Canoeing in Algonquin: An Outdoor Adventure with Duke of Ed

Wow! Algonquin Park sure is beautiful in September! Last Thursday a group of eighteen intrepid students and teachers set off for an adventurous journey into Algonquin Park as part of the Ridley Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

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The trip was blessed with perfect weather, with temperatures up into the mid 20’s during the day and comfortable cool nights. The trees were all turning into the fall colours and the water was just warm enough to swim in!

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The group started in on Canoe Lake and paddled up to Tom Thompson lake for the first night. On the second day the group went over to Burnt Island Lake, crossing over a 1.2KM portage with all their heavy equipment. On the third day the group set out again to do the infamous Sunbeam loop that brought them back to the same campsite.

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They undertook the challenge with enthusiasm and effort crossing ten portages adding up to approximately 4.3KM. On Sunday the group broke camp and paddled out with a great sense of accomplishment and some great memories.

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Written by Mr. Giles Campbell, Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator