Do your personal interests include outdoor activities, cooking and adventure? Do we have the perfect day trip for you! Not only is clam digging via kayak totally unique but you then get to kayak to shore and bask in your hard work over a fresh, hot cup of clam chowder made from the clams you dug up. Talk about cool. Want to know how to get in on this? Follow our two easy steps to having a clammin’ good time below.
Step One: Kayaking & Clamming
Call ahead as clamming in PEI is dependent on the tides as you want to go at low tide so you can get to the best spots. Once you know the timing of the tides head to By-The-Sea-Kayaking and sign up for the kayak n’ clamming adventure. From here you will get suited up in your waders and fitted to a kayak. The outfitter has everything you need including dry bags to keep your valuables in while you splash around on the kayak. From here you will launch your kayak and start paddling towards the middle of the Northumberland Strait. Eventually, the guide stops and gets out of the kayak into ankle deep water. Here is where the fun begins. In your bare feet walk around with your clamming gear and start looking. This experience is so exciting and relaxing as you wonder around the bay looking for signs that a clam lays below. When you get one, measure it to make sure it is fully grown and then toss it in your bag. Do this until you have enough clams to make clam chowder.
Step Two: Cooking, Cleaning & Clam Chowderin’
Kayak back to shore with your bag of clams. From here you boil a big pot of hot sea water and dump in the clams, to cook and clean them. Your goal is to remove as much sand as possible in this process. Once you have cooked them given them a good wash and open them up to remove the ‘beard’ and put the clam meat into a bowl. Once you have shucked all your clams, give them another wash to make sure the sand has been removed to your best ability (or else your chowder will have a bit of crunch). Once you are done that, dice up one cup of carrots, celery sticks, minced onion and two cups of potatoes. Throw all your veggies into a pot, add 3/4 cup of butter, 1 quart of half-and-half, a dash of salt, a splash of red wine vinegar and ground pepper to taste. Now go and grab your clams and mince them. Throw it all together and cook till it is hot and enjoy!