Stand Up Paddling

Learn how to Stand Up Paddle on the stunning shores of Lake Superior

This super fun water sport is perfect for a variety of ages and fitness levels, making it a very interesting way to explore the outdoors by water. SUP, or Hoe he'e nalu in Hawaiian, actually started in the 1960s as a technique used by surfing instructors for taking photos and training. Now it's become a popular sport on its own!

Health Benefits of SUP

Stand Up Paddling is an overall workout. You make use of balance and strength to keep yourself standing upright and propel through the water. It's also low impact -- there's a smaller chance of damaging tendons and ligaments in your joints.

  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Improves cholesterol
  • Improves balance
  • Improves core strength
  • It's relaxing and a great way to relieve stress.
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(Photo credit:Rob Stimpson)

Learn to Stand-Up Paddle on Lake Superior

Your Stand Up Paddling experience begins with Naturally Superior Adventures. This Lake Superior-based company offers guided kayak and canoe trips, certified instruction for sea kayak and canoes, and equipment rentals. Located in Wawa at the mouth of the Michipicoten River, NSA is the perfect base for an outdoor adventure because they are surrounded by wilderness: Lake Superior Provincial Park is to the south and Pukaskwa National Park to the north. Talk about convenience!

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SUP in Michipicoten Bay on Lake Superior at Rock Island Lodge. (Photo credit: Darren McChristie)

The Naturally Superior Adventures Staff ensures everything you need to Stand Up Paddle: the board, the paddle, a PFD (personal flotation device), and even a wetsuit for those cooler days on the lake. This one-day, two-hour instruction begins with a safety lesson, on-land instruction and techniques before it's off to the Big Lake to put your skills to the test. Once you've got the hang of it, you'll be able to explore the rugged and exhilarating beauty of the Lake Superior coastline all on your own.

And the fun doesn't end there. You can easily turn your Stand Up Paddling lesson into a lodge-based outdoor adventure. Naturally Superior Adventure's Rock Island Lodge offers 2-, 3, - and 5-day outdoor packages that allow you to expand your outdoor adventure on Lake Superior. You can learn how to kayak, or take a guided sea kayak day trip in the waters of Michipicoten Bay. If you love hiking, you can request a boxed lunch and take a self-guided hike on The Voyageur Trail.

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Stand Up Paddling along the coastline of Lake Superior at Michipicoten Bay. (Photo credit: Rob Stimpson)

Become An Advanced Flatwater Instructor

If you've ever wanted to become a SUP Instructor, you can take the certification course at Naturally Superior Adventures. This 3-day skills and instructor course is designed for people who are new to SUP and want to be certified by Paddle Canada.

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About Heather Bot

I'm a staff writer for Algoma Country and I hope my articles entice you to plan your next vacation in Algoma. Our beautiful area has everything you need for a true outdoor adventure: fishing and hunting, epic touring routes and breathtaking outdoors. We are home to many awesome places to eat, cool places to shop, museums and galleries, festivals and events. 

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