Bay of Fundy Multi-Element Discovery

by Guidance Department - Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Glide along in sea kayaks, only inches above the water, on some of the highest tides in the world. Hike along the Fundy Footpath through old growth forests that have been around since Samuel de Champlain explored 400 years ago. Amazing marine life - seals, seabirds, eagles, porpoises and whales - are found in these world-renowned waters. These are the highest tides in the world sometimes reaching as high as 15 meters. Explore long sandy beaches, towering rock cliffs, and sandstone outcroppings sculpted by the powerful tides. Camp out in some of Canada's most untouched ocean locations.


The sea kayaking component of the expedition begins with a short introductory trip on the Kennebecasis River and then continues with an expedition to Grand Manan Island where an active fishing community still flourishes. During your week of paddling here, you'll live by the tides: sometimes you'll wake in the early morning to take advantage of the high tide, and sometimes while the tide is ebbing, you'll have time to explore the intertidal zone. The shoreline has a completely different look from the vantage point of a sea kayak. Your solo will take place here, giving you the sea and it's wildlife for company.

You'll learn many valuable wilderness skills - leave-no-trace camping, map and compass navigation, knots, emergency procedures for ocean travel, and how to cook the perfect meal over a campfire. You'll learn about predicting tides and ocean currents so that you and your group can explore the bays and islands safely.

The backpacking part of your journey begins at Goose River, in Fundy National Park. You'll hike along the Fundy Footpath, a rugged 41-km trail that hugs the Bay of Fundy shore. The trail winds through the woods, up and down from craggy hilltops into lush ravines where you'll cross rivers and ford streams, many of them passable only at low tide. You'll discover a logging dam and beaches and coves alive with tidal pools of sea plants and animals. Explore sites with such picturesque names as Seely Beach, Martin Head and Big Salmon River. If there's time, you may hike up to Walton's Glen from Little Salmon River through the 'eye of the needle' to catch the spectacular falls. Spend a rest day at one of the many unnamed waterfalls or on the beach, observing the tides and wildlife. This is one of the great untouched wilderness areas in Atlantic Canada. The fog that frequently shrouds this scenic area adds to its mystique.

As with every Outward Bound course you'll experience the core educational values of Outward Bound - shared adventure, physical challenge, the mastery of new skills and service to the community. All Outward Bound graduates bring home heightened self-confidence, resilience, an increased ability to work effectively with others and a greater sense of purpose.

Come join us on this once in a lifetime hiking and paddling experience. A 21-day course for ages 16 - 18 from July 6-26, 2009 in Saint John, NB.

This course will help you meet the requirements toward a Duke of Edinburgh Award. For more information on these awards, please contact the Duke of Edinburgh organization at 416.203.0674, or check out their website.

Please Contact Guidance if your are interested in the program

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