|Description:||Guided and partially outfitted sea kayak trip–6.5 days kayaking, six nights camping, half-day group skills workshop|
|Skill:||Intermediate to advanced paddling skills and backcountry camping experience|
|Pace:||Moderate with occasionally demanding portions|
|People:||1:6 guide/pax ratio, max 7 pax, min 18 yrs, mostly single sea kayaks|
|Distance:||120 km (average paddling speed of 4.5 to 6 km/hr)|
|Dates:||Sun Aug 11- Sat Aug 17, 2013|
|Cost:||$980 + tax ~ (Enjoy a 20% discount for 2 back to back trips)|
|Includes:||Full guiding, group safety and communication gear, tarps, vehicle shuttles, accommodations at Montrea River, pre-trip group orientation dinner and breakfast|
|Additional:||Meals and snacks on trip $25 day
Fully equipped sea kayak roto/glass $20/25 day, tent $5 day
This trip traces the Lake Superior coastline from Montreal River southwards past a variety of parks and wilderness areas finishing at Gros Cap, the northern entry point for the St. Lawrence seaway system and Sault Ste. Marie.
Your trip begins with an afternoon of individual and group sea kayak safety coaching based adjacent the Twilight resort on Lake Superior near Montreal River Ontario. Later we’ll enjoy a trip orientation following a hearty meal at the resort..
Following breakfast the next morning we’ll load our kayaks and head out, finishing at Gros Cap, near Sault Ste. Marie six days later.
From Montreal River the coastline consists of cobble beaches and granite and volcanic headlands. The area’s geology is unique: a billion years’ difference exists between the granite and volcanic rock that makes up its backbone.
As we approach Pancake Bay, the nature of the coastline changes, and we will swing offshore and across several large bays en route to the forested cliffs of Gros Cap.
This is a trip for paddlers in good condition with previous paddling and wilderness camping experience. Daily paddling distances range from 10 to 26 kilometres (average 19 km) with a day included to accommodate rough weather or a more relaxed or exploratory group pace.
The lake is mostly calm in summer, but when it gets rough we enjoy the view from shore. Although each group will travel according to its own pace, we tend to spend most of the day on the water leaving lots of time for “covering the distance” and exploring the coast.
On this trip, paddlers choose between packing and preparing their own meals or joining in with our hearty and healthy meals/snacks packed and prepared by your guide(s).
Most participants paddle single sea kayaks although occasionally we open trips to less experienced paddlers in double sea kayaks. You’ll be responsible for carrying a portion of the group gear in your kayak, along with your tent, sleeping bag, personal gear and food.
If you’re bringing your own sea kayak it must be sea worthy, at least 16 ft long with two sealed bulkheads, deck-lines and closed cockpit. You’ll need to come equipped with a PFD and signal device, bailer and 20m/55ft of floating rope. A detailed packing list is provided following registration.
Our Guides are drawn from outdoor adventure/recreation programs or they are teachers and outdoor professionals. They are certified with Wilderness Advanced First Aid (40 hrs), our own established Sea Kayak Guide Course and sea kayak advanced skills and instructor programs certified by Paddle Canada. Many return to work for us year after year. They are all great paddlers with a love and appreciation for Lake Superior’s heritage, history and ecology.
Naturally Superior Adventures was established in 1994 with a focus on Lake Superior and silent sports. Sea Kayaker Magazine readers have kindly voted us as Eastern Canada’s best company for guided tours by sea kayak, since 2009.
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Meals and snacks on trip $25 dayFully equipped sea kayak roto/glass $20/25 day, tent $5 day
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