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“Destination Cape Bretton Employees Ann-Marie and Kelsey along with Angelo Spinazzola of North River Kayak Save the Day”

North River Kayak Day Tours
Ranked #2 of 8 Tours in Baddeck
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: NRKT is situated on the Murray Rd. in North River, Cape Breton Island Nova Scotia, Canada. North River Kayak Tours property is located just steps away from our launch site where we paddle anywhere from 3 hours to 5 days along the coastline of Cape Breton Island. See why we are listed within Trip Advisors top 10% receiving their Certificate of excellence in 2013.
Reviewed August 6, 2013

The Albritton/Knox/Costa cruisers from the Carnival Glory were so excited to be in the port at Sydney, Canada. We booked a kayak trip with Angelo Spinazzola of North River Kayak in Baddeck, Nova Scotia for a 3-hour kayak trip on April 27, 2013. We reserved a car rental on the island months ahead of time to assure our trip with be a success only to be disappointed when we called to be picked up at the port. The car rental agency said that due to cars being vandalized, they did not have our van available for us. They apologized but offered no other options accept to call another rental agency. Of course all rental agencies we called were booked weeks in advance. When I called Angelo at North River Kayak and told him the sad news, he said for me to hang on while he made some phone calls to see what he could do to get us a vehicle. After about ten minutes, he called us back saying it didn’t look very promising but if we were willing to wait, he was going to make more phone calls. Angelo was amazing! He tried to keep me calm and upbeat with the hope there was a chance for us to still get to his tour. Angelo did state that due to the horrible circumstances, he would not charge my credit card for all 9 of us not being able to do the tour. I thought that was very nice of him to do that since it was not his fault that we could not get there. Within a half hour Angelo had the wonderful news. He saved the day! He told us that he made some calls to Mary Tulles of Destination Cape Bretton and that she was sending two employees to pick us up at the ship. Within minutes, Annemarie MacDonald and Kelsey Peters arrived in their own vehicles greeting us with smiles on their faces. They told us how happy they were to help us and off we went. They drove us almost an hour each way to and from North River Kayak to meet Angelo. Angelo waited for us after being over an hour late and hosted the tour with his employee Mackenzie. We were able to have Angelo and Mackenzie to ourselves for the entire 3 hours. The tour was amazing as we saw a bald eagle’s nest high in the trees with the babies popping their heads over the nest. We also saw the bald eagle mom watching from a tree above. We stopped at a beautiful waterfall for chai tea and homemade banana bread and strawberry-rhubarb jam that Angelo made himself.. It was a delicious break to get us ready for the paddle back to Annemarie and Kelsey as they waited ashore for over 3 hours for our return. Once we finished our tour Annemarie and Kelsey drove us back another hour to the ship stopping along the way as they showed us beautiful overlooks to take pictures. They were the best tour guides we could ever ask for. The entire time they made us feel welcome and comfortable. When we arrived back at our ship, we all offered them money for their time and gas but they refused. They said a hug would be the best thank you.
I must say that both North River Kayak and Destination Cape Bretton along with Angelo, Annemarie, and Kelsey made our kayaking trip the highlight of our entire cruise. Thanks to them we had a wonderful day in Cape Bretton. All we have talked about since we got home is how our kayak trip and Cape Bretton is the best place we have been to in our 10 cruises. They all should be commended for doing their best to helping the stranded cruisers. If not for Angelo, our day in port would have been ruined!! He is a great kayak tour guide but an even better person. He went above and beyond to make our trip AWESOME!

2  Thank HeatherAlb
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

The owner personally took myself and my daughter out on a full day tour, even though there weren't enough people to typically warrant one. However, we were coming from more than a few hours away, and he made it worth the trip. The hospitality, scenery, stories, and food were all great! Oh and we had AMAZING weather and water conditions!

Thank Alan T
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Reviewed August 3, 2013

In mid-June we joined a half-day trip with Angelo, two other guides and a few other kayakers. I was with my three kids (ages 10, 12 and 13) and we took two tandem kayaks out. None of us had any previous kayaking experience.

We all agreed that it was a great adventure. Angelo and his guides took great care of us; first with a little instruction on land and then in the water. The guides did it all with a great sense of humor and a lot of interesting facts along the way. The bald eagle sightings were definitely a bonus. One even flew down in front of us just above the surface of the river. Angelo was not just a great guide but a great host as well. Next time we are in the area, we will definitely try a longer trip. Thanks Angelo.

Thank Matt T
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

We did the half day tour and had a fantastic time. Organized, well run, professional and fun! Angelo will give you all the info you need to find his remote location - he even left us a GPS with his address entered at the rental car agency. First class operation and beautiful location. You can't miss with this tour.

1  Thank Kathleen B
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Reviewed June 25, 2013

Angelo was very welcoming and encouraging. He was friendly and professional throughout, from booking to completion. The equipment provided was well-maintaned and easy for any level of kayaker to use. Angelo did a nice job of explaining everything before we set out, and he was very patient and reassuring. We enjoyed great weather, saw amazing scenery and wildlife. While we kayaked, Angelo shared his knowledge of the area and the many things we kayaked by and the island in general. It was a lovely morning and we wouldn't hesitate to do it again! Thanks Angelo!

Thank RajuChebium
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