Canoeing

Brock BaseCamp




Canoeing

A true Canadian experience! Join us on a memorable adventure with a group of likeminded individuals as you explore the lakes of Ontario’s Algonquin Provincial Park. You will spend five days and four nights with a group of incoming Brock students from across the university. You’ll spend the days travelling by canoe, the nights hanging out by the campfire, and arrive back on campus with a great group of friends and a head start to your academic career. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

What to Expect on the First Day
Arriving at the Brock University campus early in the morning of the first day of your trip, you will be greeted by BaseCamp staff and your trip leaders who are current students or recent graduates from Brock University. We generally move pretty quickly that morning to get you on your way. Your leaders will double check that you have all the right clothing and gear and you will get into the vans and start your journey. You’ll arrive at your start location in Algonquin Provincial Park around noon on that first day. After a few group games and lessons on canoeing and safety, you will head off on you BaseCamp adventure!

A Typical Day on Trip
Trip days are very different than “at home days” – Your trip schedule will have you travelling to different campsites every day. You will likely be getting up early so that you have time to take down tents while enjoying a cup of hot chocolate as the mist rises off the lake. Breakfast time is usually filled with conversation and stories of the previous night and prospects for the day ahead. After breakfast, your trip leaders will encourage you to have your bag packed so that the group can get into the canoes and on the water.

You’ll spend your days paddling and portaging (carrying canoes, packs and gear between lakes) through Algonquin’s pristine wilderness – Remember to bring your camera! You will be surprised how quickly you and your trip mates become friends and how fast five days can fly-by. Stopping for a swim to cool off, paddling through a swamp to see a mother moose and her calf, exploring a historic logging ruin, or simply catching some rays are memorable parts of any BaseCamp trip.

Dinnertime is a very special time of the day. As your trip leaders prepare dinner, you have the opportunity to practice you outdoor skills, help cook, hang out with your new group of friends, read a book, or simple get lost in the beauty of nature. Typically, some of the time after dinner is spent on our orientation curriculum where your trip leaders cover many pertinent topics that will help you, as an incoming student, transition into your first year at Brock University. Our trip leaders are current upper year or alumni from Brock University who can answer questions, offer advice and share some of their tricks they’ve learned to be successful at university! Around the campfire, daylight slips into darkness with a roasted marshmallow and a star-filled sky.

What Do We Eat?
One of the most common questions we get is, “what will the food be like on my trip?” We are continually working towards refining our menu to serve the best camping food your will ever have, guaranteed! Below is a typical five-day menu for our BaseCamp trips. The menu does change according to the dietary restrictions of our participants, but this should give you a general idea of what to expect.
 

 
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Day 1
Not Provided – Eat on route to BaseCamp Drop Off Location
Pita bread, peanut butter* and jelly, cheese, fresh fruit
Spaghetti - pasta, tomato paste, onions, garlic, cookies
Day 2
Oatmeal, brown sugar, milk, dried fruit
Pita bread, hummus, cheese, snacks, fresh fruit
Fresh Vegetable Stir-fry – carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, tofu, peppers, snow peas, onion, pudding
Day 3
Cold cereal, milk, brown sugar
Tortilla, crackers, peanut butter* and jelly, cheese, pepperoni
Fajitas - tortillas, black beans, cheese, onions, garlic, brownies
Day 4
Fresh baked cinnamon buns, dried fruit
Tortilla, hummus, cheese, granola bars
Lazy Perogies - noodles, mashed potatoes, cheese, garlic, onions, apple crumble
Day 5
Pancakes, maple syrup, chocolate chips
Pita, peanut butter* and jelly, cheese
Cookies, Juice on Arrival at Brock University Campus
Additional Items
Juice Mix, Various Snack Items, hot chocolate, tea, instant coffee
 
*These items will be replaced with a substitute if a participant has a known allergy.

 

What Kind of Clothing and Equipment Do I Need?
BaseCamp is able to provide you with all the necessary group camping equipment you will need for your trip at no additional cost. Generally we say that all you need to bring is your personal clothing, footwear, water bottles, hygiene items, and a sense of adventure. We'll send you a detailed canoeing packing list to see what you will need to bring.

If you have any questions regarding the specifics of the canoeing trip, contact the BaseCamp office by phone or email and we can answer all your questions.

 

canoeing
For more information, please contact:

Mr. Ryan Howard
BaseCamp Coordinator
Office: STH 347
T 905 688 5550 x4298
E basecamp@brocku.ca