We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
About Adventure High Kayaking
We offer active people of all ages an unforgettable outdoor adventure and a unique place to stay. We are a small organization, priding ourselves on giving an enjoyable, relaxing, personal experience. Stay in our eco-friendly cabin / cottages or choose from a variety of sea kayaking adventures designed to fit your schedule and budget. Get a taste of the island on a two-hour kayaking cruise, join us on a multi-day kayak or week-long excursion, or enjoy a sunset ocean kayak and lobster feast on the beach! We can customize any kayaks tour for your small or large group. No experience necessary!
Read more
Travellers talk about

Adventure High Kayaking
Booking unavailable on Tripadvisor

Want other options you can book now?
46Reviews1Q&A
Traveller rating
  • 39
  • 4
  • 1
  • 1
  • 1
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
Selected filters
  • Filter
  • English
Popular mentions
maritimeexplorer wrote a review Jul. 2021
Nova Scotia, Canada3523 contributions1133 helpful votes
+1
After wanting to get to Grand Manan island, the largest of New Brunswick's Fundy Isles for decades, I finally got here in mid-July of 2021. My intentions were to explore the island by auto, on foot, by boat and most of all, by sea kayak. As it turned out the owners of place where we were staying, Compass Rose Heritage Inn also own Adventure High Sea Kayaking which is next door to the inn overlooking North Head harbour. I immediately arranged to go out on their morning tour the day after our arrival. The next morning I awakened to a thick fog and thought about cancelling, but figured, "What the heck" and decided to go. I'm glad I did. Here's why. I walked the short distance to the Adventure High office and met our guide Brady Stackhouse who is a born and bred Grand Mananer. I selected a PFD and a paddle and walked the short distance down to the beach across from the Old Well House Cafe where we were joined by one other person - a lady from Ontario who summers on Grand Manan and paddles as often as she can. I always expect to get  my feet thoroughly soaked on these sea kayaking tours, but Brady did such a good job of shoving us off that I was able to get in well above the waterline. After a short safety lecture, we were off. Although I didn't know it at the time we shoved off. the goal was to paddle from North Head to Whale Cove and be picked up there. That way we did not have to retrace our route and could paddle more of the Grand Manan coast than if we did an out and back tour. Good planning by Adventure High. The first thing I noticed paddling in the fog that was still thick, was just how calm the water was and how still and quiet the air seemed. I could make out the fishing boats moored at North Head wharf as we rounded it heading for our first stop. When we arrived at Grand Manan the previous afternoon aboard the Grand Manan V, I was pleasantly surprised to see that there were a great number of fishing weirs still in existence. At one time this method of fishing which is ancient and prevalent on every continent but Antarctica, was very common in the Bay of Fundy. However, over the years all of the weirs on the Nova Scotia side of the bay and most of those on the New Brunswick side were allowed to deteriorate to the point of becoming useless. The reasons were twofold mainly - first it was easier to catch the herring using purse seine nets from boats and secondly the ease of the first reason to catch fish led to a drastic decline in the number of herring in the Bay of Fundy. However, they never fell completely out of use on Grand Manan and are now making a comeback. They even have their own Facebook page. With that background we paddled out the the closest active weir to North Head. You can see just how calm the water is from the photo attached to this post. As we approach the weir it is apparent that there is a commotion going on inside it. It is a lot of gray seals having a feeding frenzy and making a lot of noise doing so. Brady says he's never seen so many in a weir all at once. We sit there entranced by this spectacle. It doesn't take long for the herring rustlers to eat their fill and they leave the weir and begin staring at us. Through the fog it's not hard to understand why they were mistaken for mermen or mermaids in ancient folklore. The next part of the tour takes us past the Swallowtail Lighthouse which was built in 1859 and remains in service today. I know that because in the dense fog which a light beam couldn't penetrate, the lighthouse's fog horn blew about every thirty seconds making a boom that could be heard for miles. As we got closer it actually made the kayaks tremble. The attached photo shows all we could see of the lighthouse from the water below. Continuing on the Adventure High tour our next stop was at a small beach which has a sea cave big enough to enter. Brady said it was once known as Grand Manan's nude beach, but given the frigidity of the Bay of Fundy waters and the foggy chilly air today, I found that hard to believe. We beached the kayaks and I had a chance to check out the cave. The final stop on our Adventure High sea kayaking tour was the most interesting, although the seals in the weir was pretty darn good. This was the natural formation known as hole-in-the-wall which is actually a small natural bridge. It can be reached via a hiking trail or as we did today, by kayak. Brady advised that at the highest of tides you can kayak right through. How cool would that be, but today I just got to look at this natural wonder from below. After this we paddled around one more weir and Brady guided us into Whale Cove which was hidden by the densest fog of the Adventure High tour. After beaching I was driven back to the Compass Rose where I contemplated what a wonderful thing it is to kayak in the fog on the shores of Grand Manan.
