Join us on Lake Superior in this self-reliant expedition training trip which includes empty, sandy, and cobblestone beaches, rugged Canadian shield, endless Boreal forest, waterfalls and wildlife. Our seasoned Lake Superior guides have a strong interest in the local history of Lake Superior so we will take time to explore lighthouses, abandoned logging camps and old trappers’ cabins. Our route will also take us past the historic ghost town of Pukaskwa Depot which during the 1900’s housed over 400 men and acted as one of the main bases of operations for logging along the north shore. We will also visit several sites where the mysterious Pukaskwa Pits are located. These rock-lined pits dug in cobblestone beaches are about one to two meters long and one and a half meters deep and are estimated to be between 400 and 7,000 years old!
This 10-day training kayak trip on Lake Superior is an empowering, memorable experience where paddlers hone their skills and learn the valuable asset of self-reliance on a kayaking expedition. If 10-days sounds like more time than you have to commit this summer check out our Lake Superior Paddle Canada Level 2 skills and Wilderness Camping course.
We originally came up with the self-reliant theme way back in 2010 as a way to help Ontario’s sea kayakers take the next step in their expedition paddling skills. Lake Superior is the world’s largest inland sea which can produce unpredictable conditions in a very short time. We help participants plan their own personal gear and menu plans, pack for a long trip without re-supply, and make the right risk management decisions to execute a successful trip.
Paddle Canada certification
As part of the trip we are proud to also offer the Paddle Canada Wilderness Camping and Expedition Camping certifications.
To facilitate this, we will organize pre-trip training classes over Zoom to teach topics such as navigation and map reading skills, expedition food preparation, route planning, etc.
What to expect on this kayaking adventure
- Learn trip planning, including navigation and weather interpretation.
- Learn menu planning, packing and food preparation for extended trips or expeditions.
- Learn the skills of expedition self-reliance.
- Learn how to plan and pack paddling and camping equipment.
- Improve paddling skills like strokes and advanced rescues.
- Share tips and stories with group members around the campfire and on the water.
- Apply navigation skills and map work.
- Gain a better understanding of weather conditions, risk management.
- Build leadership and teamwork skills, facilitated by the guides and of course, experience and of course the most beautiful sea kayaking in Ontario and world-class lingering sunsets!
Your trip guides and skill development facilitators
Ray Boucher and David Johnston have been teaching sea kayak courses and guiding on Lake Superior for almost 20 years and it is still one of their favourite places to paddle.
Having two senior Paddle Canada instructors along on the trip is a rare commodity and allows for a 10-day overhaul of paddling and rescue skills development as well as trip navigation and weather planning. Tripping with highly skilled coaches allows the group to choose to experiment with rougher paddling conditions to increase participant’s open-water paddling skill-set. Having guides who have paddled this coast many times over the years means you will see the best parts of the coast and camp at the most spectacular sites.
Our certified instructors are some of Canada’s best!
David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 20 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada.
Ray Boucher lives in Wawa Ontario with his wife Patty. Ray has been a school teacher and an x-ray technologist, and enjoys spending his time working and recreating in the outdoors.
Don’t worry, we’ve got this covered.
- 10-Day kayaking adventure guided by highly certified kayak instructors.
- Pre-trip online meetings with your guides.
- Wilderness Camping and Expedition Camping certification (to those who qualify).
- Training sessions before and throughout the trip on how to plan and execute an expedition.
- Camping fees while in Pukaskwa National Park
What's Not Included
- Kayak and kayaking gear (rentals are available).
- Camping gear and trip meals.
- Trip interruption/cancellation medical evacuation insurance (recommended).
- Accommodation pre- or post-trip.
What You Should Bring
A detailed gear list is sent before the start of the trip but this can get you started.
- Touring sea kayak with required safety gear.
- Camping gear and clothing.
- Meals and snacks.
- We will send an extensive gear list at the start of the training period.
Really happy to have rolled 4 out of 5 times in a row thanks to James' & Scott's guidance. Interesting how I learned a vital tip from each one of you.