Lake Superior Kayak Adventure

About the Experience

Join our expert guides on this challenging backcountry kayaking trip that will leave you deeply steeped in wilderness. This eight-day expedition is like paddling through the entire collection of the Group of Seven’s paintings.

Departing from Agawa Bay at the south end of Lake Superior Provincial Park, you’ll experience a sensational immersion in the distinct northern landscape and rugged coastline of one of Ontario’s largest provincial parks.

Bonus: Our local guide is a skilled yoga instructor so you can stretch your mind and your hamstrings at the same time.

From the unparalleled view of our kayaks,  we’ll check out the famed Agawa Rock Pictographs. The 35 red ochre images are one of the few pictograph sites accessible by foot and water. History and indelible culture bleeds through on the gallery of historic canoe and caribou renderings.

You’ll feel the full embrace of the wild from secluded beach campsites and forests full of birdlife. Each night (as long as Mother Nature plays nice) there will be an incredible sunset to melt into before oozing into your sleeping bag.

There will be time to dog paddle around the mouth of the Baldhead River and to recline on the beckoning beach at Orphan Lake. This itinerary also offers the opportunity to visit the Agawa Bay Interpretive Center too–if time allows, you can borrow a painting box kit to create your own take-home landscape!

The brushstrokes and paddle strokes of Lake Superior are indelible for those who feel the energy of the largest and most northernmost Great Lake. You’ll see.

 

PADDLERS, PLEASE NOTE: To participate in this trip you must successfully complete the prerequisite Paddle Canada Level 1 Skills course. The Ontario Sea Kayak Centre in Parry Sound (Ontario, Canada) offers Level 1 courses in advance of this trip date (co-ed and women-only). 

Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Skills Level One 

July 2 -3 OR August 6-7, 2022

$345 (CAD) + HST

 

Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Skills Level Two with Wilderness Camping certification

August 9-14, 2022

$995 (CAD) + HST

 

Ontario Sea Kayak Centre’s Trio Offer

The Ontario Sea Kayak Centre (OSKC) is offering a generous discount on courses and accommodations for any Wild Woman who registers “in a trio” this summer.
What does this mean?
You will receive 10% off your Level One or Level Two course in addition to 10% off accommodations before or after your trip or during your Level One or Two course.
The 10% discount code for OSKC and for Harmony Outdoor Inn  is WWE10.
If you have any issue with the discount code please call OSKC directly at  905.399.1216 for assistance.

 

 

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Lake Superior Kayak Adventure

About the Experience

Join our expert guides on this challenging backcountry kayaking trip that will leave you deeply steeped in wilderness. This eight-day expedition is like paddling through the entire collection of the Group of Seven’s paintings.

Departing from Agawa Bay at the south end of Lake Superior Provincial Park, you’ll experience a sensational immersion in the distinct northern landscape and rugged coastline of one of Ontario’s largest provincial parks.

Bonus: Our local guide is a skilled yoga instructor so you can stretch your mind and your hamstrings at the same time.

From the unparalleled view of our kayaks,  we’ll check out the famed Agawa Rock Pictographs. The 35 red ochre images are one of the few pictograph sites accessible by foot and water. History and indelible culture bleeds through on the gallery of historic canoe and caribou renderings.

You’ll feel the full embrace of the wild from secluded beach campsites and forests full of birdlife. Each night (as long as Mother Nature plays nice) there will be an incredible sunset to melt into before oozing into your sleeping bag.

There will be time to dog paddle around the mouth of the Baldhead River and to recline on the beckoning beach at Orphan Lake. This itinerary also offers the opportunity to visit the Agawa Bay Interpretive Center too–if time allows, you can borrow a painting box kit to create your own take-home landscape!

The brushstrokes and paddle strokes of Lake Superior are indelible for those who feel the energy of the largest and most northernmost Great Lake. You’ll see.

 

PADDLERS, PLEASE NOTE: To participate in this trip you must successfully complete the prerequisite Paddle Canada Level 1 Skills course. The Ontario Sea Kayak Centre in Parry Sound (Ontario, Canada) offers Level 1 courses in advance of this trip date (co-ed and women-only). 

Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Skills Level One 

July 2 -3 OR August 6-7, 2022

$345 (CAD) + HST

 

Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Skills Level Two with Wilderness Camping certification

August 9-14, 2022

$995 (CAD) + HST

 

Ontario Sea Kayak Centre’s Trio Offer

The Ontario Sea Kayak Centre (OSKC) is offering a generous discount on courses and accommodations for any Wild Woman who registers “in a trio” this summer.
What does this mean?
You will receive 10% off your Level One or Level Two course in addition to 10% off accommodations before or after your trip or during your Level One or Two course.
The 10% discount code for OSKC and for Harmony Outdoor Inn  is WWE10.
If you have any issue with the discount code please call OSKC directly at  905.399.1216 for assistance.

 

 

 

DAY ONE: AGAWA BAY

Inhale the “om” and cedar that is omnipresent in the northern air! Give your forearm muscles a good massage because there are nautical miles to conquer! This is Lake Superior–it’s synonymous with wind and the weather can be unpredictable. We’ll have to be prepared for it all!

