Welcome to our first ever Voyageur Canoe Photo Workshop hosted by photographer Andrew McLachlan and Helen Grose. For 5 days and 4 nights we’ll be paddling the Lake Superior coastline.
- Qualified Guide(s)
- All Meals and Snacks
- Group Safety and Communication Gear
- Group Camping Gear
- Applicable Shuttles
- Sanitary and Kitchen Gear
- Trip Map
Extra Trip Options
- Meal Adjustment (Contact us if you wish to bring your own meals.)
- Camping Gear Rentals
- Reduced rate for Pre & Post Trip Accommodations at Rock Island Lodge. Use code: TRIPGUEST
Imagine paddling along the rugged coast of Lake Superior with the sun on your shoulders and stunning views stretching out before you. Travelling in a canoe as the voyageurs did, exploring backcountry vistas only accessible to the adventurous.
Join Helen Grose and Andrew McLachlan as they embark on their 2nd Annual Lake Superior Voyageur Canoe Photo Workshop this summer!
The coastline is a photographer’s dream — offering an intriguing mix of fine sand beaches, granite headlands, and plenty of good landings with striking views and pristine campsites.
We set out from Wawa and paddle west along the coast through the Highlands Conservation Reserve to Nimoosh Provincial Park. A trip highlight is a 5km round-trip hike to Denison Falls where the Dog River tumbles down in multiple cascades towards Superior.
With no road access to anywhere along this section of Lake Superior coast, this is an incredible opportunity to embark on a back-country adventure that will yield many unique, and awe-inspiring images.
ABOUT OUR 36-FOOT VOYAGEUR CANOE
Our fiberglass Voyageur Canoe is 36 ft long and 5 ft wide. It’s stable, efficient, fast and seaworthy. It is modeled in the “Montreal style” similar in design to the birchbark craft used by Voyageurs to transport goods along the trade routes between Montreal and posts at Michipicoten and Fort William. For multi-day trips it comfortably holds 13 paddlers plus a
ton of gear. We all paddle together so it’s suitable for beginner to advanced paddlers.
EQUIPMENT, MEALS AND PACKING LIST
This is a fully outfitted trip with Helen & Andrew providing the photographic program and Naturally Superior Adventures providing full outfitting and meals. This trip includes:
Two qualified and experienced guides certified with Wilderness First Aid. They are wilderness chefs who know the route and its secret spots and stories. They are equipped with an expedition first aid kit, 2-way satellite communicators, VHF radios, flares and other safety equipment.
All meals and snacks from Day 1 dinner at the lodge to lunch on the last day at the lighthouse are included. Meals prepared by your guides are hearty with plenty of fresh ingredients and variety. No freeze-dried meals on this trip. Be sure to advise us well in advance if you have any dietary preferences and constraints.
All wilderness camping gear including, camp kitchen, group eating utensils, group tarps, shower systems, kitchen/hand sanitation and water purification kits, individual tents, foamies and 66 liter dry bags are provided. Since these bags may be packed closely together on-trip we suggest you bring a separate day pack for raingear, warm clothing, water, snacks, etc.
In addition to your camera gear, you supply personal clothing and sleeping bag (rental available). Our suggested packing list is on our website. Be sure to put your medications in a separate waterproof bag. You are welcome to bring your own tent and foamie.
Interested in reading more about this trip? Download the PDF.
Typical Trip Itinerary
|Day||Activity / Campsite||Distance||Sights & Highlights|
|1||NSA base||0||Arrive NSA @ 2pm for a short paddle, packing, orientation, dinner, workshop Overnight, tent on our beach or stay in our B&B lodge or accommodation nearby|
|2||Minnekona Point||10km||Oovernight at Minnekona Point Enjoy a packed lunch near Dore Falls|
|3||Dog River||15km||Overnight camp for 2 nights Lunch at McCoy tombolo|
|4||Dog River||5km||Hike up to Denison Falls, pictographs at River mouth rock face|
|6||Dore River||7km||Paddle to Dore River and set up camp Lunch on the gravel beach|
|7||NSA||8km||Paddle back to the Naturally Superior Adventures base. Arrive approx 3 pm Lunch stop at Perk Point light house.|