Our Team

Sea kayaking tours in Bay of Fundy Nova Scotia

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Judy & John Stewart, Halifax, Nova Scotia

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.

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.

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.

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, 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.


We're hiring!

NovaShores is accepting applications for the following 2018 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