Sea Kayak Spirit of Lake Superior Park
Sea kayak Lake Superior's Cape Gargantua, a semi-mountainous, rockbound piece of wilderness brimming with First Nation mythology on this five-day fully guided trip.
This trip features the best of Ojibwa tradition and lots of opportunities for exploration on and off the water. We will camp on some of Lake Superior's most spectacular wilderness beaches and visit significant Ojibwa cultural sites, including the Agawa pictographs, Devil's Warehouse Island and Nanabush Rock. Besides paying homage to the spirit of Superior, we'll also have the opportunity to see elusive woodland caribou living in the southernmost portion of their range. This is a wilderness experience that's sure to rejuvenate all of your senses.
Your trip begins on Sunday afternoon with a half-day group safety and paddling skills workshop at our Rock Island Lodge and Lake Superior Paddling Centre. We end the day with a home-style cooked dinner. Advanced reservations are required if you'd like to spend Sunday night in our Rock Island Lodge, however we reserve a number of campsites for trip participants on our sandy lakeside beach. On Monday morning, we set off on the crystal clear water of the largest lake in the world.
This Lake Superior sea kayak trip is designed for advanced novice through to intermediate paddlers. Some previous sea kayaking experience is required and your enjoyment will be enhanced if you are in good physical condition and comfortable with back-country camping. The lake is mostly calm in summer, but when it gets rough we enjoy the view from shore, so experience paddling in surf and swells is not necessary.
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 the Lake Superior park coast.
You will be responsible for carrying a portion of the group gear, as well as your tent, sleeping bag and personal gear, in your kayak. Each afternoon as you reach your campsite, our experienced guides can assist you with setting up your tent. And don't worry about cooking or cleanup; all food preparation is taken care of by our wilderness chefs!
On this trip we use singles and at least one double sea kayak. You may be asked on trip to paddle a double or share some paddling time in one. Because they are longer and wider, doubles are more stable and faster, making them excellent for those who wish to take photographs or who feel a bit physically challenged on a particular day.
Equipment and Services:
We Provide: Professional instruction and guiding; dinner on Sunday evening, all meals from Monday to Friday lunch; four-season dome tents; foamie sleeping pads; group safety, camping, cooking, eating and sanitation gear; shuttles; Lake Superior park fees; dry bags; fully outfitted expedition sea kayaks; farmer John/Jane wetsuits and paddling jackets.
You Provide: Personal gear, sleeping bag and a sense of adventure. A more detailed list provided on registration.
This is a wonderful trip for people wanting to experience paddling and camping on the wilderness coast of Lake Superior Provincial Park. It focuses on the beautiful places and the uncrowded northern portion of the Park. There is also a instructional component — your paddling and outdoor skills will improve dramatically in the company of similarly outdoor-minded companions. Join us this summer!
Check out more photos of this trip in our Photo Gallery.
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