Category Archives: Bay of Fundy

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Bruce Smith of Seascape Kayak Tours

Bruce Smith of Seascape Kayak Tours

On this show Gary shares a ‘once in a lifetime’ adventure he had while kayaking this fall in the Bay of Fundy. He and his son Brendan were paddling with Bruce Smith of Seascape Kayak Tours when an 8-foot shark bumped their kayak. With jaws wide open, it slid along the side of the kayak just inches away from the surprised paddlers. Listen to the story and the feature interview with Bruce Smith.

Eric Hendrickson of Presque Isle, Maine spent a week cycling solo around New Brunswick and Maine this fall. He shares Part-1 of his biking journal with us.

Gary talks about the alarming story of a young woman attacked and killed by coyotes in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Music on the show today from The Gremmies and The Zero Five. Send your comments, suggestions, outdoor adventures and tales of close encounters with sharks and coyotes to


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Our feature story today is about a guy and his boat. It’s about a man who is passionate about wooden boats. We’ll meet Skipper Charlie Creaser on board his 88 year old sardine fishing vessel the ‘Brunswick Maid’. It’s a living and breathing piece of New Brunswick maritime heritage. This isn’t your typical outdoors story, although the lifestyle is similar. I think you’ll enjoy it.

We have comments about a Turkey Trot in Utah, the rocky trails of Pennsylvania and we’ll find out what ever happened to our buddy Warren in Alberta.

Podsafe music from Joshua Kobak & Swim and The All Girl Summer Fun Band.
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Welcome to the second video edition of Doing Stuff Outdoors. On today’s show we’re going to the second annual Reverse Freestyle Kayak and BoaterX competition held at the world famous Reversing Falls in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. This event brings together the top freestyle, whitewater paddlers from the Maritimes, Quebec, Ontario and Maine.

The BoaterX competition sees kayakers racing through the rapids around a course at low tide. The Freestyle event has paddlers doing flips and cartwheels on the huge standing waves created by the incredible tides of the Bay of Fundy, (the highest in the world) combining with the powerful flow of the mighty St. John River. At high tide the water through these rapids actually reverses and flows upstream. Many locals still consider it suicidal going anywhere near these waters at low or high tide.

We’re going to get in on the action by talking to some of the paddlers who will explain what it’s really like being in these raging waters with whirlpools large enough and powerful enough to pull a boat underwater and hold it there. We’ll meet long time paddlers like Harold Cox, the manager of the Canadian Freestyle Kayaking Team. We’ll find out why these kayakers have such a passion for extreme white water.

For more on the Reversing Falls and kayaking in Atlantic Canada check out Atlantic Kayaker. Podsafe music by AjT.
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The Fundy Footpath is a rugged, wilderness hiking trail that hugs the Bay of Fundy shoreline in the province of New Brunswick. It’s a tough trail with lots of ups and downs and switchbacks. Usually this 50 km trail is a three day hike. Our feature interview today is with two guys who along with a few others, ran this trail in 13 hours. Their names are Lloyd English and Darrell Travis and they’re no slouches. Both run marathons, in fact Darrell has run Boston 12 times. And they both agree, running the footpath is the toughest thing they’ve ever done.

The start of the ski season is just around the corner if it hasn’t already began where you are. We have a comment about skiing in North Carolina in October. (Who knew you could ski that early in the southeast.) Gary goes to the annual ski swap at his local ski hill Poley Mountain. Ski swaps are the best places to find bargains on ski gear. And a listener wants to know more about outdoor gym equipment in public places.

Podsafe music from The Crash Moderns. Email your comments to

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On June 1, 2002, sixty-eight after-work athletes and other “weekend warriors” set off from Saint John, New Brunswick, for a sweaty day of competitive adventure: 15 kilometres of trail running, 40K of mountain biking, and 12 kilometres of sea kayaking on the legendary Bay of Fundy. However, as a storm swept across the final paddling section, what began as a fun introduction to the sport of adventure racing soon turned into a tragedy that would haunt many of the participants for years to come.

That’s the summary of a new book by David Leach called Fatal Tide: When the Race of a Lifetime Goes Wrong. It tells the story of the first death of an adventure racer in North America and the impact this tragedy has had on the sport and even on reality TV. Our feature interview on this edition of DSO is with investigative journalist, author and assistant professor of writing at the University of Victoria, David Leach.

Also on the show podsafe music from Denis Kitchen and more of your comments about your longest paddle ever. We’ll hear about a difficult trip in low water in a wilderness area of New Brunswick, a three day trip to the Assateague National Seashore in Maryland and a week long kayaking/camping trip to Barkley Sound on the west coast of BC.

