Welcome to Seascape
Seascape Kayak Tours Inc., a Canadian leader in adventure tourism, has been offering unique, small-group sea kayaking experiences since 1994. The company has built its reputation on exceptional quality, extensive experience, high safety standards, personalized, friendly service, and a strong commitment to the culture, history and natural environment of each of its areas of operation.
Fully guided expeditions – from day trips to week-long adventures – focus on education, wildlife observation and sound environmental practices. In addition to guiding tours from its base in the Bay of Fundy, one of the world’s richest marine ecosystems, the company offers kayak expeditions to two other special ocean environments, the dramatic coastline of Newfoundland and the warm tropical waters of Costa Rica.
Founder and owner Bruce Smith
Seascape’s founder and the lead guide for most of the company’s adventures, Bruce Smith has 25 years of outdoor leadership experience and was awarded a 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award by the New Brunswick Department of Environment. With a strong background in physical education and outdoor recreation, he is a certified wilderness emergency medical technician and wilderness first aid instructor and holds degrees in sport science and secondary education. He is also fluent in French, English and Spanish.
In addition to creating the pioneering Seascape, Bruce has spearheaded an alternative education program for at-risk Cree youth in northern Quebec involving traditional Cree land-based activities, academic upgrading and life skill development. He worked for the Mexican government to assist in the development and delivery of the Mexican Sea Kayak Guide Certification Program. He has also developed outdoor courses and adventure training for Forsgren and Associates, the Federal Government of Canada, Imperial Oil, New Brunswick Provincial Government, the University of New Brunswick, New Brunswick Special Olympics, Ministry of Community and Social Services, the Province of Ontario, and various other learning institutions and outdoor centers.
Friendly, qualified staff
Seascape employs a talented, bilingual staff that shares a deep commitment to safety, exceptional interpersonal skills and a strong respect for the natural world. Seascape guides have extensive sea kayaking experience, are trained in Advanced Wilderness First Aid, rescue procedures and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). They carry VHF marine radios, cell phones and comprehensive first aid kits.
Relax. You can be a beginner.
Although Seascape does offer programs for advanced paddlers, most tours are designed with the novice and intermediate in mind. Whether 8 or 80 years old, clients are usually in good general health, adventurous in spirit and inquisitive in nature. Guides create a supportive learning environment in which each participant is encouraged to develop sea kayaking proficiency at his or her own pace. Paddling technique and rescue procedures are thoroughly covered on each tour.
Types of trips
Seascape offers half-day or full-day trips designed to expose paddlers to the biodiversity of unique ocean ecosystems. Day trips provide an exciting adventure in a tranquil wildlife habitat, an introduction to sea kayaking, a fantastic snack or lunch, and a great opportunity for physical exercise. Sunset and moonlight paddles can also be arranged.
Fully outfitted extended sea kayak expeditions will allow you to experience a number of rich, diverse marine ecosystems and their surrounding landscapes. Paddling for 4-6 hours a day, you will become immersed in the natural rhythm of the sea. Camping out for several nights provides flexible time for hiking, beachcombing, writing, taking photographs or simply lying under the sun.
Seascape is a customized, specialty tour operator and spares no expense to ensure that all trips of any length are of the utmost quality in terms of safety and sustainability. If you want to kayak with an environmentally friendly operator and enjoy a premium, customized experience in a natural setting with wildlife that is unforgettable, we are the right company for you.
Seascape works with families to schedule trips either as a private experience for your family or to combine two families with children near the same age. Prices for youth are the same as for adults because we give young people extra special care and attention. Contact us to schedule your trip of any length at the time of day that works for your schedule.
An essential component of any outdoor adventure, meals on Seascape tours are healthy, delicious and plentiful. Fresh seafood, meats, fruits and vegetables are carefully prepared with attention to detail. Meals will reflect the local flavor of the specific trip you have selected. Scallops or fish in the Bay of Fundy, crab, fish and brewis in Newfoundland, mangos, sea bass or gallo pinto in Costa Rica. Dietary restrictions are happily accommodated with advance notice. If booking your full-day trip in Canada at least three days in advance, you can select your favorite meat, fruit, wine, and cheese from our menu of organic and locally grown food, including Bay of Fundy smoked salmon.
Seascape uses some of the finest outdoor equipment available for client comfort and safety: Single and tandem fiberglass and roto-molded sea kayaks by Seaward and Current Designs; light-weight fiberglass paddles; comfortable, specialized personal flotation devices (life vests); and well ventilated four-season tents by Mountain Hard Wear.
Can I bring my own boat?
Paddlers wishing to bring their own seaworthy kayaks to Seascape’s Deer Island headquarters to join a tour are welcome to do so and pay the same prices as other tour participants, as they receive the same instruction, interpretation, guide services, food and amazing wildlife viewing opportunities as other tour participants. Experienced sea kayakers wishing to put in at our base on Northwest Harbour may park at Seascape and launch from our private beach subject to the following fees: $15 per vehicle parked at Seascape; $15 for brief guide consultation and packet of information on tides, currents and safety in the region. Please contact us in advance.