Sea Kayak the Slate Islands

Trip Description:

Guided and partially outfitted sea kayak trip–five days kayaking, five nights camping, half-day group skills workshop.

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The Slate Islands form a circular archipelago of more than 20 islands created when a meteorite struck the earth billions of years ago. The shoreline presents a visual smorgasbord of geological features associated with meteor impacts including shatter-cones – cone like rock fractures created by the shock waves that reverberated following the million megaton TNT impact blast.

Although the islands’ gold and copper deposits are worth fortunes, the 8 main islands were designated as a Provincial Park in 1985. The Slate Islands are also home to Ontario’s greatest concentration of woodland caribou at the southern fringe of their range. Read Paul Steyn of National Geographic recent article on paddling with Slate Islands Caribou.

This trip is designed for novice to intermediate paddlers and begins at our base in Wawa with basic group skills, trip orientation and lunch before shuttling to Terrace Bay for our boat shuttle to the Slates. Alternatively, we can meet guests (optimally experienced paddlers) coming from the west at the Terrace Bay marina.

Your enjoyment will be enhanced if you are in good physical condition and comfortable with wilderness camping. Lake Superior 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.

You will be responsible for carrying a portion of the group gear in your kayak, as well as your tent, sleeping bag and personal gear. 

Typical Trip Itinerary

Day Activity/Campsite Distance Sights
1 9 am: Arrive at Naturally Superior Adventures for group kayak skills/safety session, (there is an option to start/return from Terrace Bay boat dock)
1pm. Following lunch shuttle to Terrace Bay and boat shuttle to Slate Islands
  Lake Superior, Michipicoten Bay
NSA Base & Rock Island Lodge
2 Circumnavigate Patterson Island. Camp at Horace Cove 8km Woodland caribou, abandoned copper mine, wilderness islands
3 Circumnavigate Patterson Island: Camp east side 19km Slate Island Lighthouse, meteor geology, arctic disjunct vegetation
4 Inter Islands tour Circumnavigate Mortimer Island. Camp North side 15km Abandoned copper mine shaft, caribou pens, wooden barge
5 Circumnavigate Mortimer Island, Leadman/Delaute Island tour. Return inner channel. 15km Abandoned gold mine, steep, unique geology, 2 km crossing, geology, juvenile Mountain Ash stand.
6 Inner channels tour.
2 pm Boat shuttle back to Terrace Bay. Vehicle shuttle & arrive Wawa 6:30 pm
12km World’s largest shattercone, cabins, shuttle to Terrace Bay

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