Dates: 3rd – 17th October 2013
Location: Nova Scotia, Canada
Price: £1650 (including VAT)
This includes all accommodation during the expedition dates, food, local guides, instruction, specialist equipment rental, public liability insurance, internal transfers and Park fees. It does not include airfares, alcohol, personal clothing and equipment and any extra activities outside the expedition programme. Note: We strongly recommend you take out your own personal insurance for the expedition.
You will be met at Halifax International Airport and transported to the Base Camp location. Here you will have the opportunity to relax, enjoy a hearty meal and drink and prepare for your forthcoming adventure. You will be briefed on the forthcoming events, issued all the equipment and food you will need and receive an in-country safety lecture. The first two nights will be spent in the comfort of cabins.
Day 3-12 - The Expedition
Now comes the opportunity of a lifetime. The 10 day expedition will give you a chance to switch off the mad rush of the 21st century and experience the delights of wilderness travel by canoe, much as the early explorers would have done.You will load your equipment into your canoe and set off. With the focus firmly on enjoyment, adventure and exploration, you will push very deep into the Nova Scotia wilderness. Our guide on this phase will be one of the leading lights in open canoeing and wilderness preservation in Nova Scotia. With only the gentle splash of the paddle, you may find that you can get closer to nature than you ever thought possible.
Depending on our route, highlights include:
- Sporting Lake Island, an area of truly majestic natural beauty, never having been touched or felled since the white man came to North America.
- Granite Lake Falls, in the early morning, with the sunlight streaming through the leaves and shimmering off the water, it's almost like something out of 'Lord of the Rings'. Once you visit, you will appreciate its magical quality.
- Buckshot Lake, a very special place. A stone seat provides an opportunity to sit and ponder, 4 days travel in any direction from the nearest civilization.
- Cofan Lake and cabin
- North Bingay Lake, the heart of the Tobeatic
Day 13 will be split into 2 parts. The morning will be given over to personal and expedition administration. All expedition equipment will be serviced, cleaned and dried, and then packed away. You will have plenty of time to wash and dry your clothing and pack your personal belongings.
In the afternoon, you will be taken to visit one of the oldest forts in Canada and the original site of the capital of Nova Scotia. With breathtaking views over the Annapolis River, it is not hard to imagine how exciting this country must have appeared to all those Europeans who landed here to begin a new and exciting life, so many years ago.
In the evening, the whole expedition will sit down together and enjoy a celebratory dinner in one of the local restaurants. Shared experiences, good company and good food will be sure to make this a very special evening.
The following morning (Day 14), you will be taken into Halifax. Whilst we take care of your luggage, you will be dropped in the city centre and will have the chance to unwind, shop for any special presents and acquaint yourself with Halifax. It's a small but bustling city, packed with history (including many of the Titanic victims who were recovered from the sea and scene of one of the largest ever man-made explosions) and also one of the most impressive natural harbours in the world. There are many excellent restaurants and shops found in Halifax. At a pre-arranged time, we will pick you up and transport you to Halifax Airport for your flight home.