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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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So many choices, so little time. That was our dilemma in New Brunswick, which enjoys a huge range in paddling opportunities.

The obvious attraction of running with the tide on the Bay of Fundy or checking out bays near St. Andrew’s-by-the-Sea pulled at us, but logistics and a need for some diversity narrowed our Canada 150 experience in the fourth province of our cross-country celebration.

We chose a little wildness at Kouchibouguac National Park on New Brunswick’s Northumberland Strait shore and a city backdrop with the St. John River in the province’s capitol, Fredericton.

Major Kollock CreekMajor Kollock Creek was a tranquil introduction to paddling in New Brunswick, which enjoys an embarrassment of lovely and lively water.

Since we were crossing the country at a 335-kilometre-a-day clip, sometimes the road easier taken won out. Even so, both experiences were rewarding.

Kouchibouguac is a sprawling park with plenty of paddling options, from creeks to saltwater lagoons and a broad shoreline, much of it backed by dunes. We put in just off the park’s main road in Major Kollock Creek, a shallow channel with pines crowding tight to its banks and a therapeutic stillness broken only by a trilling of birds or splash of a beaver.

After taking some of its pristine measure, we ducked under a low bridge spanning the park  road into a salt marsh that widened to a large shallow basin. Throughout, the padding was easy with little wind, temperatures in the mid-teens and an immaculate blue sky.

Fellow Paddlers in KouchibouguacKayakers prepare to pop under a bridge on Kouchibouguac National Park’s main road to paddle from Major Kollock Creek to a salt lagoon backed by sand dunes.

The Salt Flats of KouchibouguacA long wooden footbridge connects one section of the park to one of the extensive beach areas at Kouchibouquac National Park.

All told, it cried out for more but the drumbeat of the clock worked against a languid day on the water. Still, we did get in a good sleep at a rustic cabin in Kouchibouquac Resort, right on the edge of the park, and a very good meal at Pizza 5 Etoiles.

Now you need to be sure of your product when you call it five stars, but the kitchen in the old house in Saint Louis de Kent, a short drive from the park, delivered wonderfully.

Red Chairs for Canada 150Pam and John enjoy a little downtime before the next leg of their 335-kilometre per day cross-county trip. The red chairs honouring Canada’s 150th birthday were placed in all of the country’s national parks.

Fredericton greeted us with a sunset that shaped a golden carapace over the city and the river, leaving us wistful we had not arrived earlier to paddle in that glow. Sadly, our time on the water was under dull skies the next day.

Sunset Over Fredericton, New BrunswickA golden glow awaited us when we arrived in Fredericton but it was too late to get on the water before night fell.

We put in beside the Fredericton Rowing Club, the broad expanse of the St. John beckoning. Ironically, there was a yacht club right behind our hotel, the Crowne Plaza Fredericton — Lord Beaverbrook, but no suitable spot to launch.

The stylish hotel, with old-world lobby and impressive dual staircase, is across Queen Street from the theatre, The Playhouse, which pulsed on our only night in town, and is central to restaurants and shops.

Glorious Burgers At 540

We recharged the night before our St. John paddle at 540 Kitchen & Bar Gastropub, also on Queen Street, which features a rotating roster of top-ten Maritime draft beers. The burgers on Brioche bread tugged at us like a river’s tide and were perfectly sized for our appetites along with the fresh-cut fries.

The St. John offered us a tide that seemed subtle until you paddled back against it. We played around the giant supports of the Westmoreland Street Bridge and took in the city’s low-rise profile.

Paddling the St. John, Fredericton, New BrunswickPam paddles parallel to the shore, which is deceptively close to the downtown area. The city’s rowing club site offers a convenient spot to put in.

With the glorious stretches of the river viewed as we drove towards Quebec following our paddle, the notion of a multi-day trip down the river emerged. It is so pristine, we talked about how to do it in the most respectful way.

 

Feature photo: Pam heads out into a shallow bay from Major Kollock Creek, one of several places to paddle in Kouchibouquac National Park.

 

 

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