We are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer friendly ~ oh yeah!
Wild Women Expeditions has always been a lesbian, bisexual and queer-friendly place. Our staff are very inclusive, and many of our staff and clientele are LGBTQ identified. We want ALL women to be comfortable to be themselves here, feeling free to express their sexual orientation.
Our LGBTQ specific trips attract a combo of single women and coupled women, and sometimes women going through significant transitions: change of career, relationship, coming out, turning 30, 40 or 50… We are a place to celebrate changes and explore old and new passions. What all Wild Women share is a love of the natural world, the company of other women, and an adventurous spirit.
In addition to having a strong LGBTQ following in regular trips, for several years we have also had a selection of precious ‘LGBTQ’ trips on offer, if you want to register for a trip especially for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer women. Or we can do a private/custom trip for your group. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to ask!
“The entire environment of the trip was welcoming and caring. Everyone in the group, and the guides, were wonderfully open and supportive. Coming from “Minnesota Nice” where we don’t always share and open-up to people who are not close to us, it was such an experience to be with people who heard your story, never judged, and would put their arm around you and cry and laugh with you.” ~ Veronica, Minnesota
“For me it was really important to have an outdoor place that I had confidence in would be a positive space for so many reasons. One, as a bisexual woman who is currently dating, I didn’t want to have to make up or pretend one gender or another in sharing my experiences with the other adventurers, or guides. What I love is that in a short period of time, women are talking about their lives and sharing their experiences and I didn’t want to be inauthentic about who I was. The other big consideration for me was for my daughter who was 13 on the trip and had been clearly grappling with her sexual orientation identification for the past 6-8 months. We have openly discussed her feelings, thoughts and questions and I wanted her to be in a space where it was safe for her to talk about that as well. Neither of us wanted to be some place where it wasn’t comfortable to be ourselves.” ~ Michelle Hurtubise, London ON
“The first trip I was on, I was just recently out as being a lesbian – the whole experience was quite new to me (I was 40 when I figured out who I was), so having a space that was safe and excepting was fantastic. We were a few days into the trip when I came out to the group, and it was absolutely wonderful to feel accepted and not judged. I met some fantastic people, and to this day remain friends with many of them.” ~ Lisa Bertram, Barrie ON
“For the first few years I went on trips with WWE I think the women I met actually saved my life. I was alone for several years with no support, no lesbian friends. The isolation was very disabling. But a week with the women from WWE could give me the strength to make it through another year of isolation. These women came from different backgrounds, were different ages and often from different countries; the common denominator is that they all helped me grow. The adventures we shared provided a haven where I could be myself – all day long, every day, an open honest lesbian. I felt supported, encouraged and loved.” ~Wendy Ann Thorne
North Channel Lesbi Kayak Trip
Aug 17-22, 2012
Lake Huron’s greatest treasure is its North Channel, the home of hundreds of uninhabited small islands nestled in a passageway in the northern part of Lake Huron. Boat lovers speak of this untouched wild landscape in the same breath as the Greek islands. You can dip your cup over the side of your boat and drink the water straight while gazing down twenty feet or more to the bottom. Lying north of Manitoulin Island—as well as more remote islands to the west—the North Channel stretches from Sault Ste. Marie to Killarney.The water is deep, dark blue and tantalizingly clear. Steep granite ledges of white and pink can rise to within a few feet of the surface from depths of 100 feet. The vast coastlines and shimmering clear waters of the North Channel mesmerize any adventurer lucky enough to experience this rugged landscape. Paddle through crystal green waters to gorgeous secret islands and pristine beaches with views of the La Cloche mountains to the north. Given adequate group sizes we’ll split paddlers into two groups – those seeking more challenge and those challenged enough already. Come join your fellow female adventurers in this sea kayaking haven!We’ll start the trip off with kayaking lessons and a yummy scrumptious dinner, then get to know each other and our WWE guide at a fun orientation to wilderness camping Wild Women Style! We’ll top the night off in our Finnish wood burning sauna after a plunge into the refreshing waters of the Spanish River. All around us will be thousands of undisturbed wild hectares of boreal forest so we’ll make sure we breathe in the air deeply! We’ll be awakened to a hearty breakfast made by our lovely base camp goddesses before setting off to the stunning North Channel.
Some of the treasures we’ll encounter in the North Channel include: the Whalesback Channel with its ancient sepia rock, secluded beach campsites, sheltered passages and smoothly carved granite islands; Fox Island and Benjamin Island with their massive rock campsites—great for jumping into the water!—incredible vistas and outrageous sunsets; and the La Cloche section with its hiking trails and its mysteries of ancient white quartzite and glacial lakes. The allure of our 5-night North Channel kayaking adventure is that you get to experience the very best of so many gorgeous and varied landscapes. We won’t be paddling all the time—although some consider paddling through still blue waters in breathtaking scenery to be heaven itself—we’ll a also have time to relax by the campfire, swim, explore wacky rock formations, hike to mountain vistas, and find hidden beaches.
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Temagami Lesbi Canoe Trip
August 6-10 2012
Imagine paddling over crystal smooth blue waters alongside undisturbed forests of red and white pine, tracing a route established by native peoples over thousands of years. Imagine paddling through one of the northern hemisphere’s most pristine wilderness areas and one of Canada’s most coveted canoe trip destinations. Imagine hiking up rocky ridges) to some of the province’s highest terrain, stopping off at archeological sites, rock paintings and cascading waterfalls. Imagine, at the end of your paddling day, plunging into a cobalt blue lake with your new friends.
Join your sister canoe trippers in the rugged solitude of Temagami for a truly sublime backwoods adventure! Request a Detailed Itinerary
Killarney Lesbi Canoe Trip
August 10-13 2012
One of the crown jewels of the north, Killarney’s mountain wilderness of deep sapphire lakes, white rocky outcrops and towering jack pines so mesmerized artists—especially the Group of Seven’s A.Y. Jackson—that the area was thankfully preserved and today is the strikingly beautiful Killarney Park. Once higher than the Rockies, La Cloche mountain range and its white quartzite cliffs shimmer like snowy peaks, its vast wilderness graced with clear cobalt lakes and ancient pines. Hiking up a rocky ridge and gazing down at the view below will show us why native people considered this a land of spirits and why A.Y. Jackson wanted to paint this land over and over. On our Killarney Park Canoe Trip, we’ll travel through a circuit of exquisitely clear lakes joined by challenging portages. After each portage, we’ll immerse ourselves into a turquoise lake nestled among the white hills of La Cloche. Serenity and adventure, here we come! Request a Detailed Itinerary
Ultimate Wild Women Weekend
August 3-6 2012
The Wild Women Weekend (inclusive to women of all sexual orientations, but can be decidedly dykey!) is all about relishing the beauty of the land that surrounds us and each other’s company. We offer a space to do that creatively so you can indulge in what it is you need: restoration, physical activity or stillness, self-expression or exploration, connecting with other spirited women, learning new skills, pursuing an old or new love.
Hosted at a basecamp near Sudbury, participants will enjoy renowned veggie oriented cuisine by Wild Women Kitchen Goddesses, nearly 400 pristine acres to enjoy- kilometres of undisturbed shoreline, wood burning sauna, powerlounging. excellent swimming, paddling, campfires and nature paths to explore!