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Autumn Odyssey
Packing List

Autumn Odyssey
Packing List


Sport sandals or water shoes This should be a pair of footwear with a back strap that can get wet as you get in and out of the canoes and to protect their feet when they swim. Our safety policies require that participants not go barefoot. No flip flops please.
Sturdy running shoes or
light hiking boots
1 pair for wearing around the campsite at the end of the day and to serve as stable footwear on our hikes in search of colourful vantage points.
Wool socks 2-3 pair of Heavy wool or synthetic “work” socks.
Warm pants 1 pair of Fleece or wool pants. If you are someone who gets cold in the water.
Warm Sweaters 2 Sweaters: polyester, wool or Fleece. Try to avoid cotton if you can.
Long underwear 1 set of tops & bottoms: for cool nights or to warm up after rescue simulations
Rain jacket and pants The course is entirely expedition-based, so please make sure you are prepared.
Water bottles 2 – It is really essential to be drinking throughout the day to stay well hydrated.
T-shirts 2, T-shirts: Cotton or synthetic are both O.K.
Shorts 1 pair: Nylon, or other quick drying fabric.
Quick-drying pants 1-2 pairs: Nylon, Polyester, or other quick-drying fabric.
Underwear 2-3 pairs: Cotton is O.K.
Sports Bra 1-2 For women – Cotton is O.K.
Swimsuit Something that is quick to dry.
Sun hat 1 With a brim for sun protection (baseball caps are also O.K.).
Warm hat 1 (wool or fleece) for cool evenings or to warm up after rescue simulations
Mitts 1 pair Fleece or wool mitts in case evenings are cool.
Toiletries Toothbrush, small toothpaste, and any other “essentials”. Fragrances = bug bites
Feminine supplies Female participants should bring an ample supply if required in a Zip Lock bag.
Sun screen & lip balm 1 each: 30 SPF is ideal. Sun exposure can be powerful on the water.
Sunglasses & retainer strap The inexpensive variety with a retainer strap.
Head lamp /extra batteries Important for some of the evening programming / using the washroom after dark.
Towel 1 Small, quick drying sport towel to dry off after swimming or cleaning up.
Camera Bring a dry bag for cameras. We cannot be responsible for damaged technology.
Sleeping Bag +stuff sack Something rated between 0 and -7 degrees is a good idea.
Thermarest or sleeping pad Please remember to bring your own sleeping pad or lightweight, compact pad.
Any personal Medications As listed on your on your medical form.
Personal Paddle or P.F.D. If you have your own approved Personal Flotation Device. No water wings please…lol  We are happy to provide both Paddles and PFD’s for our travelers if they don’t have their own.
Dry bag/ Pro Pack/ Barrel Please feel free to bring your own waterproof tripping pack, Barrel etc. to keep your gear dry.  Alternatively you are welcome to borrow some of our packs.  Please confirm with our office in advance to ensure availability for your course start.
Ziplock bags /garbage bags Anything else you may require to be waterproofing your clothing and equipment
Lightweight art supplies It will be a beautiful journey so feel free to capture it in your own unique way.

What Leaders of the Day Provides


Leaders of the Day will ensure that you have all the technical equipment and specialized gear that you need to safely and comfortably enjoy your adventure with us including: canoes, paddles, personal flotation devices, tents, tarps, First Aid equipment and a satellite phone.

On the packing list above we have outlined the type of clothing that works best in an expedition environment. If you don’t have everything, most of the items are available lightly used at places like value village or alternatively at places like SAIL Bass Pro or MEC if you want to invest in new equipment for the future.

Dressing for Success


Our clothing lists have been developed from years of experience spent living and teaching in the outdoors. The clothing list has been designed for your safety and comfort for this particular experience.

To give you an idea of how we dress and pack at Leaders of the Day, think of two sets of clothing: a quick drying “wet” outfit for day wear and a warm “dry” outfit of layers to change into for the evenings and to sleep. Each day you will wear a set of clothes that, despite your best intentions, might get wet to some degree during the course of your planned activities.

You will need to carry and portage everything you bring as well as some group equipment that will be packed separately. Our Guides will certainly assist those travelers who need a little extra support. You may not end up wearing everything on the Packing List, but if the weather is wet or cold, you will be happy that you have it. Remember: Be prepared.

Weather Conditions for Your Program


It is important that you bring proper clothing to be actively engaged in learning in this fully expeditionary environment. Weather at this time of the year can experience large swings both in conditions and temperature and that is why it is important to bring all of the items that have been outlined. We could experience 25 degrees one day and also have a night time temperature of only 6 degrees.

Course Start time and Location


Killarney Provincial Park – Bell Lake Access Point

Your group will be gathering at 10:00 a.m. sharp on Friday September 22nd 2017. Depending on where you will be traveling from, some participants choose to take a room at a local Lodge or Motel in a nearby community the night before to shorten their drive on the day their adventure with us begins. Please follow the link provided for a detailed map and directions.

We will have only intermittent cell connection on course start day, so please be in touch with any questions by Friday Thursday September 21st before 5:00 p.m. while our office is still open. You will be able to leave your vehicle in the parking lot at Bell Lake; get dropped off by a friend or family member, or can try to arrange a ride share with other participants. Please email us with your license plate information as well as the make and model of your vehicle if you do intend to leave it in the parking lot as we will need to purchase a vehicle permit on your behalf. Your course will conclude in the mid to late afternoon on Sunday September 24th.

Here is a link to the map: https://goo.gl/maps/VudKwyywfzy

Tents and Sleeping Arrangements


As we are camping in designated campsites within Killarney Provincial Park. Tent spots will be somewhat limited for a group of our size. Leaders of the Day will provide good quality expedition tents to accommodate participants. Please be in touch if you have any requests about accommodation and we will do our best to support your needs. If you snore and want to bring your own tent, please also be in touch and we will strive to create a good sleep solution for all.

A Few Notes about Meals and Snacks


All food, drinks and snacks from lunch on Day 1 until Lunch on Day 3 will be provided as part of your program tuition. We will be planning the menu taking into consideration the dietary concerns (if any) that you may have indicated on your Confidential Medical Disclosure.

Please leave your own snacks at home. We will make sure you are really well fed with great, delicious and nurturing food. Having food or sweets in your personal effects can attract unwanted animal visitors like Bears this time of year that can damage equipment or pose unnecessary safety risks for yourself and other program participants. As one of our lessons on best practices, we will ask that people put any fragranced products at nightfall into a secure storage barrel which we will then animal proof until morning.

If you have any questions about your upcoming Odyssey, please call us Toll Free at: 1-866-576-5323

We look forward to adventuring with you soon!