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Except for Hudson and James Bay, Ontario is essentially land locked. Yet, right in the country's heartland, the Great Lakes offer exceptional sea kayaking but without the tides and the salt. Bruce Peninsula is an extraordinary paddling destination, and this is only the beginning of the possibilities in Georgian Bay. As you sweep around the coast you'll find lots of wonderful opportunities off Manitoulin Island, Killarney, Massasauga, and the Georgian Bay Islands National Park. Lake Superior is another option with a number of parks located along its shores. For a more civilized paddle, launch from the shores of St. Lawrence Islands National Park and head out to one of the campsites in the Thousand Islands, which streatch from Brockville to Kingston. The waters off of Prince Edward County offer another interesting area to explore.

 
 

Lake Superior - Lake Superior Provincial Park

The parks' coast presents lots of opportunities for intermediate to expert kayakers but there aren't a lot of sheltered coves or protected waters. Novices should make a point of hiring a guide. The parks coastline is about [more... ]

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Lake Superior - Pukaskwa National Park

The parks' coast is accessible for intermediate to expert kayakers, novices should hire a guide. For ambitious paddlers the traditional trip is from Hatttie Cove in the north of the park to Michipicoten, a good distance [more... ]

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Georgian Bay (Lake Huron) - Georgian Bay Islands National Park

The park is a "boaters park" and is a spectacular area for sea kayaking, with endless channels, bays and inlets to explore. You can sea kayak from island to island or just kayak to the big island, Beausoleil [more... ]

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Georgian Bay (Lake Huron) - Bruce Peninsula National Park

The park is exceptional for sea kayakers (see the outfitters section if you need a rental or guide). The waters off the park have endless possibilities for paddlers. For some lazy paddling, the west side of the park has a lot of beaches and some easy off-shore areas. To the north and to the east, the park is bounded by the Escarpment [more... ]

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Georgian Bay (Lake Huron) - Killarney Provincial Park

There are a lot of possibilities for kayaking in this area. One standout is the archipelago east of the park, between it's shores and Manitoulin Island. The area is made up of endless inlets and islands and has [more... ]

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Thousand Islands - St. Lawrence Islands National Park

The park presents paddlers with a rather unique opportunity. You can explore natures diversity while camping on small islands or explore the castles and mansions of the wealthy, then dine in fine restaurants, before tucking-in for the night at a waterfront B&B. Of course, it's yours for the choosing, [more... ]

 

Thousand Islands - Ivy Lee (Parks of the St. Lawrence)

This is a wonderful area for sea kayakers to explore. Depending on your launch site and your objective, this can be a paddle in the park or something akin to an expedition. The islands stretch from Brockville in the east to [more... ]


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You'll also find good paddling in Lake Erie and Lake Ontario with, Prince Edward County being a particularly wonderful area to explore. Larger lakes and rivers like the Ottawa and St. Lawrence are becoming more and more popular with paddlers. We were surprised by the number of sea kayaks we saw on our last visit to Algonquin Park.



 

 

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