If your question is not answered below please e-mail us at info@northriverkayak.com and we will be more than happy to answer it for you.

(Q) Do I need to be in great shape to participate in one of the trips?

(A) Our adventures are not considered to be strenuous or physically demanding, and we do not require a high level of fitness. You must be capable of a few hours of moderate exercise each day. Keep in mind that good general health will go a long way if we happen to encounter some strong winds, tides, or time restrictions. Our multi-day trips are generally more physically demanding and will be discussed individually in the registration process.


(Q) I have never sea kayaked before. Can I come along?

(A) Yes, we specialize in teaching first timers and recommend that they try our 1/2 day or full-day guided tours. Thse tours are beginner friendly and we do dry land instruction before we launch our kayaks.


(Q) What is the experience level of your multi-day tours?

(A) We recommend that you have a keen interest in kayaking are in good physical condition and have some sea kayaking experience. We usually paddle between 8 – 12 miles per day. Note: A detailed discussion regarding experience will happen prior to registration.


(Q) What should we take with us?

(A) Generally, wear clothes you find comfortable – shorts are fine and a tee shirt. You should wear something on your feet that you don’t mind getting wet. A bottle of water, sunglasses, sun screen, a hat and a spare change of clothes for when you return is also a great idea.


(Q) Do we have to book in advance for a trip?

(A) We do recommend that you book in advance to secure a spot for the tour of your choice. You can do so by calling toll free 1-888-865-2925 or registering on line by using our On-Line-Registration form. It’s easy!


(Q) We have children. Will they be able to participate?

(A) Yes, we carry a line of tandem kayaks and recommend that children (under 13) kayak with a parent in the tandem.


(Q) What is your weather like on Cape Breton Island?

(A) The average temperatures for June are between 60 to 73 degrees fahrenheit. July & August are between 70 to 82 degrees fahrenheit and September averages 65 degrees. The water temperature from July to mid September is averaged at 60-65 degrees depending on which part of the Island you are.


(Q) Is it appropriate to tip the guides?

(A) Our guides work hard and have a limited amount of time to make a living with such a short season. If you feel your expectations have been exceeded – Tips are greatly appreciated. Just ask Matt 🙂


(Q) Why kayak with North River Kayak Tours?

(A) We have been providing a quality and safe service for the past 17 years, and…you will have a great time! Customer relationships and safety are our two primary concerns. We are trained in remote wilderness first-aid and are also trained by the Canadian Recreational Canoeing Association and the British Canoe Union. We look forward to sharing a part of your vacation with you. And, we are the recipients of the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia’s ADVENTURE TOUR OPERATOR for 2002.


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