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Adventures: 5.5er Canoe Trip – Ontario

June 22, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - June 25, 2017 @ 4:00 pm UTC+0

WHAT: 5.5er Canoe Trip
WHERE: Algonquin Park, Ontario
WHEN: June 22-25, 2017
WHO: Adults with Type 1 diabetes + 5.5ers
CONTACT: Peter Vooys, Adventure Coordinator

Whether it’s your first or one-hundredth trip, we want to paddle with you.

Are you a 5.5er? Are you someone who has someone in their life living with Type 1 diabetes who wants to get out and meet some other 5.5ers, share experiences and have some fun on a Canoe Trip tailored just for 5.5ers and their T1s? Join Connected in Motion for our 5.5er Canoe Trip. Register as an individual, or bring your Type 1 along for the trip too!

This summer, join us in beautiful Algonquin Park. This is a chance to explore the lakes and woods of Ontario’s near north with fellow T1s and with the people that support us. We will be swapping tips and tricks of healthy living with T1, and sharing our experiences with our 5.5er/T3 friends.

As always, the 5.5er Canoe Trip will cater to a wide range of skill levels and experience but will be very limited in space. We will be accepting 14 participants, both with Type 1 diabetes and without. (If you would like to canoe with a group of T1s only, please check out our Annual Canoe Trip here.) Need some canoeing tips? No problem! Basic skill instruction opportunities can be provided on the Thursday pre-trip – Let us know if you are interested!

WHERE ARE WE GOING? We are headed to Algonquin Provincial Park just outside Kearney, Ontario. Yes, paddling and portaging will be included.

Where will we be paddling?

Exact route details coming soon, but here’s what we know so far.

This year, we’ll be heading to enjoy Algonquin Provincial Park. Both paddling and portaging will be included.

We will spending our first night car camping, prepping for an early start on Friday. We can leave our cars at our put-in spot for the weekend. We will spend Friday and Saturday paddling and camping. Sunday we will paddle back to our departure point and our waiting vehicles.

Who can attend a CIM Canoe Trip?

Each CIM Canoe Trip caters to a different group of people. Check out the options below and see where you might fit!

Annual Canoe Trip: Offered for adults who are living with Type 1 diabetes. There is something special that happens when you’re surrounded by a community of people who ‘get it’. Although we are so grateful for our support networks – our 5.5ers – Our Annual Canoe Trip is open exclusively to people living with Type 1 diabetes. (Don’t worry, 5.5ers – More coming for you, soon! Interested in getting involved in the CIM community? Learn how, here!)

5.5er Canoe Trip: Do you have a loved one with Type 1 diabetes? Welcome to the 5.5er Club (read more about how it got its name, here.) CIM’s 5.5er Trip is for the support network of our Type 1 community, and hey, you can bring your Type 1 along, too! This trip has typically been a unique mix of partners, parents, aunts/uncles, and best friends of our Type 1 participant. It’s a great chance to connect with other 5.5ers, learn how others manage, and figure out some great ways to be the best support there is for our T1 crew.

Teen Canoe Trip: Our Teen Canoe Trip will pair teens with Type 1 diabetes with CIM mentors to explore the backcountry together, and learn what this whole ‘adult care’ thing is all about. While exploring the lakes and woods of Ontario’s near north, we will discuss the highs and lows of transitioning to adulthood with T1 diabetes. Each teen trip works directly with a pediatric diabetes clinics to bring that clinic’s patients together, along with a CDE, trained guides, and Type 1 mentors. Interested in getting involved? Email jen@connectedinmotion.ca

Extended Canoe Trip: This trip caters to adult with Type 1 diabetes who have some canoe trip experience and those who crave a longer adventure. We’ll be in the backcountry for a full week for a chance to experience Canada’s wilderness, to disconnect from technology and to reconnect with nature. These trips will usually involve full days on the water, longer and/or more frequent portaging, and a chance to experience some amazing, remote locations. Prior canoe tripping experience is required.


What sort of camping gear do I need to bring along with me? 

Scroll down and check out the ‘What’s Included’ section below. Missing something on the list? Not quite sure if your camping gear is up to snuff? Looking for some help? Need to borrow something? CIM has lots of equipment and gear that we can loan to participants. Whether you’re in need of a sleeping pad or sleeping blanket, flashlight or water bottle – We can help you out. Email peter@connectedinmotion.ca for more details.

If you’re looking for a specific packing list, you can find one here.

I have a special dietary need – celiac, dairy sensitivity, allergy – Can the canoe trip accommodate me?
We work hard to ensure that we can meet the dietary needs of all of our canoe trippers. Food is one of the highlights of a canoe trip experience! We’ll work closely with you to make sure that you’re comfortable with the food situation. We don’t want food to be a stress!

Will there be low supplies on the trip, or do I need to pack my own?
Low supplies will be plentiful! We’ll supply dextrose tabs,  granola bars, etc. As always, if you have your own favourites, please bring them along! (Maybe they will become our favourites, too!)

Do you have more questions? Send them to peter@connectedinmotion.ca with Canoe Trip FAQ in the subject line and we’ll get your questions answered!

What's included in my registration?

  • Camping Permits (Thursday through Sunday)
  • All Meals and Snacks (Thursday evening snack through Sunday Lunch)
  • Group Equipment (Tents, Cooking Equipment, Canoes, Paddles, PFDs, etc)
  • All Trip-Specific Programming
  • Canoe Tripping Lessons, Tips, and Tricks
  • Certified Guides

What is NOT included?

  • Personal gear (sleeping bags, sleeping pads… your own clothing?)
  • Transportation to and from the starting point (Although we will help coordinate carpooling!)
  • Diabetes Supplies
  • Parking Permits

Check out what other Canoe Trippers have to say

The CIM Annual Canoe Trip was an amazing experience. It had been a long time since I had been around that many people with type 1 diabetes. It was such a valuable opportunity to learn from each other, to share tips and experiences, and really, just to have the opportunity to spend time with some incredible people who can relate to living life with Type 1 diabetes.

SamanthaAnnual Canoe Trip 2012

There are many moments in the life of a 5.5er where you wish with every bit of you that you could sincerely empathize with your diabetic loved one - all of the emotional (and literal!) ups and downs. Knowing that Connected in Motion has built such an encouraging and supportive platform for our diabetic counterparts has helped us 5.5ers breathe a little easier. Furthermore, having CIM connect the 5.5ers to others in a similar situation through fabulous canoe trips and social events has really helped us to take great strides in furthering our understanding of an active and healthy life with diabetes. Meeting so many motivated young adults with diabetes is inspiring, and solidifies the notion that a life with diabetes is truly without limits.

Adam5.5er Canoe Trip 2014

After five days of paddling with a bunch of inspiring other Type 1s, I feel rejuvenated physically, emotionally and diabetically. I'm clipping on my pump with a little extra twinkle of pride.

AmandaExtended Canoe Trip 2013

Don’t believe us? Just watch!


June 22, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
June 25, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
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Algonquin Provincial Park
1 Arowhon Road
Algonquin Park,Ontario (ON)P0A1H0Canada
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