Our Team

Sea kayaking tours in Bay of Fundy Nova Scotia

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Our Team

Your Guides Guarantee a Quality Experience

At NovaShores we take pride in giving you a high quality experience to remember. We also ensure any guides we employ meet our high standards to ensure customer satisfaction and safety. Meet our experienced and dedicated crew below.

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Anne Grabinsky, Owner Operator
8th season at NovaShores

Anne, originally from the Berlin area, Germany, left her academic career to guide full time in 2007. She has led hiking and kayaking expeditions in Patagonia, Corsica, Greenland, Southeast Asia and on Vancouver Island, and co-owned a safari company in southern Africa, before she discovered the Bay of Fundy and made her home here.

Committed to providing an exceptional experience to everybody who paddles with NovaShores, Anne now works mostly at home-base managing operations and looking after guests. She still likes to go explore in the off-season, and is currently in love with Mexico.

Megan Johnson, Overnight Guide
3rd season at NovaShores

Megan knows the area very well as she grew up in nearby Parrsboro, and her family used to have a summer cottage in Advocate. She is an overnight kayaking guide, a registered Holistic Nutritionist and a member of the Cumberland Food Action Network. Foraging for edibles, growing her own food, and engaging the community in it are her passions. Megan has a very positive and enthusiastic personality, and makes sure that her guests are comfortable all around. She is a great resource on the many waterfalls of this area, and enjoys playing hockey in the winter.

Emmett Finnigan, Day Tour Guide
3rd season at NovaShores

Emmett ‘The Wizard’ graduated from the Outdoor Adventure Program at Algonquin College, Ontario, in 2016 – specializing in white water kayaking and rafting, canoeing, rock and ice climbing as well as skiing. He is a true nature lover, taking to the water in summer, teaching skiing and snowboarding during winter, and going tree planting in spring. His family loves coming to visit him in Advocate Harbour in the summer, and we’re sure they persuade him to come back every year considering that his original plan had been to be a rafting guide in Newfoundland.


Sarah Giacomantonio, day tour guide

1st season at NovaShores

Born in Newfoundland and raised in Halifax, Sarah has had a love for the East Coast for as long as she can remember. Achieving the Gold Duke of Edinburgh at an early age set the stage for her active travel and outdoor pursuits including biking, hiking, sea kayaking and swimming. This love for the great outdoors also guided Sarah’s academic path, double majoring in Environmental Biology and Anthropology at the University of Guelph, Ontario. There, she focused on humans’ innate connection with nature, studying environmental communication and outdoor education within her Master’s degree. With a love for soil, glitter, crafts and talking, Sarah can’t wait to combine kayaking with promoting the natural wonders that make up this amazing part of Nova Scotia.

Ashley Fletcher, yoga instructor

1st season at NovaShores

Currently teaching on both sides of the Bay of Fundy, in Noel and Bass River, Ashley is excited to join Nova Shores Kayaking to lead the sunrise yoga sessions. She’ll guide you through a gentle shoulder opening practice while awakening your body to prepare for a morning of paddling. Ashley is a teacher and volunteer fire fighter/first responder who enjoys nature, reading, gardening and adventuring.


Hayley Nuttall, Office Manager
3rd season at NovaShores

Hayley is the soul of NovaShores, and you will at some point be lucky enough to talk to this friendly, witty lady on the phone or in person. A Dalhousie graduate in literature and film, she is a great conversationalist and runs the daily operations smoothly and with a lot of heart and attention to detail.

Not exactly an outdoor enthusiast herself, this Advocate native will provide you with all the information on the tours and the area you need, and is a legend for her daily motivational notes to the guides and team.

Damien Mahoney, Overnight Guide
3rd season at NovaShores

Damien loves going on longer trips and getting to know his guests on multi-day tours. This friendly and easy-going overnight guide grew up in the area and called Moncton and Amherst home before relocating to a more scenic and rural location in Advocate and Parrsboro with Megan and their four fur babies. A nature lover and fisherman, he has a keen eye for wildlife, and gets creative when it comes to whipping up 3-course outdoor meals.

James Mathews, Day Tour Guide
2nd season at NovaShores

James studies French and Arabic at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. His family has had a summer cottage in Advocate since he was little, so he is making sure that he still comes back during his summer break to work and play. Before starting his studies, he took a gap year and travelled, worked and picked up languages in Morocco, Italy and Turkey before he got licensed as a kayak guide in the Greek islands.  James has a great sense of humour, is interested in rock climbing and is an amazing guitarrist and singer.


Adam Strong, Day Tour Guide

1st season at NovaShores

Adam grew up in Windsor, on the Atlantic South Shore of Nova Scotia, racing canoes and kayaks from a young age (he will slow it down on our tours, he promised), and being involved in the Duke of Edinburgh program. Having a thing for the cold North, he was a dog sledding guide in the Yukon wilderness this past winter, and took Arctic
Geography and Polar Tourism as part of his degree in Outdoor Recreation, Parks & Tourism, and Geography from Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario. An avid adventurer, he has summited Mt. Kilimanjaro, and applied his social skills to an outdoor environment working with youth at risk at the Tim Horton’s Children’s Foundation in Nova Scotia and the Canadian Rockies for the past four summers. Adam is looking forward to a new adventure as a sea kayak guide in his home province this season.



Ashley Grant, Kitchen Manager

4th season at NovaShores

Ashley is in her last year studying Business at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax. This smart Advocate native is also an amazing baker known for her elaborate birthday cakes. A picky eater herself, she still makes sure everybody gets fed excellent meals at NovaShores. She loves cats, the Minions and Imagine Dragons.


We're hiring!

We are still looking for one guide/guide apprentice for our 2018 season!

NovaShores is accepting applications for the following 2019 seasonal job openings:

Certified, experienced day tour and overnight guides

  • June or July until August or September

  • minimum qualifications Wilderness First Aid & Paddle Canada Level 2 or similar

Assistant day tour guides

  • June or July until August or September

  • willing to get certified and first aid trained before starting their job with us

Kitchen manager

  • May until October

  • responsible for all catering on day and overnight tours

  • oversee and instruct kitchen hands

  • excellent baking and cooking skills as all of our meals are created from scratch

  • needs to be very organized, responsible and honest

  • create shopping lists

Kitchen hand

  • dates flexible

  • helps with all food prep tasks as well as dishes and clean-ups

Nova Shores Adventures

37 School Lane
Advocate Harbour
Nova Scotia
B0M 1A0, Canada