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Pam Martin & John Kernaghan


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: 🇨🇦 @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: 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 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 🎶 Last night I heard an owl cry 
And so I took a walk outside 
And saw the northern lights dance lightly 
High above a wild Cape Breton Sky 
Felt the north west wind blow softly 
All along the valley from the sea 
And from my doorway watched the moonrise 
High above the hills of Margaree🎶

The Hills of Margaree-Jim Brannigan Paddling on Cape Bretons' beautiful Margaree River feels as though you've been painted into an Old Masters landscape. Jeremy Smith of CB West Paddle Boards @cbwestsup expertly guided us through shallow rapids, respectfully skirted serious salmon fishers, and allowed us to enjoy the bucolic settings along  the quiet portions of this river he grew up on. Soaring eagles & leaping salmon brought us as close to nature as one can get. 
Read more about our  Margaree River adventure on our blog
@cbwestsup @visitnovascotia @nstourism @tourcapebreton @capebretontourism @paddlecanada @bluejellyfishsup #visitnovascotia #explore #explorecanada #explorens #capebreton #novascotia #cabottrail #Margaree #margareeriver #cheticamp #capebretonhighlands #sup #standuppaddle #paddleboarding #paddle #paddlecanada #adventuresforthesoul #roadtrip #crosscanadapaddleroadtrip #canada #canad150 #coasttocoast150 #oldmasterspainting #salmon One of the goals of our cross Canada paddling road trip was to connect with local stand up paddling groups and businesses to give them an opportunity to share their favourite paddling locations with the hope that others may be inspired to explore there as well. And if you decide to venture to some of the locales we visit, you will know who to contact for  local knowledge as well as get you geared up or guided along the way. Jeremy Smith, of CB West Paddle Boards @cbwestsup took us on an incredible  tour of Cape Breton's beautiful Margaree River. This river  has long been on Pams' bucket list but it's secret launches and unpredictable depths have made it difficult to navigate. Jeremy, a Margaree native, made it all possible! Not only was the paddle everything we thought it might be, but Jeremy was awesome accommodating our schedule, providing gear, sorting out a shuttle and bestowing upon us the friendly hospitality Cape Breton is known for. Oh, and we can't forget the fresh cinnamon buns that appeared out of his dry bag during a rest stop! Pure magic!! @cbwestsup @visitnovascotia @nstourism #visitnovascotia @visitcapebretonisland @tourcapebreton @capebretontourism #explore #explorecanada #explorens #capebreton #novascotia #cabottrail #margaree #cheticamp #capebretonhighlands #sup #standuppaddle #paddleboarding @paddlecanada #paddlecanada #adventuresforthesoul @bluejellyfishsup #shareoceanpassion #roadtrip #crosscanadapaddleroadtrip #canada #canada150

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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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