A kayaking and ATV adventure, complete with a delicious meal, is pretty much the ideal way to experience Nova Scotia’s pristine lakes and beautiful wilderness areas.
That’s what a new company, Nova Scotia Kayak and ATV Outside Adventure Tours, is offering. Clients can choose from a range of packages and meal options, or choose to create their own adventure.
“Just tell me what you want to do,” NSOA owner/operator Chris White says. “We will make it happen.”
White started the company on July 15 and had a busy summer checking out new trails and honing his skills.
“I was downsized as I approached 60 years of age, and still needed and wanted to work. So I became a school bus driver, which fills some of my time, and leaves summers and weekends to work on growing my business.”
Outdoor adventures are a natural fit, as White has been an outdoor enthusiast since his days as a Boy Scout. Even if he hadn’t started this company, he would still spend most of his summer exploring Nova Scotia’s spectacular wilderness, he says.
“I caught the kayaking bug in Cape Breton,” he recalls.
He and his wife Joanne bought their first kayaks for Christmas one year, and they’ve never looked back.
NSOA boasts five kayaks – two hat are 13-feet, one 16-ft, one 17-ft, and one 17.5-ft – and can tailor an adventure for people with any level of kayaking expertise. White is level one kayaker and can take beginners through the process. A number of lakes in the HRM area are ideal for beginning kayakers, he says, including Long Lake and Kearney Lake in Halifax, and Lake Banook in Dartmouth. At the other end of the spectrum, experienced kayakers looking for a challenge can tackle some of the famous sea kayak routes along Nova Scotia’s rugged coastline.
The kayaks are fully equipped with safety equipment including life jackets, tow cord, whistle, light, bailer and extra paddles.
“They’re very stable boats,” he says. “Safety is paramount.”
White is also qualified in emergency first aid and CPR, as well as food handling and ATV training.
Adventurers can experience the region’s spectacular trails riding on a Honda Pioneer, four-seater, 700 SXS (side-by-side). Depending on the package, two or three people can ride in the ATV, and everybody gets a chance to drive.
“It has the power to take just about any terrain,” White points out. “I know a lot of the great trails around the Halifax area, but I’m always looking to discover new trails.”
A wide range of food options are available, including homemade sandwiches, lobster and corn boils and a full brunch, complete with bacon, eggs, home fries, toast and coffee.
As a mobile service, the company gives customers the opportunity to visit a variety of locations, and offers free pick up and drop off anywhere in the HRM area.
White is considering adding fall and winter adventures to his offerings, with outings like hay rides and winter cookouts.
“We could take a trip down the Canada Trail, see the changing of the leaves and then stop and make s’mores,” he says. “What could be more Canadian?”
Go online: Find out more at www.nsoa.ca and on Facebook and Instagram.
This article appeared in the Halifax City Voice.