The protected coastline and archipelago at West Dover on Nova Scotia's south shore makes kayaking an unforgettable outdoor adventure

What a wonderful day. Thanks so much. The rescue was great!
Florence Jansen, France

Beginners are welcome
Kayaking is an activity that is truly for everyone! Regardless if you are a beginner or experienced paddler, you will be comfortable and safe in our kayaks. Our locations are ideal for the beginner, with options for those who wish to improve their skills. You will receive basic instruction in paddling techniques and use of the equipment before you start out.  You will be surprised how quick you get the hang of it!

Great experience for beginners like us.
Thanks for all the support.

Judy & John Stewart, Halifax, Nova Scotia

We do not compromise on safety
We will supply you with all the necessary safety and paddling gear. Our quality touring kayaks are modern, stable and easy to handle. Each tour will be tailored to the skills of our guests and adjusted to whatever the wind and waves permits. To enhance safety we only go out in small groups. However, clients participate at their own risk and must sign a waiver for personal responsibility.

Your guides Else Marie and Werner

Sea Kayaking in Nova Scotia

Werner and Else Marie started
NovaShores Adventures about 15 years ago.
Luciano is your multi-day adventure guide.

  Lead Guide - Anne Grabinsky

Your guide Sean
  Your Lead Guide - Anne Grabinsky
Sean is our assistant guide in training.

Your guides guarantee a quality experience
Fundy guides: Werner and Else Marie Ostermann founded NovaShores Adventures 15 years ago. They have canoed and kayaked for a combination of more than 40 years. With certification in First Aid, CPR, and provincial (BC) certification in conservation and outdoor recreation education, both Werner and Else Marie are avid outdoors people who have perfected their skills while paddling all across Canada and in the waters surrounding Denmark. As the owners and full time guides of 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.

Anne Grabinsky, Anne loves to go where the wind takes her. Being out there in the wilderness and getting active is her calling.   Recently, she went over to Botswana on a 6 week co-guiding job and ended up roughing it on a 6 month trans-Africa expedition. A seasoned world traveler, Anne and her partner also runs safaris is Africa in our winter and is a certified sea kayaking guide from Vancouver Island. She is now keen to challenge her guiding skills on the highest tides in the world environment of the exceptional Bay of Fundy. Anne will be our lead guide on our day tours.  

Luciano Onichino, or 'Looch', started running tours with NovaShores in 2008. A gregarious storyteller with years of experience playing, working and exploring in the Cape Chignecto area Looch is sure to make any tour a memorable experience. Trained as a paramedic he is very safety conscious and will go the extra mile to ensure his tours are fun filled learning experiences for everyone. Looch specializes in our overnight tours where his culinary skills are much appreciated.

Sean Mooring is our resident guide in training. Sean has completed the Wilderness First Aid course and Paddle Canada sea kayaking level 1 certification and will be assisting our experienced guides on many day tours this season.  

Loved it. My first time.
Werner & Else Marie made it such a pleasure. Thanks.

Derek Evoy, Calgary , Alberta

Your guides Glenn and Kristen

Glenn and Kristen are your 
Dover location owner/operators.

Dover guides: PLEASE NOTE THE DOVER LOCATION IS CLOSED IN THE 2014 SEASON. Glenn Coltman, operating out of our East Dover location for the fourth year, has been kayaking in Nova Scotia for over 12 years, often all 12 months of the year! Glenn, a  "Adventure Diploma" graduate is equally certified in First Aid, is a Paddle Canada Instructor in sea kayaking and canoeing, a certified sea kayak guide and a Rescue Canada Swiftwater Specialist. Along with his partner, Kristen, a certified Natural Nutritionist with a keen interest in local wildflowers, they will ensure a memorable experience for all.

We want to thank Glenn for a great kayak trip.
It was the first time we had a chance to go in a kayak and the trip was excellent.

Steve and Angele, Sudbury, Ontario

All clients taking a NovaShores tour are required to agree to and sign a personal liability waiver. Guests under 18 must have a parent or a guardian sign the waiver and children under 12 must also have a parent accompany them on the tour sharing a double kayak.

Note - A rescue is a very unusual event on our tours, but they are practiced by our experienced guides and done quickly when required. Statistically on our tours, out of every 200 paddlers in single kayaks, 1 may capsize. In doubles it is extremely unlikely to ever happen. In this unlikely event all that happens is that you get wet. You are wearing a life jacket and your guide will have you back in the kayak and into dry clothes that are carried in a dry bag in minutes. We also carry hot water and coffee, tea or hot chocolate to help warm you up, and a full range of first aid and rescue gear. On a hot day you may even decide to enjoy the cool water!

All tours start with basic instruction in paddling and safety.  If you want to expand on that and learn more advanced kayaking skills or obtain Paddle Canada certification we also offer that option.  We  run skill improvement and Paddle Canada certification courses from our Dover location. 

Paddle Canada Sea Kayaking Level 2 Skill Course

Level-2 course includes/covers: overnight touring and intermediate boat handling.

Provides the theory and skills for proficient kayaking at sea in moderate open sea conditions, including overnight camping. Includes: touring, risk assessment, efficient bracing, sculling for support, combined strokes, sustained paddling, introduction to rolling, kayak tripping and navigation with overnight camping, moderate winds and sea conditions. Includes video stroke analysis as well!

For entire course details/specifics: 

Prerequisites: Paddle Canada Level 1 Skills course or equivalent skills (proficiency at basic boat control skills, can confidently wet exit and re-enter your boat in calm conditions, ( less than 15 knots) and can assist a paddling partner in re-entering their boat)

To Register or for more Information:

Glenn Coltman, 852-3875 or

Paddle Canada Sea Kayaking Level 1 Skill Course

A great course for a new boat owner!

East Dover, Nova Scotia

Cost: $250 (includes use of kayak)

Sea Kayak Skills Level 1 provides the skill and knowledge necessary for day-long sea kayaking trips in sheltered waters (non-wilderness areas). Successful completion of Level 1 indicates competence to paddle a sea kayak within a sheltered bay in the company of one or more paddlers with Level 1 or greater skill and knowledge. The course covers a variety of strokes and rescues, including both self and assisted rescue.

For more detailed information on the course, see:

To Register or for more Information:

Glenn Coltman, 852-3875 or

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Anthony Washford

Kayak tours from Advocate Harbour on the Bay of Fundy,
Nova Scotia Canada.
We are also close to the UNESCO world heritage site of Joggins.

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Phone: 1-902-392 -2222
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Nova Scotia, B0M 1A0, Canada