The 30,000 Islands make northeast Georgian Bay a kayaker’s paradise. From a few square meters to several square kilometers, these granite islands form a protective maze for the paddler to explore. Away from the sheltered channels, there are also open bays and crossings to distant islands for the experienced paddler. This 5-day trip begins with a warm-up and a short paddle out the lower Magnetawan River (near Britt) to the wilderness of the bay. Weather permitting, we’ll paddle to the Bustard Islands, camp on scenic sites, and enjoy great food, spectacular sunsets, and friends. As our confidence grows, we can challenge ourselves with open-water crossings and bigger waves. We finish the trip by heading up the Lower French River to Hartley Bay.

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Click here to access a detailed trip package with an itinerary and a full list of inclusions and exclusions. Please note this trip option is available to private groups of four or more people only. If you are interested in joining a scheduled sea kayaking trip in 2022, check out our North Channel or Lower French trips!

Whats Included



  • 5:1 ratio


  • all meals and snacks from Day1 lunch to Day 5 lunch

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 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 gear, and repair kits
  • emergency communications equipment (satellite phone)

Local Transportation

  • transportation of guides, group gear, food, etc. to and from trip
  • shuttle from the rendezvous to the put-in point, and from Hartley Bay back to your car