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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 🎶 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 CanadaOnboard.ca
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@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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Who We Are

Thank you for exploring Canada with us!

We are Pam and John, 2 adventure seekers on a cross Canada road trip, Stand Up Paddleboards strapped atop first our SUV and then a crazy painted van. Sort of a bohemian vanlife  meets zoomers, if you will, as we follow our wanderlust, without quitting our jobs, selling our belongings or escaping our family commitments.

We hope to inspire you with our photographs and stories as we explore historic, iconic and hidden waterways by Stand Up Paddleboard, from Newfoundland to British Columbia, in celebration of Canada’s 150th Birthday!

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​Join us as we commune with local paddling communities, chew the fat with wild adventurers and ogle the stunning Canadian vistas found coast to coast in this glorious country.

Let our discoveries get your travelling juices running and convince you that it’s never too late to heed the call of your wanderlust.

Life is an adventure!

 

Meet John Kernaghan:

​Travel writer, food critic, personal trainer, kayaker. Kayaker…what…?

 

John has spent a life time flying around the globe and over Canada in pursuit of a good story. Now, he feels it’s time to really experience all Canada has to offer, up close at a slower pace. John enjoys a little luxury thrown into the adventure mix, a soft pillow, tantalizing meal and and a crisp glass of Pinot at the end of the day. Who would blame him? He is also a Stand Up Paddler in training…this will be fun!
For more on John Kernaghan, see:  Fit For Anything

 

Meet Pam Martin:

Marine biologist, photographer, SUP instructor/guide, voracious reader.

Pam has spent her life on or in the water, in one form or the other, whether it is paddling, diving, studying or simply enjoying the stoke that being in the outdoors near oceans, lakes and rivers brings. Travel is her passion as is capturing images along the way. Having missed out on both the surf culture and back packing through Europe, she is craving the wanderlust experience one gets from packing everything into a van and hitting the road, boards on top, ready to paddle.
For more on Pam Martin, check out Blue Jellyfish SUP Adventures & The Periwinkle Dragonfly Company

On a Road Trip, Together

Together, we are a team. John doing most of the writing and Pam capturing images to document our journey. We are organized, eager and excited! Our only worry…navigation. We are each abysmally, directionally challenged. Add to that our penchant for long, rambling conversations…and who knows what wrong turns we may take, or where we will end up! But… it just adds to the excitement. After all, life is an adventure, and we are thrilled you are coming along with us on ours!

4 comments on “Who We Are

  1. Donna M. Renna says:

    John I am so impressed. You and Pam are so adventurous to take this on. I am so envious. Enjoy the adventure and see you in Calgary! DR

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  2. Bob Pawliw says:

    Hey John it’s Bob from River Oaks, I was wondering what you were up to, now I know, wow. Well done.

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    1. Donna Renna says:

      Great adventure. You barely made it before the winter though that snow squall around Medickne Hat delayed you a bit. So proud of you accomplishment. Beat to you John and Pam.

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    2. Thanks for checking us out, Bob. It was epic and draining, 10,000K and 17 bodies of water in 30 days. Such a spectacular country and even more so on the water in places most people don’t get to. Still working on blogs for PEI top BC. Are you still at River Oaks?

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