The Northwest Passage

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In a Nutshell

  • Laid-back water adventures
  • Beautiful lakefront views
  • Instruction from certified guide
  • Equipment included

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Jun 17, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per visit. 48hr cancellation notice required. Must be 18 or older or be accompanied by guardian. Must sign waiver. Non-transferable. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Herbert Hoover won America's hearts and votes when he promised a college-educated chicken in every pot and a kayak in every garage. Get a taste of the American dream with today's Groupon: for $27, you get a two-hour kayaking program, with instruction and equipment provided, from The Northwest Passage (a $55 value). Trips launch from either Gillson Beach in Wilmette or the Skokie Lagoons in Winnetka; the meet-up location, which will be determined on the day of your reservation, varies according to wave patterns and weather.

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 last 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, and bring your personal John Hancock to sign the required kayak coasting paperwork and to furnish any fans of yours also taking the water tour with an authentic autograph.

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

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
Merchant Location Map
  1. 1

    Winnetka

    1760 Tower Rd.

    Winnetka, Illinois 60093

    847-920-4409

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  2. 2

    Wilmette

    800 Gillson Park Dr.

    Wilmette, Illinois 60091

    847-920-4409

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