Canoeing and kayaking

Georgian Bay Islands National Park

Georgian Bay Islands National Park is a wonderful place for paddlers to explore that iconic Canadian landscape of exposed granite and windswept pine. Waterfront campsites, sheltered bays and rugged shoreline make the park an appealing destination for experienced paddlers.

Visitors considering arriving at Georgian Bay Islands National Park by canoe or kayak should be aware of a number of factors.

  • Paddlers will cross busy boat channels. Expect to encounter numerous vessels and frequent boat wake, particularly on weekends.
  • Crossing open areas will expose paddlers to the potential for high winds and rough water.
  • Numerous islands and channels can make the area confusing for those visiting for the first time. Bring the appropriate charts!

For these reasons Georgian Bay Islands National Park is not recommended as a destination for novice paddlers.

Water Safety

When planning your visit, please take the time to ensure that you are properly prepared and outfitted to safely explore, experience, and enjoy Georgian Bay Islands National Park.

Visit these sites for information: 

Adventure Smart – Water Safety

Adventure Smart – Paddlesmart

Transport Canada – Safe Boating Guide

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