Slate Islands Expedition
Come experience the true wonder of this amazing island archipelago on this 5 day exploratory expedition by kayak.
Situated 10-12 kilometres off shore near the town of Terrace Bay the mysterious Slate Islands beckon. This expedition will be geared towards the more conditioned paddler as we will start out paddle in the ghost town of Jackfish and assess the weather to make the open water crossing. Boat shuttles are available at an additional cost.
Yes the slates contain what was once the largest concentration of non-predated Woodland Caribou in the world. In recent years their numbers have been down but they are starting to make a come back. More importantly the islands contain a world of fascinating geology, unique flora and fauna, and cultural relics. Standing alone as an isolated circular archipelago, island creation theories abound and often create a sense of awe in visitors. Some speculate the area was created by a 30 kilometre in diameter meteorite impact, 450 million years ago. Others feel the islands were created by other means such as complicated tectonic plate displacement. The mystery provides an enchanting feeling as we explore the area.
The Slate Islands offer some of the most beautiful campsites in the region. If weather allows we will make our way to the south side to explore the light station. At 258 feet, it is at the highest elevation of any lighthouse on Lake Superior. A visit to hike up the trail to the light is a spectacular.