Celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday with a Voyageur Canoe Adventure

Trip Overview

Location:Lake Superior
Duration (Days):6
Duration (Nights):5
Guided/Self Guided:Guided
Nearest Town To Trip Start:Various
Nearest Major Airport:Thunder Bay
Travel Time From Airport:Varies
Meals Included:Yes
International Flights Included:No
Price Per Person From:£985

Trip Details

To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday in the summer of 2017, Naturally Superior Adventures is recreating the Canadian fur trade experience with the Voyageur Canoe Brigades on Lake Superior, the world’s largest freshwater lake.

Travel in a replica 36-foot voyageur canoe along the same rugged, unspoiled coastline that was paddled by Canada’s First Nations people and fur-trading voyageurs nearly two centuries ago. Voyageur canoes are 36-feet long, 5 feet wide and carry 12 to 14 paddlers plus their supplies. They’re very stable, seaworthy, easy to paddle and well suited to the BIG lake. They are perfect for beginner to expert paddlers.

Each brigade will be guided by well-qualified trip leaders who are also talented wilderness chefs. You’ll enjoy hearty and healthy meals that include plenty of fresh foods. Spend your nights wilderness camping on the shore of Lake Superior.

Choose from one of the six exciting journeys below.

Brigade #1 Spirit of Superior: Sinclair Cove to Michipicoten

Dates: Sunday July 2 to Friday July 7

This 80-km journey along the secluded coast of Lake Superior Provincial Park radiates a special energy from the ancient First Nations pictographs, enchanting rock monoliths and mysterious moss-covered boulder beaches. Experience outstanding hiking and wilderness camping.

Brigade #2 The Big Wild: Michipicoten to Hattie Cove (Pukaskwa National Park)

Dates: Sunday July 9 to Wednesday July 19

Pukaskwa National Park is the wildest freshwater coastline in the world, 180 kilometres unchanged since the voyageurs plied these waters. Experience exquisite solitude and wonder as you discover secret campsites, trackless beaches and awe-inspiring cliffs.  

Brigade #3 Lawren Harris Country: Hattie Cove to Rossport

Dates: Saturday July 22 – Friday July 28

This 120 km stretch of rugged coastline of Lake Superior’s north shore inspired some of Canada’s most famous landscape paintings by Lawren Harris and the Group of Seven. You’ll revel in the stunning scenery and intense solitude—the perfect elements to inspire your own photographs and sketches.

Brigade #4 The Singing Wilderness: Rossport to Red Rock

Dates: Sunday July 30 to Friday August 4

The best singers in voyageur time were awarded extra pay and an esteemed place in the canoe. Canadian icon singer-songwriter Ian Tamblyn will grace this 75-km journey sharing stories and songs inspired by his travels on Lake Superior. Bring your own musical instruments to jam around the campfire.

Brigade #5 Beacons on a Lonely Shore: Red Rock to Silver Islet

Dates: Sunday August 6 to Saturday August 12

This 75-km voyageur canoe journey among a crescent of remote islands includes visits to several lighthouses, providing glimpses of their colourful history. This area is recognized for its unique geology and flora and fauna by the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area.

Brigade #6 En Route to the Great Rendezvous: Silver Islet to Thunder Bay

Dates: Monday August 14 to Saturday August 19

Paddle along side the Sleeping Giant, a geological monolith and Ojibwa icon near Thunder Bay. Fur trade historian, singer-songwriter Rodney Brown will be the special guest on this 75-km journey. Enjoy stunning scenery, great campfire entertainment and the timeless experience of paddling a voyageur canoe into the reconstructed fur trade post at Old Fort William.

NOTE: Price varies for each brigade. Shuttle service to and from either Sault Ste. Marie or Thunder Bay airport is available.

How To Join The Trip

Fly to Sault Ste Marie or Thunder Bay airport. A shuttle will take you to start of adventure.


Various dates in July and August


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NOTE: prices may vary based on exchange rate.