VERTICAL VENTURES specializes in small group backcountry excursions. 

We offer a wide range of excursions--varying in length, location, and activities--to fit everyone's interests.


BRUCE PENINSULA GEORGIAN BAY GETAWAY

Coastal national park on the northeastern tip of the Bruce Peninsula in the Georgian Bay of Ontario, Canada. We’ll hike, backpack and camp along scenic stretches of this internationally known trail on the Niagara Escarpment. “The Bruce” has limestone cliffs, mature forests, water filled grottos, caves and cobblestone beaches which overlook the blue waters of the Georgian Bay in Lake Huron. Come hear the Loons. The hiking on this adventure is along rugged coast line and is rated easy to moderate.

 

SLEEPING BEAR DUNES / MANITOU ISLANDS ESCAPE
Located off the northwestern coast of Michigan’s lower Peninsula, on North & South Manitou Island. We travel to the Island by taking a ferry, which is approximately 2 hours long. Upon arriving, we begin the excursion by backpacking around the Island.

The North offers wild backcountry hiking while the South Island offers a look at the Gull Rookery, exploration of 450 ft. dunes rising from Lake Michigan and a visit to the islands oldest inhabitants, an ancient stand of White Cedars, some as old as 500 years.

The hiking on this adventure is along trails and sandy beaches and is rated easy to moderate.

 

PICTURED ROCKS COASTAL BACKPACKING ADVENTURE

The Lake Superior shoreline in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is packed full of beautiful coastal scenery. This backpacking adventure explores the unique sandstone outcroppings and formations, breathtaking overlooks, cobblestone beaches, grottos, waterfalls, and Lake Superior’s ever changing and unpredictable moods. The hiking on this adventure is rated moderate.

 

 

PUKASKWA - WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE

This coastal and interior national park is located on the northeastern shore of Lake Superior in northern Ontario, Canada, we’ll backpack rugged coastal trail, cross canyons on high suspension bridges, hike past waterfalls and explore the mysterious Pukaskwa Pits built by the park’s ancient inhabitants around 2,000 years ago. This park is home to Wolves, Moose, Eagles, Black Bear, Barren Ground Caribou and ancient souls. This is the North country as you could only imagine it! The hiking on this adventure is rated moderate to difficult.

 

LAKE SUPERIOR - THE WILDNESS OF THE NORTH SHORE

Lake Superior Provincial Park in Northern Ontario, offers great coastal & interior hiking. One of Ontario’s largest parks has been sculpted and built by volcanoes, earthquakes and glaciers to create an immensely diverse topography. This park with its rocky shorelines, wind swept islands and canyons, pristine lakes, rivers and bogs, boreal forests and alpine vegetation make it a wilderness paradise for backpackers, canoeists, rock climbers and adventurers. The hiking for this adventure is rated moderate.

 

PORCUPINE MOUNTAINS - WILDLIFE AND WATERFALLS

Visit Michigan's most hidden treasure, the Porcupine Mountains in the Western Upper Peninsula.

 

KILLARNEY - LAND, WATER and ART by CANOE & BACKPACK 

On the northern edge of the Georgian Bay in Ontario, Canada. This provincial park encompasses the eastern section of the La Cloche Mountains, glacial lake beaches, spectacular rock formations and prehistoric native sites. We’ll hike and canoe along steep sections of rock, through misty lakes and hike along windswept ridges overlooking vast stretches of this amazing park. See the art of nature on a grand scale.

 

ALL LISTED EXCURSIONS INCLUDE SEASONED BACKCOUNTRY GUIDES, LOCAL TRANSPORTATION, THE FINEST IN CAMP CUISINE & ALL GROUP BACKCOUNTRY EQUIPMENT.

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