Thank you Patrick Langston feature writer for the Ottawa Citizen for including our Lake Superior Sea Kayak Weekend Getaway among the top 12 outdoor adventure getaways for 2012.
Category: Lake Superior
Just down the road from our site is a little gem of a place called Old Woman Bay in Lake Superior Provincial Park. Hwy 17 runs straight past and offers some great views as you come down the hill. One of our locals is featured in the video (as is our kayak). Nice to see Ontario tourism promoting the north.
This week’s poem is by Evan Rogt. Thanks Evan!
The lake is a beautiful blonde Canadian gift
Waiting with beer and huge cleavage
For my great American ego to conquer
She sits staring back with her Baby Wawa Blues
Smiling with graceful intent of a deep night
Drip Drop Pound Pound Pound
The rain that so drops and drops and pounds
Puts me to sleep thinking of her shapely supple legs
My strength comes the moment I do
Arriving at present the spot that she sees so fit
I am connected by so many organs to her
Heart, brain, hand, paddle
I am connected by eyes to her beautiful pale lips
Known as granite green stone
By touch to her slap known as bitter cold
By love known as rain
It drives me mad, keeps me down and out
But so Damn connected
The lake is my beautiful Blue eyed Blond haired
Waiting with beer and a warm bed
Sleep tight baby, rock me tonight Eh ?
Friends of Naturally Superior, Rock Island Lodge and big ol’ Lake Superior! Did you know our favorite lake has it’s own day? That’s right – Lake Superior Day is held annually on the third Sunday of every July as a way to highlight the importance of Lake Superior to the basin’s environment and economy. This year it falls on July 17! We encourage you to think about your connection to Superior – what are you going to do to celebrate this fantastic lake? Check out Lake Superior Day Forum for some ideas!
A group of students from Northland College in Ashland, WI spent a few days here at Rock Island Lodge last week. Aside from some paddling and hiking, the students wrote some fantastic poetry about the lake. Each followed a loose format where a few lines had to begin with certain words:
The lake is…
My strength comes…
I am connected…
I am connected…
My strength comes…
The lake is…
After that, the rest was up to each individual student! Some amazing stuff was created and we’ve decided to post one each week (or so)! Here’s the first one by Madison Carlson. Thanks, Northland!
The lake is grey,
Caught between misty hills,
And under leaden sky.
And I wonder,
Is it that rain goes with poetry,
Or that poetry goes with rain?
Perhaps rain is poetry,
Tiny drops that make up a great water.
My strengths come from this water.
For we are water.
It rises in us to the beat of the tides.
Can you hear it?
I am connected to the spirits of the past.
Their hearts beat too,
On this lake,
To this rhythm.
The stars look down and wonder,
What is man,
This tiny crawling thing,
That he should claim the whole Earth as his own?
I am connected to those who will come after,
Children of the space age.
We have seen the stars so close,
But we cannot see them from our own doorsteps.
Who will show them what was lost?
My strength comes from these spirits .
I am strong with the strength of the past.
I must be strong for the future.
We will change the world.
We march to the beat of our hearts.
The lake is grey.
As night-lit glass,
The lake goes on.
Following a successful pilot program last year we are again offering the world’s first combo BCU 3-star ~ Paddle Canada level 2 skills course from our location of Lake Superior, near Wawa, Ontario.
In essence the 4 day course combines the high paddle skills and rescue features from BCU 3-star program with the weather/sea state and overnight camping components of the Paddle Canada sea kayak level 2 skills program.
Our course leaders are BCU instructor, Greenland stick affectionado Bonnie Perry and PC Instructor, Paddlinginstructor.com creator, David Johnston. Bonnie and David are Yang/Yin combining teaching styles to highlight the best of both programs. Bonnie has just achieved the BCU 4-star coach award in England (congratulations Bonnie) and David is a Paddle Canada level 4 skills and level 3 instructor.
Add Lake Superior at the mouth of the mighty Michipicoten River a source for reliable bumpy water and surf conditions plus our great facility and you have stellar learning conditions.
Successful participants will be eligible for both BCU and Paddle Canada certification.
A detailed course syllabus is on our website.
Pronounced: Mish-i-pe-cotton. The floating “Mystic Isle” is aptly named since depending on the clarity of the atmosphere- the island does in fact look like it is floating. Some days it appears very close, other days far away and sometimes you can’t even see it at all. It can appear as one island or three and occasionally looks like it has amazingly tall cliffs.
We haven’t offered this trip in a few years since we have had difficulty getting a boat shuttle out to the island. We’ve got that sorted out for this year now but have to limit the number of participants due to boat constraints.
This trip is a good one to do as a guided trip since there are a few more logistics involved with getting out to the island and not everyone wants to do the 14km crossing. Here are a few reasons why this is one of my favourite trips to do on Lake Superior:
- Every beach you land on is different than the last
- Amazing geology
- there are 2 lighthouses (one has the only flying buttress on Lake Superior)
- the cool history- abandoned fishing villages and the legend of the cursed copper mines
- tons of caribou, beaver and other wildlife
- shipwrecks and more.
- It has everything all wrapped up into one island package
It’s located about 60km (40miles) off the shore from our base at Michipicoten. If you were to paddle out to it, you would travel west along the Superior Highlands coast until about Floating Heart Bay and make a diagonal crossing over to the East End Lighthouse.
Guided trip details: Dates are Sunday July 17th to Sunday July 24th.
Skill Level is set at intermediate since this is a very remote trip with no quick evacuation strategy. Participants need to be self-sufficient and having some experience wilderness camping will make your trip that much more pleasant.
Itinerary- arrive at NSA by 2pm Sunday for on-water training, stroke review, rescue review. BBQ dinner at our Rock Island Lodge. Monday morning boat shuttle will take the group out to the island for 6 fantastic days of sea kayaking around Michipicoten Island. The following Sunday the boat will pick up the group and head back to NSA.
Pricing- $1695 includes all taxes, meals, shuttles, full guiding. Sea kayaks and tents additional.
For more images on Michipicoten Island- visit the gallery.
Get Out There Magazine (Canada’s source for endurance sports, outdoor recreation and adventure) has compiled a list of Reader’s choices in a number of categories. Naturally Superior Adventures is the choice for Best Adventure Operator in Eastern Canada. Thanks readers for all the votes. You can find all of the other category winners here.
Now let’s discuss why Lake Superior did not win the Best Place to canoe or kayak. Maybe it is because most of the Lake Superior lovers did not vote. Maybe it is because there is a greater population closer to Algonquin Park (the winner in this category). Here are 5 reasons why Lake Superior should win next time.
- No portages (need I say more?)
- Less people.
- You don’t have to reserve a campsite…ever!
- You don’t have to haul in firewood if you want to have a campfire.
- Sense of remoteness.
Never been to Lake Superior? You should at least give it a try, but if you are new to paddlesports- opt for going with a guide just to be safe.