Bruce in kayak.

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— Bruce Smith, founder and owner, Seascape Kayak Tours Inc.

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Seascape strikes twiceSeptember 27th, 2010

Peter Farley is a 50-year-old professional having worked in New York City’s advertising industry for the last 25 years. He resides in New Jersey and when not working, his interests turn to kayaking (often on the Hudson River), photography, cooking and he’s now beginning to dabble in road bicycling once again. Here is his guest blog:

I recently returned from Seascape’s Deer Island base in the Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick, Canada. For those not familiar with this area, we’re talking eastern Canada right above Maine. This was my second trip with Seascape Kayak Tours, the first having been to Costa Rica in January 2010, where I experienced my first KaYoga retreat (yes that’s kayaking and yoga as complementary exercises – not Yoga IN a kayak – that’s a whole different story).

Deer Island is simply one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited. I chose to drive from my home in North East New Jersey and am glad I did because I got a much more intimate and close experience with the land as I drove north up to Campobello Island, where I crossed over into Canada. Reminiscent of SE Alaska, where I lived and worked many years ago, the cove where Seascape is situated is breath taking. Upon arrival I was met by a stunning double rainbow, which was a harbinger of good things to come. RAINBOW OVER DEER ISLAND BY PETER FARLEY.

The program run by Bruce and his team here is highly organized, professional and fun. Rising early to do Yoga, followed by a healthy breakfast and then off to kayak in the stunning Bay of Fundy is a great way to start the day. Lunch is usually had on some distant beach where you can watch whales and other wildlife pass by. Afternoons find you paddling back to Seascape’s cove past the beautiful scenery, soon to be followed by a restorative yoga session and a fabulous dinner, complements of Mabel and the rest of the staff. It bears stating that the staff at Seascape is top-notch in all regards. They are very talented, warm, funny people who are a pleasure to spend time with. All too soon the weekend was over and I was driving south back to the everyday grind. However, that was tempered by a new-found contentedness and fond memories of fun times with a great group of people in a beautiful part of the world.

The January trip to Costa Rica had actually been a surprise birthday present from my family. And while I had done fair bit of kayaking and had dabbled lightly in yoga, this was a whole new thing. I really wasn’t sure what to expect and was a little concerned about my capabilities especially on the yoga front. Happily I found that my neophyte status in yoga was easily accommodated. While I’ve been on numerous tropical and northern vacations, I had never been on a trip like this; traveling solo to meet 5 other people I didn’t know for a 9-day camping, kayaking, and yoga trip.


What I found was something that had been dormant for quite a while. Namely a spirit of adventure; that special connection that develops between people when they establish an impromptu community on a tropical beach, or anywhere for that matter; the rewards that come from challenging yourself in a different way and the chance to step away from the stresses of everyday hectic life in a way that is personally grounding and reaffirming.

It is easy and perhaps convenient to go on a “typical” vacation with attendant luxury or throngs of other people. But often you return as you had come. For me, it is and was altogether more fulfilling and memorable to leave the crowds behind and experience something unique with the small number of very talented, funny and warm individuals who comprise and attend Seascape trips.

To Bruce, Frances, Lauri, Frank, Katinka, Mabel, Guy and Dave. Thanks. They say lightning never strikes twice, but it seems you have found a way to keep things sparking quite well.


Perfect Sunset trip for Facebook winnerAugust 24th, 2010

As the Facebook winner of the Sunset Trip for Two Kayak Adventure from Deer Island, I feel so lucky to have been part of the contest – and then to win, was just wonderful.

