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Adventures: Annual Canoe Trip – British Columbia

July 25 - July 29

WHAT: Annual Canoe Trip
WHERE: Murtle Lake, British Columbia
WHEN: July 25 – 29, 2018
WHO: Adults (18+) with Type 1 diabetes and 5.5ers

CIM is so excited to explore Murtle Lake with you!  A new location for us, Murtle Lake is special: renowned for being North America’s largest non-motorized lake, it’s icey blue glacial-fed waters are nestled in a pristine mountain valley in BC’s Wells Gray Provincial Park.  With 100kms of shoreline to explore and beautiful beachy campsites, Murtle Lake has everything we want in our first BC Annual Canoe Trip. We’ll also get the opportunity to leave our gear on the shoreline while we take day hikes to explore the alpine – Murtle Lake has many established hiking trails to beautiful mountain vistas.  We’ll enjoy an evening at Blue River Campground on the Wednesday night before embarking upon our journey to the lake and beyond on the Thursday morning.  We can’t wait!

This will be a chance to share your experiences with other Adults with Type 1 diabetes while exploring the lakes and woods of BC. While immersing ourselves in outdoor activity, we’ll be swapping tips and tricks for living a healthy life with Type 1. As always, the Annual Canoe Trip will cater to a wide range of skill levels and experience but will be very limited in space. We will be accepting 8 participants – people with T1D and their 5.5ers.

Whether this is your first or fortieth canoe trip, we’re excited to paddle with you!

Where will we be paddling?

We’ll spend Wednesday night at Blue River Campground before getting a quick start on Thursday morning to arrive at the shores of Murtle Lake by 11am.

From there, we’ll have the freedom to explore Murtle Lake and will decide where to camp dependant on the conditions and the group’s ability.  With a plethora of beautiful campsites to choose from, we will have freedom to roam!  Great campsites, a big beautiful lake with great fishing potential and great hiking trails.  We can’t wait.

We’ll canoe back to the put in by 11am on Sunday and be back at our cars by 1pm.

Who can attend a CIM Canoe Trip?

Each CIM Canoe Trip caters to a different group of people. Check out the options below and see where you might fit!

Because this is our first Annual canoe trip in Western Canada, we’ll be accepting participants with T1D and their 5.5ers.

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 jen@connectedinmotion.ca

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 stephi@connectedinmotion.ca 🙂

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 stephi@connectedinmotion.ca with Canoe Trip FAQ in the subject line and we’ll get your questions answered!

What's included in my registration?

  • Camping Permits
  • All Meals and Snacks
  • Group Equipment (Tents, Cooking Equipment, Canoes.  Paddles and PFD’s if you request them!)
  • All Trip-Specific Programming
  • Canoe Tripping Lessons, Tips, and Tricks
  • Certified Guides

What is NOT included?

  • Personal packing list HERE
  • Personal gear (sleeping bags, sleeping pads… your own clothing?)
  • Transportation to and from the starting point (Although we will help coordinate carpooling!)
  • Diabetes Supplies
  • Parking Permits

Don’t believe us? Just watch!


July 25
July 29
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Wells Gray Provincial Park
991 West Frontage Rd, Hwy 5 & Murtle Lake Rd
Blue River,British ColumbiaV0E 1J0Canada
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