After a few hours, paddling the scenic waterfront of Yarmouth harbour can build up an appetite. That’s why two creative entrepreneurs decided to partner and offer lunch à la kayak.
Becky Cottreau, owner of The Song of the Paddle, encourages tour participants to bring snacks on her excursions, but whenever the group reached the wharf where the Red Shed eatery is located, someone would usually suggest lunch there after the paddle.
One day Cottreau ran into Trilby Watson (who operates the Red Shed with Shane Ward) and the idea of delivering lunch was discussed.
Ward and Watson developed a kayaker’s combo menu that would be easy to eat on the water. Paddlers could choose from fish/clams and chips or Red Shed burgers with a choice of fixings and chips for a set price of $10, including tax, to make things easier.
The first 'à la kayak' dining experience was served up on Aug. 23 to rave reviews. Cottreau pre-ordered the meals at 11:30 and the Red Shed had them all ready to be lowered down to the guests “fresh and hot.”
“We're still getting comments about what a unique, fun and delicious time they had,” said Cottreau.
She added that the lunch à la kayak would now be a permanent part of the harbour tour.
Ward says the idea was a “pretty cool and unique” one and that he was glad the Red Shed could be a part of it.
“It’s important for small businesses to support and band together to help promote one another. I hope more businesses see it’s a good thing to combine efforts with one another. Everyone can benefit,” he said.
Cottreau says her business, like the Red Shed, is always looking for unique partnering experiences. This summer she has been working with Ye Olde Argyler Lodge on Fridays, providing kayaking experiences on Lobster Bay for their guests.
Another new partnership is with the Hatfield House Culinary Experiences.
“Together we'll be offering a guided two-hour paddling experience along the beautiful Tusket River, followed by a steamed lobster dinner featuring Nova Scotia wines,” said Cottreau.
The Song of the Paddle has also partnered with Ellenwood Provincial Park, running evening paddles out of the park this season and, at other times, providing a free interpretive paddle for park guests and locals.
Plans underway for next season include the possibility of a camping/paddling experience to watch the Perseid Meteor shower next August on a lake from a kayak.
“The partnering possibilities for businesses in this area are limited only by our own imaginations. The way I see it, my job is to provide our guests with a unique and enjoyable paddling adventure - there are other entrepreneurs in the area working equally hard to provide them with wonderful dining, exquisite accommodations, shopping and other experiential options,” said Cottreau.