How to get out on the water in Halifax | Hot Summer Guide | Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Jhe weather in Halifax has finally calmed down, and with the warm weather comes the opportunity to get outdoors this summer. Hiking is one thing, but seeing Halifax and Nova Scotia from the water gives you a whole new perspective on the beauty of our province. Whether by kayak, ferry or guided tour, our list of rentals and reservations available at HRM will surely have your sea legs in working order by the end of summer.

KAYAKS AND PORT BOATS

Harbor Watercraft Tours and Adventures
Rent a Sea-Doo ($135) or sea kayak ($55) at this waterfront kiosk, which started in Dartmouth in 2018 and moved to Halifax the following summer.
Theharbourwatercraft.com

East Coast Watercraft Rentals
Choose between a Sea-Doo for a quick tour ($135) or a pontoon boat rental ($400) for an afternoon oasis party with a larger crew. Or choose the speedboat option ($80/hr). Because the rental kiosk is located in Eastern Passage, it also means you can explore both the Halifax or Dartmouth waterfronts and McNabs Island.
Boatrentals.ca

St. Mary’s Yacht Club
The municipally-run facility offers the cheapest kayak rentals in town, for just $24 on paddle nights, and free one-hour rentals of kayaks or stand-up paddleboards on weekends.
bit.ly/stmarysboatclub

Kayaking Halifax
Offering two-hour tours of the Northwest Arm or Halifax Harbor by single or double occupancy kayak. From 6 years old, no experience necessary but reservation well in advance.
www.kayakhalifax.com

FERRIES

Halifax Transit Ferry
If you haven’t taken what the city councilors call the “corporate yacht”, this is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to cross the harbor in the heat of summer. Only $2.75 or a bus transfer will make you see downtown from a new perspective. This year, from July 1 to August 31, the Alderney ferry will be free every Saturday.
bit.ly/transferry

McNabs Island Ferry
Taking you to the island of the same name, the McNabs Island Ferry departs from Eastern Passage, and Captain Mike Tilley’s prices start at $25 per person, or $15 for children and seniors, one way -return.
Mcnabsisland.com

Georges Island Ferry
Open to the public since last summer after being private for decades, Georges Island tours book up quickly but offer a unique day trip experience from $24.05.
Ambassatours.com/visit-georges-island

WATER TAXI AND TOURS

Halifax Motorboat Tour
Enjoy the water with the city’s premier jet boat tour company. Opt for a beautiful one-hour tour of the Halifax waterfront ($325 up to five people) or choose to experience a two-hour tour of George Island ($500 up to five persons).
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McNabs Island Shuttle
A more private way to get to the island than the larger ferry, shuttle prices with Captain Dave start at $40 per person round trip and private sightseeing tours are $145/hr. Pickups run from the bottom of Quinpool Road to Dingle Park.
Facebook.com/mcnabsshuttle

A&M Marine Charters
If you want to return from your boat tour with a souvenir, this big game fishing expedition will satisfy your appetite for adventure (and seafood). Port tours are also available through their Eastern Passage location.
amseaharters.com

Tailor-made towers
Offering shuttle service to McNabs Island from Eastern Passage, this tour group will give you tips on exactly what to do while you explore the mid-port getaway.
Facebook.com/taylormadetoursmcnabsisland

Hopper Harbor Tour
If you’re looking for a unique amphibious excursion on land and sea, and don’t mind a few “fun facts”, the $42 per ticket for a 55-minute ride is well worth it.
ambassatours.com/experiences

LAKES AND WATERWAYS

Long Lake Adventure Company
Kayak all day without worrying about rising tides at Long Lake. Rent a kayak or paddle board from just $20 and then dive in to cool off.
Longlakeadventurecompany.ca

Wildwood Watersports
The Shubenacadie Canal offers a tree-covered creek to paddle down by kayak or canoe on a hot summer day for just $15/hr. Find rentals at 54 Locks Road in Dartmouth.
Wildwoodwatersports.ca

Mic Mac Amateur Aquatic Club
While Mic Mac AAC may sound anything but amateurish, the “Masters” group for 25+ caters to new paddlers and those with any level of experience. Membership is $375 for the entire season, May through September.
micmacaac.com

Banook Canoe Club
Banook has a few membership levels for ages 20 and up, the masters program, ranging from $105 to $305. Many boats are available for rental, the summer 2022 subscription is valid from May 1 to April 30, 2023.
Banookcanoeclub.com

Lake Maskwa Kearney
Offering the Recreational Dragon Boat ($210) or Adult Masters Paddle ($600), the price includes a full season of practices, training, and rentals.
Maskwa.ca/

SURFING

East Coast Surf School
Surely the most popular beach for surfing in Nova Scotia is Lawrencetown, and there are plenty of nearby shops like this that offer $20 board rentals, $20 wetsuits, and are just steps from the beach.
Ecsurfschool.com/surf-rentals

Kannon Beach
Surfboard rentals at the Lawrencetown shop start at $20, with paddleboards starting at $30, and all the gear you’ll need is also available. Or get a full lesson, with board and wetsuit rental included, for $75.
Kannonbeach.com

Lawrencetown Surf Co.
This spot near the beach offers board rentals as well as lessons every Wednesday and Saturday for those who need to learn about the water or improve their skills.
Lawrencetownsurfco.com

Happy Dudes Surf Emporium
Based in Lawrencetown and Martinique, Happy Dudes offers boards from $20 for four hours, plus wetsuit rentals and everything you need to take a day at the beach to the next level.
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Surfing Martinique
Lessons and rentals on Martinique’s beautiful white sand beach are offered at East Coast Surf School’s sister location starting at $20.
Surfmartinique.ca

Halifax Surf School
Catch waves in Martinique with this surf school, which offers easy advance online booking and free car straps to bring your board to the beach. Surfboard and wetsuit rentals start at $20 or choose a $70 surf lesson.
Halifaxsurfschool.com

SEA KAYAKING AND BOAT ADVENTURES

East Coast Outfitters
Located in Lower Prospect, it’s easy to combine a kayaking adventure with a day trip to Peggys Cove or Terrence Bay Wilderness Park. With half-day, full-day, and sunset tours of the beautiful coastline ($89), add a picnic or barbecue at the end of your tour for true indulgence.
eastcoastoutfitters.com

Nordic Cove Campground
This east coast campground offers kayak rentals, lessons, and tours of the nearby rugged coastline and unspoilt 100 Wild Islands. Tandem and single kayaks are available from $25 per hour, but a guide is recommended if you’re a beginner.
Norsecovecamping.com

Murphy’s Campground on the Ocean
Get your fill of the wild 100 islands by kayaking around them or taking a 1.5-hour scenic boat tour. Whether sea kayaking or recreational kayaking, all skill levels are welcome, and the ride out of town will leave you feeling serene.
Murphyscamping.ca


Information first compiled for The Coast in 2021 by Victoria Walton. Updated for 2022 by Alyssa Goulart. If anything needs to be updated, added, or removed, please let us know by emailing [email protected]

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