Summer ended with a 9-day kayak trip along the southwest coast of Nova Scotia with Coastal Adventures out of Tangier, NS, with whom I’ve done a bunch of trips. Run by my friends (and neighbors) Scott and Gayle, they lead expeditions throughout Nova Scotia and in Newfoundland. This is their annual Alumni Trip, which they do every year in September. The trip began at Little River Harbour, just south of Yarmouth. For the first half of the trip we traveled through the Tusket Islands, before resupplying near Pubnico.
Overview of the Tusket Islands and the Trip
The Tusket Islands are drumlin islands off of the southwest coast of Nova Scotia. Generally teardrop shaped, these are formed of glacial till and drift, and are oriented in the direction of the flow of the glacier. The elevation of all of the islands is pretty low–only a hundred feet or so at the very highest points. They tend to be highest on the southern end. Many of the Tusket Islands used to be settled for at least part of year by fishermen and cannery workers. The fisherman would go out daily in small boats and return to the islands with the catch. Now with large, powered boats they are able to bring the catch into the harbors daily, and most of the old settlements have fallen into disuse.
During our journey, we visited several lighthouses on the islands, including the province’s tallest and shortest. Most of the lighthouses in the province were put into operation in the latter half of the 1800s. All have been rebuilt, and often times you can find the foundation of a previous incarnation of a lighthouse near the current one.
To tell the story of the trip, I’ve embedded descriptive captions in each of the photographs below. Click on the curved blue arrow below the thumbnails to enter full screen and read the captions.