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Paddling Big Creek Eco-Adventure (The Grand Experiences Outfiiter Guided Day Trip)

  • 28 Aug 2022
  • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Busy Bee Gas & Convenience, Hwy 24/59, Walsingham
  • 4


  • Registration opens 12 weeks before the paddle

Paddling Trip Details
Paddling Title Big Creek Eco-Adventure (The Grand Experiences Outfitter Guided Day Trip)
Date August 28, 2022
Registration Opens 12 week before event (Using an outfitter)
Name of Volunteer Trip Leader(s) Gabriela Sebestyen
Email of Volunteer Trip Leaders(s) solis.sebestyen@gmail.com
Trip Address Meet Outfitter at Busy Bee Gas & Convenience Hwy 24/59 Walsingham
Body of Water Big Creek/Port Rowan
Is this a scouting trip? No
Paddling Vessels Permitted Recreational kayaks permitted
Boat Launch Location
(if different than trip address)
Follow Outfitter to launch spot from Busy Bee Gas Station
Arrival Time 8:30 AM SHARP - please don't be late, will not wait
On the water time, ready to paddle
(Suggested 45 minutes after arrival time)
9:00 AM
Maximum number of paddlers including leader(s) 8
Boat Rental Available limited
Boat Rental Details Contact outfitter separately to inquire about limited boat availability at your own additional expense
Launch Conditions Muddy
Bathroom Facilities on Site None
Trip Safety Requirements PFDs must be worn at all times while in your kayak;
A sprayskirt is required unless otherwise specified as a rec boat paddle;
Transport Canada requirements for equipment is also a HOC trip requirement: 15m of buoyant heaving tow line, sound signal device, bailing device, watertight light for ½ hour before sunset or ½ hour after dawn;
Wet exit practice (formally called wet exit lesson) within the last 12 months in the current kayak that you are using for a trip;
Kayak with sealed fore and aft bulkhead compartments unless specified as a rec boat paddle;
A minimum of one spare paddle per 2 participants
HOC Trip Rating
(* in those conditions)
Grade A (Beginner) Entry level skills; Forward stroke ability; Reverse stroke ability; Turning stroke ability; Wet exit
Wind Grade A (Beginner) Light; 10 kms/hour
Waves, Breaking Waves, Swell Grade A (Beginner) Under 1 foot waves; No breaking waves (Waves up to the deck seam; water glassy to rippled; no whitecaps)
Current Grade A (Beginner) None or mild
Open Crossings Grade A (Beginner) No open crossings
Landing Type Grade B (Comfortable Beginner) Pebble; more steep; sand bars
Landing Frequency Grade B (Comfortable Beginner) No more than 3 kms between landings
Total Distance Per Day Grade A (Beginner) Up to 10 kms
Overall Trip Rating Grade A (Beginner)
After Paddle Leisure Time
Go to Restaurant After Paddle No
Restaurant and Restaurant Address
Trip Costs $80
Trip Cancellation Policy Payment in full. No refund unless spot is filled.
Trip Details Grand Experiences Outfitters will be taking us on a guided day trip of'Big Creek', also known as 'Ontario's Amazon. From their website:

"Imagine a full day expedition into Ontario's rare and mysterious Carolinian forest. As dense as an Amazonian rain forest, the only way to make it through this eco-adventure is on the seldom traveled water route known as Big Creek. Birds of prey hide in the dark canopy overhead, giant toads croak in a throaty harmony, and fish glide by in waters below. What will you discover on this journey into the heart of Canada's southern wilderness'
Experience the awe and excitement of the people who first traveled this far-flung and fascinating world. Bring a child-like curiosity and leave behind the list of to-do's. You don't even need the phone. As this creek sweeps you along enjoy the music of birdsong and dive into an experience no camera can capture. kilometers of unadulterated backwoods beckon to all those who seek solace in nature and an escape from the man-made. As you dive deeper into the Carolinian core of the creek a lazy flow curves into subtle currents. Maneuverability will be tested as those who seek passage duck under fallen trees and bump over sunken logs. In Canada's most biodiverse eco-system creatures of every kind travel through the undergrowth ' slithering and scattering away from searching eyes. Bobcat paw prints, muskrat burrows, and beaver dams tell of an abundant and active ecosystem. As the sounds of the surrounding flora and fauna fade the journey reaches its final rest at one of Ontario's South Coast Craft Breweries where great ales are served as stories are passed around the table. Big Creek beckons." 

 Trip Preview: https://youtu.be/xt2eE1ZLBjw

Time: We will meet our guide at 8:30 am sharp

Duration: approx. 5 hours

Meeting place:
Busy Bee Gas Station - Highway 24/59, Walsingham
Tour guide will direct us to our launching/parking spots from there
What to bring:
Paddling friendly clothing (no cotton), water shoes (no flipflops), hat, drybag for personal items, skin sun care, bug spray,
lots of water, extra clothes and towel. Packed lunch and plenty of snacks. Rain jacket (weather dependent).

Additional Info:
This is a recreational kayak friendly paddle. Kayaks under 14 ft suggested given tight spaces for maneuverability. Please note there will be spots on the creek where we may hit bottom (logs and or rocks). On the water for 4-5 hours . Restrooms - are not available during the outing. Must feel comfortable using the bush should the need arise.

This is a rain or shine day trip - dress for the weather. Payment in full. No refund unless spot is backfilled.

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