Lake Superior's Island Crown
This Sibley Peninsula sea kayak trip traces one of Lake Superior's most remote sections from the Silver Islet area along the outer islands ending at the quaint community of Rossport, Ontario. It's part of Canada Parks' newest national marine conservation area, a rarely paddled gem of agate islands, wilderness lighthouses and first-come, first-served saunas.
We begin this trip with a group safety/paddling skills session and overnight camping near Rossport. The next day we shuttle to the Silver Islet area, then set off for nine days of paddling the crystal clear waters of the largest lake in the world.
The route is dotted with hundreds of uninhabited islands. The surrounding landscape is semi-mountainous. Along the way, flat-topped cuestas of the Sleeping Giant give way to jagged hills of long-cooled lava, while the shoreline is composed primarily of gravel beaches and rocky points.
The trip includes a number of open water crossings. Although time is built in for rough conditions, it is a trip for intermediate paddlers who are physically fit with previous wilderness camping. Daily paddling distances range from 10 to 26 kilometres (average 19 km) with about two no-paddle days included to accommodate rough weather or a more relaxed or exploratory group pace.
Most participants will be in single sea kayaks although occasionally we open trips to less experienced paddlers in double sea kayaks. Paddlers choose between packing and preparing their own meals or joining in with our hearty and healthy meals/snacks packed and prepared by our guide(s). You'll be responsible for carrying a portion of the group gear in your kayak.
Your guide for this trip is Darrell Makin an accomplished paddler and the Outdoor Leadership Instructor with the Department of Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario. In 2012, Darrell co-authored "A Paddlers guide to the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area" the most definitive guide for paddlers doing Superior's north shore.
Naturally Superior Adventures was established in 1994 with a focus on Lake Superior and silent sports. A detailed packing list is provided following registration.
|1||Arrive. Meet in Rossport, Ontario. Training, orientation, dinner at restaurant, overnight camp.||n/a||Rock Island; Trans Canada Highway along the scenic north shore of Lake Superior|
|2||Shuttle to Sibley, launch Black Bay crossing. Camp at Porphery Island or Island No. 10.||Up to 26km (depends upon weather)||Views of the Sleeping Giant, of Isle Royale and the Paps; historic lighthouses at Porphery Island and Island No. 10.|
|3||Camp at Loon Harbour||16km||Island to island paddling; old mining claim cabin at Swede Island; ‘Bahia Espana’ channel to Loon Harbour; abandoned logging barge.|
|4||No paddle/rough weather day||Built in contingency or time for extra tours|
|5||Camp at Fluor Island||24km||Open water crossing to Sail Rock, a single sea stack exposed to Superior; agate beaches; Lamb Island Lighthouse; green water of the Nipigon Channel; flat-topped hills of Fluor Island.|
|6||Camp at Agate Island||12km||Protected channels along Fluor Island; agate beaches; sauna, cabin and excellent hiking at CPR Slip.|
|7||Camp at French Harbour||20km||Arctic-alpine vegetation and terra-cotta beaches of Paradise Island; red gravel beaches of St. Ignace Island; daisystone rock formations near French Harbour.|
|8||Camp at McKay’s Cove||12km||Unique sea stacks and caves along south side of Simpson Island; agate beaches; geodes at McKay Cove campsite.|
|9||Take-out at Rossport||15km||Battle Island Lighthouse tour; Rossport Islands.|
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