Georgian Bay - Bustard Islands

Georgian Bay - Bustard Islands

The granite archipelago of the Lower French River is a perfect kayaking environment. Tracing part of the historic fur trade route, we will start at Hartley Bay and descend the Old Voyageur Channel to Georgian Bay and into the 30,000 Islands. There is very little soil in this area, and most of the vegetation on the coastline consists of wind-twisted and gnarled trees that are far older than they look. It's a harsh and fragile environment - the least-settled wilderness on the great bay.

After meandering through the “Fingerboards”, we'll make the open crossing to the Bustard Islands, a few kilometers off shore. Later we'll cross back to the shoreline and head inland via the main channel of the French River. There will be easy “portages” around swifts and rapids as we ascend the river. Each night we'll set up camp on a beautiful rocky island, gathering around the open fire to create an amazing dinner. After lunch on the final day, we'll re-cross Hartley Bay to our take-out point.

Kayakers of all skill levels can enjoy the Lower French River / Bustard Islands trip. An introductory skills clinic on Day 1, and the sheltered route at the start, will allow the novice to gain confidence before we head out onto Georgian Bay.

"The water was warm for swimming and practicing our rescues, and there were few mosquitos!  It was great to get out to the Bustard Island lighthouse!" Jane, Ontario, Canada

Recommended Skill Level And Dates

Skill Level: 1
Dates Trip Fee
August 14, 2017 to August 18, 2017
$1,295.00 CAD
What is Included: 

Guides 5:1 ratio
Meals
• excellent meals from Day 1 lunch to Day 5 lunch
• snacks
Kayaking Equipment
• sea kayaks with rudders, waterproof hatches
• spray decks, paddles, PFDs (you may bring your own)
• throw lines, pumps, and other safety accessories

Camping Equipment
• tents: free-standing, custom expedition dome tents - 2 per tent
• "kitchen": tarp, fire box, cooking stoves, utensils, dishes, etc.
• dry bags and containers for food and group equipment
Safety Equipment
• first aid, safety, kayak rescue, and repair kits
• emergency communications equipment
Local Transportation
• transportation of guides, group gear, kayaks, etc. to and from trip

Rendezvous

Trip Departure

French River, Ontario