Parent & Kid Canoe Wilderness Course – August 20-23, 2021
Join us for 4 days & 3 nights of canoe training & lessons for being safe and having fun in the wilderness. This course/adventure is designed for a parent/guardian and child aged 7-14* to be paired up in a tandem canoe for a series of white-water canoeing & wilderness skills.
Due to the first course selling out we have decided to offer a 2nd course. This course needs a min of 4 families in order to run.
Dates: August 20-23, 2021. (this is a 2nd-course option as the first course has sold out)
Location: On the Churchill River, upstream from Missinipe, SK (Barker Lake & Devil Lake area)
Cost: $795+GST per pair** (parent & child). Price includes all instruction, food, and group camp gear.
Participants are responsible to bring personal camping gear for tenting, and suitable canoe and canoe equipment for paddling. Canoes can be rented in Missinipe for an additional charge.
The course starts Friday morning August 20th so participants should plan to book accommodation or a camping spot Sunday night the 19th in or around Missinipe. Options include the Hostel which can be booked through CRCO, or tent spots at McKay Lake, or Otter Lake. La Ronge is also an option but is an hour away.
*age exception can be made, please call Geoff at 306-586-8631 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss
**in order to achieve paddling comfort for both parent & child, we can only take registrations in pairs. There will be no sitting or kneeling in the middle of the canoe, each person will be paddling either the bow or stern end of a tandem canoe. If a parent has more than one child and cannot find a willing participant to register with that child, we do have the option of pairing a child with an instructor for the course. Registration for a single person is $345+GST and there is a limit of 2 of these spots.
Taking your kids into the wilderness for a canoe trip is a fantastic way to spend time outdoors. With a canoe, you are able to haul more gear and kids don’t get as fatigued as when you go hiking or backpacking so it’s a great way to get into the wilderness earlier. Plus, you will learn some great skills that can transfer to backpacking or other outdoor adventures later in life.
After taking this course, you will have the skills to safely plan and take your family on your own canoe excursion on many of the great rivers and areas we have in Canada and Northern Saskatchewan. In addition to canoe skills, we will be teaching safe camping skills, meal planning and preparation, and bushcraft/wilderness survival skills.
This course will be taught on the beautiful Northern Shield, on the Rivers and Lakes of the famous Churchill River System. After the first night in the hamlet of Missinipe, we will be camping in one location for the duration of the trip and paddling and playing in gentle rapids. There will be some R & R (rest & relaxation) time built into the course to allow time for fishing, reading, games etc.
The water is wonderfully warm this time of year, the daylight hours long, and the bugs are at a minimum.
Skills covered by this course.*
All the skills will be taught to both you and your child, so you can realize your abilities, and limitations, for safe wilderness canoe tripping.
- Paddling Class 1 rapids in a tandem canoe with your child.
- Swimming and water safety in lakes & rivers.
- General Camping skills such as
- Campsite selection & set up
- Packing, loading, and travel in a canoe
- Meal Planning, packing, and preparation
- Trip planning, risk management, and safe practices
- Wilderness First-aid tips & training
- Fire Building, safe saw & axe use
*This is a course and group participation and proper behaviour and attention are required for the safety of the group.
There are 3 instructors for this course, each with many years of canoe tripping and wilderness experience. In addition, each instructor for the course has a specialty to share with the group.
- Colin Frey is a master Outdoor Wilderness Specialist and Wilderness First Responder, he will be the main programmer of the camp skills.
- Heidi Seida is a master of Outdoor Cuisine and will be the main programmer of the food prep and cooking skills.
- Geoff Horn is a master paddler and will be the main programmer of the paddling & water skills.
All three instructors have years of experience with teaching both parents & children to be safe in the outdoors and have travelled extensively with their own children in the wilderness.