Great Lakes Sea Kayaking Association

GLSKA is a non-profit club whose goal is to promote the activity of sea kayaking. Our trips and activities are organized and led by club volunteers: we charge no fees other than those designed to recover shared costs and expenses. We offer:

  • a variety of trips – day trips, weekend camping trips and some longer trips. Some are more suitable for experienced sea kayakers, others are perfect for beginners;
  • on these trips, at Rendezvous, our annual camping weekend, and in winter pool sessions, you can get help with the development of paddling skills, navigation and safety;
  • a quarterly newsletter, downloadable pdfs of useful resources and access on this site to detailed trip reports.

Upcoming Events

On-Water Clinics with Wayne Horodowich, Port Credit June 15, 16, 2019

GLSKA has been presented with the first option to participate in the clinics listed below. These clinics are being proposed for the weekend of Saturday and Sunday June 15 & 16th, 2019. These programs will be held in south Mississauga near Port Credit. One course will be offered per day and the cost will be ...
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Rendezvous 2019

Rendezvous 2019 Now Open For Registration!! June 21 – 23 Come and enjoy some of the best freshwater sea kayaking in the world – right on our doorstep in Georgian Bay. IT’S BETTER IN THE BAY! Come play, paddle or just relax with GLSKA members on, in or under the waters of the eastern shore of Georgian Bay, widely considered ...
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Skills Weekend – Greenland Rolling, near Parry Sound, August 17 – 18, 2019 Event Full

Interested in Greenland rolling? Having difficulty completing a certain Greenland roll? Join me for a weekend of layback rolls, forward finishing rolls, hand rolls and throwing stick rolls at a private campground on a power boat free lake. Tent camping is optional with a minimum fee to the camp owner . Comfort station on site. Detailed information ...
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Skills Practice Session, Lake Sunova, Lakeside May 26, 2019

A get together to watch, practice and learn skills from each other in  relatively warm water. Sculling, rolling or rescues.  Water may still be cool, and a wet suit or drysuit may be recommended if you want to spend a lot of time in the water helping others. If you’d like to join, please send ...
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Big McCoy, Georgian Bay June 24 – 25, 2019

We will meet at Rendezvous and stay at Oak Point for an extra night so that we get an early launch on Monday. Big McCoy is less than 30 km from Oak Point and includes an exposed 7 km crossing from Snake Island to the Minks. The group will need to travel at 6 km ...
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Pukaskwa National Park & Superior Highlands Area July 14 – 27, 2019

One spot available! Pukaskwa and Superior Highlands comprise the most remote and undeveloped stretch of shoreline on the entire Great Lakes.  We will see stunning panoramic views of the coastline as we paddle past sweeping sand beaches, bold headlands and secluded coves. We will meet in Wawa on July 14 and take a van shuttle from Michipicoten ...
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Fishing Islands, Lake Huron – June 8, 2019

The Fishing Islands are an archipelago of over 70 dolomite islands off the western shore of the Bruce Peninsula.  They are rich in history, with a number of shipwrecks and the remains of a fishing station from the mid-1800s (Unfortunately new owners do not like people visiting it.), interesting geology and nesting colonies of gulls, ...
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Mink and McCoy Islands, Georgian Bay July 8–12, 2019 Sorry folks: trip now full!

We will paddle to Big McCoy Island and set up camp on the afternoon of July 8.  We will explore the Mink Islands and the Islands west of big McCoy.  One of the full days on McCoy is set aside for a leisure day where individuals can relax, swim, paint, sketch, photograph, some individual/smaller group paddling ...
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Lake Superior Provincial Park, July 20 to 27, 2019: Trip Full

We will meet at Naturally Superior near Michipicoten on July 20 where we can enjoy a catered dinner and camping on the beach. Their shuttle will take us to a starting point at Sinclair Cove at the south end of the park on July 21 (at a cost of approximately $50 per person depending on ...
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Port Ryerse – Turkey Point, Lake Erie Saturday 1 June, 2019

