Family & Kids

White Squall’s been getting families outdoors and on the water for over 30 years! Bring the whole gang for your choice of a custom family adventure or send the kids to us for an evening of Paddle Play for Kids. If you have teens, we also do super memorable Georgian Bay overnight trips. Whatever you choose – we guarantee smiles all ‘round.

 


Paddle Play for Kids

Kids playing on water with kayaks & paddleboards learn really fast and have a blast doing it. Join us for an evening paddle- each session is a little different – a total riot on the water!

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Tuesdays: 2018 dates ~ stay tuned
Time: 6pm-7:30pm
Price: $15
Ages: co-ed 8-12
Skills you need: Must be comfortable in the water & able to swim 50 metres wearing a life jacket.

What to Bring:

  • Water bottle
  • Long-sleeved shirt, sunscreen, sunglasses with tether & brimmed hat
  • Rain jacket or windbreaker
  • Swimsuit & towel
  • A change of dry clothes & shoes
  • Closed toe footwear that can get wet

 

Summer Sun Photo Credit: David Dewar

Family Day Trip ~ Private

This family focused outing offers a one of a kind adventure in the protected island waters and channels of Georgian Bay. The day starts at our Paddling Centre on Cole Lake where we’ll gather for introductions and a kayak orientation. We’ll fit everyone into a suitable kayak, and in some cases we’ll put the younger ones with an adult in a tandem (double). We’ll cover basic strokes and safety, including asking everyone to do a wet exit – which is really quite simple to do. Once we get dried off, snacked, and loaded up – we’ll drive to our launch site & head out to the islands for the rest of the day. Bring your own picnic lunch for your family, and we’ll make sure there’s time for swimming in the crystal clear waters of Georgian Bay. We want the children to have a good time, so the emphasis will be on paddling at their pace. Contact the Paddling Centre for more information.

Time: 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Length: 6.5 hours
Minimum: family of 3
Prices: $165/adult, $85/child (16 & under)

Skills You Need:

  • No paddling experience necessary. You’ll need to be comfortable in the water and able to swim 50 metres wearing a lifejacket.
  • If you wish to paddle a single kayak you’ll need Basic Kayak Skills or equivalent, including wet exits with a skirt. Please get in touch if unsure.

What We Bring:

  • Fully equipped kayaks
  • Yummy snacks
  • Qualified guides & all safety gear

What you Bring:

  • Picnic lunch with water bottle
  • Sun gear: long-sleeved shirt, sunscreen, sunglasses with tether & brimmed hat
  • Rain/wind gear: rain coat, windbreaker or paddling jacket
  • Swim gear: swimsuit & towel
  • Spare gear: sweater, long pants, t-shirt, shorts
  • Closed toe footwear that can get wet (we insist on footwear at all times)
  • Pack gear into 5, 10 or 15L dry sack, or sealed plastic bags inside a stuff sack to keep gear dry.

Clothing Suggestions?

If it’s cold or wet, then you need materials that retain heat when wet and wick moisture from the skin like wool, fleece or polypropylene. Paddling jackets are ideal, but a windproof/waterproof shell will work fine. For hot midday paddling, a light, long-sleeved shirt is great to keep the sun off. Have a warm sweater and pants for cooler weather. Specialized paddling clothes/gear add to your comfort, but aren’t necessary unless you intend to get serious. Our shops are full of top gear and clothing that we use ourselves.

 

Georgian Bay Overnight Trips


Youth Kayak Trips

Squall youth trips are at the heart of what we do. We purposely subsidize the cost to keep it affordable and see this as our opportunity to give a little back. Getting kids outside, camping and paddling – it’s one of the best remedies we know for our increasingly wired world. Skills learned will stay with them for a lifetime and the camaraderie of wilderness travel is pretty special. The Youth Adventure is our classic intro to sea kayaking on the Bay. The Sweetwater Expedition is a big step into a sea journey on freshwater. In both cases, we ask participants to come with a smile and desire to be out there. We’ll look after the rest!


Family Kayak Trips

Described as a trip of a lifetime, we also offer fully customized Georgian Bay overnight trips for families. More details here.