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Adventure Provider: White Squall Paddling Centre

Trip Type: Guided Kayaking Trip with Ecologist and Botanist Dr. Gerard Courtin

Length: 4 days, 3 nights camping

When:  July 21st to July 24th, 2015

Trip Fee: $790 per person (plus 13% HST)

Trip Rendezvous: White Squall Paddling Centre, Nobel

 

The southern isles, in the UNESCO Georgian Bay World Biosphere Reserve, are a paddler’s paradise of protected isles and inlets in an ancient mountain landscape, eroded over thousands of years of glaciation.

You’ll spend your days with Dr. Gerard Courtin, exploring the islands by kayak with short hikes to learn about the plants and animals that make up this unique coastline.

In addition, you will enjoy incredible swimming, hearty island camp meals and stunning sunsets on this relaxed wilderness kayaking adventure. 

 

What’s Included

Three nights camping accommodation, delicious meals, a kayak and paddling equipment, all group equipment, kayaking, hiking, plant and animal interpretation and the services of a wilderness guide.  Please bring your own personal gear and sleeping bag.  

For all trips, you must have “Basic Skills” (or equivalent) and capsize practice,  “Basic Rescue” (or equivalent) including being able to perform assisted rescues and previous camping experience.  (The prerequisites may be able to be completed prior to your trip. Please call to arrange 1-705-342-5324).

 

About the Guides

The Squall guides are exceptional individuals, with a wide range of talents and skills. Most are Paddle Canada certified sea kayak instructors as well as trained and qualified guides.  In addition, the resource staff (for geology, astronomy, ecology and photography trips) are leaders in their field as well as being fun. 

 

Getting There

Meet at White Squall Paddling Centre, 53 East Carling Bay Road, Nobel at 8:15 am so that you’re ready for introductions at 8:30 am sharp.  Click here for a list of recommended places to stay before or after your trip. 
 
Latitude 45.418220    Longitude  -80.157113
  

It is a 2.5 hour drive from Toronto Pearson International Airport. Need a ride? Transportation to Parry Sound is available by Ontario Northland bus. White Squall can help you with transfers from Parry Sound to its Paddling Centre in Nobel.

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About the Adventure Provider

White Squall Paddling Centre is the paddling centre of Georgian Bay. In addition to its complete outfitting services and retail sales, the highly skilled and certified staffs provide excellent paddle clinics and exceptional guiding services.  It has a strong ethic and is committed to fostering active stewardship through its “Outer Island Project”. 

 

More Options 

White Squall offers a variety of 3 day guided trips (Naiscoot and Painted Rocks, Sandy Isles Sojourn, First Timers Trip, McCoy Islands, The Lollygaggers and Yoga on the Islands) as well as longer wilderness trips through out the summer. 

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Cabin-based paddling adventures on Georgian Bay are perennial favourites.  These sojourns provide the opportunity to enjoy the Bay during the day then return to the comforts of home-cooked meals and a cozy bed in the evening. 

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Don't Miss

Be sure to do a “fly & dine” with Georgian Bay Airways to world famous Henry’s Fish Restaurant.  Find authentic locally made Aboriginal products as well as Hudson Bay Co. wool blankets, towels, bags and more at the French River Trading Post.

For local travel information, visit Parry Sound.  For regional travel information, visit Explorers’ Edge.

 

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