My husband and I have been sea kayaking before, and always enjoy the experience - it's a great way to see different perspectives of the landscape. I know the area around North River Kayaks reasonably well, but the tour showed us places we couldn't have seen from land.
The on-land introduction was great - probably the best explanation I've had about how to paddle a kayak (and how it's different from paddling a canoe!), even though we're relatively experienced. The company is quite flexible about whether you go in a solo or tandem kayak - we chose to go solo as we both like to be in charge! It was, however, a very windy day, so I found the paddling tougher than previous experiences, but still very enjoyable. Funnily enough, it was my legs that were sore the next day.
Our guide was great - funny, knowledgeable, and quite sensible in terms of making decisions about the route according to weather conditions. He also cooked us up a superb lunch of fish cakes, beans, and very yummy banana bread with rhubarb jam.
The landscape is beautiful, though perhaps not as interesting as one would experience in other parts of the province (or maybe I'm too used to it!), but the diversity of wildlife we saw was great - loads of bald eagles and other types of birds, and a friendly seal who kept popping up. There was also a rather lovely and accessible waterfall close to where we stopped for lunch.
I think Cape Breton is best enjoyed in the wild outdoors, and the one day tour is the perfect way to experience it.
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