Expedition Pukaskwa with Bonnie Perry

About this Trip

Pukaskwa (pronounced puck-a-saw) National Park is the largest expanse of protected land around Lake Superior. This Canadian treasure is still relatively unknown and under-travelled. It is renowned for steep cobble beaches, crystal-clear water, and rugged coastline.Join guide and ACA/BCU instructor and coach Bonnie Perry on a ten day, 210-kilometre sea kayaking expedition. The route begins at the mouth of the Michipicoten River and ends at the Pukaskwa access point - Hattie Cove. This trip is an excellent choice for intermediate to experienced paddlers as the lake can get rough this late in summer.Tailored for overseas visitors, the journey begins with a shuttle from the Sault Ste. Marie Airport to our lodge in Wawa, Ontario. Following an on-water skills and rescue refresher, the group will have dinner in the lodge and depart the following day. On arrival at Hattie Cove, a shuttle will drive back to a hotel in Sault Ste. Marie.You will feel the energy on this coastline, which has served as summer fishing grounds for the Ojibway First Nations and others since before European contact. As you travel through this ancient land you will come across remnants of the logging and fishing camps which nature has reclaimed. Expect to see bald eagles and peregrine falcon, with the chance to see the elusive Woodland Caribou.

 

Dates: August 25 to September 5, 2018  (10 days)

Route: Naturally Superior Adventures, Rock Island Lodge to Hattie Cove.

Your Guides

  • Bonnie Perry will be the lead guide on this expedition. She is a BCU Level 3 Sea Coach, a 3 Star Assessor, and a 5 Star sea paddler as well as an ACA Level four instructor trainer. A long-time friend of Naturally Superior Adventures, she comes down annually to teach a British Canoe Union/Paddle Canada combination course. When she is not paddling, Bonnie is the Rector/Senior Pastor at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Chicago, Illinois. She was also featured in the film “Paddling in Spite of the Ordinary”; the film can be viewed here:

  • Accompanying Bonnie will be one of our resident guides (to be determined). Our guides are trained through Paddle Canada and have Wilderness First Responder certification. We also pride ourselves on extensively developing the most knowledgeable guides with regards to local ecology, history and storytelling. For us, Pukaskwa is a signature trip and offers a chance to see Superior in it’s rawest form. For that reason it is often the guide’s favourite.   

Meals

  • Meals use as much fresh food as possible – The pre-portioned food will be packed by NSA and prepared by trip members. We are able to accommodate most dietary restrictions and preferences with prior notice.
  • Dinners will be served in the lodge on the night of arrival and post-trip

Kayaking Equipment

  • Single kayaks – either P&H or Valley skeg boats or Boreal Designs and Current Designs rudder boats
  • Spray decks, paddles, PFDs (you may bring your own), pumps, and other safety gear

What to Bring

  • Personal dry bags, sleeping bags and pads are recommended, however we have some available to rent if you wish. A full packing list will be sent upon registration

Transportation

  • Round-trip ground transfer from Sault Ste. Marie Airport (Ontario) to Rock Island Lodge in Wawa
  • Post-trip shuttle from Hattie Cove to hotel in Sault Ste. Marie

Lodging

  • One of four rooms in Rock Island Lodge the night before the trip. Each room comes with private bathroom and two beds overlooking Lake Superior and the Michipcoten Rivermouth

 

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