Hiking Weekend 2019
August 9 - August 11
Join us for a weekend hiking with Type 1 diabetes - You'll find community, connection, and adventure, set against a backdrop of fresh air!
WHAT: Hiking Weekend
Whether it’s your first or hundredth trip, we want to hike with you.
We’ll base camp at an Algonquin Park Campground and take day trips out to explore the local lakes, rivers, and trails. Routes will be determined based on interest and skill level of the group but expect to be outside and moving from breakfast through late afternoon.
We will meet in Algonquin Park on Friday evening and spend the night getting to know each other and prepping for the following day. Come, have fun and learn new strategies for hiking with T1D.
This hiking trip will cater to a wide range of skill levels and experience and will be limited in space. We will be accepting 14 participants with Type 1 Diabetes.
Need some canoeing tips? No problem! Basic skill instruction opportunities can be provided throughout the weekend – Let us know if you are interested!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
CIM Hiking Weekends cater to a range of experience and abilities. You can expect to spend the weekend camping at a car-camping site. This means we’ll have our vehicles nearby and amenities including toilets and, in some cases, even showers. We’ll use Friday evening to get to know one another, to answer any last minute questions, to get familiar with setting up our tents and using our group gear, and getting excited for the weekend ahead!
Saturday morning we’ll travel by car to our first hiking location. You can expect to be out on the trails from mid-morning to late afternoon. Saturday evening will be spent enjoying the campground, taking a paddle on the lake, or perhaps going for a sunset hike. Sunday morning we’ll pack up and do one last hike before saying goodbye. You can expect to be on the road travelling home by mid-afternoon.
CIM will provide group gear (tents, cooking gear, etc). We’re excited to teach you how to use the gear. You’ll be encouraged to be involved in group camp-cooking. Want to gain some skills? Let us know – We’ll be happy to teach!
The CIM Hiking Weekend is 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 – the Hiking Weekend is open exclusively to people living with Type 1 diabetes (Looking for 5.5er-friendly programming? Check out our 5.5er Ontario Slipstream and 5.5er Canoe Trip).
What sort of camping gear do I need to bring along with me?
Check out the packing list in the tab above!
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. We’ll send out more info as we get closer to the event. You can always feel free to post in the event FB page with questions!
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?
Definitely pack enough of your favourite low snacks to see you through the trip but, don’t worry, we will bring some too just in case!
Do you have more questions? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org with Canoe Trip FAQ in the subject line and we’ll get your questions answered!
- Camping Permits (Friday through Sunday)
- Meals and Snacks (Friday evening snack through Sunday Lunch)
- Group Equipment (Tents, Cooking Equipment, Canoes, Paddles, PFDs, etc)
- All Trip-Specific Programming
- Hiking Lessons, Tips and Tricks
- Certified Tripping Guide
- Personal gear (sleeping bags, sleeping pads… your own clothing?)
- Transportation to and from Algonquin Provincial Park (Although we will help coordinate carpooling!)
- Diabetes Supplies
- Parking permits
Check out what other 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