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Sea Kayaking in Blue Rocks

Blue Rocks is not only beautiful, but it’s also known as one of the best kayaking spots on the South Shore of Nova Scotia.

On the shore, it’s easy to find a fishing village or two to photograph, but from the water, you get up close and personal with fishing villages and shacks that are not accessible by road; some pepper the little islands that hug the shoreline.

In a kayak, you can meander some of the unexplored islands that are similar to and southwest of the 100 Wild Islands wilderness, an archipelago of over 282 wild, untouched, ecologically rich coastal islands. Many of these can only be viewed or accessed by kayak.

During our adventure, we explored a few and found white sand beaches, rocky shoals, tree-covered islands, rocky coves, and lots of blue rocks! Hiding in the middle of it all were seals and an abundance of birds. Apparently, porpoises frequent the area (we saw none).

We worried because both George and Hilton the sharks were spotted hunting in the area on the day of our trip.

Logistically, we used Pleasant Paddling for this trip and rented single sea kayaks; they were true sea kayaks with open bulkheads and a fully intact rudder. This makes the kayak easier to control and less tippy.

The company provides all the safety equipment that you need, a dry bag for your cell phones (so you can maintain contact), and a detailed map of the area (very handy). To be able to rent a single kayak, you need to be at least 13-years old. The total cost for the two of us was just over $100 per day.

We’ve done a lot of kayaking around the world… and for the first time in 13-years that I had to work really hard to keep up with La Niña. We worked up an appetite and after a long day of kayaking, we earned a dinner of scallops, fish and chips.

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