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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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On Prince Edward Island, the third province in our 10-province, 30-day paddling tribute to Canada’s 150th birthday, we hit the obstacles of rain, fog and tides in Charlottetown.
And that meant our goal of two outings per province was already in trouble.

See, we consulted a local sailor at Charlottetown Yacht Club about the conditions and he advised against us SUPing on the harbour. The plan was to follow the path the Fathers of Confederation took to land in Charlottetown for the talks which created Canada.
IMG_0354The dunes that sweep back from the sea on PEI are lit gorgeously by the late afternoon sun, conditions we wish we’d enjoyed on a flying visit. Photo by Carrie Gregory courtesy of PEI Tourism.

Our rule of thumb was to always abide by local wisdom when it came to conditions and the prospect of paddling into trouble. So when he suggested the placid Brudenell River instead, we headed 30 minutes to Brudenell River Provincial Park and the adjacent Rodd Resort.

The Broad Brudenell

There, the odd combination of driving rain and maddening mosquitoes made for a shaky beginning on the broad Brudenell. But after a time the rain and bugs relented and it was calm paddling against a slight tug of tide, us and both river sides sandwiched by opaque water and sky.
IMG_1496John swipes at mosquitoes as we launched at a provincial park on to the Brudenell River. Once they and the rain abated we enjoyed a quiet paddle on a calm stretch of the river.

We carried on past a community playground and community centre, then the pampered pastures of the Rodd golf course where the river bottom was studded with golf balls. We wondered if any local kids thought to dive for this bounty for a little spending money or if that kind of enterprise was long gone.
5EF84CCB-8EA6-43C7-A003-8E6C44A4051APam caught up on her yoga routine on the Brudenell River flanked by PEI’s signature red soil and verdant river banks.

With the rain stopped, duffers were back to torturing themselves with notions of greatness while we lengthened our strokes to a robust rate to get a workout before our day’s drive. It turned into a lovely paddle, though wet one, and the hot shower at the community centre was divine.
Turns out the Rodd club had a decent restaurant and we eagerly dug into seafood chowder and turkey and rice soups, both excellent with good bread warmed our insides before we headed to the Cavendish Destination Centre of Prince Edward Island National Park in search of the red Canada150 Muskoka chairs which were sprinkled across the country. The aim was to get photos of these and the different settings in each province.
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The back roads of PEI were just flaring with colour during our visit. Photo by Dave Brosha courtesy of PEI Tourism

But that would have meant an eight-kilometre return hike to locate them, so we made do with the backdrop of a red picnic bench at the visitor centre and headed for New Brunswick.
So, no second paddle on PEI and not great weather but the night before was fun after PEI Tourism found us a nice room at the Hotel on Pownall, a recently refurbished accommodation which offered free happy-hour drinks and snacks to guests in a stylish lounge and featured well-appointed rooms. We dined deliciously at the Merchantman Seafood & Oyster Bar, a lively eatery by the waterfront, where we enjoyed steamed Island mussels in a garlic and white wine sauce. They were fat specimens and perfectly prepared.
JPEG image-1E62879A7060-1Pam plays coy behind our journey’s mascot, Molly Kool, a prop appropriated from Marine Atlantic’s Highlander ferry.

Beforehand, we checked out a launch site at the yacht club and walked a good portion of the old town’s small and pristine footprint. Afterward, we caught the final few minutes of a Neil Young documentary screened on the back wall of the Confederation Centre of the Arts.
We waved goodbye to PEI with a resolve to return and paddle more of it, the capital’s historic harbour, both shores and rivers wending through the green countryside.

IMG_0355Oh,if only we enjoyed these conditions. But the mere sight of them harkens us back to explore more of the island’s waterways. Photo by Carrie Gregory courtesy of PEI Tourism.

Feature photo: Charlottetown offers a watery playground with a broad harbour and river estuary, but tides and fog meant we didn’t get to explore it during our visit. Photo by Alan Deveau courtesy of PEI Tourism.

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