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Lake Huron, Whalesback Channel

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 6 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 8 people
Destination(s): Ontario  
Specialty Categories: Canoeing/Kayaking/Rafting  
Season: June - July
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1025 Canadian Dollar (CAD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1025 Canadian Dollar (CAD)

The 'Whalesback' in the North Channel of Lake Huron is a renowned sea kayaking destination. Sheltered passages and gentle beaches on smoothly carved granite islands provide a superlative kayaking experience. We explore the numerous, uninhabited islands, of the area. Ideal for all skill levels.

Dates: July 1-6

* Tour Itinerary:

This guided sea kayaking trip starts at the hamlet of Algoma Mills on Hwy 17, 144 km (90 miles) east of Sault Ste. Marie, and the same distance west of Sudbury. There are several motels and cabins in the Blind River area. Note: you need to bring personal gear/clothing, sleeping bag. We provide meals, tents, cook stoves, sea kayaks, etc. (see attached equipment list). If you require return transportation from Sault Ste. Marie, depending on availability of our van, there is no additional charge, but please call ahead to confirm!

Day 1: Meet at 1:00 p.m. at Clarence's Fish Market in Algoma Mills, 1360 Hwy. 17, south side, where you can leave your vehicles; this is a safe spot but the owners can not guarantee security. Before we depart from the marina, there will be a basic sea kayak and safety course, after which we pack the kayaks for the Turnbull Islands to set up camp.

Day 2: Turnbull Is. to Gowan Is. and vicinity. On this beautiful section, a chain of nine remote islands enables us to island-hop. Bald eagles and beaver are common on this section. The largest crossing is two kilometres.

Day 3: Gowan Is to Conmee Is. We sea kayak the south side of a large pine covered island (John Island) and continue to Conmee Is.

Day 4: From Conmee Is., we paddle east past the south side of Aird Island, to set up camp on Fox Island.

Day 5: From Fox Island, we continue on to the Benjanmin Islands (the white quartzite Lacloche Mountains can be seen several kilometres to the east); we land on Hooks Island to explore a large fossil formation. After lunch we paddle past the terraced beaches of Eagle Island and continue to Crooks Island to set up camp.

Day 6: Crooks Is. to Spanish River Marine. We paddle past Airde Island, and an abandoned logging community. We continue to the Spanish River marina, arriving by 2:00 p.m. From there we transport you back to Algoma Mills (40 km), to end our guided sea kayaking adventure trip.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Taxes
- Kayaks
- Meals
- Guides
- Camping
- Equipment