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Ontario Slipstream 2019

September 27 - September 29

Beyond Type 1 and Connected In Motion invite you to join us for a weekend of community, connection + continuing education, set against a backdrop of fresh air + adventure!

WHAT: Ontario Slipstream
WHERE: Camp Arowhon, Algonquin Park, ON
WHEN: September 27-29, 2019
WHO: Adults (18+) with Type 1 diabetes
PRICE: $325 Early Bird / $375 Regular (Canadian $)

A Slipstream Weekend is an active, social and educational weekend for adults living with Type 1 diabetes. But that explanation sounds so formal… What it really is… is a weekend jam-packed full of outdoor adventure, engaging workshops, great food and incredible people. It’s a chance to connect (or reconnect) with like-minded Type 1s, get out and try something new and learn from each others’ experiences. Let’s celebrate the year’s accomplishments and focus on the positive aspects of what we CAN do with Type 1 diabetes.

Once again, Ontario Slipstream weekend will be hosted in partnership with Beyond Type 1! Get in touch with your rustic, outdoorsy side on a hike or paddle, or kick it back by the campfire for a s’more. The weekend will be full of hands-on, diabetes-themed workshops, as well as group discussions where we can share our collective diabetes knowledge. Don’t miss out!





For now, check out our 2018 Ontario Schedule for an idea of what to expect below


What is a Slipstream Weekend, anyway?

A Slipstream Weekend is an active, social and educational weekend for adults living with Type 1 diabetes. But that explanation sounds so formal… What it really is… is a weekend jam packed full of outdoor adventure, engaging workshops, great food and incredible people. It’s a chance to connect (or re-connect) with like-minded Type 1s, get out and try something new, learn from each others’ experiences, and celebrate the year’s accomplishments – focusing on the positive aspects of what we CAN do with Type 1 diabetes.

Directions & Carpooling Information

From Toronto or the West: 
Take Highway 400 North to Barrie.
From Barrie follow Highway 11 North towards Huntsville.
Just past Huntsville, take Highway 60 East for 33 km (approx. 20 miles) to the Algonquin Park entrance.
Continue on Highway 60 after the Algonquin Park Permits & Information Centre for 16 km (approx. 10 mi.) until you reach Arowhon Road (just after the Canoe Lake cutoff).
Turn left on the Arowhon Road and follow the signs to camp. (Turn left when you see Arowhon Pines.)

From Montreal, Ottawa or the east
Take Highway 17 from Ottawa to Renfrew.
At Renfrew, take Highway 60 West to Algonquin Park.
Pass the East Gate and continue for 41 km (approx. 25 miles) to the Arowhon Road. Turn right on the Arowhon Road, and follow the signs to camp. (Turn left when you see Arowhon Pines.)

How to get to camp on the Arowhon road
Follow the Arowhon Road for 5 km (approx. 3 mi.) to the crossroads.
Turn LEFT at the four-way intersection where you will see a sign straight ahead that says “Arowhon Pines” (Arowhon Pines is a hotel and a different location than Camp Arowhon).
Pass the sign that says “road restricted to authorized travel” and continue over a long causeway and two bridges for 2.2 km (approx. 1.3 mi.) till you come to a ‘T’ intersection with a sand pit on your right. Turn right (if you come to a closed gate across the road, back up – you missed the right turn).
Continue for 2 km (approx. 1.2 mi.) till you reach camp. Park in our parking lot and walk in to camp.


Don’t forget to check out our Carpooling Tool – Join a car or offer a ride, here. Don’t forget, the Ontario Slipstream Facebook Event Page is also a great place to connect!

What goes on at a Slipstream? Do you have a schedule ready?

Think of Slipstream as a choose your own adventure experience. You’ll have the chance to build your own schedule to create an experience that works best for you and your goals for the weekend.

We are still working on the 2019 Schedule, but you can expect it to look something like this:

Do you have a Packing List?

NOTE: It can get chilly at night in Algonquin Park in September. Don’t let this scare you – just be sure to bring all of your favourite layers and extra bedding for sleeping. Have some extra space in your bag? Throw in that fleece blanket from home! Traveling with space constraints? Let us know and we’ll hook you up with extra blankets.

Check out last year’s packing list. An updated list will be sent out to all registered participants, prior to this year’s event.

Who can attend a Slipstream Weekend?

Slipstream 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 – Ontario Slipstream 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 do I need to bring with me?
You can check out our program packing lists, here. If there are any special items you’ll need, you’ll hear from us via email 2 weeks before the event. We’ll expect that you’ll bring your own diabetes supplies, clothing, and toiletries. We’ll provide all of the outdoor adventure equipment, a bed to sleep in, food… Just like camp… for adults!