Read more
Date of experience: July 2021
Helpful
Share
ByeTheSea56 wrote a review Apr. 2021
Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada18 contributions5 helpful votes
My wife and I returned for an early-in-the-year 4 night stay at "Nature's Window". An ideal location for those who seek isolation and out-the-door access to coastal shoreline and forest trails. The cabin has all the amenities you'd need with sufficient comforts supported by off-grid technology. The owner transports you with your own food, luggage and other gear needs for an outdoor experience via a side-x-side utility vehicle from a pick-up location at Deep Cove. For a 3-5 night stay you'll have ample outdoor experience opportunities right from the cabin - my wife and I, on this and a prior stay, plan an excursion to other parts of Grand Manan by taking the 25 min walk to our vehicle. So plan your stay - stay put at the cabin for complete relaxation OR plan for a very active hiking experience with views very unique to our province and region. While we endure the pandemic with travel options limited to NB (and hopefully soon our Maritime/Atlantic bubble) this location may be ideal for many outdoor enthusiasts. I want to specifically acknowledge the attention given to ensuring an excellent stay by owners David & Linda.
Read more
Date of experience: April 2021
Helpful
Share
ByeTheSea56 wrote a review Aug. 2020
Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada18 contributions5 helpful votes
We booked a 4 day wilderness getaway at Kevin & Linda's 'off-grid' cabin on Grand Manan's western shore (Bradford's Cove). Isolating ourselves (go figure with a pandemic doing its' thing already!! LOL) was too 'get out of the house' (home being St. Andrews, NB) to celebrate a couple of anniversaries. The island is already very familiar to us but this experience offering was unique in many ways that hit the right interests for us - overall from a nature stand-point, nothing short of magnificent. To get across their sensitivity toward their clients they provided us a night's stay at the Compass Rose (part of their holdings) to compensate for a check-in delay due to a technical issue at the cabin. Once sorted out we were transported to their lovely western shore experience. Kevin & Linda are very accommodating, aim to please and have a wealth of experience in this type of industry that reaches around the globe. The cabin itself was perfect with all the comforts of a home away from home only off-grid - which has a comforting feel all its' own. Our hikes and access to the outdoors offers visual experiences most NBers ourselves are simply not aware of. Highly recommended for those looking for this type of 'atmosphere' & experience. Thxs very much to Kevin & Linda
Read more
Date of experience: August 2020
Helpful
Share
lsarson2017 wrote a review Jul. 2020
Moncton, Canada73 contributions26 helpful votes
Our 3 hour afternoon tour was the highlight of our trip - whether you kayak every day or have never been in a kayak in your life, you need to book a tour here! My husband and I opted for the tandem (so he was in the back doing all the paddling and steering and I was up front, paddling, but also taking all the photos which was almost constantly!!! If you're nervous at all about your kayak tipping over, don't be. The tandem one felt VERY stable. Trust me - I put off doing this for years because I was afraid I'd roll over - I regret all of those missed adventures! Our tour guide was Brodie or Brady (we apologize profusely for not remembering this correctly) but do ask for him as he was AMAZING. He gave us great instruction before starting out and shared amazing stories of his world travels as we paddled. He took us out to a fishing weir and explained a lot of things about them that we didn't know (and we were brought up here in Atlantic Canada!), he took us right up to the Hole in the Wall (LOTS of photos there!) then up to Swallowtail light, then over to Seven Days Work. We saw lots of seals and the amazing coastline of Grand Manan needs to be seen from the water. I can't imagine a more beautiful place to try this, or a better guide to teach you. If you're still hesitant to try kayaking, I wish I knew what I could say to convince you to give it a try! Just do it! You won't regret it!
Read more
Date of experience: July 2020
Helpful
Share
Daniele wrote a review Aug. 2019
Moncton, Canada20 contributions1 helpful vote
+1
Brady and Daniel took us on a 3 hour tour, where we saw seals, whales, fisheries, the Swallowtail lighthouse and the Hole-In-The-Wall! They were so friendly and had many stories to share about the island. It was a wonderful way to spend a morning and I would definitely do it again!
Read more
Date of experience: August 2019
Helpful
Share
Previous
123456