Your Halifax tour will begin at the visitor information centre, and from there we’ll walk along the boardwalk to Kayak Halifax, where you’ll have a meet-and-greet so you can get to know the people sharing the experience with you. You’ll get all your equipment and safety gear and an introductory lesson so you can paddle like a pro. Don’t worry, no previous experience is required, so don’t stress if it’s your first time in a kayak.
Then, we’ll head out onto the water! You’ll get some paddling practice in a sheltered cove before we take off on our kayak tour and the fun really begins!
With the rising sun, we’ll watch a sleeping city awaken as we paddle the length of the entire boardwalk — from Pier 21 to the dockyards that are the home of the Canadian East Coast Navy.
We’ll explore the Halifax harbourfront in our stable ocean kayaks and get up close and personal with this maritime city at sea level, where we may encounter marine life, from starfish to seals to Navy Seals.
Along the route, you’ll also see stalactites as we paddle under piers, sailboats and marinas, warships from the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, art installations, the Canadian Navy Fleet, and sites such as Casino Nova Scotia and Purdy’s Wharf.
We’ll circumnavigate and get as close as possible to Georges Island, a Canadian National Historic site that houses a fort and lighthouse, which are off-limits to the public. You’ll learn about the island prison and mass deportations, and we’ll share tales of pirates, buccaneers, rum runners during prohibition, public hangings, and more.
Once we return from our kayak experience, we’ll relax with a short walk to the Seaport Market, where we’ll enjoy a delicious, well-earned rooftop breakfast overlooking the harbour and city skyline.
The market itself is in an award-winning eco-friendly building, which is itself a marvel, and is often full of East Coast energy and music. As we wander the market, we’ll meet with local farmers and artisans, before sadly parting ways.
Inclusions: Local English-speaking and certified kayak guide, kayak rental with paddle and lifejacket, basic instructions and all safety equipment, breakfast on the rooftop.
Exclusions: Additional food and drink, water, souvenirs and items of a personal nature, tips/gratuities for your guide.
Dress standard: Please dress in layers, appropriate to the season and time of day of your tour. Sunglasses, hat, windbreaker, and sunblock are highly recommended. A bottle of water is essential.
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Closure of sites: The on-water portion of this tour may be cancelled or the entire tour rescheduled due to inclement weather or other conditions beyond our control. Urban Adventures Halifax may reschedule or provide an alternative activity in lieu of sea kayaking:
A full refund will be provided if the tour is cancelled or an alternative activity is not suitable or agreeable to the client.
Child Policy: Travellers under 12 years of age are not permitted to join this tour.