Call in your comments to 206.600.4557. Email me at or leave a comment on the webpage at

Next time on DSO… we’ll take you rock climbing.

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Through the Eye of the Needle

I know I’ve done a podcast on this (DSO-25) and I’ve written a short post about it but it is a fabulous hike. Here’s the column I wrote about this special and mysterious place in the New Brunswick wilderness.

I’ve been to the ‘Eye of the Needle’ three times and I’m still not sure where it is. But it really doesn’t matter. The ‘Eye’ is either a waterfall or a narrow opening between cliff walls. Either way it’s a natural attraction in one of the most spectacular areas of New Brunswick. I know I’ve seen it even though I can’t pinpoint its exact location.

I’ve heard about this place for years from hikers and others who have explored the Fundy coastline between St. Martins and Fundy National Park. The first time I hiked the Fundy Footpath we were supposed to visit the ‘Eye’ but ran out of time. Since then the three times I’ve been there were during day hikes specifically to the site. To get there you drive past Poley Mountain ski area and then continue to Adair’s Wilderness Lodge and after a few twists and turns on the back roads where I always get lost, you end up at the trail head to Dustan Brook and the mouth of the Little Salmon River.

The trail takes you down about 7 or 800 feet to sea level and the Little Salmon. This is a popular camping spot for hikers on the Footpath. There are a number of good sites and access to drinking water. When you reach the river it’s time to switch from boots to sandals as the walk from here on is mostly in water. The scenery is incredible and you pass by remnants of the former logging and shipbuilding heritage of the area. Partly hidden in brush beside the river is part of an old boiler. There’s wildlife around every turn. This fall when I was there we saw a big deer cross the river just in front of us. Another time we encountered two moose in the stream ahead.

The trail takes you up river for about half an hour and then up a tributary of the Little Salmon. This is where it really starts to get interesting. The water is faster and the rocks are bigger. You’re walking through a gorge that gets narrower the farther you go. At one point you can almost touch the cliff walls on either side by spreading out your arms. They tower a couple of hundred feet straight up. This is what I used to think was the ‘Eye of the Needle’. It still might be.

From there you continue up stream and round a bend and the going gets even tougher. Eventually you end up at a major waterfall. There is supposed to be a rock formation somewhere here that forces the water to shoot out of a hole in a peculiar way. This too is supposed to be the ‘Eye’. I’ve probably passed by it and not realized it. At this point you’re at the bottom of a canyon surrounded by cliff walls. High above another waterfall shoots over the cliff face and this also I’ve been told is the ‘Eye of the Needle’. From here you join a trail that climbs up a few hundred feet and eventually leads to the top of the canyon and an incredible lookout. This is a popular spot visited not only by hikers but also by ATV riders. It’s called the ‘Grand Canyon of New Brunswick’. And it lives up to that bill in every way.

So that’s the hike. Pick whatever ‘Eye’ you want because they’re all worth seeing. It’s a place every person who loves the outdoors should experience. Visit the webpage at to see pictures of the area and listen to the Doing Stuff Outdoors-25 Podcast for a special program on hiking to the ‘Eye of the Needle’ and the ‘Grand Canyon of New Brunswick’. And if you know where the ‘Eye’ really is, be sure to let me know.

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Just one story on the show today. Gary and buddies Dennis, Carl and Doug go for a hike and you’re invited to join them. They travel to the rugged Bay of Fundy coast in the province of New Brunswick in Atlantic Canada. They hike to the mouth of the Little Salmon River and from there travel up river to another stream. Walking in the water with sandals on they continue through a narrow gorge with towering cliffs until they reach a spectacular waterfall. On the way they encounter deer and other wildlife and learn a little about the history of the area, all the while surrounded by the forest at the peak of fall foliage. Eventually they rejoin a trail that climbs up to an incredible lookout giving them a view of what’s called ‘The Grand Canyon of New Brunswick’.

Enjoy some podsafe music along the trip by these artists: Justin Gordon, Andrew Pfaff, After Touch and Christopher Wright.

Find out more about the area on the following websites: Fundy Trail, Bay of Fundy Coast, Fundy Footpath.

Be sure to check out the Doing Stuff Outdoors website for regular blog posts and subscribe to the podcast in iTunes . Call in your outdoor adventures and story ideas to the comments line at 206-600-4557 and email the show at

Next week on the podcast we’ll take you on another hike, this time in the Wind River Range of Wyoming.


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