Join us for 5 unforgettable days exploring the rugged coastline of the Cape Breton Highlands. This expedition promises to fulfill all the excitement and wonder of the mystical highlands
“If you find the prospect of fantastic kayaking, abounding wildlife, hearty fare and untouched beauty, this is the expedition for you.”
Trip 1: July 16 – July 20
Trip 2: July 23 – July 27 (4 SPOTS LEFT)
Trip 3: August 6 – August 10
Trip 4: August 20 – August 24
Trip 5: August 27 – August 31
Cost: 1199 + tax
Day 1: We begin by meeting at our shop in North River Bridge for a meet and greet and a pre-trip briefing. Once geared up and underway we will paddle out through the mouth of the St. Ann’s harbour passing eagles nests, a cave, a waterfall and the Englishtown Ferry One we pass the ferry we enter the Bay and the opening to the Atlantic Ocean. After 3-4 hours of paddling we paddle from the Ocean to Indian Brook where we set camp along the fresh river bed. Unload, set camp and then have a huge feast with the group as we get to know each other a little better.
Day 2: After a relaxing nights sleep we prepare a healthy breakfast and then gear up for our next leg of the paddle to Wreck Cove Point. We will take a lunch break at the Little River Wharf and watch as the fishermen come in and out of their port with their catch. This is where we can stretch and go for a rejuvenating dip in the Atlantic Ocean. The opportunity to chat with the local fishermen here is also a probability. Once we arrive in Wreck Cove Point we will set up camp in a field overlooking the ocean. We then build our campfire, cook supper, and ZzZzZzZzZz…. You will be sleepy… very sleepy J! If you decide to get up early you can watch the Wreck Cove Sunrise from your tent to the East
Day 3: Wake Up! Its time for the next leg to the privately owned Ingonish Island. After breakfast we gear up and do the remarkable 3rd leg of our journey (12-14 miles). The paddle to Ingonish Island surpasses all splendor offering the most incredible panorama’s along the way. There are giant granite walls resting over the oceans bed, numerous granite rock pinnacles, rock hopping opportunities, glacial scars in folded sheets of carboniferous bedrock making the paddler look like a flea in comparison to its magnitude, Pilot Whales might even tease you to follow their lead, seals peering at you as they bob their heads taking a peek to feed their curiosity. We will stop at Delaneys-Beach for a light lunch & rest than we make our way around Cape Smokey to Ingonish Island. This Island is owned by personal friends and only persons with permission are granted a stay. It is an Island on an Island on the Atlantic Ocean. Amazing place! After dinner we can chill and then get a good nights rest while the oceans surf lulls you to sleep on this private Island.
Day 4: On this day we will make our way to Neil’s Harbour. We will stop at Black Brook along the way where we will have lunch and swim on one of the premier beaches on the Island. This beach is rugged and beautiful with a fresh water waterfall off to the right side of the beach where we can wash all the salt off us from the past 3 days of paddling. Once we are done we head back out to sea and make our way to Neil’s Harbour where we will set up camp and have a dinner and wander around the area watching the surf roll in then watch it wash away again. (Sounds like an Otis Redding tune)
Day 5: All good things will come to an end! This is our last day and on this day we will paddle around White Point up through to South Harbour. The sea and landscapes here are mind blowing. The mountains of the Highlands melt down to the sea. This is a fine, fine place to be where the fishing boats rest for the nights before heading out for a catch of lobster. Lobster you ask…. If we are lucky~ We will take a little break around White Point and then make way to South Harbour where we will unload boats and say our goodbyes with lots of hugs and address exchanges so we can plan our next trip. You will feel refreshed and empowered by the accomplishment that you just undertook. We thank you for choosing North River Kayak Tours to guide you on your journey. Namaste!
Inclusions: All kayaking equipment, cooking gear, and food are supplied — We use both single and double kayaks depending on the experience of the participants. Participants are expected to help in camp duties.
Exclusions: Participants provide tents, sleeping bags, pads and personal items. A detailed checklist will be provided upon registration. Tents may be rented from us. We strongly urge you to bring along a waterproof camera. There are always plenty of photo opportunities.
Please refer to registration form regarding prerequisites, liability, reservations and our cancellation policy. There is a minimum of 4 participants required for this tour.