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I can fully understand the kayaking addiction that seems to be sweeping across Canada right now. The feeling of pushing away from shore, gliding, and dipping your paddle into the water is pretty great. Furthermore, you can do it with friends, it’s a low-impact sport, you’re close to nature, it gives you access to outdoor terrain no-one else can get to, it’s quiet, which allows for better wildlife viewing, and you can bring a lot of gear along for your adventures.
New Brunswick happens to be a bit of a kayaking mecca. With fast water, small and slow tributaries, and ocean surroundings, this little province has kayaking for all skill types. Beyond the noted coastal waters of New Brunswick, inland, the province has many rivers flowing through some of the finest deciduous forests in Canada. Whether you are into kayaking for fitness or a big adventure or are just curious about getting into it for the first time, New Brunswick can offer up some great paddles. Here is our list of the best places to kayak in New Brunswick, that you’ve probably never heard of…
Grand Manan Island
A popular paddle is from the Southern part of Grand Manan Island at Anchorage Park to South Head in which you’ll pass Outer Wood Island, cottagers, seals, and exposed shores. The wind swept islands and heavy waters make for some epic kayaking, but be sure to check the weather and navigate carefully as weather moves quickly in these parts.
The Saint John River
Paddling the Saint John River near Oromocto River provides fast water and well-treed shorelines as well as opportunities to spot local otters and ducks. It’s also near the heart of Saint John, so you can cool down with a drink or grab a bite when all is said and done.
Slow water and great views. The Rusagonis makes for a great “starter” river with an awesome and well-treed shoreline. Alternatively, pack a lunch for two into a canoe and set yourself up for a great date on this lazy river.
If you’re living in Saint John and craving some true outdoors away from the city, the Oromocto may be the most accessible way to get there. A tributary to the Saint John River, the Oromocto is slower water but is readily accessible, and for this reason, it makes the list. Domo arigato, Mr. Oromocto.
Kouchibouguac National Park
In kayaking Kouchibouguac, you are paddling the same waterways where the Mi’kmaq paddled for thousands of years. Paddles of all lengths are available and provide ample opportunity for marine and wildlife sightings, seclusion, and peace. Kouchibougac has access to river paddling, ocean paddling, as well as lagoon paddling, and presents one of the best opportunities to see native seal populations.
The cat is out of the bag. We’re exposing the local’s favourite, here. At a length of about 129 KM, the Magaguadavic is one of the longest rivers in the province. This gorgeous waterway flows through the coastal mountain range of the St. Croix Highlands and empties into Passamaquoddy Bay, a sub-basin of the Bay of Fundy. Be sure to check water levels before you go as the speed of this river can change very quickly.
Bay Of Fundy
We know you’ve heard of The Bay of Fundy, but come on! Did you think we weren’t going to include this on the list? Every kid who has had to pick up a Canadian Geography textbook can recall the photos of kayaks passing through Flowerpot Rocks. Be safe while crossing this one off of your bucket list as the water moves extremely fast.
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