Experience the wonder of this amazing island archipelago on this 6 day exploratory expedition by kayak!

An isolated island paradise waiting to be explored!

Self Catered Expeditions:

August 6-11th 2022

On these trips you bring your own food, means to prepare it and camping equipment. Kayak rental gear is available at a special expedition rate.

What’s included:

  • Two qualified and experienced guides
  • Topographic maps and charts of the local area
  • Expedition 1st Aid Kit & Repair Kit
  • Emergency Communication (VHF Radio & Inreach)
  • Group sanitization, kitchen cleaning kit & Toilet kit
  • Some extra stuff you might have forgot
Rate Per Person
$810-1050
Trip Length
6 days
Max Group
8

 

Fully Catered Expeditions:

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On these trips your guides prepare all the food. You are expected to bring your own camping equipment. Kayak rental gear is available at a special expedition rate.

What’s Included:

  • All Food and Snacks From breakfast day #1 to lunch of day #6
  • Two qualified and experienced guides
  • A variety of small dry bags for group gear and food
  • Topographic maps and charts of the local area
  • Expedition 1st Aid Kit & Repair Kit
  • Emergency Communication (VHF Radio & Inreach)
  • Group Kitchen Kit (If you have your own special large mug, bowl or spork you are welcome to bring it)
  • Group sanitization, kitchen cleaning kit & Toilet kit
  • Some extra stuff you might have forgot
Rate Per Person
$1250-1700
Trip Length
6 days
Max Group
8

 

All prices are subject to 13% HST

Please inquire by email to info@suchaniceday.com or phone 807-356-6785 for space availability on these trips and the full information package

If these dates don’t work for you please suggest different dates that work with your schedule and we can do our best to try and accommodate your request.

Description

Situated 10-12 kilometres off shore near the town of Terrace Bay, the mysterious Slate Islands beckon on the horizon. We believe the best way to experience and appreciate these islands is to make the crossing by human powered craft. In our case we will be using properly outfitted expedition sea kayaks. This does requires a careful eye for the weather and this is what our skilled and qualified guides can help you with. In the summer months from early July to mid August we have the best chance of nice weather to make the crossing. The crossing is often the highlight for a lot of people and it really puts the islands in proper perspective. It gives them a special feeling of remoteness that is often difficult to achieve by the ease of motor crafts.

However, we understand some of you may not feel as confident in a sea kayak paddling the larger open water crossing and choosing to take a boat shuttle to get out and back may be best for you and/or your party. Of course this can be arranged upon request for an additional fee. f the trip really interests you but you would prefer to get a boat shuttle please get in touch early and we can do our best to accommodate.

For most of our trips we will be making the crossing from Jackfish as it is the closest distance across at just under 10km. We will be meeting there the evening before our planned start date to sort equipment, camp on the beach and be set up for an early morning crossing on day one. Your guides will be in touch with you to confirm directions and time to meet. Worst case scenario, if weather forecast is not looking good to make the crossing we can spend day one exploring Jackfish Bay and the old ghost town on land. We will also have good communication with updated marine weather forecasts 1-2 times a day so we can have a good idea and plan our return trip safely. It is possible we may need to cross back a day early and explore the mainland coast and Jackfish on our final day.

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 and if we are lucky we will see some. 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 30km 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. When 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.