What you'll do
You'll meet us in our kayak shop at Onancock Wharf, located in the 1906 Steamboat Ticket Office, where once passengers embarked onto steamboats bound for Baltimore. In the present day, we'll outfit you in kayak gear while giving an introduction to the history of this 1680 Colonial port. After an on-land paddle school we'll launch kayaks from our floating dock onto the sheltered waters of Onancock Creek. On this leisurely, 2-hour paddle trip we'll peek into the backyards of historic homes dating to to the 1700s. Your guide will narrate the history of the region, from native peoples, through Capt. John Smith, schooner and steamboat days to the present. Along the way you'll learn about the ecology, plants, birds and shellfish of the Chesapeake Bay. Afterwards, step onto the adjacent outdoor dining deck of Mallards restaurant for lunch or a drink. Autographed copies of "Kayaking for Everyone" and our other guidebooks, as well as local postcards featuring kayaking are available for purchase in the shop. Beginners and children welcome.
Bill & Mary
We wrote the book! Paddle with the authors of "Kayaking for Everyone," Bill & Mary Burnham. We lead trips all over the Eastern Shore of Virginia (visit our website www.burnhamguides.com for full day and multi-day trips on the Chesapeake Bay and Barrier Islands). We've authored 8 outdoor books (signed copies available for purchase in our Onancock shop). We have extensive local knowledge of the history and nature of the region and look forward to sharing it with you! In the winter we lead trips in the Florida Keys, Everglades and Costa Rica.
Single or tandem kayaks, life jackets, paddles, waterproof drybag for your phone, camera or valuables.
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Where you'll be
We'll meet you in our charming kayak shop located inside the 1906 historic Steamboat Ticket Office. We'll paddle by many beautiful homes, including the oldest house in town, 1769 Scott Hall, Sears catalogue homes, and the impressive Mount Prospect. You'll watch fishing and crab boats collect their harvest, and visit a secret nature cove to look for wading birds, bald eagles and periwinkle snails.
Things to keep in mind
Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.
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Up to 8 guests aged 5 and up can attend.
We will be in contact with you if there are any weather issues. We do paddle in light rain, but not if there's lightning nearby. Please wear shoes that can get wet and drip-dry type shorts or pants. Bring water, sunscreen, a hat and a rainjacket just in case.
Paddle with the Authors
£37 / person
£37 / person