SUMMER PROGRAM FOR TEENS:
Camping in Canada’s Algonquin Park
The Rugged Wilderness Awaits – Explore the Canadian Wilderness by Canoe while Backcountry Camping!
This program for teens is a unique, guided adventure tour through the vastness of Algonquin Park, the same territory that inspired some of Canada’s most famous artists including Tom Thomson and the legendary “Group of Seven”. This backcountry camping trip allows explorers to enjoy breathtaking landscapes in Canada’s most famous provincial park.
This provincial park has 7,653 square kilometres (2,955 sq mi) and boasts some of Canada’s best flatwater canoeing, with hundreds of navigable lakes and rivers forming a 2,000-kilometre-long (1,200 mi) interconnected system of canoe routes along superior hiking trails.
This outdoor education experience will enable teens to enjoy a life-changing wilderness expedition surrounded by Canada’s iconic animals and waterways. This trip meets the requirements for completing the “Adventurous Journey” component of the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
This trip can be customized as a private departure. Please email [email protected] for further details.
The lakes and waterways of Algonquin Provincial Park (North of Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
July 17-25, 2020. Please inquire should your group be interested in alternative dates.
$1950.00 Per Person
Why Choose This Program
- Amazing summer program for teens
- Experience the incredible beauty of the Canadian wilderness
- Led by experienced outdoor education ORCKA certified Trip Leaders whose combined experience exceeds 500 nights on trip
- Get active, unplug and reconnect
- Expand your core life skills
- Gain valuable canoeing experience (like “kayaking for beginners” the Canadian way!)
- Build self-confidence and self-reliance
- Bronze, Silver OR Gold – Practice Journey and Qualifying Journey
- Create memories to last a lifetime!
What Is Included
- Guidance and support from qualified trip leaders (2:7 supervision ratio)
- Accommodation as per itinerary (e.g. permits etc.)
- Participant training covering skills essential for independent wilderness travel and backcountry camping
- Swim Test – non swimmers will be required to wear PFDs anywhere on or near water
- Breakfast, lunch, dinner prepared by participants over fire or camp stove daily
- Tent Rentals (1 tent for every 3-4 students)
- Canoe, paddle and life jacket rentals
- Cooking fuel and stoves with pot/pans
- Route maps, GPS tracking, emergency preparedness plans
- Suggested personal packing checklists
- Assessor sign-off for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Adventurous Journey Expedition
- Celebratory Brunch for all participants
What Is Not Included
- Anything not mentioned in the itinerary
- Travel to and from Base Camp (please email [email protected] to arrange for an airport transfer for an additional fee).
- Personal outdoor equipment (a detailed packing list will be provided)
- Optional insurance
Payment Schedule (based on a minimum of 14 paying)
- Non-Refundable Deposit: $1,000.00 due upon registration
- Second Payment: $475 due April 1st, 2020
- Final Payment: $475 due May 1st, 2020
Day 1: Camping Near Toronto
Campers will arrive at Base Camp in the morning and spend their time settling in and meeting the members of their team. After a nutritious lunch, Campers will complete a series of “Skills Drills” to ensure they are ready for the challenge ahead. This includes learning how to pack a backpack, paddling, safety, survival skills, emergency preparedness, backcountry cooking, map reading, portaging, and much more!
Day 2: Outdoor Education
Following an early Base Camp breakfast, campers will make final preparations for the overnight practice journey. This includes equipment inspections, safety drills, preparing food barrels and packing trip packs. Experiential learning commences in the afternoon as Campers have the opportunity to practice their skills.
Day 3: Provincial Park Exploration and Outdoor Education
Campers return to Base Camp in the early afternoon full to rest and prepare for the 5-day trek.
Days 4-8: Backcountry Camping and Canoeing
Over the course of the next 5 days, Campers will put their skills to the test. Daily routines include striking camp as the morning mist rises off the lake, paddling, portaging, swimming, picnic lunch, building a backcountry home at a new campsite, and campfires at sunset. The iconic call of the common loon can be heard from every campsite and moose, deer and beaver can often be seen, especially along the waterways of Algonquin Provincial Park.
Celebratory brunch at Base Camp and afternoon departure.
Fine Print: It is the responsibility of all participants to ensure that they have a valid passport and that no additional travel documents are necessary. Georgia Hardy Tours Inc. is not responsible for inadequate travel documents. Georgia Hardy Tours reserves the right to make changes in the itinerary when necessary for the convenience and safety of tour participants. Any extra cost in the unlikely event of itinerary changes must be borne by the individual participant.
Responsibility and Jurisdiction: Georgia Hardy Tours and their agents act only as agents for the passengers with respect to services supplied to passengers by others, including but not limited to transportation, hotel and restaurant services, on the express condition that they are not liable for any failure in such services, or injury, loss or damage, delay or inconvenience arising out of or in connection with any defect in any vehicle or any act, omission, accident or error in providing such transportation, hotel, restaurant or other services. There is no refund for unused portions of the tour. In case of an accident occurring during the land portion of any tour, the passenger must submit any claim therefore only to the competent judicial authorities of the jurisdiction where such accident occurred, to be determined exclusively in accordance with the laws of such jurisdiction. By accepting the coupons and tickets and utilizing the services, the passenger agrees that Georgia Hardy Tours nor any affiliated or subsidiary companies or representatives shall be liable for any loss, injury or damage to the passenger or belongings or otherwise in connection with any accommodations, transportation or other services or resulting directly from any occurrences beyond its control including breakdown in equipment, strikes, theft, delay or cancellation or changes in itinerary or schedules, etc. Georgia Hardy Tours and its agents reserve the right to refuse to accept or retain any person as a member of this tour. The right is reserved to withdraw any or all of the tour or portions thereof. All tour services including, but not limited to hotel accommodations, restaurants, guide services and transportation are furnished by independent contractors.