Bay of Fundy Sea Kayak Symposium returns Sept. 22-25

Sea kayak symposium organizer hopes appealing exchange rate will entice more American participants

Published on March 17, 2017

A wide variety of sessions are scheduled during the 2017 Bay of Fundy Sea Kayak Symposium.

©Carla Allen

YARMOUTH - Registrations are pouring in for the 2017 Bay of Fundy Sea Kayak Symposium (BOFSKS). The Sept. 22-25 event had 40 people registered as of mid-March, with just 30 spots remaining.

Organizer Christopher Lockyer says more sessions can be added if numbers increase and there is a demand to add more lead coaches.

This year he’s expecting more American paddlers.

“We feel that the exchange rate will attract more people from the U.S.A. to take advantage of the strong dollar,” he said.

The event, which features coaches from all over North America, Germany and the U.K., was first held in 2013 and again the following two years.

In 2016, however, Lockyer announced it would become a biannual event. 

“It takes a great deal of effort to pull off something of this magnitude.  The entire board is composed of volunteers and it’s a huge demand on everyone involved.”

With a biannual schedule, organizers will have time to recover between events.

This year, participants can tailor their experience from a wide range of daylong sessions on Cape Sable Island, Lobster Bay, Tusket Islands and Cape Forchu.

These include classes on water confidence, first-time surfers, traditional paddling, on-water leadership, rock hopping and much more.

A visit to the Hawk Lighthouse on Cape Sable Island is also available as one of the choices.

“We’re excited to be offering the lobster supper again this year, which was a huge success in 2015,” said Lockyer.

Ye Olde Argyler Lodge will serve as “home base” for the symposium, with Saturday and Sunday meals served on site.

This region provides the versatility for all paddling abilities, said Lockyer.

“The Tusket Islands provide tidal currents, navigation and the option to explore. Cape Forchu offers wonderful rock, slots and not to mention the nicest lighthouse in the province.  Cape Sable Island has excellent sand beaches with great conditions for people to learn to surf or become better sea kayak surfers and Lobster Bay offers options regardless of wind and ocean conditions,” he said.

Having different options within a 30-minute drive from the event location is convenient for paddlers.

The sea kayak symposium is a significant tourism draw for the area.

Lockyer says he’s heard participants talk about returning to explore more of Nova Scotia. He adds that many people plan on driving to the event, which likely means more time spend exploring the province.

The BOFSKS website provides links to Yarmouth and the Acadian Shores Tourism Association and the Nova Scotia Tourism website so participants can explore options while in the province.

“My hope is they will come early or stay later to spend more time and money in Nova Scotia,” said Lockyer.

For more info

Registration cost for BOFSKS is $425 with (optional) additional costs for T-shirt, meal plans, gear rental. Visit this site for more information and/or to register.