The bay’s vistas will help instantly shed any lingering pre-trip stress faster than a ring-necked snake (these are easy to identify as they have a striking orange belly and tell-tale ring around their neck! Note: they are totally harmless and mostly nocturnal!).

Enjoy a sound sleep because tomorrow we’ll be putting on our fanciest skirts and striking out!

DAY TWO: PICTOGRAPHS

Today we will paddle past the iconic Agawa Rock Pictographs, one of the most visited indigenous archeological sites in Canada. 

Cheat sheet: A pictograph is a painting found on stone, created by using natural pigments. A petroglyph is an image that is carved or scratched into stone for posterity.

The Agawa paintings pre-date the Group of Seven’s paper birch and white spruce renderings. They have been traced back to the 17th and 18th centuries. The visual journal is a precious, sacred site that has survived the most fierce elements. The paintings are naturally fading from the relentless aggression of the sun, waves, ice and erosion. Others are being swallowed up by lichens and mineral deposits.

The images depict canoes, moose, deer, bear and even caribou. Boreal caribou once ranged across Canada from Labrador to Yukon (and as far south as Maine and  Michigan) but they have lost almost half of that range in the past 150 years. They are considered threatened under Canada’s Species at Risk Act and Ontario’s Endangered Species Act. Biologists believe a small population of maybe 60 boreal woodland caribou remain around Lake Superior, including those on Michipicoten Island and the Slate Islands.

Be sure to send good vibes to Misshepezhieu (the Great Lynx)–also prominently featured in the pictographs. He is the brazen spirit of the water and Misshepezhieu can calm the waters or rock the boat, encouraging a stormfront over Superior with the thrash of his mighty tail.

Lake Superior is notorious for shipwrecks–more than 350 ships have been swallowed up by her belly. Michigan actually has a Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. Gordon Lightfoot sang a notable tribute to the Edmund Fitzgerald which sank in Superior (“Gitche Gumee”) in November 1975. Every good Canadian knows the tune like the back of a maple dip Tim Horton’s doughnut. The legend lives on.

DAY 3 – 4: SAND RIVER AND KATHERINE COVE

We’ll continue northbound to Sand River and revel in the secluded embrace of Katherine Cove. We’ll set up camp on stunning, secluded beaches and coves. Our only obligation each night will be to kick back and watch another molten sunset–they are renowned here. Grab a tea or hot cocoa and steep with your fellow Wild Women. The furthest north we will paddle on day four is Baldhead River.

DAY 5 – 6: BALDHEAD RIVER AND ORPHAN LAKE

We will pop tents here for two nights and hike up to Orphan Lake. Here, we’ll relax, swap stories and enjoy some brisk swimming at the river mouth (optional!). 

Our campsite is located along the coastal hiking trail so for those who are feeling energetic, woodsy treks from here are a convenient option.

DAY 7–8: RETURN TO AGAWA

The second half of our adventure will involve a U-turn and retracing our silent wake. We’ll stay at a different campsite on the way back just to shake things up! Regardless of where we are, the park is always full of surprises and awesome wild encounters. Be on high alert for teething beavers, eastern red-backed salamanders, sunbathing western painted turtles and striking Blackburnian warblers. Oh—and maybe a quill pig (porcupine)!

The diversity of habitats and boreal forest that fringe Lake Superior provide unmatched bird-watching opportunities. More than 250 bird species have been identified within the park (120 – 130 of which nest here). Bird nerds should be on high alert for sandhill cranes, American woodcocks, merlins, wood ducks and yellow-bellied sapsuckers.

We’ll visit the Agawa Bay Interpretive Centre, too–be sure to grab a selfie at the Moments of Algoma interpretive easel installation located outside the visitor centre. If time permits, you can borrow a painting box kit and create your own take-home landscape. Inside, check out the engaging Group of Seven display and railway handcar.

Absorb every paddle dip—paddling the jagged Lake Superior shoreline is a world-class opportunity. The dramatic geology of cliffs, rocky outcrops, broken boulders, ribbons of waterfalls, Algoma Hills, crescent and cobble beaches will leave you goosebumpy and transformed. You’ll find solitude and serenity, syrupy sunsets and a nighttime projector screen of billions of stars to wish upon.

 

Is this trip right for me?

This trip is suitable for intermediate to advanced paddlers. A Paddle Canada Level I Sea Kayak Skills Certification (or equivalent) is required as a prerequisite. 

You should be fit and ready to:

  • Paddle loaded/unloaded single and/or tandem kayaks for 4 -6 hours a day in various, sometimes unpredictable conditions (moderate wind, waves, rain)
  • Carry kayaks and gear
  • Swim. You must be comfortable and confident in the water. Please let WWE know if you are a non-swimmer.
  • Backcountry camp. Tent camping experience is an asset.

If you would like to take a course prior to this trip, our friends at the Ontario Sea Kayak Centre are offering the following women-only skills courses this summer. Co-ed courses are also an option.

 

Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Skills Level One 

July 2 – 3, 2022

Aug 6 – 7, 2022

$345 + HST (CAD)

 

Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Skills Level Two with Wilderness Camping certification

August 9-14, 2022

$995 + HST (CAD)

 

 

 

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