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Coastal Kayaking in Sault Ste. Marie

Superlative opportunities for coastal kayaking adventures along the upper Great Lakes Coasts! For a true wilderness experience, explore the Gitchee Gumee (Lake Superior) shoreline where both the lake and the landscape are dominant. For a more gentle excursion, the waters of the lower St. Marys River and the North Shore of Mer Doux (Lake Huron) may be more to your liking. Either choice will introduce you to the scenic fur routes of the early Voyageurs.


Gitchee Gumee Trail

Kayakers can explore the protected waters of Goulais and Batchawana Bays. Offshore Islands like North and South Sandy Islands require more skill and good weather. Strong currents occur between Batchawana Island and Sand Point. This is the basis for the name "Batchawana".

Lake Superior Provincial Park

The Lake Superior coast is a kayaker's mecca. Here are rugged rock headlands as well as sheltered sand and cobble beaches. Accessing the coastline can be achieved through the Sinclair Bay boat launch, or off beaches at access points such as Agawa Bay, Old Woman Bay and Gargantua. This shoreline provides many opportunities to study the effects of volcanic geologic processes, study shore vegetation and perhaps even find Pukaskwa Pits.

Montreal River

Coastal kayak excursions north or south of Montreal River will introduce you to extraordinary rock uplands and raised cobble beaches formed during the times of Glacial Lakes Minong and Nipissing. Look for Pukaskwa Pits in these cobble beaches.

St. Joseph Island

The north shore of St. Joseph Island provides deep water cruising opportunities. Islands can be explored near Pine Island, Campement D'Ours, Portlock and Dawson Islands. The south shore which is more exposed also provides offshore islands for exploration by kayaks.

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Agawa Canyon Tour Train Package

Agawa Canyon Tour Train Package

Explore Algoma on this popular excursion!

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Trailhead Explorer Package

Trailhead Explorer Package

Enjoy 2-3 day vacations, exploring the Great Lakes Heritage Coast with the Inn as your Trailhead.

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The Inn is a perfect family hang-out. The kids love Club Cabana’s hot tubs and pools (we go swimming at least once a day), and there’s always something tasty on Casey’s Kid’s menu. For me, I love that there’s a fridge in every room, and that I can request a makes small family meals a cinch.

- Captain Dave Conrad

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