Kayak the Fundy Park Coastline

Departing from our kayaking centre in Alma, New Brunswick, FreshAir Adventure explores the longest uninhabited coastline in Eastern Canada – the UNESCO Bay of Fundy Biosphere Reserve. On our two-day adventures, guests will kayak along sheer cliffs; enter inlets where streams and rivers have found their way to the Bay, and marvel at the rock outcroppings sculptured by the mighty tides of the Bay of Fundy. Camping is held in secluded coves or on beaches where only the crackling of the fire and the sound of the waves interrupt the silence of the night. In the evening, your guide will prepare a meal that brings an end to an exceptional day. You will dine on seafood from the Bay: Atlantic salmon and scallops. For those who are not seafood lovers, there are alternatives.

At every tide, you will rise or fall 10 metres. High tide allows you to poke into sea caves and kayak around sea stacks. At low tide these rock walls and stony fingers are high and dry and you will paddle alongside massive expanses of seaweed lying on the rocks above you. 
…A new experience with every tide.

Please note: A minimum of 2 guests are required for the tour from May 20-June 20. A minimum of 4 guests is required from June 20-September 4.

Additional information

Ticket TypeAdult (17 years+), Youth (16 years-), Seniors (65 years+)
1

Arrival

All tours start at FreshAir Adventure’s home base in Alma. We recommend guests arrive 5-10 minutes before the tour’s “start time” to give yourselves a few minutes to use the washroom and put on sunblock. Because all of our tours are arranged to follow specific tide times, we will start each tour at the time listed on our schedules.
2

Introductions

Once everyone is together, we will go through the FreshAir Adventure waiver with you (in English and/or French), and a brief outline of what to expect while on the water – what you can expect to see and where we will take you. Following this introduction, you can store personal items such as car keys, delicate wrist-watches or ID in our safe deposit box so that they don’t go for a swim in the Bay (modern car keys especially don’t appreciate salt water). Then we will accompany you to our boat house to get you outfitted in a PFD (personal flotation device, or “life jacket”) and a paddling jacket. We also have small waterproof dry bags for any electronics you would like to bring and larger bags in case you’d like to bring an extra fleece or sweater.
3

Boat Preparation

When you are dressed and ready for the tour, we will get you into the boats and fit the rudder-pedals to your appropriate leg length. Before we launch, our guides will go over a short kayak instruction lesson to give you the basics of paddling as well as an overview of what to do in the very unlikely event that you tip your boat over. Rescues and re-entry is much easier than you’d imagine, and our guides will make sure you feel confident about what to do, and how they will help you.
4

Go Paddling!

Introductions, outfitting and instruction complete, we will head off on the Bay of Fundy for three hours of paddling and exploring! Whether it is glassy and calm or a little windy, there is nothing more beautiful than the Bay, at both high tide and low. Be ready to exercise your body, and your smile.

The aim is to be warm and comfortable. For paddling, quick drying materials such as nylon are appropriate. The items in the following list are suggestions only. Substitutions can be made.

EQUIPMENT

CLOTHES

  • Sleeping bag
  • Flashlight
  • Pocket knife
  • Personal toiletries
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Sun screen
  • Mosquito repellant
  • Notebook, pen
  • Sun hat
  • Nylon shorts (for paddling)
  • Warm sweater (fleece)
  • Warm pants (fleece)
  • Paddling footwear (sandals, old running shoes)
  • Dry-land footwear (light-weight hiking shoes)
  • Wool gloves (in June and September)
  • 2 T-shirts
  • 2 pair underwear
  • 3 pair wool socks
  • Rain gear

FreshAir Adventure supplies the following:

  • Guides
  • Sea kayaks and related gear (paddles, skirts, personal floatation devices)
  • Therm-a-rest sleeping pads
  • Camp chairs
  • Paddling jacket
  • First aid kit, safety equipment
  • Cell phone
  • Food
  • Tents
  • Cooking equipment
  • Stoves
  • Water bottles
  • Water
  • Dry bags
  • Two days and one night of of coastal paddling and camping;
  • All kayaking equipment – quality boats, skirts, paddles;
  • Safety gear – tow ropes, bailers, extensive first aid kit, cell phone, extra paddle;
  • Paddling jacket;
  • All camping equipment including dry bags, tents, therm-a-rest mattress, camp chairs;
  • Experienced and personable guides;
  • All meals from noon on day one to noon on day 2; and
  • Passes and fees to Fundy National Park.

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