Champlain College Kawartha Highlands Canoe Trip

Group of canoeists at a portage.Champlain College students, alumni, faculty, and staff are invited to take part in a canoe trip into the Kawartha Highlands this coming October. The four day/three-night backcountry trip will be guided by The Land Canadian Adventures, a local canoe tripping company with knowledge of the area and experience working with Trent students.

Beginners are encouraged. Students from other colleges are welcome. All equipment, transportation from Trent University and meals will be provided. The maximum number of people the trip can accommodate is 30. The route will be challenging and participants should be in good physical condition.

"The purpose of the trip is to build our Champlain community in a way that ties into the themes of our college; discovery, adventure, reflection and engagement," says college head, Melanie Sedge. "I can't think of a better way to do that than a backcountry canoe trip. It was important to me that the trip take place locally, in the Kawartha Highlands, so that students would have an opportunity to explore the land around Trent University. So many of them spend 4 years here and never get a chance. This will be a wonderful adventure for everyone who joins in."

Organizers are working to build curriculum around the themes of Indigenous connection to the land, geography of the area, and the history of the canoe in Peterborough and Canada. The Canadian Canoe Museum will be sending a representative (Caroyln Hyslop, General Manager) on the trip to support the learning experience, while faculty members will be on hand to promote student-faculty engagement. There will be many opportunities for participants to learn backcountry skills.

The Land is able to offer canoe tripping certifications from the Ontario Recreational Canoe and Kayak Association (ORCKA) for an additional fee.


Dates: Monday Oct 23 – Thursday Oct 26, 2017 (Fall Reading Break)

$394 (includes tax)

Info Session – Wednesday October 1, 2017

Pre-Trip Meeting Date: Wednesday October 18, 2017

Bretton Clark – Co-Founder, Guide and Chief Experiential Officer of The Land
Bretton is passionate about sharing Canadian backcountry wisdom and experience with visitors and locals alike. His heart flows with Ontario’s lakes and rivers, but he’s also planned and executed expeditions in the Andes, Himalayas, as well as the Canadian Rockies and both coasts, and is always planning the next adventure.   He learned to love the outdoor life at his family cottage near the northwest corner of Algonquin, where he returns every year with Avery, Lily and Briagh. Bretton has ample experience working with Trent students in a variety of capacities and is a well-loved facilitator and guide.

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