This year, CIM is taking to the trails in Ontario! We’ll be heading to the beautiful Bruce Peninsula National Park and exploring the rugged coastline on this point to point, multi-day hike. Expect to meet on Thursday afternoon to pack group gear and camp at a base camp location. We’ll hit the trails on Friday morning, spend two nights in the backcountry, and return to our cars on Sunday afternoon. You’ll get the chance to spend an afternoon at the Grotto and swim in the turquoise waters of Georgian Bay.
Whether the Bruce Trail has always been on your bucket list or this is your first multi-day hike, we want to hike with you!
Always wanted to hike the Bruce Peninsula? Us too!
We’ll be spending our first night car camping at Cyprus Lake Campground. We’ll start getting to know each other, make sure everyone has what they need and prep for the next day! After breakfast on Friday, we’ll pack up our gear and hit the road – quite literally – when we do the 30 minute car shuttle to the start of the trail at Crane Lake Road, where we can leave our cars at our put-in spot for the weekend.
The trail will then gently take us towards the rugged shore of Georgian Bay where we’ll camp for the night at High Dump backcountry campsite. Be ready for a beautiful view!
On Saturday we’ll hike from High Dump to Stormhaven – by the time we finish for the evening, we’ll all be ready for a good meal and a good sleep! But don’t you just love that feeling? The good type of tired!
On Sunday we’ll hike to the breath-taking, iconic Grotto (wow!) before heading back to our remaining cars at Cyprus Lake Campground.
Each CIM Trip caters to a different group of people. Check out the options below and see where you might fit!
Annual Hiking 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.
5.5er Hiking 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 Hiking Trip: Our Teen Hiking 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, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Extended Hiking 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 trail, more challenging terrain, and a chance to experience some amazing, remote locations. Prior hiking experience is usually 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 email@example.com 🙂
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!