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 …

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 …

How to Learn to Kayak

Nova Scotia is an awesome place to kayak with its stunning coastline, myriad islands that are great for camping, and diverse wildlife. Sea kayaking is a great sport that combines physical fitness with cerebral challenges like navigation, planning, and leadership. I can still remember a time in the not too distant past when kayaking was new to me. In this …