Killarney Shores Kayak Adventure

About the Experience

Imagine yourself kayaking along the shores of the iconic Canadian landscape that is Georgian Bay.

Part of the southern edge of the Canadian Shield, this area boasts granite bedrock exposed by the glaciers at the end of the last ice age, about 11,000 years ago. The rock formations and windswept Eastern White Pine are characteristic of the islands and much of the shoreline of the bay.

You will paddle in sight of La Cloche mountain range for five days of exploration along the shoreline of Philip Edward Island, off the coast of Killarney Provincial Park.  There are countless islands to paddle to, explore and camp on.  This serene and spectacular kayaking adventure on Georgian Bay offers the best scenery, swimming, and high granite plateaus for amazing sunset camping viewpoints.

You begin with 1 night at Harmony Outdoor Inn in Parry Sound with an afternoon coaching session with Paddle Canada certified instructors.  The next morning you head out for a 6-day sea kayak trip with 5 nights backcountry camping.  Over these six 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.

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 impress. Breathe it in while you’re here.

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Killarney Shores Kayak Adventure

About the Experience

Imagine yourself kayaking along the shores of the iconic Canadian landscape that is Georgian Bay.

Part of the southern edge of the Canadian Shield, this area boasts granite bedrock exposed by the glaciers at the end of the last ice age, about 11,000 years ago. The rock formations and windswept Eastern White Pine are characteristic of the islands and much of the shoreline of the bay.

You will paddle in sight of La Cloche mountain range for five days of exploration along the shoreline of Philip Edward Island, off the coast of Killarney Provincial Park.  There are countless islands to paddle to, explore and camp on.  This serene and spectacular kayaking adventure on Georgian Bay offers the best scenery, swimming, and high granite plateaus for amazing sunset camping viewpoints.

You begin with 1 night at Harmony Outdoor Inn in Parry Sound with an afternoon coaching session with Paddle Canada certified instructors.  The next morning you head out for a 6-day sea kayak trip with 5 nights backcountry camping.  Over these six 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.

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 impress. Breathe it in while you’re here.

 

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Day One: Kayak Skills Clinic and Glamping!

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.

 

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Day 2-7: Coastal Kayaking in Killarney!

Travelling by personal vehicle in a convoy from the inn, you embark on your kayaking trip from a launching location at the Chikanishing River.  Your vehicle will be left here in a designated parking area for the duration of the trip.   After launching out of Killarney, you paddle east along the south shore Phillip Edward Island.  Looking out onto the bay, the horizon is south, while the La Cloche Range is north. At 3.5 billion years, it’s one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world, once higher than today’s Rocky Mountains.

La Cloche Range is made of Quartzite, giving a snow-capped appearance even during summer. The entire geology changes moving east, past Beaverstone Bay and into the “Chickens”. This group of small humpback rocks is unto paddle through, and yes they are accompanied by a Hen Island!

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During the trip you will have the chance to enjoy Georgian Bay sunrises and sunsets.  Your group will try to camp at sites that give the most picturesque views.  The exact route always depends on the weather and keeping people safe.  You will explore the inner bays on Phillip Edward Island, and the outer islands.  The outer islands are more exposed but give the best views of the sunsets and sunrises so if you get the opportunity with calm winds, you will head offshore.  These Georgian Bay islands provide important habitat to animals such as Sandhill Cranes, Snapping Turtles, Northern Pike and Mink.

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Expect to spend two hours paddling in the morning and about two hours paddling in the afternoon.  You’ll reach shore everyday with enough time to relax, swim and read a good book.  You can look forward to gourmet, nutritious, and healthy meals for the entire trip with fresh brewed coffee and an assortment of herbal teas.  All of our paddlers come home from trip raving about the meals with recipes from our guides so they can recreate them at home.  We happily share our secrets because everyone knows nothing tastes quite as delicious as it does from an island of beauty at the end of an exquisite day of paddling and exploring.

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You will finish the trip by paddling back up the Chikanishing River and take-out where you left your vehicles on the first day.

 

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