Whoa- what a strange start to the season.
As with all of our operations at Jake's Landing, our shuttle service has had to adapt.
For the 2020 season we will be concentrating our effort on Big Dam and Eel Weir only. Shuttles will only become available if and when Parks Canada allows backcountry camping, which is June 21 at the earliest.
We've joined the ranks of many other business who've adapted their business plan to reflect government regulations and best practices regarding Covid-19. While I'll admit this stinks a bit, it is paramount to us re-opening.
Our new system will have your boats ready for you to pick-up and use at either Big Dam or Eel Weir by 1030am on the day your reservation starts. When your reservation is over they must be at their designated locations for us to retrieve no later than 430pm.
Keep in mind, if you reserve a Delivery, your canoe reservation start time must dovetail with the scheduled 1030 Delivery time. This also stands for the Retrieval- your canoe reservation must finish at the 430pm Retrieval time.
Examples for Clarity
Big Dam - Frozen Ocean Canoe Loop - Starting at Big Dam
If you have reserved one of our canoes for the Big Dam Frozen Ocean Loop (BDFO), it will be delivered to the Big Dam Parking Lot (along with paddles, pfd's and safety kits) by 1030am.
Big Dam - Frozen Ocean Loop - Finishing at Big Dam
If you have reserved one of our canoes for the BDFO, and you are starting at Jake's Landing, and have reserved a shuttle retrieval service, your rental canoe (along with paddles, pfd's and safety kits) must be ready for us to retrieve at the Big Dam parking lot by 430pm on the day your rental is finished.
Frequently Asked Questions (adapted to reflect our post-Covid-19 protocols):
Does the price include delivery and retrieval?
No, our shuttle prices are 'one-way'. For example, if you and your group want to have the boats dropped off at the Big Dam parking lot for your weekend canoe trip and then have them picked up again afterwards, this would require two separate shuttles.
If my shuttle is reserved for 12pm, is that when it leave's Jake's Landing?
Given our new system, you shouldn't be able to reserve for 12pm. If the system is working, you should be able to pick the day you want the canoe delivered to your start location or the day you're finished with the canoe and want us to retrieve it.
If you're starting your trip and you've reserved a delivery shuttle, then the canoe will be ready at either Big Dam or Eel Weir (whichever location you indicated) by 1030am.
If you are finishing your trip and you've reserved a retrieval shuttle, then you must have your canoe ready at it's final destination (either Big Dam or Eel Weir) before 430pm.
Do the shuttle's depart on a regular schedule?
No, our shuttles are by advance reservation only. They can be reserved through our website (this one you're currently perusing)
What if I am late?
With the new system, it's no problem if you're late for starting your trip. Just know the boat will be ready and waiting for you by 1030am. If you're late for returning your boat at it's final destination please call us to discuss options. To be prudent, I should mention that our regular late fees could apply.
What if I'm early?
If you're dropping off your canoe for retrieval and you're there before 430pm, just stow the gear under the boat and make sure it's somewhere it won't get run over, then feel free to take off! Hopefully you've got a bag of potato chips stashed in your car.
If you're early for picking up your canoe to start your adventure, just find a comfy spot to chill and take in the sounds of nature. We'll have the boat delivered by 1030am.
How many people does the shuttle price cover?
For reasons we likely don't need to elaborate on, we are not shuttling people during the 2020 season.
Is it mandatory to physically check-in at Jake's Landing for all shuttles?
No, and I promise my feelings won't be hurt. Actually, we encourage you not to visit us unless it's necessary. With our new 2020 system, there shouldn't be a need to come see us at Jake's. When making your shuttle/canoe reservation you must complete the following digital documents:
- A signed waiver from each group member 19 years of age, or older
- Each minor in the group to be on a waiver of a parent or legal guardian
- A signed rental agreement
- A signed Declaration of Health for all members using Whynot Adventure services
- If renting watercraft, we will need the weights of any members less than 90lbs (42kg)
- If renting canoes, we will need the heights of all members for paddle sizing
Please note, the moment the gear is dropped off at its destination it becomes your responsibility whether you are there or not.
What if I'm super cheap or have a tight budget?
Dude, I get it. We used to dirt-bag it as best we could. Now I'm a dirt-bag in more of a hygienic sense and less of a lifestyle sense. We have foam shuttle blocks which will protect your vehicle while transporting a boat. These are free to borrow for the duration of your trip, so long as we have them in the inventory. They also include straps to secure the boat to your vehicle.
Do I have to wear my seatbelt?
Not applicable for 2020 shuttles as we are not transporting people, but I thought I would leave my answer up anyway: Wait, what? Are you serious? Yes, seatbelts are mandatory as per company policy and law in Nova Scotia since 1985.