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Kayak, Canoe, Paddleboard


All the best day trip and overnight spots you need to know about.

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Get out on the water


Whether you're looking for a 20 minute paddle on the Northwest Arm or a multiday expedition, we've got you covered. There are hundreds of pristine lake and oceanfront locations to paddle close to Dal campus— if you’re willing to stray a little further, Nova Scotia boasts some of the best paddling in Canada.

Find detailed information of various locations and businesses below. 

Gear library highlights: Garmin inReach, camping kettle, camp stoves, double burner coleman, pot sets, camp table, wash basins, tents, sleeping pads, sleeping bags, beach games.

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St. Mary's Boat Club offers free canoe and paddleboard rentals during the warmer months, check their schedule here.

Dalhousie also hosts a kayaking society with access to white water boats— find out more here.

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Prospect Bay

Only thirty minutes from downtown Halifax, Prospect Bay has everything you could want. Eco Kayaking offers kayak and canoe rentals, with a public launch right across the road if you've got your own. There are numerous islands to explore, and high wildlife sightings— a perfect day trip from Halifax. If you'd like to kick it up a notch, Hearn Island is the perfect spot to stay the night: white sand beach, beautiful sunsets, NO pit toilet— please practice leave no trace. 

LaHave Islands


With LaHave being 1h 20min from downtown and most paddling destinations a few hours minimum from launch, the LeHave islands are best suited for expeditions. 

Cape LaHave Adventures will outfit you, with a public launch right across the road if you've got your own gear. The beach pictured on the right is one of the beautiful camping locations in the islands — most have pit toilets.

The LaHave bakery is an incredibly special place, make sure to stop by while you're in the area. 

See best campsites below.


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100 Wild Islands

Tangier, Nova Scotia—The 100 Wild Islands is 1h 15min from downtown Halifax and is an excellent destination for a day trip, overnight, or multiday expedition. Coastal Adventures is the outfitter here, but like always, there is public areas to launch from. 

See campsite map and area insights here.


For overnight canoe trips, Keji is your spot. Its also a National Park, which means they've got a hell of a lot more information than we could ever give you. 

I wish Parks Canada had a better website but they don't. Find more here

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