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“Great way to spend the day”
Review of North River Kayak

North River Kayak
Ranked #2 of 8 Tours in Baddeck
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: NRKT is situated on the Murray Rd. in North River, Cape Breton Island Nova Scotia, Canada. North River Kayak Tours property is located just steps away from our launch site where we paddle anywhere from 3 hours to 5 days along the coastline of Cape Breton Island. See why we are listed within Trip Advisors top 10% receiving their Certificate of excellence in 2013.
Reviewed 14 September 2016

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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Reviewed 14 September 2016

Were hoping to do a full day, but didn't pan out, and in hind sight, half day was good. Treated to great weather (warm, sunny, albeit windy).

Justin greeted us and was as friendly and engaging as could be. He set us all up, give us basic instructions, put the kayaks in the water and were on our way. Really knowledgeable fellow, pretty good kayaker to boot!

Saw a nice eagle, plenty of cormorants, and enjoyed a morning paddling, with a light snack on the beach at the turn-around.

Really is a well run and friendly operation. They know what they're doing and do it well. Only complaint is that the other family on our tour had lockjaw and wouldn't say more than two words at a time. Like pulling teeth to be friendly with them, so we eventually quit trying. (can't really pin that on the tourgroup though!)

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Reviewed 13 September 2016

It just so happened, my kayaking trip ended up becoming a personalized tour do to the timing. Angelo was our guide and it was an excellent trip, to say the least. Between the Eagles and wildlife all about, a pit stop for lunch, and seeing the "Queen's land" - couldn't have asked for much more - afterwards, a family member pull into the docks and ended up feeding fish to Eagles hovering about - while Angelo and I ventured off to explore a bit more by boat before the tide of the river went out (the river has tidal currents, which makes for a unique experience)... in addition to just kayaking Angelo is also a musician and can give great references of local artisans along the circle. Part of the point of the camping trip was specifically to go kayaking, and everything else was an add which Angelo helped fill in with his advice...

1  Thank CaffinatedCat
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Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

Me and my husband were there yesterday and enjoyed the tour. Angelo was very sweet. It was our first time kayaking but he made us feel very comfortable. We went for 1/2 day tour. It was for decent price and we loved the tour

2  Thank Simran S
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Reviewed 2 September 2016

My trusty (?) weather app indicated an 80% chance of rain the day before we were scheduled to take our kayak tour. I emailed Angelo and he assured me that his app only indicated 30% (or was it 40?) We awoke to beautiful skies and a warm sunshine, so headed out to find North River Kayak Tours' home. Upon arrival, I was given a cup of freshly brewed coffee and a warm welcome. Once all of the guests arrived, we had a brief instruction and geared up to head to the water. Words cannot accurately describe the experience. Angelo and Justin made efforts to include, and connect with, everyone. The water was as smooth as glass. We were shown points of interest; an enormous bald eagle's nest, an old cement pulp mill, mussel beds (fields?) and given a bit of history about the area while all questions were answered when asked. About half way through the morning, we were brought ashore to a lovely little beach with the quiet roar of a waterfall in the brush just beyond where we had beached the kayaks. A tea was prepared with cozy chocolate chai and homemade banana bread coated with a generous smear of homemade strawberry rhubarb jam. I will dream about the flavors of that for years to come! Angelo showed us where to look to see how the wind was picking up and was making it's way toward us as we happily munched on our tea offerings. By the time we got back into our kayaks and set out to return to "camp," there were light waves and a bit of a headwind. A bald eagle sighting distracted us all and added to the magic of the day. We were serenaded with a couple of Angelo's tunes when we returned and got an opportunity to check out one of the cottages he's building for overnight guests. An absolutely perfect morning with memories to last a lifetime! Thanks you, Angelo and Justin, for sharing your "office" and work site with us!

3  Thank Wendy L
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