Exploring the Outer Islands Diversity of Georgian Bay
August 5 - August 9$1200
Join Biosphere guides to kayak the Mink, McCoys and Cathcarts to explore the ecological gems within this biosphere region. The outer islands provide a range of cool habitats for various species of fish, bird, insects and reptiles and amphibians. We’ll paddle the myriad of island channels that make up these island groups, swim off the hot rocks and spend time learning about the unique ecosystem and biodiversity that makes this region a world designated area.
Our five days will be divided between paddling and relaxing: reading a book or playing guitar, swimming and just soaking up that Georgian Bay feeling. This trip is generously hosted by White Squall Paddling Centre and will be a partial fundraiser for the Georgian Bay Biosphere with some proceeds donated to GBBR.
Route: Eastern Georgian Bay is situated in Anishinaabek territory: we will be paddling with respect for the Indigenous people who have paddled here for thousands of years. Our exact route is created based on group needs and desires, shaped by wind, waves and our collective energy. You can anticipate a maximum length paddle of 18km but most days, no more than 10km to 15 km. Having at least two nights in one location lets us relax and run at our own pace.
Day 1 Meet at White Squall 8:45 a.m. Convene and carpool to boat launch.
Day 2, 3, 4 Paddling the coastal islands, with plans to be determined in consultation with the group each day. Layover days expected.
Day 5 Paddle out and return to White Squall for approximately 4:30 p.m.
Prerequisites: This trip will consist of some paddling days of 10 to 18 km, others with shorter distances. There will be some open crossings of max. 3 km, so good boat handling and a strong sense of self and group rescues are required.
- Kayaks and safety equipment
- Food, tents
- Guides, en-route coaching
- Meal and camp set-up orchestration
- Camping fees for Provincial Park
- Boat shuttles and launch fees.
- Personal clothing and outdoor gear
- Sleeping bag and sleeping pad
- Personal items – books, musical instrument etc.
- A willingness to help with basic camp chores (e.g., assisting with meal prep, dishes and other basic tasks).
- A personal vehicle to drive to the put-in and take out, plus parking fees.
For assistance with booking call Laura Bonney -705 774-0978 at GBBR or White Squall Town Store at 705-746-4936
Trip inquiries: Greg Mason [email protected] or call: 705.774.0978