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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. Killbear combines sandy beaches typical of the Great Lakes with the rock ridges and pines of the Canadian Shield. This is an opportunity to enjoy the camaraderie of group paddling combined with the luxury of car camping. Consider joining us if you are comfortable paddling in ½ meter waves and are capable of self-rescues. Novice paddlers are welcome; however membership in GLSKA is required. If you do not have access to a sea kayak, consider renting one from nearby White Squall. Due to the water temperature of Parry Sound in May, wet or dry suits and clothing for colder and potentially inclement weather are required.
Two full days of paddling are planned for Saturday and Sunday with optional three hour paddling outings possible for Friday and Monday. In the event of foul weather, we can walk the trails of Killbear Park or launch from the potentially sheltered boat ramp in the Blind Bay camping area.
Two tents will share each basic / non-electrical camp site. You will be encouraged to bring a bug shelter, if you have one, because biting insects will be present. Drinking water and vault toilets are nearby and a comfort station equipped with showers is a ten minute walk or five minute drive from the sites. There is a modest per-night camping fee plus an additional parking fee charged by the Park. Fees will be collected in advance.
Friday 26 May, 2017 – Monday 29 May, 2017
– Day trips –
Max Group Size
GLSKA Trip Classification
Day Trips / Base Camp
Meeting Place and Time
Killbear Provincial Park, Park Office on Friday 26 May, 2017 11:00 AM
Launch Time (be on the water)
Canadian Topographic Map 41-H/8 Parry Sound, Ontario
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 encompasses a string of close to a thousand limestone islands and islets. Famous for being the largest concentration of erosion monoliths in Canada, our destination within the park will be a group of islands located near Havre-St. Pierre. The cold, nutrient-rich waters coupled with the unique underwater landscape bring whales close to shore; making the Mingan Archipelago the summer home for many species of whale, porpoise and seal. There are relatively easy hiking trails on several different islands, which give access to some monoliths if paddling conditions prohibit launching.
The two day drive to the Mingan Archipelago will be broken up by a two night stay in Les Bergeronnes to watch and paddle near the wales. We will continue driving to Havre-Saint-Pierre, our launch and return destination, of our seven night stay in the Mingan Archipelago.
Requirements: Paddling on the ocean is very unforgiving, especially where the tidal currents are strong, the water cold (it’s about 4 degrees) and the coast exposed. If the water is calm you can paddle safely, however conditions can deteriorate very quickly. Ocean paddling requires more from the paddler than fresh water paddling. The paddler must be prepared: with good equipment, knowledge of local conditions, willingness to paddle in fog, and with an understanding of how quickly things can go tragically wrong in a very short time. Air temperatures can vary between 6 and 26 degrees in late August and rain is possible several times each day. Participants must be capable of self-rescues, of paddling 10 to 25 km against a current, be comfortable paddling in one meter waves in moderate to strong winds and crossings of up to 3 km.
Wet or dry suits are mandatory. Participants are responsible for their own gear, drinking water, food and transportation.
Due to their popularity as tourist destinations and the limited accommodations available at Les Bergeronnes and the Mingan Archipelago, motel and camping reservations must be made by mid-March.
If you are interested in joining us on this adventure, please contact Victoria or Dave as soon as possible.