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Canoe Tripping
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.
Light runners (Dry shoes) 1 pair for wearing around the campsite at the end of the day.
Wool socks 2-3 pair of Heavy wool or synthetic “work” socks.
Warm pants (optional) 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 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.
A journal and pen Always good to be taking notes on new skills, lesson plan ideas etc. (in a Ziplock).
Any personal Medications As listed on your on your medical form.
Pocket tool or folding knife For some of the activities and camp-craft skills you may be learning
Personal Paddle or P.F.D. If you have your own approved Personal Flotation Device. No water wings please…lol
Dry bag/ Pro Pack/ Barrel Please bring your own waterproof tripping pack, Barrel etc. to keep your gear dry
Ziplock bags /garbage bags Anything else you may require to be waterproofing your clothing and equipment
Bug Jacket or Bug Hat Helpful if bugs tend to bother you. They shouldn’t be too bad during this time-frame.

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 Lefebvre’s, Bass Pro or MEC if you want to invest in new equipment for the future.

Equipment available for rent from
Leaders of the Day

Marmot -7 degree Sleeping Bags
$4.00 / day = $24.00 for the Expedition.

Ostrom Cordura Canoe Pack  with waterproof dry bag inserts*
$2.00 / day = $12.00 for the Expedition.

What You Should Bring With You

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 bring your own waterproof Dry bag, Pro Pack or Barrel pack (or rent one from us) to keep all the things you are not currently wearing dry (e.g. your warm and “dry” evening wear) Please keep this in mind when packing your things as listed above.

You will need to carry and portage everything you bring as well as some group equipment that will be packed separately. You may not end up wearing everything on the list, but if the weather is wet or cold, you will be happy that you have it. Remember: Be prepared. “Dress for Success”.

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 30 degrees Celsius one day and also have a night time temperature of only 6 degrees C.

Course Start time and Location

Algonquin Provincial Park – Magnetawan Lake Access point

Your group will be gathering at 10:30 sharp on Sunday August 23rd 2020. Depending on where you will be traveling from, some participants choose to take a motel room in a nearby community the night before to shorten their drive on the day of the course start. Please follow the link provided for a detailed map and directions.

We will have intermittent cell connection on course start day, so please be in touch with any questions by Friday August 21st while our office is still open. You will be able to leave your vehicle in the parking lot there; get dropped off or try to arrange a ride share with other participants. Please email us with your license plate info and make and model of vehicle so we can purchase your vehicle permit. Your course will conclude early to mid-afternoon on Friday August 28th.

Here is a link to the map:

Tents and Sleeping Arrangements

As we are camping in designated campsites within Algonquin 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 try 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 6 will be provided as part of your course 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.

The Certifications you will earn while on expedition:

Our Instructor will be presenting skill-based curriculum and then evaluating your knowledge and execution of those specific skills sets. Based on their evaluation they will be able to award either a Wilderness Camping or Camping Leadership certification and your Introduction to Lake Skills cert. through Paddle Canada at course end. This is the equivalent to a Level 2 or Level 3 O.R.C.K.A. canoe tripping certification. Both are recognized by School Boards and O.P.H.E.A.  Your certification credentials will arrive in the mail post-course.

If you have any questions about your course, please call us at (705) 825-3838.

We look forward to adventuring with you soon!