Killarney-Bound Big Water Expedition

(3 customer reviews)

$300.00$1,200.00 CAD

This was a new, exploratory trip in 2019 that we’ve slightly revised to make even better for 2020! If you’re interested in a week of hard travel in the winter, through beautiful and varied terrain, you won’t be disappointed in the adventure we’re planning!

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There is something incredibly satisfying about building a cozy home in the winter wilderness each night, only to break it down the next morning and strike off for parts unknown.  Team work is essential, challenges are numerous, the rewards are fantastic and the elation of a hard day’s work and a comfortable camp well earned are feelings that never cease to please!  Not everyone is lucky enough to get 2 or 3 weeks off in the winter, so this is your opportunity to experience a travel trip in a more manageable week-long chunk!

Beautiful Georgian Bay!
This route starts in the small village of Willisville, and heads towards the NW entrance of Killarney PP.  From there we’ll strike a route south, over the LaCloche mountains, and break out into the big waters of Georgian Bay!  The route continues down into the incredible Baie Fine, and finishes with one of the most unique trip endings we offer: a walk down the town of Killarney’s main channel, and right to Herbert’s “World Famous” Fishery for a post-trip celebration!

A great opportunity for a linear, one-way trip with us taking care of the shuttle logistics for you!


Additional information


Jan 25 – Feb 1, 2020


8 days


~ 60km


From the village of Willisville to the town of Killarney, traveling along the beautiful shoreline of northern Georgian Bay!


This is a travel oriented trip, meaning we'll get up, strike camp, load our toboggans and haul them for hours before stopping to set camp, cut wood, haul boughs, chip a water hole, etc. There's a lot of work that goes into winter travel, and we'll be doing it most days!
Snow pack on the big water tends to be easier to travel in versus the soft snow of smaller interior lakes.

3 reviews for Killarney-Bound Big Water Expedition

  1. DJ Schaus

    So far I have been lucky enough to go on two trips with Dave and Kie. My first experience with them was the Training camp and Vast Horizons in 2019 and loved every minute of it. The knowledge they shared and guidance they provided was amazing. If you are interested in trying winter camping for the first time I would highly recommend this trip to anyone and everyone.

    The second trip was the 8 day expedition “Killarney Bound” in January of 2020. We started just outside of their home base in Espanola and traveled though Killarney National Park, which gave me my first taste of being out on big water (Lake Huron). This was by far the most exhilarating trip I have ever been on. We were lead by Dave and Adam on this expedition and every step of the way was a new experience. They are both so knowledgeable in bushcraft and winter survival in a way that leaves no room for doubt. I will definitely be back!!!

  2. Sandra Kumka

    Lure of the North has brought a completely new aspect of pleasure into my life. I am proudly a repeat team member – having done an excursion in both 2019 & 2020 (and I have already reserved my spot for 2021 woohoo!). Not once did I feel uncomfortable or unsafe with the guidance of the incredible journey Dave, Kie & Adam lead me on. Every trip is challenging and has pushed me out of my comfort zone both mentally and physically, but I always leave the excursions anticipating the next one I will endure! Dave & Kie have taught me so many skills I never knew I was capable of- like falling my first tree! The members of the groups almost immediately form a bond and are very much team players ready to lend a helping hand if the course gets tough. I highly recommend Lure of the North to anybody! I consistently walk away with an incredibly heightened sense of self and appreciation for beautiful northern Ontario. I am forever deeply thankful to Dave and Kie for bringing these adventures into my life!
    You’ve gotta try it!

  3. Harold Kinsley (verified owner)

    Another slam dunk! Although the weather barely cooperated, with un-seasonably warm temps, it turned out to be a wonderful experience for all.
    With special thanks to Adam who shared his Bush-crafting skills for all to appreciate, and Dave and Kie whose energy and spirit keeps bringing me back year after year after year…..
    Oh, and an hounourable mention to the support staff back at the Pond who put everything together and never hear the praise heaped upon them. NO SOUP FOR YOU!

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