Wilderness camping in Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia offers a wealth of wilderness camping areas, many of which are situated along the Atlantic coast. Through my search for eligible coastal camping spots for my trip around the province, I’ve discovered an awesome resource that will help me identify them. I recently had the opportunity to meet with the Protected Areas and Ecosystems policy & program coordinator …

Crossing Halifax Harbour by Kayak

Crossing the Halifax Harbour safely by sea kayak demands careful attention and effective communication. I’ve paddled inside of Halifax Harbour on several occasions but I’ve never actually traversed its mouth. It’s only 5.4 NM / 10 km from Chebucto Head to Devils Island but some BIG ships pass through and wouldn’t even see a kayak, let alone feel one under …

T-100

It’s 100 days until I start my trip around Nova Scotia. Trip preparation is on my mind every single day. It’s something I balance with work, home, and life’s other demands. Iain has been super supportive, suffering endless camp food experiments and trudging through fields and marshland helping me scout land routes. My friends have also been supportive, offering their …

Preparing: The Mind

“A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.” — John Steinbeck I can’t remember the last time in my adult life that I took a full two-week vacation and this …

Courage or mid-life Crisis?

I have a personal project that I’m intent on achieving this year that is either courageous or the consequence of a mid-life crisis. Probably both. But first, some context… I’m turning 50 in September. I’m not unhappy with that fact but it does lead me to reflect deeply on the significance of being a half century old, and most likely past …

Paddlers Fitness Program launched!

Today we launched “Between the Seasons”, a fitness program for paddlers to improve their fitness during the less active winter months. I’ve created this program with my friend, Ben Costigan, owner of Core Essentials Fitness Studio in downtown Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. I’ve been working with Ben as my personal trainer for nearly two years and I’ve learned a lot from …

Recipe: Crispy Rice Power Bars

These bars are good. Really good. And I don’t just say so myself — they have been field tested at sea. I’m continuing my pursuit of a homemade power bar that is suitable for the demands of kayaking in both nutritional value and physical composition. My previous attempt tasted good and was easy to make but got soft at room …

Discomfort and Improving Performance

“It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve, and bad things are very easy to get.” — Confucius I’ve learned to appreciate through my own personal training as a kayaker, and more recently through my experience as a coach, that significant …

Skills Clinic: Brier Island Tide Race Weekend

According to the 1891 Sailing Directions for Nova Scotia, “Grand Passage, between Bryer and Long Islands, is narrow and contains several dangers, but the principal difficulty connected with its navigation is the great velocity of tidal streams through the channel.” This is our classroom for the weekend, where we’ve come to play and learn. Christopher Lockyer has been bringing paddlers …

Feature Trip: Solo Camping in Little Harbour, NS

Despite the remarkably short, unchallenging, and uneventful paddle to a tiny island in Little Harbour, Nova Scotia, my first solo camping experience will stand out as an eventful personal milestone. Last season I checked off a longish solo day paddle from my list of “to have” experiences. I’ve since followed that up with a number of longer day paddles and …