Have you ever dreamed of paddling whitewater? Whether it’s your first time or fortieth, come join the CIM community and learn the ropes for taking your diabetes down the beautiful Ottawa River!
Saturday morning we’ll enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet before beginning our day of whitewater rafting, guided by our experienced and professional OWL Guide. We’ll take plentiful snacks and supplies, figure out our diabetes plans, learn about whitewater and ride the rapids together! The day will come to a close with a delicious mid-afternoon lunch on the OWL pontoon boat. Could there be a better weekend?!
On Friday night we’ll stay at the Rustic Cabins at the OWL Rafting Resort on the shores of the Ottawa River.
On Saturday we’ll be eating breakfast and lunch with OWL and running the rapids of the mighty Ottawa! Expect to be back on land and free to depart by around 4 or 5pm. The fee doesn’t include accommodation on the Saturday night but you can book camping or cabins directly through OWL if you fancy staying another night!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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?
This trip is a bit of a special one! Check out the CIM Packing List HERE – best to look at the Warm Weather Slipstream packing list. You won’t need any regular camping gear but you will need to bring your own bedding and pillow – each cabin has two single bunks and two double-sized bunks. Find out more about the OWL accommodation HERE – we’ll be staying in the Rustic Cabins.
What to wear for rafting? Comfortable, athletic clothing (NO COTTON!), closed toed shoes with a backstrap (ie. old sport shoes), and sunscreen. You will get wet! On a cold day, add wool socks and shirts for warmth.
Wetsuits are available for rent if you would like one and we’ll each be provided with a helmet and a PFD.
Give Stephi a shout on email@example.com if you have any questions!
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 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!