What are you doing this summer? Lake Superior is your Ticket to Adventure

Monday, 01 June 2015
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I just got word from the folks at Naturally Superior Adventures that trip I'm guiding this summer enough people signed up to ensure that it's a go. But I'm on the hunt for 1-2 more people to make it even awesommer.

Taking place July 31 to August 8, we are going to catch a boat shuttle who will drop us off our on the elusive, mysterious and hardly ever visited, Michipicoten Island on Lake Superior. Over the course of seven days we will circumnavigate the island then make the 16 kilometer crossing north between the island and the north shore. Once that adventure is complete we will turn right, keeping shore on our left and paddle back to Wawa.

So who is this trip for? Well, due to its extreme remoteness and long crossing, this trip is aimed towards the intermediate and above paddler. You should have a firm grasp on self and group rescue as well as the physical stamina of a crossing of this nature.

The thing that makes this trip unique is that it's a self-sufficient trip in that you are responsible for your own camping gear and meals. I won't be cooking for you but instead we will work as a group on decision making, risk management and route planning. It's perfect for those who have kayak tripping experience so doesn't need a guide to pamper them but appreciate the extra security blanket of somebody who has paddled the route before a couple of times.

Wreck of the Billy Blake on Michipicoten Island.

So what's out there to see? On a scale of 1 to wicked awesome, I would rank Michipicoten Island in the high fantastic to super cool awesome range.

It's got:

  • Wild Caribou
  • Shipwrecks (at the water's surface)
  • An abandoned fishing camp to explore
  • Three lighthouses
  • Sea Caves
  • An abandoned copper mine from the 1880's.
  • Extreme remoteness

So for me the two real gems of the place are the wild caribou (which there are about 100+ head) and the abandoned copper mine on the northwest shore of the island. Back in the 1880's the mining company packed up and went home leaving behind a large collection of mining equipment to rust. We will spend a good part of an afternoon exploring the site while at the same time avoiding the open mine shafts scattered around the now grown up forest.

Michipicoten Island copper mine.

Interested and want to come? You really should. To be quite honest, this is a very exclusive experience as only a small handful of people visit the island each year. The numbers are so low that a commercial trip (with the crossing) was only done for the first time when we did it two summers ago.

Here is a photo gallery of the trip I guided two summers ago.

 

More info: http://www.naturallysuperior.com/michipicoten-island-advanced.html

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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