My husband and I took our trip on Friday, July 30th. The day was perfect for kayaking with minimal winds, sunny and warm. Bruce and Katinka prepared our group for the adventure with paddling instruction, basic rules for sea kayaking and a look at the maps of our various points of interest. We were honored to have the company of porpoises, several seals and sea birds and a family of eagles. We enjoyed a light snack served on the beach and got to meet and talk to our co-paddlers. Bruce and Katinka were able to answer any questions thrown at them and were very informative of the nature and environment in and around the Bay of Fundy. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and would recommend Seascape Kayak Tours to everyone. We are talking about a potential trip to Costa Rica with Seascape to explore the waterways there….Thank you so much for this unique opportunity. We had a lovely time!

~Beth and Joe Smith, Saint John, New Brunswick, Facebook Giveaway Sunset Paddle


Hi! I’m Shana Wallace, I’m 17, and I live about 40 miles north of New York City. For a week in July, I interned for Seascape on Deer Island in the Bay of Fundy. I wrote this original blog entry on my last day at Seascape. Now, I’m back in New York in 12th grade, and I can think about my experience at Seascape with a grander perspective. I see how much hard work is put into this business and how much Bruce and Frank and Katinka and the rest of the guides really care about the people and this bay. This place is important, and if you read my guest blog below, hopefully you’ll understand why.

The island that Seascape is located on is a 20-minute ferry ride from mainland New Brunswick, which makes it right in the middle of the Bay of Fundy. Although I live over 500 miles and a ferry ride away, I absolutely fell in love with this part of the world. This specific body of water is a special place for me. In my mind, it really can do almost no wrong. I don’t mind the fog. Or the cold. Or the wind. All I honestly care about is just being here and realizing that I am in a truly amazing place.

This “sense of place” I am able to achieve only in the Bay happened to work completely in tandem (ha ha…kayak joke…oh my) with Bruce’s, and Seascape’s, mission. I was blown away by how much this mindset of being in the moment and APPRECIATING that moment can do to enlighten people’s minds about how they’re living and where they are. And I know this may sound too flowery, but I can’t stress it enough: this water is magical. It is teeming with life and information… and to see people’s eyes and minds light up while on a paddle is absolutely incredible and almost indescribable.

That simple fact is the reason that I can’t wait to bring my family up here in the future. Simply observing how glassy the water is on a calm day or seeing a harbor seal pop up right beside your kayak almost forces your mind to take a step back and appreciate what it is taking in. Even picking up garbage can be an experience here.

What? Picking up GARBAGE? Ew! Gross! Well, yes. Picking up garbage can be gross and I really cannot deny that. I also cannot deny that like many other bodies of water, the Bay of Fundy faces the trash issue. When people drive their boats out into the Bay, drink beer, and then throw that empty can into the water, it doesn’t end there. Animals can choke on the trash or get tangled up in it. Chemicals poisonous to the water can seep into the sand or infect krill and the effects never stop. Why does this STILL happen? I honestly don’t know. I don’t particularly understand why or how people feel that that is okay to do, but wondering about it or thinking bad thoughts about them certainly doesn’t help the issue. At my school, I’m one of the new presidents of the environmental club, so it would seem in my natural mindset to want to work on this issue.

During my first paddle of the week, Bruce noticed my interest in picking up the empty water bottles and pieces of containers on the water and thereby declared that I would be the “Garbage Queen” by the end of the week. And you know what? I think he may have been right. About halfway through the week, during a paddle, our small group came upon a HUGE piece of Styrofoam floating along. And when I say huge, I mean close to mini-iceberg size. And it was HEAVY. If you still don’t believe me, here’s a picture of the two people we went out with as well as myself and our friend the giant piece of Styrofoam.

Bruce and I managed to balance it on the center of our tandem kayak and save one unfortunate incident, (sorry Bruce!) we got it back without issue.

From all of this, I learned simply that this place is important. This water is special, and if you don’t visit it, it just might be ruined soon. It might be destroyed by us, humans, by all of that trash and uncaring people I just mentioned. Don’t waste your time. Just don’t. Don’t make any excuses. Just visit. Who knows? Maybe, hopefully, I just might be back here when you do.

Thanks, Seascape. Really. Peace, love and whales,