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Wilderness Orientation: North Channel Kayaking and Climbing

  • August 19, 2019–August 27, 2019
  • Off campus

Students will embark on a self-supported sea kayak through the North Channel. This trip includes camping on granite islands and peninsulas, climbing and rappelling, and gaining skills to live out of a kayak for a week.

Passport or equivalent is required.

  • Available spots: 20
  • Cost: $559

Experience level recommended

  • Wilderness experience

    Level three our of five of wilderness experience needed
  • Water activities

    Relatively high amount of water activities planned
  • Fitness intensity

    Level three our of five for fitness intensity

What students are saying about this trip:

“An amazing time with new friends in the wilderness.”

“I loved learning about the outdoors and meeting new people!”

“I absolutely loved seeing the northern lights, and also discovering a canyon/valley of sorts on one of the islands.”


Ryan Rooks

Ryan Zwart


Day 1—Trip Orientation, skills clinic, and team building
Day 2—Trip departs for North Channel of Ontario; Road Trip; Camp in Serpent Bay
Day 3—Paddle School and eight Mile Open Water Paddle near the Turnbull Islands; Island Camping, Rock Jumping
Day 4—Six Mile Open Water Paddle through the Whalesback Channel; Island Exploration and Rock Jumping
Day 5—Rock Climbing and Rappelling on a 60 foot face that drops into the North Channel; Solo Experience
Day 6—12 Mile Open Water Paddle on Lake Huron
Day 7—Eight Mile Open Water Paddle to the Benjamin Islands
Day 8—Sunrise Paddle; Return to Calvin College by 7:00 p.m.




  • North Channel
  • Spragge
  • North Shore, ON
  • ON P0R 1K0


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