Paddle Newfoundland's southwest coast on this exciting kayaking expedition. The rugged shores of Newfoundland have changed little since the first Europeans arrived over five hundred years ago. It juts into the Atlantic off the northeastern tip of North America, where a distinctive geology, biology and cultural history have molded a unique people, with a strong tie to the sea.
This is a land of contrasts, of the humorous and annoying, the harsh and fulfilling, the tragic and promise. Descriptive communities with labels like Heart’s Content, Dildo, Come by Chance, Blow me Down and Witless Bay, hide along its erratic coastline. It is a welcome breath of fresh air, both figuratively and literally.
During this sea kayaking journey you discover deep fjords with abrupt, barren walls that alternate with the coastal islands to provide a captivating land/seascape. The rugged interior is a mixture of muskeg, glacial ponds and granite outcrops offering splendid hiking opportunities where we will encounter carnivorous plants and the woodland caribou. In the isolated out ports, which cling tenaciously to the exposed bedrock, you glimpse a threatened way of life as fishermen struggle to maintain their livelihood on a declining resource. This is a special expedition along a ruggedly beautiful coastline.
Paddle with the orcas on this kayaking adventure in Johnstone Strait. Johnstone Strait off Vancouver Island, BC is the ideal location to go kayaking with orca whales and observe and photograph one of nature's truly magnificent mammals. The sleek, beautiful ebony and ivory orcas congregate in Johnstone Strait during the summer to feed, socialize and rub themselves on pebble beaches. On this kayaking with orca whales trip you will be on the lookout for orca pods while exploring the strait. Although there can be no guarantees, our dates represent the most opportune time to sea kayak and have an encounter of the orca kind.
Combine the exhilaration of kayaking beside these breaching, spouting, power swimming orcas, with rugged coastal scenery, magnificent west coast rainforest, and you have the ultimate personal and coastal kayaking experience.
Explore Lake Superior’s mystical floating isle of Michipicoten by sea kayak. Your guides charter a local boat to take you across the 60 kilometres open water between Michipicoten Bay and Michipicoten Island, landing at the East End Lighthouse. From here, you begin our circumnavigation. This trip captures the remote, forgotten nature of Michipicoten.
Once shunned by First Nations peoples as a place of malevolent giants, Michipicoten became one of Ontario’s most promising sources of copper and an easy access point to Lake Superior’s seemingly endless bounty of fish in the early 1900s. Since then, the copper mine and fishing village have been abandoned. All that remains are old mine shafts, ramshackle buildings and flourishing populations of woodland caribou and beaver. Throw in a couple of lighthouses and a few shipwrecks and you've got everything all wrapped up in this island expedition. The coastline is rugged and makes for spectacular paddling for those with previous sea kayaking experience.
Your trip begins with a half-day group safety and paddling skills workshop at our Rock Island Lodge and Lake Superior Paddling Centre. You end the day with a home-style cooked dinner at the lodge. Advanced reservations are required if you’d like to spend Saturday night in our Rock Island Lodge, however we reserve a number of campsites for trip participants on our sandy lakeside beach. The trip begins with a five-hour boat shuttle to Michipicoten Island. You end the trip with a return boat shuttle to the mainland. The trip itinerary provides for one to two wind days to better ensure a safe trip. Still, rough conditions on the lake can prohibit safe boat travel and delay trip start and finish.
Paddle to spectacular waterfalls on this kayaking adventure to Denison Falls on Lake Superior. If you want to combine sea kayaking along some of the most remote sections of Lake Superior's north shore with an overland trek to the awe-inspiring, 40-metre-high Denison Falls - this is the trip for you! This trip traces the Lake Superior coast of the Superior Highlands Conservation Reserve, a large swath of land encompassing unique geological features such as diabase dikes, pillows and kettles, a boreal-mixed forest and wildlife such as moose, beavers, bear and bald eagles. Cultural features include a small collection of First Nation Ojibwa pictographs.
At Dog River, you spend a day hiking inland to the spectacular Denison Falls, a favourite of well-known Canadian filmmaker, artist and paddler Bill Mason. This is a wonderful trip for people wanting a combination sea kayaking/hiking experience that includes some of Lake Superior’s most beautiful scenery. The route follows the wilderness Great Lakes Heritage Coastline, with a tour of Nimoosh Park and Denison Falls. There are no designated campsites and the coast is a mix of sand/gravel beaches interspersed by rocky outcrops. Join us this summer on an out-of-park wilderness experience!
See Ontario’s greatest concentration of woodland caribou on this kayaking expedition to the Slate Islands. Beside guaranteed caribou sightings, this guided sea kayak trip features gourmet cuisine and a relaxed pace- perfect for an all inclusive, pampered, wilderness adventure. You will access the 10 km crossing over to the Slate islands via boat shuttle.
This circular archipelago of more than 20 islands was formed billions of years ago when a meteorite struck the Earth. Although the islands' gold and copper deposits are worth fortunes, the 8 main islands were designated as a Provincial Park in 1985. Today, they are a safe haven for boats during storms and acknowledged as stellar sea kayaking and woodland caribou watching destinations. Formed by a violent meteorite crash and now covered with lush boreal vegetation and a remnant herd of woodland caribou; the Slate Islands are a quintessential Lake Superior Paddling experience.
From your sea kayak, the ice and water washed Slate Islands shoreline presents a visual smorgasbord of geological features associated with meteor impact. For example, you’ll locate shatter-cones - cone like rock fractures created by the shock waves that reverberated following the asteroid’s million megaton TNT impact blast. You'll be paddling throughout the inter Slate islands waterways and around the perimeters of the major islands with a side trip to the Leadman Islands.
Your trip begins on Sunday afternoon when we will meet at the Rainbow Falls Provincial Park near Rossport, Ontario. We'll take a few hours in the afternoon to cover some basic instruction and safety skills on the warm inland Whitesands Lake at the Provincial Park. That evening we'll have a gourmet dinner at the local Serendipity restaurant. Monday morning, we'll travel to Terrace Bay to take a charter out to the Slate Islands, paddle and explore the islands for 5 days and on the following Friday we catch our boat shuttle back to Terrace Bay.