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

Upcoming Trips

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

Rideau Canal – Kingston to Ottawa – September 25 to October 2

The Rideau Canal is a chain of beautiful lakes, rivers and canal cuts winding 202 km from Kingston to Ottawa. One of Canada’s historic canals and a Canadian Heritage River, the Rideau, is maintained and operated by Parks Canada to preserve and present the canal’s natural and historic features, as well as to provide a ...
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North Channel – September 12 – 18

Launch by noon on 12 September from Spanish and head south east to the Benjamin Islands for the first night of camping. We will then head west and explore the area between the Benjamin’s and Sanford Island, camping on a different Island every night along the way. Be prepared for daily paddling of 20-35k . ...
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Keweenaw Water Trail – Upper Peninsula of Michigan August 20 to September 3

Michigan’s Keweenaw Water Trail is associated with the Keweenaw Peninsula, an area of unique geology that projects approximately 200 km north-easterly from the south shore of Lake Superior. The Water Trail is a 220 kilometer loop paddle that includes the protected waters of the Portage Shipping Canal across the peninsula, as well as the ...
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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

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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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