What is the vibe of the weekend? Is this like a conference?
Not really! Here, at Connected in Motion, we wanted to get away from the typical ‘conference’ style of learning. We want to have meaningful conversations, hands-on learning, and actually get outside and put into practice some of the strategies for living well with diabetes that we’ve all learned along the way. You can expect a mix between indoor learning sessions – sometimes we’ll bring in special guests to share with us, other times we’ll run group workshops – and outdoor adventure sessions – don’t worry, we’ll let you define adventure! Think, camp for adults!

I’m not super fit. I’ve seen some of CIM’s photos and videos – everything looks epic. I don’t know if I’ll be able to handle Slipstream!
Of course you will! The CIM team are trained educators and adventure guides. We work hard to make sure that everyone experiences success, defined on your own terms. Whether that’s climbing a mountain, or just strolling to the trailhead, we’ll mould the experience to suit all ability levels. We’ll encourage you to step to the edge of your comfort zone, but we won’t push you off!

I’ve never been to something like this before. Can I bring a friend?
Slipstream is built just for adults with Type 1 diabetes. Do you have a friend with diabetes? Then, sure! Bring ’em along! We realize how scary it can be to jump into something like this alone and we commend everyone who has pushed themselves and join the community solo. We are proud of you! We know it’s not easy! We’ll do our best to help make joining the community easy for everyone. We’ll help arrange carpooling, make introductions throughout the weekend, plan icebreakers – whatever we need to do to make you feel welcomed. Come join us!

I have a special dietary need: celiac, dairy sensitivity, allergy, for example. Can the venue accommodate me?
We do our best to accommodate special dietary requests, and our team works closely with the venue to ensure they are aware of any food allergies or special diets in the group. If you have a special dietary concern, please be sure to let us know well in advance so we can find out what accommodations or substitutions the venue is able to offer.

Will there be low supplies on site, or do I need to pack my own?
Low supplies will be plentiful, but it’s always a good idea to bring your own! We’ll supply juice boxes, glucose tabs, granola bars, etc. As always, if you have your own favourites, please bring them along! (Maybe they will become our favourites, too!)

I see a lot of cool outdoor adventure activities listed. Do I need any of my own equipment?
Nope! For every activity offered at Slipstream, gear will be provided. It’s included in your registration fee!

Do you have questions that you’d like answered? Send them to heather@connectedinmotion.ca with Slipstream FAQ in the subject line and we’ll get your questions answered!

What's included in my registration?

  • Shared accommodation (usually bunk-bed style)
  • All meals and snacks (Friday evening dinner through Sunday Lunch)
  • Outdoor programming (past examples include: rock climbing, challenge course, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, swimming, etc.)
  • CIM-specific programming

What is NOT included?

  • Transportation to and from the program venue is not included
  • Diabetes supplies (Make sure to bring everything you need for yourself!)

Check out what other Slipstreamers have to say

I had participated in many diabetes-related events as a teenager but this was my first one with an adult group. It was a little intimidating at first but turned out to be an incredible experience! We all became one big families who was there to support one another and I left that weekend feeling refreshed, with a bunch of new friends and fun memories. Thank you for convincing me to come out, CIM! I made the right decision.

KatrinaSummer Slipstream 2016

This was my first experience with the CIM community. I have been diabetic type 1 for the past 36 years deal with this on my own. I knew there were other people who were as active as I was but didn't know anyone other than a close friend who lives in Ottawa area. The experience was so uplifting that I was not the only one and having discussions about the ups and downs on a very personal level. I am ready to do more active sessions with this community soon I hope.

MichelSummer Slipstream 2016

Although it's hard to put into words, being surrounded for an entire weekend with other T1's that totally "get it" from every finger prick, every high, every low, every carb count, every step i take in this T1 journey is beyond priceless!

GayleSoCal Slipstream 2016

I use to think and believe I was the only diabetic in the world. I really had no one to talk to about problems relating to diabetes. I attended the summer slipstream the presentations that were provided were educational and very informative. Not only did I meet new and amazing people but I met great life long friends and really a new family. It has turned my world right around my lowest A1C in 16 years and the best health I have been in 16 years because It put me in the right mind frame to conquer diabetes. This slipstream allowed me to also ask the questions that I always thought were "stupid" or everyone should know but I just didn't I would highly recommend it to anyone and in fact, I already have! Thanks CIM

PaulSummer Slipstream 2016

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