Guest Author - Cavelle Natasha Layes
Snow Boarding - When winter rolls around put the bikes away for a long winters nap and bring out the snowboards and skis, its time to have a new kind of fun. While so many Canadians flee to the warmer climates during these chilly months the rest of us strap on our boards and head to the hills for some snow filled excitement. It's not just us either, each year the Canadian hills are visited by folks from around the world; it is never really a surprise to make a new friend from Australia, Germany, or even England. Most places even have Cabins to rent so you can head out for morning to night excitement and then kick back and relax at the end of the day just minutes from the hill. When your day is winding down grab a bite to eat at one of the on site chalets while sipping on a nice cup of hot chocolate (or a cold beer). If you do not own your own equipment don't worry, you can still join in on the fun. Rental stores are available at most resorts (though some may get a little pricy. If you are new to the sport you can even opt for some beginner classes, most hills will have specially trained staff on hand whose soul purpose is to get you skiing and snowboard like a pro in no time.
Scuba Diving - Though many people are unaware Nova Scotia is actually a very popular travel destination for divers. With so much open coast lines it really only makes sense. Most of the divers that visit are in search of sunken ships which can be found aplenty since Nova Scotia's past is riddled with stories of how rocky coves, fog (or iceberg’s) got the better of even the best venturing out at sea, not to mention that back in the 1700's most of the battles were fought from ships. All of this has played a large role in turning Nova Scotia’s ocean into a playground for wreck enthusiasts. You can learn a lot about our past from diving along these shores and to make sure that it stays this way a law has been passed preventing divers from removing artefacts from the sites. This maybe discouraging for those who want a souvenir of their trip but on the up side it means that everything will still be there to find in years to come. Nova Scotia has many stores and businesses that supply the gear needed for diving, Charter services can also be found abundant many of which specialize in diving needs.
**If you have never participated in a dive before you will need to take a few courses before being permitted on a wreck dive. The courses do not take very long the beginner diving class is about 2 weeks but the advanced diving takes only a weekend (you will still need to take the specialty course in wreck diving after these two). On the plus side you can make it a family event since you can begin diving as young as the age of 10.
Kayaking - Canada is filled with an array of lakes, rivers and seaways that are practically made for kayakers. Having such a vast amount of water space provides an endless amount of ways for kayakers to spend their trip so you can choose based on your lifestyle. You can choose to get up close and personal with an orca whale, get an adrenaline rush from a white water affair, or simply go for a sunset paddle along some of Canada's most beautiful back drops. I am sure that most will agree that you have never experienced Canada until you have seen it from this perspective. Kayaking provides a great escape from city life, it peaceful, beautiful and bestows upon you the unique opportunity to take in landscapes and wildlife in a way that you would never have the chance to see by land. No experience? No problem! Lucky for you many of the tours will sit you down for a quick course before you head out to the water.