For a little early season tune-up, we’ll paddle from Port Ryerse up to Turkey Point for lunch on the beach, and then return to Ryerse (just under 20km).  Trip is exposed and along shore. Water will still be cold, and a wet suit or dry suit is required. If you’d like to join please send ...
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Silver Islet to Rossport, Lake Superior July 20 to 31, 2019 – Trip Now Full

Paddling through the many island chains of western Lake Superior’s National Marine Conservation area is a trip not to be missed.  Secluded and remote, you will be self -sufficient for gear, food and supplies, yet get the company of a few like minded paddlers- to explore this rare bit of wilderness tranquility.  Having paddled this ...
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Toronto Islands, Saturday September 14, 2019

This will be a joint venture trip between the Halton Outdoor Club and GLSKA.  The Halton Outdoor Club is very active with many activities throughout the year.  These include cycling, hiking, kayaking, and XC-skiing.  Throughout the day we can share the camaraderie of new friends and tales of past and upcoming adventures.  Both clubs offer ...
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Toronto Islands, Saturday June 8, 2019

This will be a joint venture trip between the Halton Outdoor Club and GLSKA.  The Halton Outdoor Club is very active with many activities throughout the year.  These include cycling, hiking, kayaking, and XC-skiing.  Throughout the day we can share the camaraderie of new friends and tales of past and upcoming adventures.  Both clubs offer ...
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Holland River (south end of Lake Simcoe) Saturday June 15, 2019

Sheltered, with next to no current, we’ll paddle downstream towards the mouth of the river and then return to the cars via the same route.  Landing options are very minimal as this is largely a marsh/wetland area. Trip Organizer:  Melissa Hachowski  (function(){var ml="auEn%.0ltC3k2hofFceDw_4As-mri",mi="4:90418E=BKB4F6=>8J0L75A>J4
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Killarney, Georgian Bay August 22–26, 2019

Launch on Thursday 22 August after lunch at 2 PM from Town of Killarney and head east for the first night of camping within approx. 2.5 hours of paddling. Will set up camp for 2 or 3 nights at the time and explore the islands between Killarney and the French River area.  This trip will ...
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Wahwashkesh Lake, Ontario Sat. 4 May – Tues. 7 May, 2019

This trip will be an exploratory paddle of Wahwashkesh lake, the lake is part of the Magnetawan River system.  We will travel to Bennetts marina at Bennetts Bay, Wahwashkesh Lake, put in and paddle to my brother in laws (Larry) cottage property in Holts Bay on Saturday.  There we can set up camp for three ...
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Killarney – Georgian Bay 24-27 June 2019 NOW FULL

Launch from Town of Killarney and head east for the first night of camping within approx. 2.5 hours of paddling. Will set up camp for 2 or 3 nights at the time and explore the islands between Killarney and the French River area. This trip will include exposed paddling between islands. Parking is available for ...
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Bay of Fundy & Nova Scotia’s South 14-29 August, 2019

We will meet near Bangor Maine and proceed the following day to Blacks Harbour where we will take a car ferry to the remote and peaceful island of Grand Manan and Anchorage PP campground.  The Grand Manan Archipelago is geologically rugged and promises dramatic coastal kayaking, or hiking in case of persistent fog.  Finback, humpback, ...
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Killbear Provincial Park, Parry Sound 24 May–27 May, 2019 Trip Now Full

Meet at the main park office in Killbear Provincial Park at 11:00 on Friday, May 25.  Killbear Provincial Park will be our base for day trips exploring some of the numerous bays and islands in the Parry Sound area. Killbear is located on Georgian Bay in the Parry Sound District near the town of Nobel.  ...
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News

Membership renewal

RENEWAL CAN NOW BE DONE ON LINE!  If you have not yet done so, now is the time to re-new your GLSKA membership for another year or two. The early bird special saves you $5 on a single or family membership. The fees are unchanged from last year: One year: $30 Single, $45 Family. Two year: $60 ...
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Promoting sea kayaking in the Great Lakes Area