Just over a 1/2 mile from the mainland, Phillip Edward Island provides over 31 miles of picturesque paddling in sheltered bays and quiet inlets. Enjoy great camping, sunsets and day tours to tiny islands covered in wind swept pines.
Adventures in Georgian Bay
Paddle in a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve
With over 30,000 islands, covering more than seven times the area of Wales, and some of the very best sea kayaking and sunsets in the world, Georgian Bay is a world of kayaking adventures waiting to be discovered.
In 2004, UNESCO designated 347,000 hectares along Georgian Bay’s eastern coast as a World Biosphere Reserve – the world’s largest freshwater archipelago. Part of the distinctive rocky, pine-covered landscape of the Canadian Shield, this wild rugged and remote landscape of windswept pines is perfect for wild camping under the stars.
Protected as provincial and national parks and buffered by Crown Lands, you will paddle and explore a mosaic of open waters, sheltered bays and coastal wetlands, and relax on the exposed bedrock shores or sand and cobble beaches.
Three days paddling the coastline out from Byng Inlet is simply sublime. Escape into the back bays and channels to explore the lovely sheltered paddling country, then pull up your kayak and pitch your tent at campsites with panoramic lake-side views.
If you have more time, start your trip at the eastern end of the La Cloche Mountain Range in the quiet and history town of Killarney. You’ll paddle out and set up a base camp on the southern shore of Phillip Edward Island. Here, you’ll feel like you’re on an ocean, yet the paddling is sheltered and the water warm – it’s the best freshwater swimming in the world.
While you are here:
Experience life on the water of Lake Superior whilst learning to sail with Sail Superior.
Just an hour north of Parry Sound, the French River Visitor Centre tells the story of Canada’s first Heritage River – a key travelling route for Aboriginals and early explorers.
Get authentic Canadiana souvenirs at the French River Trading Post
Visit Georgian Bay Airways Fly and Dine for an unforgettable meal at world famous Henry’s Fish Restaurant on Frying Pan Island.
Stay at The Lodge at Pine Cove is nestled on 2,600 feet of waterfront between picturesque Wolseley Bay and Pine Cove Bay. The Lodge is situated in a very private cove that provides a swimmers’ paradise.
Check regional travel information visit Explorers’ Edge.
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After an introductory kayak clinic, we begin three days of exploring the world's largest archipelego. You'll learn basic sea kayak touring and camping techniques, enjoy excellent meals and see spectacular sunsets.
Awww - find perfect serenity while exploring the world's largest archipelago. Paddle through sheltered waters and stunning landscapes. Then relax at basecamp with yoga classes on ancient rolling granite surrounded by wind sculpted white pines.
The coast and islands of the Georgian Bay UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve are where you'll paddle, camp, play and explore with certified guides who'll teach you the ways of the Bay. Lots of themed trips to choose from.
The landscapes of Georgian Bay are absolutely breathtaking. Spend 5 days exploring the magnificent waters of the Outer Fox Islands and the French River Delta. Enjoy tantalizing meals, stunning sunsets and gentle yoga classes.