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Happy Birthday, Canada!! We were privileged to cross Canada last year on our SUP road trip. We miss the wide open roads, beautiful vistas, unparalleled paddling opportunities and meeting friendly fellow explorers. Never stop appreciating this magnificent country! ❤️🇨🇦❤️ #Canada #canadaday #roadtrip #trains #railroad @trainstationinn @visitnovascotia @tourism.canada
Excited to see the story and photos of our cross Canada SUP trip published by Canadian Press, both in print and online. Check out the link in our bio for the National Post's online version. We had a blast exploring the waterways of Canada from the Atlantic to the Pacific and plenty in between. A huge thank you to everyone who helped and to those you guided us to their favourite local paddling spots. We weren't able to mention all of the highlights in the article but if you are interested check out our blog canadaonboard.ca for the full stories of our escapades 😀🚐 and great ideas for places to SUP including the people who can help you get there this summer. @canadaonboard @cdnpress @nationalpost @hamiltonspectator @supbearfoot @jodiboydrmt @queen_city_sup @pacificapaddle @cbwestsup @livelifeintents @neddies_harbour_inn @newfoundlandlabrador @tourismpei @tourismcb @nicolavalleypaddle @destinationnb @maferries @visitnovascotia @cascadiaboardco @bluwavesup @bluejellyfishsup @jkernaghan1
Anyone interested in visiting the Toronto Outdoor Adventure & Travel show this weekend can use promotion codes CANADA or PADDLING if you purchase tickets online and you will receive a $4.00 discount at check out! And we have a few free admission tickets available. We will give them to the first people to contact us until they run out :)) We will be at Booth 675 - come and say hi or check out the presentations we are doing Friday & Saturday about our crazy, fun cross Canada Stand Up Paddle road trip Canada Onboard: Coast to Coast 150. #OAS Toronto #adventure #travel #outdoors #paddle #roadtrip @theperiwinkledragonflycompany @canadaonboard
A perfect red chair roost overlooking Kidston Lighthouse in beautiful Bras D'Or Lake, a stones throw away from quaint but bustling Baddeck, NS. A welcome respite for travellers expanding their minds with the amazingly illuminating history found in the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site. Next stop Tatamagouche, NS. Read more about our Cross Canada Paddling Roadtrip, celebrating Canada 150, on our blog: CanadaOnboard.ca 🇨🇦 @cbwestsup @bluejellyfishsup @visitnovascotia @nstourism @tourcanada @tourcapebreton @capebretontourism @parks.canada @parkscanadaredchair #sharethechair #baddeck #explore #explorecanada #explorecanada #explorens #capebreton #nova scotia #cabottrail #adventuresforthesoul #roadtrip #canada150 #parkscanada #alexandergrahambell #alexandergrahambellmuseum #museum #crosscanadapaddlingroadtrip
Although we love the paddling and scenery our adventure is about so much more. Savouring the cuisine of local eateries is high on our list of must do experiences. The Dancing Goat Cafe & Bakery, along the Cabot Trail in Margaree, NS is one of our favourites. It's delicious food, engaging locales and comfortable ambience proved the perfect spot for us to slow our pace and get some work done. Read more about our Cross Canada Paddling Roadtrip celebrating Canada 150 on our blog: CanadaOnboard.ca
Jeremy Smith of @cbwestsup leads us swishing through the grasses with our gear. He knows all the secret, hidden launches along the Margaree River, raising the adventure factor of our afternoon paddle to a higher level. Check out our blog CanadaOnboard.ca to read more about our Cross Canada Paddling Roadtrip celebrating Canada 150🇨🇦 @cbwestsup @bluejellyfishsup @visitnovascotia @nstourism @tourcanada @tourcanada @tourcapebreton @capebretontourism @visitcapebretonisland @capebretonpost #visitnovascotia #explore #explorecanada #explorens #novascotia #capebreton #cabottrail #margaree #margareeriver #adventuresforthesoul #roadtrip #canada #canada150 #crosscanadapaddlingroadtrip

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TRAINING DAY 2 – Cadboro Bay to Oak Bay

CADBORO BAY — The switch from Wild Renfrew to posh paddling along a millionaires’ row of seaside homes couldn’t have been more dramatic. The area is thick with Mercedes, Range Rovers and BMWs but the folks here share one common thread, a caution about powerful Baynes Channel.

Whether doctor or gardener, the warning was emphatic to steer clear of the ripping currents that run to 5 knots or more and that only the very experienced would want to Baynes Channel & Mount Baker
challenge. Local paddling groups recommend end-running the channel to get to Discovery and Chatham Islands, a world apart in feels yet just kilometres from downtown Victoria. From these shores you can look across the Haro Strait to the Cascades mountain range in the United States and its perpetually snow-capped gem, Mount Baker.

We planned to stick close to shore as I worked on my stroke under Pam’s watchful eye. And we lucked into a beautiful little rental cottage called Sunrise Garden Cottage about 50 metres to a launch point at Smugglers Cove on Ten Mile Point, Vancouver Island’s most eastern point.

Rum Running and Kelp Dodging

That’s where rum running boats loaded with liquor were launched to U.S. destinations during Prohibition in that country. And it may have been a location for incoming illicit drugs over time.
They dodged the authorities, we skirted big pods of kelp and rocks as we slipped through gaps in the rugged coast (once in reverse fashion as a tricky current spun us around). Pam scouted out the area on her own, making it down to Oak Bay and back in an impressive 90 minutes.

I was content to putz around smaller bays and enjoy the sight of a seal who popped out to check us out. It looked like a pup who had lost its way.

       

Want to Paddle Cadboro Bay?

The wide sweep of Cadboro Bay is popular with kids getting into the sport, its benign waters a good starting point. And there’s a little paddling business, Gyro Beach Board Shop, right in Cadboro Bay Village, which has paddleboards and kayaks for sale and rent.

Heaven In Victoria

Meantime, Sunrise Garden Cottage was a little slice of English heaven with classic furniture, a sunny patio and verdant garden.

Local Gastronomy

A couple of food recommendations here are The Penny Farthing Public House  in Oak Bay, where we had brilliant hamburgers made with brioche buns, and The Snug Pub at tony Oak Bay Beach Hotel, where a large sunny balcony affords a brilliant view of the bay and the food is fresh and stylishly presented at reasonable prices.

 

The lingering and deep sense of this pristine pocket of Victoria is twofold — that you can have an outdoorsy holiday in this city and in a short drive join 60,000 others for Victoria’s brilliant Canada Day celebration.

Canada Day celebrations in Victoria, B.C. An estimated 60,000 people enjoyed the events together.

Oh, Canada!! Happy 150th!

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