I have no experience. Is it safe to go out in your waters?
A lot of our guests have never been in a kayak before, so we are used to giving beginners all the help they need to get out on the water and enjoy themselves. This also applies for our Bay of Fundy adventures where we recommend kayaking in stable double kayaks unless you are an experienced kayaker. The Bay of Fundy is unique due to the enormous tides and strong currents so we recommend you always go with experienced kayakers - so come on out with NovaShores!
Fantastic Trip! Fabulous Teachers!
Thank you Else Marie & Werner!
Marisa Biaggi, Bronx, New York, USA
Can my children come along?
Sure. Children just love kayaking. If they are too small to paddle, they can share a double with the strongest parent. The parent must be reasonably fit as they will be paddling the large double by themselves if the child is too young to help. Usually a strong child over 12 can paddle a single on a half-day Dover tour.
Are we too old to go?
Kayaking is an activity that is truly for everyone. Age is not important. What counts are your spirit and that you are reasonably fit. We have had people paddle with us past their mid seventies.
Are we in good enough shape?
Kayaking is an activity that requires average fitness. If you can easily walk a few kilometers you probably will have no problems. For flexibility, as long as you can get down on the floor at home and sit with your legs stretched out in front of you, and get up from that position with no difficulty you will be fine in the kayak.
Thanks for a glorious day.
We were not sure we could, but we did, and we are so glad!
Helga & Collyn Missey, Atlanta, Georgia
(newly retired and both in their seventies)
Should we choose single kayaks or a double?
It's a great thrill to be in control of your own kayak and maneuver it exactly as you please. The double is more stable and a good choice if either one or two of you don't have the biggest biceps. For the Bay of Fundy tours we use double kayaks on most tours. The doubles are excellent for creating those special photos!
What should I bring and wear on the tour?
We supply you with all the paddling equipment needed, and homemade snacks or lunches. Due to the extreme environmental impact of the bottled water industry we no longer supply bottled water, but will refill any bottles you bring along to our office. We recommend you wear shoes you don't mind getting wet and bring a raincoat, a sweater, extra shoes, hat and sunscreen. The best choice of clothing is synthetics, avoid cotton and denim jeans. Bring some warm clothing to store in the waterproof compartments in the kayak - you may not need it, but it is always nice to have if you do. Bring a camera - we will give you a dry bag for it.
What happens if I tip over?
We will explain/demonstrate the procedure to follow in the event this happens. Some people worry about being trapped in the kayak but you will find, as we will demonstrate, that it is easy to exit our kayaks. The basics are that you should stay with your boat while one of your guides will get parallel to your boat, empty it of water and assist you getting back in. It only takes a few concentrated minutes to get you back on track. We have very few capsizes, with the double kayak it will probably never happen, but there is a risk with a single kayak. We have never had a injury in 13 years of running tours. (We are prepared with all the gear, practise and training should it ever happen)
Can I bring my own kayak?
You are welcome to do so at our Dover location if the kayak is safe to use in our waters and you have all the Canadian approved/required safety gear including a PFD, signaling device (whistle is OK) and bailing device (pump). They must be sea kayaks! We no longer have kayakers in thier own singles join us on the Fundy Explorer day tour with thier own kayaks as the conditions are so different than any other body of water and some have been surprised (and gotten very wet) There is a reason we use all doubles on the Fundy Explorer! On the multi day tours on the Bay of Fundy experienced kayakers may use singles, at the discretion of the guide.
I can't swim, is it OK to be in a kayak?
Sure, we require all our customers to wear Canadian Coast Guard approved life jackets so if you should decide to get wet it will easily keep you afloat.
How long have you been doing this?
As a business, we are into our 13th year. Some of us have been paddling canoes and kayaks for a few decades. Any lead guides we employ are certified guides or, if assisting, in the process of certification.
Do you have any rentals?
We don't believe it's safe. Instead, we offer our guests the very best high-quality guided tours. (Also, our liability insurance only covers guided tours)
Will we see whales if we go?
Many people would like to see whales from a kayak. We have had the luck to do so on some tours, but we do not expect it. We advise that if you really want to see whales, please take the drive to Brier Island near Digby, where there are excellent whale watching tours. But if you want a outstanding maritime experience that combines clean fresh air and relaxing exercise with incredible natural beauty, serenity and the chance to see the local wildlife - join a group of like-minded individuals and take a NovaShores Adventures sea kayaking tour!