2017 SCATARIE ISLAND ALUMNI EXPEDITION



        The destination for our 9th Annual Alumni Expedition is the western coastline of Nova Scotia. We begin our journey in Louisburg and paddle up to the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic site where the British defeated the French in 1758 and gained control of all of Nova Scotia. After exploring this meticulous reconstruction, including lunch at the period restaurant where the ambiance that will take you back in time to rural France, we will continue northward along a ragged shoreline of coves, inlets and headlands. The ancient volcanic rock has been cut and sliced by the incessant action of the sea to form a route of shoals, reefs and islets that are a marvel to meander among. The highlight will be circumnavigating Scatarie Island and the most easterly point in Nova Scotia. Scatarie is one of our largest offshore islands with a history that goes back to the French period where it was a major fishing station for the fortress. Today day no one lives here [even the light station has been abandoned] and it has been designated wilderness area [for more complete description of the island: Scatarie: "Nova Scotia's Far East"]. And as with our other journeys we will camp in idyllic wilderness settings on the edge of the ocean.

During the month of September the weather is often at it’s best in Nova Scotia and the ocean waters are among 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 the coast.

Dates: (7 Day Tour)

Wednesday, September 7 to Thursday, September 13

Fee:

CAD $1495 + HST

Trip Route :

Louisburg to Main-a-Dieu [via Scatarie Island]

Trip Leader: Scott Cunningham/Gayle Wilson
Prerequisites: Previous CA participants (fit and keen)

INCLUSIONS:
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
Tarps
Shuttle service back to Shelburne at end of trip
Re-supply during the trip

EXCLUSIONS:
Camping gear
Personal clothing

For further information and booking contact:
Scott Cunningham [info@CoastalAdventures.com; 1-877-404-2774]

 

 



-----------------The expansive crescent beach on the western tip of Scatarie
     


 
 
    Meandering among the shoals  
 
   
  Ancient volcanic bedrock borders both the mainland coast and the islands.  
 

 

Camping at the edge of the ocean  

 

 

 

 

 
   
 Scatarie Island Lighthouse [Eastern end].


 
   
 

Louisbourg Lighthouse - site of the first lighthouse in Canada

         
 
 
  Preparing fresh mackeral over an open fire
 

 

  Sheltered coves along the southern shoreline of Scatarie  
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  Heart of Stone - a natural quartz intrusion  
Rusting remains of large navigation buoy

 

 
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  Fortress Louisbourg - The Frederick Gate  
     
 
  Our tentative route for 2017