breaking wave in humber bay

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I am a wilderness kayak guide and kayak instructor.

guided kayak trips

Kayak to the beach on Hanlan's Island

Kayaking is the best way to see the the Great Lakes. I live in Toronto, and spend a lot of time on Lake Ontario. The islands in Georgian Bay are some of my favourite kayak destinations. They are only a two or three hours drive away from Toronto. I enjoy helping people on kayaking trips in the Canadian wilderness. Because many of the islands are crown land, we have many opportunities to camp , but it is our responsibility to do so in a way that is safe and environmentally responsible. I organize day trips and overnight wilderness camping trips. If you want to join me on a trip, check out my trip selector to see if I’ve got a trip planned that you might like.

kayak lessons

I teach basic kayak skills and sea kayak level-1 skills. These are Paddle Canada courses. Paddle Canada certification is recognized by kayak schools and outfitters everywhere in Canada, which means you can continue your training anywhere in Canada. There are five skill levels. The basic and level-1 course teach you the skills to paddle with a group in sheltered waters. The basic course can be done in a pool. There is no age restriction for kayak skills courses. The courses involve a lot of games and are designed to be somewhat physically challenging and fun. There is no test or exam. I like to think of it as what Rat said to Mole in Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows:

“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing—absolute nothing—half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Simply messing,” he went on dreamily: “messing—about—in—boats; messing—”

free trips

I’m also a member (and the webmaster) of the Great Lakes Sea Kayaking Association (GLSKA). GLSKA trips are free for members. This spring, I’m organizing a self-supported wilderness camping trip to Franklin Island in Eastern Georgian Bay for a group of 8 people.