Explore the beauty of Georgian Bay from the seat of a kayak.
A kayak trip is probably the best way to enjoy the beauty of the sparkling waters of our unique coast of Georgian Bay, designated as a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. In a kayak, you paddle quietly and almost effortlessly along the surface of the water. Quiet ripples left behind from the dip of your paddle is the only disturbance you make. A kayak floats in mere inches of water, so we can be close to the shore to see the granite rocks, white pine trees and little minks as they scramble up the shore with their crayfish lunch in their mouth. Come share a couple of hours or all day with our guides and let them show you the beauty of Georgian Bay, a world full of wonder.
Ontario Sea Kayak Centre is one of Canada’s leading kayak instruction and kayak tour companies. Our home base is Parry Sound, Ontario, the gateway to Georgian Bay.
Our friendly and knowledgeable instructors and guides are all Paddle Canada certified as well as trained in Wilderness Medical skills. They also know how to serve up a delicious gourmet lunch for your enjoyment.
We’ve designed full day and evening kayak tours that take you to the most scenic and breathtaking spots on the Bay.
Jones Island Lighthouse – Day Tour.
Meet your friendly guide at Oak Point Marina on Parry Island, home of the Wasauksing First Nation community. Paddle from the launch point and start your tour of the islands by heading towards the Jones Island Lighthouse. The Jones Island Light tower is a “Recognized” Federal Heritage Building because of its historical, architectural and environmental values. We can land our kayaks and spend some time exploring the light tower and the island it sits on. From there we will continue on our tour to the outside of Cathcart Island where you will enjoy a delicious shore lunch prepared by your guide. Enjoy this time to swim and explore the island before heading back on an alternate route to explore even more of the islands off the coast of Oak Point.
Meet at Oak Point Marina on Parry Island, usually at around 10 am. The tour finishes at aroun 4:00 pm. The times and meet up will be arranged with your guide pre-trip.
Island Hopping from Killbear Park – Day Tour
Launching from the day use beach at Killbear Provincial Park, we will head out to paddle and explore the islands off the coast of Killbear. The park has over 12 km of rugged shoreline and three islands to explore. There are dozens of other islands within a short paddle of Killbear park where we’ll find smooth glacier rock, rugged white pines, and awesome views of Georgian Bay cottages and lighthouses. We’ll find the perfect spot to enjoy our shore lunch and then relax on the warm granite rock or take a swim in the sparkling freshwater of Georgian Bay before heading back to the sandy beach at Killbear.
Meet at Day use beach at Killbear Provincial Park, usually at around 10 am. The tour finishes at around 4 pm. The times and meet up will be arranged with your guide pre-trip.
Big Sound Evening Sunset Tour
Parry Sound is the largest natural harbour on the Great Lakes. The pristine, open water, known locally as the Big Sound, and renowned worldwide, is a paddler’s delight at sunset. We will meet in the parking lot of “The Salt Docks” in the town of Parry Sound and paddle close to the shoreline so we can enjoy exploring the granite shores of the waterfront trail, as we look to the west we’ll enjoy the magnificent view of the setting sun. We will return to shore in time for you to head into town and enjoy dinner in one of the many fine restaurants Parry Sound has to offer. If you’d like a recommendation from us we would be happy to share our favorites with you. What better way to spend a couple of hours in the early evening?
This tour is also available during the day if you’d like to enjoy a daytime tour of the Sound.
This tour is usually around 2.5 hours. The meet-up times will be arranged with your guide pre-trip.
Our instructors are all Paddle Canada certified and are highly trained instructors and instructor trainers. If you want to add a basic kayaking experience to your stay we offer a 2-hour introdcution to kayak lesson. Our Paddle Canada instructor will work with you or your group for 2 hours to get you comfortable with paddling strokes and maybe a rescue if you are up for it. Then for the rest of the day, you can keep the kayak to tour the Seguin River, Mill Lake and all the way to Mountain Basin if you feel like a long paddle.
Paddle Canada Level 1 Skills Course
Kayaking is our passion at Harmony Outdoor Inn and we host a number of Paddle Canada certified weekend courses throughout the summer. The level 1 course is ideal for people new to paddling who are looking to obtain the skill necessary to efficiently and safely enjoy kayak day-tripping. The course teaches efficient strokes in all directions, rescues both solo and with a partner, day trip navigation and weather and will also teach you all you need to know about equipment to make you educated and ready to make that purchase. You can find out more info on our Level 1 skills courses dates and availability from our sister site Ontario Sea Kayak Centre. Make sure you book your accommodation at Harmony so after each day of paddling you can shower and hang out at our west facing waterfront deck and enjoy the sunset.
Level 1 Skills
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I get Wet?
Your feet will get wet as you enter and exit the kayak. Your bottom can get wet if you splash water onto the seat.
What should I wear?
There is always a chance you may fall in the water so consider what fabric your clothes are made from – quick dry is best NO COTTON!!!
Where do we meet for lessons?
Each day trip, evening tour, and lessons meets at different spots. Please discuss this with your guide ahead of time. We do have links with maps to some of our usual meetups in the descriptions above.
For lessons on the Seguin River, meet at 6 Harmony Lane, Parry Sound
*If an alternate location has been listed/arranged please contact [email protected] to confirm your location
How will I find you?
Look for our friendly instructor who’s ready to take you on to the water! He or she will be the one with the big kayaks on the roof or the trailer!
What to leave at home or locked in your vehicle?
- Cell phone
- Camera – unless waterproof
- Expensive sunglasses
- Pretty much anything you do not wish to donate to the water
*Ontario Sea Kayak Centre and it’s instructors are NOT responsible for lost or stolen items while on the water or left in vehicles.
What to bring?
- Change of clothes
- Protective sun gear, long-sleeved shirt, hat, tether for your sunglasses
- Footwear that can get wet, you must wear footwear at all times.
- Water Bottle and snack
- An adventurous spirit!
We will bring along dry bags for you to put your towel and snack in. We cannot guarantee our bags our waterproof enough for your phone or car keys if they have a key fob.
Do I need to wear a wetsuit?
A wetsuit is NOT required for this activity between June-September.
If you own a wetsuit and feel you will be cold on/in the water you are welcome to wear one.
*Wetsuits are NOT rented or provided by Ontario Sea Kayak Centre
What if I can’t swim?
ALL participants must be able to swim; what this means is you must be comfortable if you fell out of your boat that you can listen to the instructions of your guide calmly to get back in with assistance from your guide. You will be wearing a life jacket which is provided to you, at all times.
Do I need to wear a PFD?
A Canadian Coast Guard approved PFD (Personal Floatation Device) will be provided to you for your lesson as well as a whistle, a throw rope, a bailer, and a paddle.
**Transport Canada requires all of the above items for anyone paddling on the water.
Ontario Sea Kayak Centre Instructors and Guides are all Paddle Canada Certified – you will be asked to sign this [Hyper linked] waiver at the start of your lesson.
What if it rains?
Lessons will still run in light rain/wind.
Lessons will ONLY be canceled the day of if conditions are not conducive to the participant’s safety. *See Refund/Cancellation Policy
Ontario Sea Kayak Centre is committed to offering the highest quality lessons and will always contact you in advance should the weather not be ideal for your excursion/lesson and re-schedule as needed.
What if I don’t have my own kayak/paddle/life jacket?
Ontario Sea Kayak Centre provides kayaks, paddles and all the equipment required for you to be safe on the water.
*You will be responsible for any damage to the equipment.