Whether it’s your first or one-hundredth trip, we want to paddle with you.
Our Teen Canoe Trips 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 Friday morning and travel together up to Algonquin Park. Sorry, parents – we’re leaving you behind in the city, but we’ll see you on Sunday! We will start our trip on shore, getting to know our gear and one another, and hit the water on Saturday morning for one night out in the backcountry. On Sunday, we’ll paddle back to the bus, and head back to the city.
The Teen Canoe Trips 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 for each trip. 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.)
Transport to and from Algonquin Park is FREE if you’re coming from Toronto! Courtesy of awesome non-profit organisation ParkBus – you can find the pick up/drop off locations and times HERE
If you’re coming from anywhere other than Toronto, we’ll meet you at Whitefish Campground at 12pm (midday) on Friday 6th July and the trip will wrap up at the same location at 2pm on Sunday 8th July.
This year we’re running two teen canoe trips simultaneously in association with a couple of GTA diabetes clinics. You can sign up no matter which clinic you attend – if you do attend one of our partner clinics we’ll make sure you’re on the right trip!
This year, we’ll be heading out to enjoy Ontario’s keystone wilderness area, Algonquin Provincial Park.
If you take the ParkBus (for you, free from Toronto!) you’ll arrive into Whitefish Lake campground at around midday on the Friday. If not, we’ll meet you there at midday!
After you arrive, we’ll have lunch and start to get our campsite set up! Never set up at tent before? No worries, we’ll show you how! Been camping a million times? Awesome! We cater for all levels of knowledge. Our first night will be spent cooking, hanging and getting to know each other at Whitefish Lake group campground… Maybe even with S’mores!
Saturday morning we’ll pack up the tents, eat a hearty breakfast and head out into the backcountry! Canoeing from Whitefish Lake, we’ll head to Rock Lake where we’ll find the best campsite to set up our new home! This is what canoe trip is all about: new sights, new friends, new skills, tasty food and stories around the campfire under the big wide starry sky!
Sunday morning will come round all too fast when we’ll be heading back to Whitefish Lake to meet the bus at 2pm. But not before feeling we’ve had an adventure!
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!