Canoe the Sand River


Trip Description:

Fully guided/outfitted whitewater canoe trip with train access – 4.5 days paddling, 4 nights camping.


Pending start-up of the Algoma train passenger service.


Full guiding and outfitting, fully outfitted canoes, all meals, vehicle and train shuttles and Lake Superior Park backcountry camping fees.


Deduct $75 per person if you bring your properly outfitted own single or tandem canoe.
Camp on our beach free the night before/after the trip or stay at our Rock Island Lodge at a reduced rate of $98 for our trip guests.


This trip is subject to continuation of the Algoma Passenger Rail service from Frater Station in Lake Superior Park to the Sand Lake Station. If train service is cancelled, we will provide a full refund.

This guided Sand River white water canoe trip cuts a meandering 56 km course through Lake Superior Provincial Park before emptying into Lake Superior. The river contains a nice mix of wildlife-rich lowlands, white-water, portages and spectacular waterfalls.

We begin by boarding the Agawa passenger train near Frater, travelling north and exiting at mile 136.25 and the Sand Lake headwaters. Nearly half of the river’s 29 portages are runnable class I, II or III rapids, while the others are scenic waterfalls such as Calwin and Lady Evelyn. This river is runnable in May, early June and rainy autumns.

This guided and fully outfitted trip is designed for canoeists with good flatwater skills and some whitewater experience who are looking to become more competent moving water trippers. You’ll practice how to safely paddle a tandem canoe in moving water and enjoy some of the most scenic and historic paddling in Ontario. It’s also perfect for experienced WW paddlers wishing to practice skills in a spectacular environment.

You will have plenty of time to learn how to read whitewater rapids and practice maneuvers like eddy turns and ferries under the watchful eye of your experienced guide. All rapids have portages for those looking for a less exciting adventure.

Trip Route Map