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Coastal touring companies stage ‘peaceful paddling’ flotilla against offshore drilling

Coastal touring companies stage ‘peaceful paddling’ flotilla against offshore drilling

Tourism industry relies on pristine beaches, oil-free shores, positive perception of Nova Scotia’s coasts

What: Two non-motorized paddling flotillas raising awareness about BP drilling offshore of Nova Scotia, hosted by local outfitters and activists.

Photo opportunities: Dozens of people will take to kayaks, canoes, and other non-motorized boats along with signs and banners showing their resistance to offshore drilling.

Where and when: There are two flotillas. Both run from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Thursday, October 4, 2018. Media are invited to cover either or both events.

  • Mahone Bay Civic Marina, 681 Main St., Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia.
  • East Coast Outfitters, 2017 Lower Prospect Road, Lower Prospect, Nova Scotia.

Who: Four kayaking outfitters – Cape LaHave Adventures (Bells Cove), Pleasant Paddling (Blue Rocks), and East Coast Outfitters (Lower Prospect) – as well as the Council of Canadians and the Campaign to Protect Offshore Nova Scotia (CPONS).

Why: To demonstrate the growing resistance to offshore drilling and show that tourism operators, fishermen, and the communities that rely on these industries are at high risk due to ongoing offshore drilling.

This is part of a series of events planned from October 2-4 in response to the Maritime Energy Association’s Core conference on Canada’s East Coast energy future. Protect Offshore Nova Scotia: Creating Offshore Resistance Everywhere includes a rally and two public panels, in addition to these flotillas, sending a clear message that offshore drilling needs to be part of our past, not our future.



Robin Tress, Council of Canadians, 902-223-8526