Michipicoten Island Expedition

Trip Description:

A company- and guide-supported, self-reliant trip designed for experienced and advanced paddlers. One half-day group safety training followed by a boat shuttle and eight days of paddling including a 20 km crossing.

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This trip is designed for self-reliant, strong intermediate and advanced paddlers with wilderness sea kayak camping/tripping experience who wish to join similar paddlers and take advantage of a knowledgeable guide, the logistical support of a local company, and reduced costs associated with economies of scale. (Looking for something a little less advanced? You can try our outfitted trip option here.)

Once shunned by First Nations peoples as a place of malevolent giants, Michipicoten Island became one of Ontario’s most promising sources of copper and an easy access point to Lake Superior’s seemingly endless bounty of fish in the early 1900s. Since then, the copper mine and fishing village have been abandoned. All that remains are old mine shafts, ramshackle buildings and flourishing populations of woodland caribou and beaver. Throw in a couple of lighthouses and a few shipwrecks and you’ve got everything all wrapped up in this island expedition. The coastline is rugged and makes for spectacular paddling.

Your trip begins with an afternoon of group sea kayak stroke and safety practice at our base on Lake Superior near Wawa, Ontario. Following a trip orientation we’ll enjoy a home-cooked meal at our Rock Island Lodge with its spectacular view westwards over Lake Superior to Michipicoten Island.

Next morning we shuttle to Pukaskwa Park, meet Keith McCuaig and board the “Melissa June” a 30 ft Catamaran for the shuttle out to mystic Michipicoten Island. We’ll circumnavigate the island, and when conditions are appropriate, make the 18 km perpendicular crossing from Bonner Head to the mainland. Finally, eastwards along the Superior Highlands shore finishing at our paddling centre in Michipicoten Bay, a total of about 140 km.

On this trip, paddlers are responsible for their own meals although as a group may choose in advance to share meals and kitchen gear. Your guide will be equipped with an expedition first aid kit, VHF radio & spot/delorme communication, flares/smoke signalling devices as well as a group tarp and hand washing/shower set-up.

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