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Tour R1: Goulais River, Algoma

Canoeing the Goulais near Searchmont, Ontario, Canada

Descending through the densely forested Canadian shield, the Goulais River valley, west of Searchmont, in northern Ontario, offers a leisurely canoeing day trip on mild current, interrupted at times by several rapids. This is a day-trip for those wishing to practice Class II whitewater. We offer this trip as a guided canoe or kayak tour, but canoe and kayak rentals and shuttles are available.

During low water periords, typically July - September, we offer a half day trip on a section suitable for all skill levels

This relaxing day-trip is just a short half-hour drive from Sault Ste. Marie. A great way for a group to enjoy a spring adventure. Given enough notice, we can customize a trip for your own group on alternative dates.

We provide canoes, shuttle and lunch. So relax, meet us at our base and begin your guided canoeing adventure!

Trip at a Glance :
Dates: 2017: weekends, May - September
See updated calendar, or call for additional dates.
Departure: Caribou Expeditions, Goulais Bay, 9:00 a.m.
Price: $105 CDN (taxes included) $60 for half-day trip
Level: Beginner/Novice
Distance: 22 km
Duration: 1 days
Included: kayaks, guides, lunch (except for half day trip), shuttle
Not Included: Personal gear
Note: Ideal for novice paddlers


This day-trip begins at our base on Goulais Bay (thirty km north of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, on the Trans Canada, then 11 km west on Hwy 552). Camping is available the night prior to the tour at the at Pancake Bay Provincial Park, just a 60 km north of Sault Ste. Marie on Hwy 17, or a KOA campground just 25 km north of the city. There are numerous lodges and motels in the area.

  • Day 1. At 9:00 a.m. we assemble at our base on Goulais Bay, get fitted into gear, discuss canoe and kayak safety procedures, load the trailer and transport everyone to the put-in on the Goulais River - west of Searchmont (a forty minute drive). Personal vehicles will be left at our base on Goulais Bay. After our guides demonstrate wet-exits and safety procedures, we guide you down the river valley, stopping for lunch (provided) and several breaks along the way. We arrive at the take-out by 4:00 PM and are back at Goulais Bay by 5:00 p.m. to end our canoe day trip adventure on the Goulais River.

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