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The Trip at a Glance

Adventure Provider: Naturally Superior Adventures

Trip Type: Guided & Outfitted Sea Kayak Adventure

Length: 5 ½ days, 5 nights camping

When:   Sunday July 5, 2pm to Friday July 10, 2015

             Sunday July 19, 2pm to Friday July 24, 2015

Trip Fee: $1450 + HST (all inclusive)

Trip Rendezvous: Rainbow Falls Provincial Park, near Rossport, ON


The Slate Islands are a home to Ontario's greatest concentration of woodland caribou at the southern fringe of their range. Sightings are almost guaranteed!

The circular archipelago of more than 20 islands was created when a meteorite struck the earth billions of years ago. The shoreline presents a visual smorgasbord of geological features associated with meteor impacts including shatter-cones - cone like rock fractures created by the shock waves that reverberated following the million megaton TNT impact blast.

This trip is designed for novice to intermediate paddlers and begins at Rainbow Falls Provincial Park with basic group skills and trip orientation, dinner out and overnight. The next morning we catch a boat charter from Terrace Bay to the Slates and five days of paddling exploration.

Read about world-renowned travel bloggers, The Planet D’s experience as they Searched For Woodland Caribou on the Slate Islands.

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What’s Included

Full guiding and outfitting, all paddling equipment, all meals from Monday to Friday and boat shuttles between Terrace Bay to the Slate Islands. Don’t worry about cooking or clean-up, all food preparation is taken care of by our wilderness chefs!



About the Guides

Naturally Superior Adventures attracts guides of the highest caliber. Many are Paddle Canada certified sea kayak instructors as well as trained and qualified professional guides whose first priority is to ensure your safety and enjoyment. They have extensive knowledge of local heritage, ecology and environment, are exceptional backcountry chefs and have a passionate for Lake Superior.

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Getting There

Please meet at Rainbow Falls Provincial Park , 1004 Hwy 17, near Rossport at 2:00 pm on your departure date.

Latitude 48.847281  Longitude -87.391230

Rainbow Falls Provincial Park is approximately a 2 1/4 hours drive east from Thunder Bay or approximately a 6 hour drive west from Sault Ste. Marie.

If driving from the east, we suggest starting and ending your trip with a night at Rock Island Lodge near Wawa.


About the Adventure Provider

Naturally Superior Adventures offers guided sea kayak, canoe trips, voyageur canoe and hikes adventures in the Lake Superior region as well as sea kayak and canoe instruction and outfitting services. 

Based at Rock Island Lodge near Wawa, the company’s philosophy has always been simple: enjoy the spectacular beauty of the Lake Superior region in a safe, fun, non-intimidating and environmentally responsible way.  Our hallmarks are professional, skilled and personable guides, instructors and site staff and a commitment to positive, sustainable environmental values.  

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More Options 

Naturally Superior offers a variety of guided sea kayak trips for different skill levels including Denison Falls, Lake Superior Provincial Park, Sibley Peninsula, Pukaskwa Wilderness Coast and Michipicoten Island.

How about a musical paddling journey with legendary folk musician Ian Tamblyn in a 36 foot Voyageur Canoe to the Red Rock Folk Festival or a guided trek on Ontario’s most remote, challenging and rewarding wilderness trail in Pukaskwa National Park?  


Don't Miss

Thunder Bay is the gateway to Canada’s great outdoors. Located on the shore of the world’s largest freshwater lake and nestled among Canada’s boreal forests and Canadian Shield, the city has everything you need to get ready for your adventure as well as exceptional culinary and cultural attractions. 

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While in Thunder Bay, explore back in time to the year 1815 to experience the fur trade at Fort William Historical Park.  There are 42 authentic reconstructed buildings on the site and interpreters in period dress that bring it to life. Experience views that are “out of this world” at its observatory or at the Thunder Bay Observatory.

On your way east towards Rainbow Falls Provincial Park on Highway 17, be sure to stop at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park for spectacular panoramic views and amazing hiking trails. 


For local travel information, visit Thunder Bay.  For regional travel information, visit Northwest Ontario or if travelling from the east, visit Algoma Country.  






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