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Welcome to our website. GLSKA is a non-profit association whose goal is to promote the activity of sea kayaking. Our trips and activities are organized and led by club volunteers: we charge no fees other than those designed to recover shared costs and expenses. We offer:

  • a variety of trips – day trips, weekend camping trips and longer trips in Georgian Bay and Lake Superior. Some are more suitable for experienced sea kayakers, others are perfect for beginners;
  • on these trips, at our annual camping weekend, and in winter pool sessions, you can get help with the development of paddling skills, navigation and safety;
  • a quarterly newsletter, downloadable pdfs of useful resources and access on this site to over 130 detailed trip reports!

Upcoming Events

April 2017 pool sessions

Paddling season will soon be upon us and GLSKA is again offering pool sessions for those who would like to refresh their muscle-memory. Pool sessions will again be held at two locations this year, Burlington and Toronto. This is your opportunity to practice rescue techniques, and try the finer paddling tricks in a warm, safe ...
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Upcoming Trips

You must be a GLSKA member to go on our trips – but it’s easy to join!

Killbear Provincial Park – Parry Sound / Georgian Bay

Meet at the main park office in Killbear Provincial Park at 11:00 on Friday, May 26. Killbear Provincial Park will be our base for day trips exploring some of the numerous bays and islands in the Parry Sound area. Killbear is located on Georgian Bay in the Parry Sound District near the town of Nobel. ...
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Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve of Canada, Jacques-Cartier Strait, Quebec

Viewing spectacular island rock formations and observing a great variety of marine life are the goals of this trip. The Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve of Canada is about a two hour drive east of Sept-Illes on Highway 138 along the north shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence.  The 150 km of Park Reserve ...
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News

GLSKA Annual General Meeting 2016

The good news first – the club remains solvent, about the same number of trips were enjoyed this year as last, and our 2016 Rendezvous was greatly enjoyed. On the disappointing side of the ledger, our membership numbers continue to experience a slow decline. On the 29th October 20 members turned up at the Port ...
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Abilities In Motion is looking for volunteers

Abilities In Motion is looking for volunteers to assist with adaptive kayaking and canoeing: In Earl Rowe Provincial Park, Alliston: July 19,20, 21, 22 – 23rd is our annual fundraiser, Hands Across The Water. August 3,4,5,6,17,18, In Queen’s Quay, Toronto: Various dates to be set from July 26-mid September. Contact Pauline Halstead
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Bear incident on Franklin Island

Weronika from White Squall reported their first bear encounter on Franklin Island this Victoria Day weekend. The bear got into someone’s food (stored in a kayak) and damaged the boat. The Ministry of Natural Resources runs the Bear Wise program https://www.ontario.ca/page/prevent-bear-encounters-bear-wise and has a phone number (1-866-514-2327) where non-emergency encounters can be reported. A personal comment from ...
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Wiikwemkoong Islands Boundary Claim info

The Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs has posted information about the Wiikwemkoong Islands Boundary Claim Negotiations  on their website. The Northern Georgian Bay Association has a facebook page about the claim. You can find additional relevant information from the MAA about the treaties here. A much more in-depth report on the Manitoulin Island Treaties is here. ...
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The Toronto Star on Philip Edward Island transfer

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2015/09/10/access-to-pristine-island-at-stake-in-first-nations-deal.html
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Membership renewal

If you have not yet done so, now is the time to re-new your GLSKA membership for another year or two. The early bird special saves you $5 on a single or family membership. The fees are unchanged from last year: One year: $30 Single, $45 Family. Two year: $60 Single, $90 Family. To renew, go to the ...
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Twenty-four Years Behind the Shaft

by John Fitzsimons Over the years, GLSKA members have logged thousands of hours and paddled thousands of kilometers to investigate almost all parts of the Great Lakes, a treasure that can only be dreamed about by paddlers in other parts of the world. Over the twenty-four year period from 1989 to 2012, the membership of GLSKA ...
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