To Fresh Untrammelled Horizons: Sea Kayaking On Lake Superior

The largest of the five Great Lakes is Superior in more than name. The word 'lake' seems inadequate given its immensity. With its 2000km perimeter, Lake Superior is a sea filled with fresh, sweet water. Its largest island, Isle Royale, is nearly half the size of the Isle of Man. To launch a solo sea kayak onto Gitche Gumee (the lake's Ojibwe name meaning 'great sea') is to encounter the raw power and elemental grandeur of nature. Vast stretches of the shoreline remain far removed from the intrusions of civilisation, making it easy to imagine that the earth is newly minted or at least as pristine as it was when Grey Owl explored the “fresh untrammelled horizons” of northwest Ontario's wilderness.