This sea kayak tour of northern Lake Superior is designed for the experienced sea kayaker with a taste for adventure.
This scenic section includes the oldest fossil formations on earth (stromatalites), island archipelagos, many beaches and sheltered harbours, and historical sites (former World War II Prisoner Camp and a ghost town) and Neys Provincial Park. We pass the picturesque Pic Island memoralized in the the Canadian psyche by Group of Seven artist Lauren Harris, and continue on to Pukaskwa National Park for the next leg of the Journey.
|Trip at a Glance :|
|Dates:||2014: July 13-20|
|Departure:||Voyageurs' Lodge (near Sault Ste. Marie)|
|Price:||$1239 CDN (taxes included)|
|Distance:||120 km at 15 - 25 km/day|
|Duration:||8 days, 7 nights|
|Included:||Guides, shuttles, transportation from Sault Ste. Marie, permits, group outfitting, three-hour safety and skills instruction|
|Not Included:||Meals, camping equipment, kayaks (rentals and food packages available)|
|Note:||Less experienced, but fit, paddlers will be
considered for tandem sea kayaks.
Transportation from Sault Ste. Marie airport (YAM) to Voyageurs' Lodge and return - $100.00.
We meet at Voyageurs' Lodge at 9:00 am (60 km north of Sault Ste. Marie) or optionally at town of Heron Bay (3:00 pm) where we shuttle you to trip starting point (7 hr drive from Sault Ste. Marie, 2 hrs from Heron Bay).
- Day 1 (400 km): At 9:00 a.m. we assemble at Voyageurs' Lodge (60 km north of Sault Ste. Marie) for van transport to Rossport. The six hour drive on the Trans-Canada highway traverses the most scenic part of Ontario via Lake Superior Provincial Park and Pukaskwa National Park. On our relaxing drive, we will stop at various lookouts along the way, go for a swim, and enjoy the scenery. Once we arrive at Rossport, we set up camp at Rossport Provincial Park.
- Day 2 (9 km): Safety procedures, practice rescues then depart from Rossport for an easy paddle amoung in the archipelago to Copper Island.
- Day 3 (26 km): Paddle five km crossing to the mainland to Worthington Bay, pass the beautiful Petits Ecrits islands to Victoria Bay where we set up camp.
- Day 4 (18 km):We cross Jackfish Bay to the ghost town of Jackfish, and on to the large beach at the mouth of the Steele River. We arrive at the small, but sheltered, Bottle Cove to set up camp.
- Day 5(18 km) We paddle to the Prairie River Provincial Park Nature Reserve for a break on the large sand beach, and continue past many sheltering small islands to McKellar Harbour to set up camp.
- Day 6 (18 km): We land at Neys Provincial Park for a tour of the museum and a well deserved hot shower before continuing on to our campsite at Foster Island, perhaps the prettiest campsite on the lake overlooking Pic Island. Time permitting, we paddle the south side of Pic Island.
- Day 7 (25 km): Weather permitting we cross to Ypres Point (5 km) and continue on to Craigs Pit Nature Reserve and beyound to our campsite near Randall Point
- Day 8 (12 km): We continue past Heron Bay to Pukaskwa National Park Headquarters to end this leg of the trip. We land by 1:00 p.m. to be transported by van back to Voyageurs' Lodge.