Whether it’s your first or one-hundredth trip, we want to paddle with you.
Take part in our 5.5er Canoe Trip in Ontario. This will be a chance to share your experiences with other partners, parents, siblings, and best friends of the Adults with Type 1 diabetes in our lives, while exploring the lakes of Ontario’s French River Provincial Park. While immersing ourselves in outdoor activity, we’ll be swapping tips and tricks for living a healthy life with Type 1.
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 6 pairs – one 5.5er and one T1 per pair, please!
We’ll spend Thursday evening car camping at Grundy Lake Provincial Park before making the short shuttle to French River Provincial Park after breakfast on Friday. From there, we’ll canoe into the Georgian Bay wilds to explore. We’ll spend Friday and Saturday nights on different backcountry camping sites – canoeing, soaking up the silence, eating tasty food and having a grand old time.
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 email@example.com
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?
You can find the CIM packing list HERE
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. Give Stephi a shout on firstname.lastname@example.org 🙂
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 email@example.com with Canoe Trip FAQ in the subject line and we’ll get your questions answered!