Candlebox Kayaking tours can help you experience Nova Scotia's natural beauty in a way no other form or venue can provide. Kayaking allows paddlers the opportunity to explore their environment in three dimensions: land, air, and sea. White sand beaches stretch along the coastline.
Osprey perform aerobatic manoeuvres as they dive into the water to catch their meals. Crabs, shellfish, and an ancient aquatic forest many creatures call home, sways in currents quietly below. Join us for a paddle and discover the Nova Scotia few experience.
The first river you paddle runs through the rest of your life. It bubbles up in pools and eddies to remind you who you are.Lynn Noel, Voyages: Canada's Heritage Rivers
Matt DeLong is the lead guide/lead coach of Candlebox Kayaking. A native of Nova Scotia, Canada, Matt is passionate about kayaking and introducing people to Nova Scotia's beautiful and diverse coastline and rivers. He began his kayaking adventures in the discipline of whitewater kayaking, with many skills being honed while living in the Central Interior of BC paddling with the Northwest Brigade Paddling Club. Matt has a keen interest in the history of the areas he guides and coaches in and loves to share stories of the people and events that have shaped them. Matt is a certified sea kayak guide with the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of British Columbia (since 2009), and recently passed a Level 3 lead guide exam. He is a Level 4 skills sea kayaker, and a Level 2 sea kayak instructor in Canada's national paddling certification program, Paddle Canada, and a River Kayak Instructor 2 - Leader 2 with Canoe/Kayak Canada. Matt is certified in Wilderness First Aid, Standard First Aid and CPR level "C", has achieved awards with the Canadian Lifesaving Society (Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross), and is a swift water rescue technician. He is also a registered examiner for Maritime Radio (ROC).
Matt holds an undergraduate degree (English) from the University of King's College and a master's degree (Divinity) from Acadia University. He has formerly worked as a pastor in the Vineyard Church of Canada, as a youth worker, and as a course facilitator for the BC Ministry of Justice. He holds certificates in teaching English as a Second Language and as an alpine ski instructor with the Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance.
Rob Pealing started paddling kayaks in 1992 and initially paddled only white water. About 2005, he started paddling sea kayaks and decided teaching and guiding would be a good way of staying out of trouble when he retired.
He now holds Paddle Canada level 3 skills and level 1 instructor and British Canoe Union Sea Kayak 4* leader award and coastal navigation certificate and wilderness first aid.
He has paddled in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, the UK, New Zealand and Greece. He has come to prefer sea kayaking to white water, because of the variety of facets from gentle touring in flat calm and multiday trips to coping with 6 foot waves on tidal races and surf.
Will Poole is an assistant guide with Candlebox Kayaking. Will’s passion for paddling started at a young age. It began with him exploring Kejimkujik National Park and the Tobeatic Wilderness area (the largest wilderness area in the maritimes). He has paddled numerous freshwater lakes and rivers in Southwest Nova Scotia. In September 2015 he earned Paddle Canada’s level 2 sea kayaking skills certification. Will is an Advanced Care Paramedic, working as a paramedic in Nova Scotia since 1999. He currently lives on a small hobby farm in Gavelton, NS with his family and enjoys being out in nature whenever possible and sharing his outdoor experiences whenever he can.
Sheila Bird is an assistant guide with Candlebox Kayaking. Sheila loves kayaking. Lucky for her she lives in a tiny fishing community in Southwestern Nova Scotia. Sheila started paddling over 5 years ago and loves to get other people paddling. She’s passionate about making paddling accessible, affordable, safe and fun for everyone! She spends every free minute (when she’s not promoting health, or baking bread, or talking about solar power – www.rehouse.ca) out in her boat exploring and getting new paddlers on the water. Sheila is a Paddle Canada Level 1 skills paddler, an introduction to kayaking skills instructor, and a Paddle Canada Level 2 skills candidate. She’s been involved, since its inception five years ago, as a volunteer organizer and one of the founding members of the Shelburne Kayak Festival.
Dr. Leanne DeLong serves as the medical director for Candlebox Kayaking. Dr. DeLong is based at the Roseway Hospital in Shelburne. Kayaking can be a demanding sport, often taking us into locales distant from emergency medical care. All Candlebox Kayaking guides/instructors are certified in either Wilderness First Aid or Advanced Care Paramedicine. In addition, Candlebox Kayaking has medical doctor Leanne DeLong on call to direct guides in appropriate medical care.