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 may make the open crossing to the Bustard Islands, a few kilometers off shore. Later we will 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.

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Dates Trip Fee Availability
Sun. Aug 4 - Thurs. Aug 8, 2024 $1,950 CAD until Oct 31* Book Now
Sun. Aug 4 - Thurs. Aug 8, 2024 $2,050 CAD From Nov 1

Whats Included



  • 6:1 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