The next morning I drive past the bright yellow signs that signal moose crossings in Canada on the way to Stan Cook Sea Kayak Adventures
, family-owned and operated here since 1970. Stan Cook Jr., our leader, gets our group of 14 settled in to blue, yellow, red, and aqua tandem kayaks. We glide through the Cape Broyle water, slicing across the surface with ease. I'm paired with a woman from Nova Scotia, and as we get a good rhythm going, we follow the group into a cave and feel the mist of a waterfall.
Cook positions his kayak next to a large rock jutting out of the water, reaching out to pluck a spiky black urchin that clings to it. As we pass the little guy from kayak to kayak, I'm distracted by a faint splash of water to my right. We paddle a little closer and discover two furry sea otters diving through the water. Their small teddy bear faces emerge for just a moment before they head off, continuing to wrestle and bob through the surf.