WHAT: Extended Canoe Trip
WHERE: Killarney Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada
WHEN: July 22-30, 2016 (Any participants flying into Toronto, please plan to arrive before 5pm on July 22)
WHO: Adults (18+) with Type 1 diabetes
Craving more than a weekend in the backcountry? Join our Extended Canoe Trip Team this summer.
Our Extended Canoe Trip is back for the 2016 season. This year we will be exploring Killarney Provincial Park in Northern Ontario, Canada. Whether it’s your first time in Canada, or you’re a seasoned paddler, Killarney will not disappoint. But why don’t you take a look for yourself: Connected in Motion explored the Killarney region on our Annual and 5.5er Canoe Trips in 2013.
This year, we’re excited to take things to the next level and explore Killarney’s backcountry from its northern-most end through a 7-day paddling excursion. While exploring the lakes and woods of Ontario’s north, our Extended Canoe Trip Team will work to help redefine what it means to live with Type 1 diabetes. This trip will be a challenge for those that want to push their limits. We will be moving everyday – ie packing up tents and paddling everything to a new camping location. You can expect some big days, and some big portages, but trust us, the rewards for your hard work on this trip will be plentiful. We will be showing our communities what living with T1 looks like, challenging ourselves in one of Canada’s most beautiful and diverse regions.
The Extended Canoe Trip will cater to those with 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. (If you would like a shorter canoe experience, please check out our Annual canoe trip, or 5.5er canoe trip.)
Connected in Motion is excited to welcome an international team to join us on this adventure. For individuals joining us from outside of Ontario, Canada we will take care of all of the details from once you arrive in Toronto until we drop you back off after the trip. Once you register, our team will be in touch to provide you with details pertinent to your travel (suggested arrival and departure times to/from Toronto, packing lists, meeting times, etc.) If you are joining us locally, plan to meet the team on Friday evening north of Toronto (exact location, TBA).
We will be heading north, out of Toronto, on Friday evening, July 22. We’ll take the evening to get to know the team, to recover from any jet-lag, and to relax before kicking off our paddle. We’ll be staying in group (roofed) accommodation north of Toronto on both Friday and Saturday nights.
Saturday will be our first chance to get out on the water, get some practice paddling and being in our canoes, ensuring we are all set with gear, looking over maps, and setting some group goals for the week.
On Sunday morning, we’ll push off, heading to Walker Lake in North Killarney. (Check out Access Point number 8 on Jeff’s Map of Killarney, if you want to get a closer look!) We’ll spend Sunday through Saturday exploring the park by canoe and will return to Toronto on the evening of Saturday July 30.
Killarney Provincial Park is home to not only the pink granite and twisting pines, typical of the southern Canadian Shield, but also of ancient quartzite mountains and crystal clear lakes. Yes, we will be experiencing it all.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
How many people will be joining the team?
CIM will be recruiting 10 adults with Type 1 diabetes to join us on this paddling trip, along with two guides.
Are there opportunities to fundraise to cover the cost of joining the team?
Absolutely. CIM can offer participants the opportunity to fundraise instead of paying a registration fee. See details, below.
I have a special dietary need – celiac, dairy sensitivity, allergy – Can the canoe trip accommodate me?
We work hard to 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 a questions that you’d like answered? Send them to email@example.com with Canoe Trip FAQ in the subject line and we’ll get your questions answered!
Anyone who has known Algonquin Park will be disappointed when they get to Heaven.Ralph Bice, Algonquin guide and trapper
Paddling a canoe is a source of enrichment and inner renewal.Pierre Elliott Trudeau