Kayaking is a great way for people to exercise outdoors while satisfying the natural human need to prove to ducks that we too can glide along open waters. Test the potential of a human-nature partnership with today's Groupon from Coastal Spirit Expeditions, through The Kayak Shak in Cape John. Choose between the following options:
- For $20, you get a three-hour kayak or standup paddleboard rental (a $40 value) from The Kayak Shack.
- For $30, you get a half-day guided sea-kayak adventure tour of Cape John or River John (a $60 value). Tours depart daily at 10 a.m., 2 p.m., and 6 p.m.
Coastal Spirit Expeditions' certified guides lead sea-kayak instruction on well-explored waters, and a friendly staff rents out watercraft rentals through its Kayak Shak shop. On three-hour Adventurer tours of Cape John, guests navigate through challenging routes, educational forays, and the backcountry of their own subconscious while out on majestic, open water. Setting off from the Cape, groups paddle along red sandstone cliffs to pass by a local seal colony before browsing by Northshore's plentiful beaches. River tour guides take all ages of kayakers through calmer bends to the Iron Bridge, encountering wildlife such as eagles, kingfishers, and harbour seals. Kayakers on both excursions gather a light picnic of seasonal fruits and local baked goods from The Country Bread Basket before commencing the trip's return leg. Guides outfit their flocks with all necessary gear and instruct on practicing wilderness safety and perfecting stoic stares into the distance.
More experienced seafarers can challenge upstart ocean currents with a defiant yodel and a three-hour kayak or standup paddleboard rental, which include paddles and all necessary safety gear. Kayak tours take place with groups of 2–10 people. With free reign of cove or river, paddlers can wander the waters beneath Iron Bridge or tail local fish on their daily commute. As these rentals are unguided, guests should plan to turn back toward the dock around their jaunt's midpoint. Coastal Spirit Expeditions requires that water wranglers on either craft wear a lifejacket at all times. Both tours and rentals implement Current Designs kayaks in single and tandem styles.
Cape John Harbour
River John, Nova Scotia B0K 1N0