Hiking, Kayaking & a Lobster Feast

Sunday evening and the weekend is over, and what a beautiful weekend we had. Our season started off with the crack of delicious lobster being eaten. Saturday we had a wonderful group from a Dalhousie University conference come out for a little bit of kayaking, a breathtaking nature tour to the sandy cove lighthouse topped off with a lobster dinner in the boathouse. We hope everyone had a great time, we sure did. It’s great to be open and we couldn’t have asked for a better way to kick off the 2011 season.

Hiking

Seasoned outdoor guide Adam lead a group of adventurous hikers on along the beautiful and rugged Nova Scotia coastline out to the lighthouse just off of Sandy Cove. We were lucky enough to have a sizable eastern swell running that day so they were treated to large waves crashing against the hard granite coast. The nature hike gives you a wonderful opportunity to see the historic coastline where the SS Atlantic survivors were brought in 1873 after it struck a rock called Marr’s head near modern day Mosher island, and Lower Prospect. Wikipedia states:

During the ship’s 19th voyage, on 1 April 1873, it ran onto rocks and sank off the coast of Nova Scotia, killing 535 people. It remained the deadliest civilian maritime disaster in history until the sinking of the SS Norge in 1904.

The SS Atlantic was owned and operated by the White Star Line which is most commonly known for the RMS Titanic disaster. You can visit the SS Atlantic historical center just up the road from East Coast Outfitters for more information.

Kayaking

We had twenty-six adventurous paddlers come out on the water with us. We headed up into back-bay at a leisurely pace. The wind was a little blustery so we hopped from lee point to lee point telling local stories and explaining some of the history of the area as we went. Kirk told a great story about the Rum Runners of Nova Scotia and some of the local lore around it. After a nice paddle up, we decided to let the wind work with us coasted back to the boathouse for a delicious meal!

Lobster Feast

Longtime employee of ECO and good friend Travis stopped by and helped us cook the lobster. He was also kind enough to walk everyone through how to crack them open, and find every last piece of delicious meat. Our lobsters came from a local fisherman who had pulled them out of the traps that very morning; Lobster doesn’t come much fresher. We also had rolls, Muscles, BBQ’d corn, vegetable kebabs, fruit plates, vegetable plates and cookies! Can’t ask for much more after an amazing hike or paddle. Everyone went home with a full belly and smile on their face. Thanks, and we hope to see you all again.

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