The destination for our 13th Annual Alumni Expedition is the Southwest Coast of Newfoundland. We begin our journey in Margaree [a short distance from Port-aux-Basques] and paddle east to the abandoned outport of Grand Brit, hugging random patchwork of coves, inlets, and headlands defining a splendid isolation. The islets and islands are often little more than desolate bedrock covered with grasses or crowberry but offer a stark beauty, as well as providing frequent shelter if the seas are choppy. The contrast with the deciduous hardwoods of the Cape Breton Highlands, a mere 60 miles away, is striking. Undulating granite knolls ramble on inland for as far as the eye can see and a lonely barrenness prevails where grasses, shrubs, balding rock and shallow ponds outline the uneven terrain. Traces of forest hide in gullies, somewhat protected from the elements. 

     This is as a much a place for hiking as for sea kayaking and Grand Bruit is a departure point for one of the best. Although these "Highlands" rise a mere 1,000 feet, this is from sea level and the summit affords a grand panorama of the ragged coastline. On the way up you can meander almost any which way without being impeded by forest or sliced up by brambles. The open terrain encourages breezes, cooling the skin and dampening down the insects [although there will be few this time of the year], while the shallow ponds provide a refreshing dip.          

     During late summer the prevailing northwest winds, which often render a CBH tour so challenging, are muted by the lay of the land and are usually on our backs, pushing us along. At the end of our journey we head to La Poile, one of the few outports left along these shores, and pick up the ferry to return.   

     Newfoundland is always a special sea kayaking destination. However, unlike our other tours to Newfoundland, this one doesn’t involve driving half way across the province.  In fact, once you reach the ferry terminal in North Sydney you are almost there as you can book a cabin and board [you have to sleep somewhere before the tour] and arrive rested early the following day, only short distance from the departure point.

Dates: (8 Day Tour): Monday, September 13 to Monday, September 20
Fee: CAD $2195 + HST [$1995 with own kayak]
Trip Route : Port-aux-Basques to Grand Bruit
Trip Leaders: Scott Cunningham/Gayle Wilson/Paul Wolfe
Prerequisites: Previous CA participants (fit and keen)

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 Port-aux-Basques at end of trip

Camping gear
Personal clothing

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



-----------------The expansive crescent beach amidst a rugged, rocky coastline

    One of many sheltered inlets  
  Our 2021 Alumni Tour: The Southwest Coast