The destination for our 6th Annual Alumni Expedition is once again the South Shore of Nova Scotia, better known to travelers as the Lighthouse route. The South Shore has been designated one of the world’s top ten coastal destinations by the National Geographic’s Traveler magazine and it’s ragged shorelines, winding roadways, and colourful villages reflect a maritime history that stretches back to when the Europeans first colonized North America. For nine days we leave the late summer bustle of the mainland and journey among the offshore islands, where the cars can’t go and the tourists seldom venture. We will visit the remote light stations and remnants of an island way of life now in the past. For the most part, only the sheep remain, left to forage unattended on the barren outposts along with remnant of previous habitation. This year we will continue up the coastline from where we left off in the fall of 2013. Weather and water conditions permitting, we plan to reach the Sambro Island lighthouse, the oldest operating lighthouse in North America.

During the month of September the weather is usually at it’s best in Nova Scotia and the ocean waters the warmest. Temperate days will be followed by the fresh evenings announcing the advent of autumn. The rich light of the fading season will drape the land/seascape with melancholic hues as the prevailing southwesterly breeze nudge us up along this eclectic coast.

Dates: (9 Day Tour)

Wednesday, September 3 to Thursday, September 11


CAD $1795 + HST

Trip Route :

Tancook Island to Sambro

Trip Leader: Scott Cunningham/Gayle Wilson
Prerequisites: Previous CA participants (fit and keen)
5 Day Option: Half way through the trip we are re-supplied and for those who can’t participate for the entire journey we offer a 5 day option:
You can join for either the first 5 days or the last 5 days [Cost: $995 + HST]

Kayaking equipment
Paddling clothing
Laminated maps (to cover the entire route)
Great food (and lots of it)
Cooking utensils and cutlery
First aid kit
Repair kit
Shuttle service back to Shelburne at end of trip
Re-supply during the trip

Camping gear
Personal clothing

For further information and booking contact:
Scott Cunningham [; 1-877-404-2774]


With the wind at their back, a group of contented paddlers heads up the coastline.


Although they nest hundreds of miles away, the Northern Gannet is a common sight along the South Shore late in the summer.

Some shorelines collect white sand beaches ....

.... while others present only barren bedrock.

Huge boulders are left from a time a layer of ice a mile thick covered the area .

Perhaps best viewed from the sea: the iconic Peggy's Cove lighthouse.

The habitations that one encounters on a paddling tour will vary from the
more modest abodes .......... a castle fit for a king (or queen)!

Colourfull lobster traps stacked on the wharf awaiting the season opening.

Salmon pens are an increasingly common site in the sheltered coves.