaline rush.

The seascape provides an excellent respite from land-bound life. The paddling is not too strenuous; a little effort combined with the sleek kayak shape and judicious use of the foot-pedal operated rudder makes for a nice pace through the water. The guides provide good advice on choices of equipment, techniques, and what to watch for.

After a 2 hour paddle that ended all too soon, we had a little barbequeue at the boathouse--lobster roll, fresh fruit, and steamed mussels. Very tasty.

ECO is a community-based company that is well worth supporting. Clean facility with toilets, changing rooms, topnotch equipment, friendly and expert staff. Highly recommended.

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