The Northwest Passage

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After guides lead basic instruction, trips launch into the waters off Gillson Beach in Wilmette

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Promotional value expires May 15, 2013. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per visit. Reservation required 2hr in advance; subject to weather. 48hr cancellation notice required. Must sign waiver. Must be 18 or older or be accompanied by guardian. Classes must be used by the same person. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Helicopter pilots are in constant danger of action stars climbing aboard their craft and throwing them out; kayakers, however, need only fear falling helicopter pilots. Steer an unstealable vessel with this Groupon.

$29 for a Two-Hour Guided Kayaking Adventure with Instruction and Equipment ($60 Value)

Scheduled Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, trip times span morning, afternoon, and evening launches. Single and double kayaks are available for the trip, though each Groupon is only valid for one person. The Northwest Passage’s adventure tours tackle Mother Nature’s playground of undulations with outdoor-cred-boosting sport treks including an extensive schedule of daily kayaking programs. Each trip lasts two hours, includes a brief instruction session, and supplies all the necessary equipment—personal flotation device, paddle, kayak, and trident. Gliding along the peaceful waters of Lake Michigan, kayak cruisers can gaze upon the bountiful flora and fauna inhabiting the serene surroundings. Neophyte paddle brandishers can turn sea legs over to The Northwest Passage's certified guides and discover the tranquil trip-taking previously known only to 18th-century fur trappers and Hiawatha impersonators. Call Northwest Passage two hours before the program begins to ascertain that day’s launch site.

The Northwest Passage

Founder Rick Sweitzer started the adventure travel company in 1983 before leading one of the first amateur dogsled expeditions to North Pole. Driven by his vision, the guides and instructors of The Northwest Passage lead travelers of all skill and fitness levels to some of the most dramatic terrain on the planet. Locally, the team leads outings around the Chicago area, ranging from stand-up paddleboarding classes on Lake Michigan to kayaking and camping trips in Door County, Wisconsin. As for the rest of the world, Northwest Passage sends it adventurers to conquer it locale by stunning locale during programs that include hiking across Europe, trekking to remote Polar regions, and dressing up like scientists to infiltrate Area 51.

Customer Reviews

65 Ratings

It was a great experience. The guides were super nice, and very helpful for a first-timer! I had an unfortunate pinched nerve come up the day before the experience, but they didn't even flinch - they put me in a tandem and I was still able to have a great time. Highly recommend!
Jaimi T. · September 2, 2014
Great guides and nice paddle. Highly recommended!
David M. · October 9, 2013
We had an excellent time on the trip. Great staff! Friendly and welcoming, we would definitely go again!
Patricia S. · October 4, 2013
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    Northfield

    1760 Tower Rd.

    Winnetka, Illinois 60093

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    Wilmette

    800 Gillson Park Dr.

    Wilmette, Illinois 60091

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