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The Trip at a Glance
Adventure Provider: Naturally Superior Adventures
Length: 3 days
When: May 29 to May 31, 2015
Trip Fee: $545 + HST
Trip Rendezvous: Rock Island Lodge, Wawa

 

The Agawa River flows 30 kilometres through a dramatic Canadian Shield landscape. It provides nearly continuous whitewater, from easy to intermediate, interspersed with portages around waterfalls and canyon narrows. 

    

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The trip begins on Friday afternoon with a group stroke review on the Michipicoten River. Camp overnight at Rock Island Lodge (or stay in the Lodge for an addition fee).

On Saturday morning, you will catch the Algoma Central Railway, a historic line that once carried the Group of Seven and Bill Mason into the wilderness. You’ll disembark at Canyon Station for two days of whitewater instruction and fun. 

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This guided and fully outfitted trip is designed for canoeists with good flatwater skills and some whitewater experience who are looking to become more competent moving water trippers.  Experienced whitewater paddlers will love the spectacular scenery.

What’s Included

Full guiding and outfitting, canoes, meals, vehicle and train shuttles and park fees.

About The Guides 

Naturally Superior Adventures attracts guides of the highest caliber. Many are Paddle Canada certified 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 paddling. 

 

Getting There  

Guests will meet at Rock Island Lodge near Wawa, Ontario. Detailed directions available here.

Latitude 47°56’4.59” N  Longitude 84° 51’ 3.00”W 

 

 

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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.  

More Options

Another quintessential Lake Superior Provincial Park river, the Sand River cuts a 56 km course from the Agawa passenger train drop off through sections of class I, II and III rapids (many runnable and all portagable) and two spectacular waterfalls. This trips runs May 28 to June 1, 2015. Find out more.

Don’t Miss           

Lake Superior Provincial Park: Easily accessed from Hwy 17, the park offers excellent trails, sandy beaches, Native sacred sites and an excellent interpretative centre. We recommend visiting the Agawa Pictographs, The Sand River trail, Katherine Cove and Old Woman Bay. More info here.

Shopping: Must-stops include Young’s General Store in Wawa, The Trading Post on Hwy 17 near Batchawana Bay and Agawa Craft and The Canadian Carver. All have a good selection of Native crafts including footwear!  Young’s of course is home of Henrietta, the stuffed moose, and one of the original Wawa Goose statues.

The Wawa Goose: Every Northern Ontario town has its own representative statue and they range from the Big Nickel in Sudbury to Huskie the Muskie in Kenora. Wawa’s iconic statue is a Canada Goose. It’s one of the top 20 bucket list sights!

Sault Ste. Marie: Check out the Canadian Heritage Bushplane Museum.

 

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