What do I need to bring?
We provide you with most of the major items needed for trip including: tents, sleeping bags, canoes, paddles, life jackets, etc. We can also provide raingear if needed. For the full packing list, click here. If you are missing anything on this list, please let us know and we will do our best to provide you with what you need.
How do I get up to camp?
On the first day of the trip, we will meet you at a predetermined spot in the city, accessible by the highway and TTC. The staff on your trip will make sure you have everything you need for your trip and you will be able to leave any extra things at our basecamp in Algonquin Park.
How long is the drive to Algonquin Park?
The drive to Algonquin Park is about 2 and a half hours.
How long are we out on the canoe ?
We paddle for about 6 hours a day. Everyone wears a life jacket, and we play games, check out the scenery, stop to explore places, etc.
What kind of food will we eat?
We have breakfast in camp in the morning and if you get hungry later , we will have snacks during the day, and make a stop somewhere for lunch. We will work together to cook dinner, and clean up. We eat a lot of things that you would at home, such as pizza, spaghetti, macaroni and cheese, oatmeal, french toast and sandwiches. We bring food that doesn’t need to be kept in a fridge, since we don’t haul a fridge around with us!
What is portage?
The French, the first Europeans to explore by canoe in North America, gave us a word for carrying a canoe : portage. We will have about one or two portages a day. When we get to the end of lake, we have to unload the canoes, and carry all our packs and canoes over a trail that takes us to another lake. We load everything up into the canoe again, and keep paddling until we get to the next campsite.
What if it rains?
Some days it will be rainy, but we all will have raincoats and pants, so that we stay dry, because we still paddle in the rain! We won’t paddle if there is thunder and lightning or if the waves are too big.
What do we do at the campsite?
Once we get to the campsite, we unload the canoes, and set up our tents. There is plenty of time to play games, swim, hike and hang out with each other. Because we are tripping in a place that is not a park, we make sure we take out all our garbage and anybody else’s garbage we might find.
How will I go to the bathroom?
Going to the bathroom: we bring something called a “poo kit” which has toilet paper, a trowel and hand sanitizer in it. At some campsites, we dig a small hole to do our business. At other sites, there is a “thunder box” or “kybo” which we use to go to the bathroom.
What is the staff like?
Our staff have been training since May. They all have lots of experience leading canoe trips and working with youth. One staff who will be on your trip will meet you and ride the bus with you up to Algonquin Park.
How do I apply ?
A parent guardian will need to fill out a 2016 Youth Intake from our Summer Program Page. We use the information to work out the best program for you and to match you with other people in your group.