North Channel Kayak Expedition

About the Experience

Lake Huron’s greatest treasure is its North Channel, the home of hundreds of uninhabited small islands nestled in a passageway in the northern part of Lake Huron. Boat lovers speak of this untouched wild landscape in the same breath as the Greek islands. Lying north of Manitoulin Island, the North Channel stretches from Sault Ste. Marie to Killarney.

The water is deep, dark blue and tantalizingly clear. Steep granite ledges of white and pink can rise to within a few feet of the surface from depths of 100 feet. The vast coastlines of the North Channel mesmerize any adventurer lucky enough to experience this rugged landscape. Paddle through crystal clear waters to gorgeous secret islands and pristine beaches with views of the La Cloche mountains to the north.

The allure of our North Channel kayaking adventure is that you get to experience the very best of these varied landscapes. We won’t be paddling all the time—although some consider paddling through still blue waters in breathtaking scenery to be heaven itself! We’ll also have time to relax by the campfire, swim, explore wacky rock formations, hike to mountain vistas, and find hidden beaches. 

Come join your fellow female adventurers in this sea kayaking haven!

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North Channel Kayak Expedition

About the Experience

Lake Huron’s greatest treasure is its North Channel, the home of hundreds of uninhabited small islands nestled in a passageway in the northern part of Lake Huron. Boat lovers speak of this untouched wild landscape in the same breath as the Greek islands. Lying north of Manitoulin Island, the North Channel stretches from Sault Ste. Marie to Killarney.

The water is deep, dark blue and tantalizingly clear. Steep granite ledges of white and pink can rise to within a few feet of the surface from depths of 100 feet. The vast coastlines of the North Channel mesmerize any adventurer lucky enough to experience this rugged landscape. Paddle through crystal clear waters to gorgeous secret islands and pristine beaches with views of the La Cloche mountains to the north.

The allure of our North Channel kayaking adventure is that you get to experience the very best of these varied landscapes. We won’t be paddling all the time—although some consider paddling through still blue waters in breathtaking scenery to be heaven itself! We’ll also have time to relax by the campfire, swim, explore wacky rock formations, hike to mountain vistas, and find hidden beaches. 

Come join your fellow female adventurers in this sea kayaking haven!

DAY ONE: ON THE WATER

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: PADDLE TO FOX ISLAND

The next morning, after a delicious breakfast, you travel by personal vehicle in a convoy from the inn to the put in at McBean Harbour near Massey, which is a three-hour drive up to the North Channel of Lake Huron.

After packing kayaks and enjoying our lunch, we will launch our trip from McBean and set off on our journey to explore the spectacular islands and crystal clear waters of the North Channel. Our first nights’ campsite will be on Fox Island, to enjoy a west facing sunset from our camp chairs.

 

DAY THREE TO EIGHT: DISCOVERING NORTH CHANNEL 

Over these six glorious days of paddling, there are countless islands for us to explore. From Croker and the Benjamin Islands on day three to Whalesback Channel around day five or six, you will travel at a relaxed pace, taking time for exploration and skill building.  This area is full of healthy, vibrant wildlife, from Bald Eagles and Golden Eagles, to families of Otters, Mergansers, and Sandhill Cranes.

The islands feature pink granite outcroppings, white sandy beaches and windswept white pines. Few stretches of water can rival the diversity of the North Channel and we cannot wait to share it with you. With experienced leadership, swimming in crystal clear waters, delicious meals and new adventures every day, this trip will inspire you and delight you with everything it has to offer.

 

DAY NINE: RETURN TO MCBEAN HARBOUR

After breakfast and pack up, paddle back to where we began at McBean Harbour 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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