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Last week myself, my co-guide Jeff, and 10 totally awesome and enthusiastic youth headed out for 3 days of paddling and camping in Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park. This is the second year that the Canoe Museum has offered a session of Tripping Camp amongst 5 weeks of Summer Paddling Camps and, if it’s truly time to wrap up a summer on the water, this is the best possible way to do it.

Tripping Camp began with a day of preparation and packing at the Canoe Museum. These kids were earning their ORCKA Canoe Tripping Level 1A certification, meaning they were super involved in the packing of all food, group gear and personal gear. One of the really cool things we did on this first day was make our own homemade hummus from scratch and dehydrate it so it would take up minimal space in our food barrel (let’s be serious, the more room in there for desserts the better). Click here for the simple and yummy recipe we used! We tripled the recipe for 12 hungry trippers and it was the perfect amount for lunch on the first day with pitas and veggies. We followed these guidelines from the Rapid Media (Museum Corporate Member) website for instructions on dehydrating and rehydrating hummus. The rest of the day was spent setting up and checking over our gear, loading up the wanigan and getting to know each other before we headed out on trip. Read the rest of this entry »

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My nephew Jordan from British Columbia returned to Peterborough again this summer to attend our Paddling Camp and was thrilled to receive his Level II & III ORCKA Badges.  We had great weather and Jordan couldn’t wait to get to the Rowing Club each day.  He loves being on the water but also enjoys the one day at the Museum.  Last year he made a great wannigan but was disappointed when it wouldn’t fit in his luggage – lucky for me – it makes a great jewelry case!  This year’s project was a Fire Bow – which Jordan was very proud of as he gave us a demonstration at home.  It did take quite a while to produce a spark but he finally got it to work. Read the rest of this entry »

Ever wonder what summer camp is like at The Canadian Canoe Museum? We’re almost through Week 1 of our Summer Paddling Camps – check out what we’ve been up to!

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We’ve been hanging out on the beautiful Otonabee River and, after only a few days of practice, we’re maneuvering our canoes in straight lines, pivots and from side to side. This week’s crew are working on achieving their ORCKA levels 1 and 2. The Ontario Recreational Canoeing and Kayaking Association is the governing body of all canoeing and kayaking certifications in this province. Our campers will be certified paddlers by week’s end! Read the rest of this entry »