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Canoes for Conservation 

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Summer is Coming!

Enjoy a safe, physically-distanced, outdoors activity with your social bubble. 

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Canoes For Conservation Tours are interpretive guided canoe tours designed to be an enjoyable and informative outdoor activity. Canoe guides will take you on a journey along one of our historic water trails while sharing their knowledge about the local history, culture, and environment. During the easy 2.5 hour paddle, there will be plenty of time to take photos. We will also enjoy a hot cedar tea and some locally curated snacks on this unforgettable experience.

Tour Locations

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St. Marys River

Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Meet to begin the tour at Parks Canada Fisheries and Oceans dock, downtown Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. 

 

Pass through the historic Sault Ste. Marie Canal, a National Historic Site, made famous as the world’s first electrically operated lock.

 

Paddle the Sault Ste. Marie waterfront learning about this international bordertown waterway between Canada and the USA.

 

Dip your paddle into the famous Whitefish Rapids at Bawating, one of the most significant cultural gathering places of the Anishnaabe People.

 

Drift quietly along the waterfront watching for the variety of birds that make it one of the best birding areas at the heart of the upper Great Lakes.

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Gros Cap

Prince Township, ON

Just 20 minutes west of Sault Ste. Marie, the tour begins at Gros Cap Marina Park in Prince Township. This is a fully accessible Lake Superior Water Trail access point to the Trans Canada Trail.

 

This intimate shoreline experience in the big canoe gets you up close to the spectacular red Jacobsville sandstone, a unique geological feature underlying this part of Lake Superior.

 

Float on clear turquoise waters that lap up against the 300’ Gros Cap Bluffs and enjoy the view across Whitefish Bay.  Watch for hawks and eagles riding the updrafts of warm air over the cliffs.

 

Drift in close to see the shoreline plants that harken back to retreating glaciers 10,000 years ago. Superior’s cold waters create the microclimates where delicate Arctic disjunct flowers thrive.

 

Paddle into the landscape of a 19th century painting titled “Gros Cap” that portrays a big canoe similar to the one you will be paddling. 

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Batchawana Bay

Batchawana, ON

This tour begins on Batchawana Bay, an hour north of Sault Ste. Marie. We launch the big canoe into the Batchawana River, one of 200 waterways that flow into Lake Superior.

 

As we paddle along the long sweep of sand forming Batchawana Bay Provincial Park, enjoy a voyageur’s experience of one of the Great Lakes finest beaches where you can later swim and picnic.

 

Have a canoeist’s view of Batchawana Island, a large wild home of forests and wetlands for moose, wolves and beaver, and an important stopover on a major migratory flyway.

 

Appreciate the crystal clear waters aware that you are dipping your paddle into the aquatic home of rare and ancient lake sturgeon.

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Pictographs

Lake Superior Provincial Park, ON

This tour begins in Lake Superior Provincial Park, a scenic two-hour drive north of Sault Ste. Marie on the Trans Canada highway.  Paddling to see the pictographs is dependent on the mood of Lake Superior, which is why we offer this particular tour in the morning when winds are least likely.  

 

We launch from Sinclair Cove, the site of an Indigenous fishing village since time immemorial.   Travel out of the bay beneath grand rocky headlands that you can later hike to on a rugged trail.

 

Paddle up to one of the most significant and sacred rock art sites on the Great Lakes.  Ideal viewing of this 100’(30m) high rock canvas adorned with red ochre paintings is best experienced from the big canoe! 

 

Learn about the importance of ceremony and appreciation for freshwater, while learning Ojibwe words to describe the experience.

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Safety is a priority for all Canoes for Conservation tours. LSWC’s guides evaluate the weather, water and wind conditions prior to all tours. Participants will be informed 24 hours prior to departure if the tour must be rescheduled. Rest assured that participants have the option to reschedule the tour, or receive a 100% refund in the event of LSWC tour cancellation.

Included in Tours

  • 3 hour guided tour

  • 2 Canoe Guides

  • Properly fitted PFD (all sizes)  

  • Wooden paddle

  • Cedar Tea & Locally curated snack

 

*Tours will be subject to COVID restrictions.*

- Please advise us of any allergies or food restrictions when booking. Last minute notice of dietary restrictions may not be accommodated

 

- Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to tour departure as tours will leave on time.  Late arrivals that miss the tour departure will not be refunded.

(To be signed upon arrival. Please read ahead of tour.)

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LSWC Canoe Tour Cancellation Policy

  • If a tour needs to be cancelled due to Weather/Wind conditions or Public Health restrictions, participants will be contacted by LSWC with 24 hours notice. The tour will be rescheduled or refunded.
  • With 48+ hours notice, there is no penalty to cancel or reschedule with a full refund.

  • Within 48 hours of the tour, a refund or rescheduling cannot be accommodated.

  • If a participant becomes ill or injured, a refund or reschedule will be considered. Please email canoe@superiorconservancy.org.

  • If you wish to reschedule or receive a refund, please email canoe@superiorconservancy.org.