French River to Byng Inlet Kayak Expedition

About the Experience

Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday by paddling the French River Delta, the highway of the voyageurs, out to the sparkling waters of Georgian Bay on our premiere eight-day kayaking adventure.

As you kayak the French River you will feel the rich history around every bend in the river.  This historic transportation route has remained relatively undisturbed throughout time.  It has the distinction of being nationally recognized as a Canadian Heritage River, which is one of many reasons to offer this trip to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary!

We will kayak our way down the French, starting at Hartley Bay into Wanapitei Bay, then paddle the Western Channel down to the French River Delta and into Georgian Bay.  Out on the Bay we leave the park and paddle along the shoreline of the protected islands of the Bay as we make our way to the beautiful waters of Byng Inlet.  The islands of Georgian Bay, known as the 30,000 islands are crown protected and offer endless possibilities for that perfect campsite to swim, relax and enjoy the spectacular sunsets of the Bay.

You begin on August 3rd with an afternoon coaching session with Paddle Canada certified instructors and one night at Harmony Outdoor Inn in Parry Sound .  The next morning you head out for an eight-day sea kayak trip with 7 nights backcountry camping.  Over these eight glorious days of paddling, you will travel at a relaxed pace, taking time for exploration and skill building.  This trip is perfect for women who have some coastal paddling experience but also suitable for novice kayakers up for a challenge.  This trip will provide you with an opportunity to be introduced to sea kayaking skills and practice in the beauty of nature. By the end of this adventure you will feel more confident with the basics of kayak types, strokes, self-rescues, navigation and journeying.

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French River to Byng Inlet Kayak Expedition

About the Experience

Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday by paddling the French River Delta, the highway of the voyageurs, out to the sparkling waters of Georgian Bay on our premiere eight-day kayaking adventure.

As you kayak the French River you will feel the rich history around every bend in the river.  This historic transportation route has remained relatively undisturbed throughout time.  It has the distinction of being nationally recognized as a Canadian Heritage River, which is one of many reasons to offer this trip to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary!

We will kayak our way down the French, starting at Hartley Bay into Wanapitei Bay, then paddle the Western Channel down to the French River Delta and into Georgian Bay.  Out on the Bay we leave the park and paddle along the shoreline of the protected islands of the Bay as we make our way to the beautiful waters of Byng Inlet.  The islands of Georgian Bay, known as the 30,000 islands are crown protected and offer endless possibilities for that perfect campsite to swim, relax and enjoy the spectacular sunsets of the Bay.

You begin on August 3rd with an afternoon coaching session with Paddle Canada certified instructors and one night at Harmony Outdoor Inn in Parry Sound .  The next morning you head out for an eight-day sea kayak trip with 7 nights backcountry camping.  Over these eight glorious days of paddling, you will travel at a relaxed pace, taking time for exploration and skill building.  This trip is perfect for women who have some coastal paddling experience but also suitable for novice kayakers up for a challenge.  This trip will provide you with an opportunity to be introduced to sea kayaking skills and practice in the beauty of nature. By the end of this adventure you will feel more confident with the basics of kayak types, strokes, self-rescues, navigation and journeying.

Day One: August 3

Arrive in Parry Sound early afternoon on Day 1 to check in to Ontario Sea Kayak Centre’s Harmony Outdoor Inn: ‘glamping’ at its best!  After settling in, take part in an afternoon kayaking skills clinic that will (re)introduce you to the kayak and its accompanying paddling equipment, try some basic paddling strokes as well as experience a few rescues, including a wet-exit.  This is a great opportunity to prepare for your trip, especially for those who have never experienced coastal paddling. Following the on water session, your guides will give you a packing lesson so that you are well prepared for your trip and they can ensure that everyone has all of their questions answered before heading out. Enjoy a delicious evening meal prepared by your hosts and served outside in the outdoor dining pavilion and then head to your comfy canvas cabin, nestled in the forest for a good nights’ rest.

Day Two: August 4

Travelling by personal vehicle in a convoy from the inn, you drive to the take-out location in Britt where you will park your vehicle at Ice Cream on the Rocks so that you can pack your belongings into your personal vehicle at the end of the trip and be on your way home in no time. Parking is not included and is $10/day.

You will then be shuttled to the put-in location at Hartley Bay Marina where you will pack your kayaks and launch.  All park fees and launch fees are included in this trip.  We will paddle a short distance on this day and camp on a designated site on Wanapitei Bay.

Day 3 – 8: August 5-10

 

For the next six days, you will explore the French River Delta and shores of Georgian Bay.  Its timeworn rock faces, diverse habitats, and rugged beauty inspired landscapes painted by artists of the Group of Seven and the unique geology of the Georgian Bay never fails to surprise.

Your group will kayak down the main channel of the French River to the western channel and camp around Lover’s Lane above scenic rapids.  You will work as a team to lift over the rapids, then paddle out to the fingerboards at the mouth of the Delta where you will camp for the night.  Once out of the Delta, you will paddle to the Outer Foxes for lunch and then on to the Dead Island area to camp.  From there your group will also explore Churchill Island, Champlain Island and Cunningham Island.

Full traveling days on this trip will likely be based on paddling a range of 4-6 hours per day, with island crossings of up to 2km and include washroom breaks plus time to stretch, lunch, snack and swim!

Day 9: August 11

After breakfast and pack up, paddle into the mouth of Byng Inlet and up to Britt for our take-out.  Depending on how long our paddle takes us that day, lunch will be optional.  Say your farewells and head home renewed and fulfilled, eager for your next paddling adventure!

 

 

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