Our Team

Sea kayaking tours in Bay of Fundy Nova Scotia

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NovaShores is a millenial

… in the best sense of the term – just like most of our staff. Enthusiastic, entertaining, loving, caring, open-minded, generous, international and free-spirited, they’re at the heart of our company values and strive to make a positive impact in the world. We are a work family that believes in inclusiveness, equality, the sanctity of nature and the beauty in human interaction.

NovaShores Adventures was founded in 2000 by nature lover Werner Ostermann who literally met his Danish wife when guiding one of his tours. Else Marie added the extraordinary culinary component to the business, and they nurtured the company together very successfully and with attention to detail. Looking for more pristine wilderness away from any human-built structures, they came upon Cape Chignecto Park while on a weekend getaway and knew they wanted to live and work immersed in its rugged natural beauty. They sold everything in East Dover by Halifax and moved to off-the-beaten-path Advocate Harbour full time, trusting that paddlers would still find them. And they did! The small company’s tours booked up every summer. When early retirement and West Coast boat life beckoned, their long-term guide Anne Grabinsky took over the business and continued to gently grow it. Now, 12 staff work here seasonally, and many of them return every summer to the NovaShores family.

 Meet our experienced and dedicated crew below.

meeting kayaking guides

Anne Grabinsky, Owner Operator
9th 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 trips 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 Stand-up paddling in Mexico.

Megan Johnson, Overnight Guide
4th 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.

James Mathews, Overnight Guide
4th season at NovaShores

James grew up in England, but spent his summers at the family cottage in Advocate Harbour. He started assisting on day tours at a tender age, and is now a superb overnight guide. While we are still waiting for him to get his drivers license, he travelled to Peru, Spain and Greece, and studies Arabic and French at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. We are stoked that he keeps coming back to his beloved lil Advocate despite the world being his oyster.


Hannah Ruebig, Yoga Instructor & Guide
1st season at NovaShores

Hannah, who grew up in Munich, Cologne and Berlin, has always felt this special connection and joy in nature and movement. After being a political campaigner for social justice and ecological consciousness, she dedicated herself to the study of dance in Berlin. An intense immersion in Yoga and a certification as a Yoga teacher in Mexico followed, as well as a love for the culture and people there. As a Karma Yogini and volunteer, she served the community teaching English, Yoga and Value classes in schools and at the local library. Her mandate is to teach and transmit love and connection to yourself, people and all things alive through Yoga, meditation and dance practiced right in mother nature. With her fascination for water and the great outdoors, she is now happy to extend her knowledge of movement as a kayak guide, always striving for the most harmonious experience for body and soul.


Anika Smithson, Day Tour Guide
1st season at NovaShores

Anika is our resident geologist and outdoor educationist. She enjoys an active outdoor lifestyle and grew up exploring the Ontario wilderness camping, hiking, canoeing and kayaking. This passion led her to pursue not only a degree in Earth Science but also a certificate in Adventure Guiding from Vancouver Island. After that, Anika worked extensively in summer camp and Nordic ski settings, and is now pursuing on her Master’s degree while guiding with NovaShores and spreading her positive outlook on life.

Hayley Nuttall, Office Manager
 4th 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. She loves everything vintage and takes you back in time with her stunning 40s outfits. During the quieter winter months, Hayley likes exploring Europe.

Damien Mahoney, Overnight Guide
4th 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.

Dawson Green, OVERNIGHT guide
1st season at NovaShores

This Alberta native moved to Golden, BC, to complete his  Adventure Tourism degree at the College of The Rockies and to pursue his passion, backcountry skiing and guiding. Dawson is a very capable multi-day guide with a great sense of humor and ever-positive vibes. He has got some great stories, and is never shy to pitch in when a hand is needed. Spending his first summer on the East Coast, he was afraid he wouldn’t understand the accent here – which luckily proved unfounded. Instead, he befriended everybody in the village, from the store owners to the trailer building guys, whose workshop he uses to chainsaw wooden sculptures.

Liam Evans, Day Tour Guide
1st season at NovaShores

Liam is an adventurous spirit with a passion for sailing the seven seas. Hailing from Western Australia, he is currently on a two-year working holiday exploring dog mushing in the Canadian Arctic, fishing for salmon and sturgeon at a river lodge in BC, and now sea kayaking on the world’s biggest tides. By far not his first overseas experience, he has worked and sailed around the Cook Islands, New Zealand and Antarctica before arriving in Canada. Growing up in the sailing community, he has devoted countless hours as a volunteer on a tall ship teaching youth how to sail. An avid outdoorsman, Liam never passes up the opportunity for an adventure, a good story, or a bad pun.

We're hiring for the 2021 season!
NovaShores is accepting applications for the following 2021 seasonal job openings:

Certified, experienced day tour and overnight KAYAK GUIDES

  • June or July until August or September.

  • Minimum qualifications: Wilderness First Aid & Paddle Canada Level 2, SKGABC’s AOG or similar.

  • Experienced drivers only.
  • Must hold a Canadian passport or permanent residency card.


  • June or July until August or September.
  • Must be able to work independently and without supervision.
  • Tasks include baking, cooking, meal prep, packing food for day- and overnight tours, clean-up and keeping an inventory of food stored.
  • Must hold a Canadian passport or permanent residency card.

We offer

  • Competitive pay based on level of experience and seasons worked with us
  • Family-style, eco-friendly work environment
  • Smoothly running operations
  • Reliable, approachable management
  • The great outdoors right at your doorstep
  • Calm & peace
  • Fresh, organic food