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Sea Kayak Pukaskwa Wilderness Coast

Sea Kayak the Wild Shore

FAST FACTS
Description: Guided and partially outfitted sea kayak trip–ten days kayaking, nine nights camping, half-day group skills workshop
Skill: Intermediate to advanced paddling skills and back-country camping experience
Pace: Moderate with occasionally demanding portions
People: 1:6 guide/pax ratio, max 8, min 18 yrs, mostly single sea kayaks
Distance: 180 km (average paddling speed of 4.5 to 6 km/hr)
Dates: Thurs July 17 - Sun July 27, 2014
Cost: $1,390 + tax  ~ (Enjoy a 20% discount for 2 back to back trips)
Includes: Full guiding, group safety and communication gear, tarps, vehicle and boat shuttles, pre-trip group orientation dinner and breakfast
 Additional:  Meals and snacks on trip $250
Fully equipped sea kayak roto/glass $20/25 day, tent $5 day
   
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This trip follows the longest section of wilderness coastline on Lake Superior 190 km from Hattie cove through Pukaskwa National Park and the Superior Highlands coastline to our base at the mouth of the Michipicoten River near Wawa, Ontario. This guided and partially outfitted expedition captures some of Ontario’s greatest wilderness. 

It’s a wild, remote and beautiful coastline of spectacular geology, bright sand and cobble beaches, awesome waterfalls, abandoned logging camps and isolated lighthouses. The transition from crystal clear sweet water to stalwart cliffs, boreal and transitional forests is magical.

If you have previous sea kayaking experience and are looking for a rejuvenating Lake Superior experience, this is the trip for you!

Your trip begins with an afternoon of individual and group sea kayak safety coaching from our base on Lake Superior near Wawa, Ontario. Later we’ll enjoy a trip orientation following a home-cooked meal in the front room of Rock Island Lodge. Trip fee includes tent site on our beach or alternatively in the lodge at a trip guest discounted rate.

Following breakfast the next morning we shuttle to Hattie Cove in Pukaskwa National Park and following a brief orientation, begin our trip south and east back to our Rock Island base at the mouth of the Michipicoten River. The trip consists of a pleasant mixture of rugged, steep headlands and sheltered, Caribbean-like beaches.

Along the way we'll visit ancient Pukaskwa Pit "villages," where it is thought that aboriginal peoples once held vision quests on cobblestone beaches. Dozens of rivers and streams feed into the Pukaskwa coast, including the Cascade River, which meets Lake Superior in a spectacular waterfall and 100 ft Denison falls part of the newly created Superior Highlands Conservation Reserve and the Nimoosh Park.

We’ll encounter a number of short exposed headlands but no significant crossings. It is a trip for paddlers who are physically fit 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 will be in 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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" The best part of the trip was the people - every single person I met from NSA was friendly, helpful, engaging, and just seemed like they were happy to be there so it made for a great atmosphere. "

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