Still paddlin’ after 33 years!
In 1985 White Squall was born. Our vision then, which remains today, is simple: share our love of paddling and the outdoors with others. For over 30 years, paddlers of all ages and levels have experienced the joy of paddling with us in and around the 30,000 Islands – the largest freshwater island archipelago in the world. Our paddling grounds are part of the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve – a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and are home to white pines, glacier smooth granite and the sparkling waters of Georgian Bay. Sea kayakers the world over recognize the 30,000 islands as some of the best paddling in the world. We’re darn lucky to have this as our backyard, and we look forward to sharing it with you!
- Are leaders in sea kayak instruction & trips.
- Have exceptional, highly trained and enthusiastic staff.
- Have one of the largest selections of sea kayaks in all of Ontario.
- Have two locations specializing in paddling accessories, camping gear & clothing.
- Have free test paddling at our main paddling centre on Cole Lake.
- Have friendly chickens!
The White Squall 101
In 1985 the White Squall Paddling Centre was born. Our name comes from the late Stan Rogers song “White Squall”, a haunting ballad that captures the mystery and power of Georgian Bay. Through careful business decision making, attention to details, excellent customer service and hiring talented staff, we’ve made White Squall what it is today with a loyal following of customers who keep coming back for more ‘yaking fun’! Intrigued? We think it’s pretty interesting!Learn more about our history
Outer Islands Project
The Outer Islands Project (OIP) is a stewardship initiative to maintain and restore well or overused campsites on offshore, Crown Land islands of Georgian Bay. Here’s Jordan installing a new ‘thunder box’ on one of the islands. OIP is a joint initiative in conjunction with other community partners. However, it’s not publicly funded, so we rely on lovers of the Bay to donate to the project. If you love the Bay, please help by donating to keep the islands in good shape so they can be enjoyed by all for generations to come!Learn More
2018 is our 33rd season on Georgian Bay
– still paddlin’ after all these years!
Back in 1985 Kathy and I (Tim) were displaced teachers from BC and living on the shores of Cole Lake. We were teaching paddling in our spare time, and one summer day got the bright idea that maybe we ought to start up a paddling outfit of our own. Forget a business plan or market forecast, we just decided to do it. Over 30 years later, we’ve found ourselves one of the largest kayak outfits in Ontario. Who would’ve thought that!?
But it took us a while to get here. Slowly, ever so slowly – Parry Sounders started to visit. In the slow days, we took comfort in our fairly friendly chickens and friends who helped kept the Squall afloat (pun intended!)
Summers came and went with ever increasing numbers of boats, paddling gear and staff! Now here we are, over 30 years later, still loving getting ourselves and others out on the Bay.