Algonquin Canoe Adventure 2019

September 13-18 2019

Okay, we’re going to get one more adventure on the books for 2019. This fall we will be taking a team of Veterans and First Responders on a 7 day canoeing adventure in Algonquin Provincial Park. Join a group of warriors from across the country, challenge yourself, learn new skills, and be apart of the team again.

Algonquin Park is one epic wilderness. With over 2,400 lakes inside it’s 7,653 square kilometers, Algonquin has a long and rich history and was the first Provincial Park designated in Canada. The park boasts a thriving wildlife population, including massive moose and packs of wolves. The only true way to experience Algonquin is in a canoe


 

Who is this for

Warrior Adventures Canada’s trips are for retired and active Military and First Responders. We have built these programs to 1) prepare you for a long career in a stressful and dangerous job and 2) help you recover from a long, stressful, dangerous job and move onto your next challenge. The mental stress and fatigue of serving in these communities can have serious detrimental effects on your ability to perform on the job and perform in your personal life. If you have suffered from any operational stress injuries, anxiety, or depression, or are at risk because of your work- these adventures are for you. Adventure and hard work will give you the growth you need. Journey with a purpose…

What's included

Training

  • Mental resiliency

  • Mindfulness

  • Group dynamics

  • Wilderness canoeing

  • Adventure trip planning

  • Basic survival and navigation

    • includes ‘solo night’ to test your skills

Accommodations

  • 1 night in dorm style rooms; Perth, ON (Phase 1)

  • 4 nights camping in Algonquin Park (Phase 2)

Meals

  • We will prepare and cook our meals together as a team. Breakfast will consist of oatmeal, granola, pancakes, and fresh eggs and bacon for the first day or two. We will take lunch as we travel with options of tortillas, bagels and peanut butter, dried salami, cheese, tuna, soups, and freeze dried meals. Dinners will consist of chili, pasta, stir fry’s, etc. Throughout the day we will have lots of snacks to keep our energy up. Trail mix, dark chocolate, dried fruits, and bars. And of course we will have lots of coffee and tea.

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Camping equipment provided

  • 3 season tents (2 per tent)

  • 65L, 95L canoeing packs

  • Canoes and canoeing equipment (paddles, PFD’s)

  • Consumable items: Toilet paper, soap, etc.

  • Cooking stoves and fuel

  • Headlamps

Safety equipment

  • Expedition medical kit

  • SPOT locator and satellite phone

  • Staff trained in wilderness first aid and casualty care

What to expect, what to bring

You do not require any canoeing experience to take part in this trip. Some level of experience in outdoor adventure or back country camping is recommended. As well you should be physically fit enough to put in a full days work of paddling and portaging. We will be challenged on the trip, but there will be ample time at the end of the day to rest, relax, and socialize. 

Need to haves: clothes for the day (breathable, wicking, no cotton), rain jacket, good hiking boots, sandals or water shoes, footwear and warm clothes for camp, sleeping bag & mattress, sunglasses, sunscreen, hat, personal medications, personal hygiene supplies... more details in joining instructions

Nice to haves: Book, journal, camera.

Program Itinerary

Phase 1 (September 13th) The trip will begin with guides and participants meeting in Perth, Ontario. We will spend 1 day covering the basics of back country canoeing, adventure/survival skills, preparing equipment and getting to know each other before we begin.

Phase 2 (14th-18th) Our adventure will take us deep into the Algonquin back country. We will be paddling and portaging to a new location everyday while practicing and learning new skills. From navigating on lakes to mental resiliency, these skills will help our team accomplish the tasks and challenges we will be expected to complete during the trip: Paddling large lakes cut-off from roads and civilization, portaging kilometers over rough terrain, and spending a night alone in the wilderness. Completing these challenges while surrounded by mother nature will be a great learning and growing experience. But, personal growth does not come without hard work.

Each day is wrapped up by daily after actions and group chats about lessons learned and personal reflections.

Phase 3 (September 18th) Once our trip is complete, there will be a recap of the trip by the guides, highlighting some of the important moments of the trip. We will share some laughs as we eat our last meal together, and reminisce about our adventure. Everyone that completes a Warrior Adventures Canada trip will become a member of our growing network and online community.

Phase 3 will finish with a post-trip survey about your experiences and how you’ve grown.

outcomes

After this trip you will have a fresh new perspective on the world and the things that are important in life, and in your life. You will come away with new skills that will allow you to go out and enjoy the wilderness, but more importantly, you will have skills and experiences that will help you accomplish your goals and any future challenges that come your way. And last but certainly not least, you will come away from this trip with friendships that will last and new support networks you can use when times are tough.

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