WHAT: Transition Canoe Trip
WHERE: Algonquin Park, Ontario
WHEN: July 18-20, 2016
WHO: Teens aged 15-17 with Type 1**
**For this year’s Transition Canoe Trip, we will be working with Markham-Stouffville Hospital’s Pediatric Diabetes Centre. If your family is not currently part of the team at Markham-Stouffville, please send us an email and we will let you know when recruitment opens to the general public (expected after May 15, 2016).
Whether it’s your first or one hundredth trip, we want to paddle with you.
Our first Transition Canoe Trip in Algonquin Park will pair youth 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.
We will meet in Toronto, on Monday morning and travel together up to Algonquin Park. Sorry, parents – we’re leaving you behind in the city, but we’ll see you on Wednesday! We will start our trip on Rain Lake, and spend Tuesday paddling and camping. On Wednesday, we’ll paddle back to the bus, and head back to the city.
The Transition Canoe Trip will cater to a wide range of skill levels and experience from both youth and mentors, but will be very limited in space. We will be accepting 10 teen participants. The rest of our trippers will be made up of T1 mentors, nurses and guides both with Type 1 Diabetes, and without. (If you would like to canoe with adults, please check out our Annual canoe trip, or 5.5er canoe trip.)
We will spending our first night (Thursday July 14) at the Rain Lake jump off site. We can leave our cars there for the weekend. We will start our trip on Rain Lake, and spend Friday and Saturday paddling and camping. Sunday we will paddle back to our departure point and our waiting vehicles.
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 email@example.com for more details.
Who will the mentors be on this canoe trip?
Connected in Motion will be recruiting mentors from the Type 1 community throughout Ontario. The CIM community is built of many passionate, excited, and canoe-trip-loving young adults and adults with Type 1 diabetes, many of whom have had very similar experiences to those you’ve had during transition years. These mentors will be joining us, along with our trained, experienced, and Wilderness First Responder certified guides and some lucky HCPs from Markham-Stouffville Hospital.
I am a teen – Will I be expected to manage my own BGs and insulin dosing while on the trip?
We are lucky enough to be bringing on some trained health care professionals along with us on this trip (hey – you may even recognize them from your clinic!) We’ll work with your family to best understand how you manage your Type 1 diabetes and will help, where needed, while on trip. If you have any specific questions – let us know!
I have never been on a canoe trip – Is this trip for me?
Yes! CIM specializes in getting people outside and active, regardless of their previous experience. We would LOVE to introduce you to canoe tripping, and hope that we can get you hooked for life. This trip will include a few hours of canoeing and a few small portages (where we’re carry our gear and canoes over a small trail to allow us to access even more beautiful lakes!) We’ll be providing lots of lessons, tips and tricks, and opportunities for skill development – but we’ll also leave lots of time to play games, sit around the campfire, swing in the hammocks and take dips in the lake!
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. CIM has plenty of experience dealing with allergies and sensitivities – especially on our canoe trips.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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