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Traditional Summer Camp

For campers aged 6-14, our traditional sessions are the perfect blend of classic camp activities with opportunities for individual growth and group development. Our 1-week programs (Horizons) are a great starting point for the first-time camper of any age, while our 5-day program (Little Dippers) is especially for adventurous 6-8 year olds who are ready for their first taste of summer camp. Our most popular program is our 2-week sessions (Session A, B and C), which gives campers the opportunity to experience everything CQE has to offer including an overnight camping trip. 
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OUTTRIPS

Outtrip is an exciting and special aspect of the CQE experience. During each 2 week session, each and every cabin group goes on a camping trip in the surrounding. Trip options range from an overnight hike on Beausoleil Island for our youngest campers to a 5- or 6- day canoe trip for our oldest campers. Outtripping is a powerful experience for campers of all ages: it allows them to develop a deeper appreciation for our relationship with the natural world; it encourages teamwork, builds confidence and develops leadership skills. 

Types of Trips
Camp Queen Elizabeth’s tripping philosophy is to provide trips that match the age and ability of the campers in the cabin group. The trips are progressive: younger campers head down Beausoleil Island for a hike, while our oldest cabins head out on a 6-day canoe trip (sometimes shorter based on cabin skill level, comfort and canoe route). There is no set arrangement for certain cabins to go on specific trips; trip destinations are determined on the first day of camp by our Outtripping Manager in consultation with each set of counsellors in order to create an age and ability appropriate experience.  

Age

Length

Location

Type

 

7-9 years old

 

1 night

 

Cedar Springs, Tonches

 

Hiking

 

9-11 years old

 

1 night

Cedar Springs,

McCrae Lake

 

Paddling

 

11-13 years old

 

2 nights

McCrae Lake, Musquash River and Three Rock Chute

 

Paddling

 

13-15 years old

 

3 – 5 nights

 

Bala, The Loop, Massasauga Provincial Park

 

 

Paddling

 

 

 

 





Destinations

Cedar Springs Hike
• A two-hour hike from CQE, Cedar Springs is designed as an introduction to overnight camping. The campers’ hike to Cedar Springs while much of their gear is transported by boat. Tents, a campfire and dinner are prepared for the campers for a memorable evening in the woods. Campers eat a hearty campfire breakfast before their hike back to CQE the following morning.

Tonches
• A little closer to CQE on Beausoleil Island sits Tonches which is a common destination for our younger hiking or canoeing groups or as a stop on a more extended Georgian Bay canoe trip. The Tonch peninsula is a sandy spot with many comfortable tent spots and a gazebo great for taking shelter, eating, or fun activities. Tonches is a perfect spot for a first time or beginner overnight outtrip experience.

McCrae Lake
• McCrae Lake is about an hour and a half paddle northwest of CQE. The lake is a beautiful and pristine wilderness area free of cottages and motorized boats.

 Musquash River and Three Rock Chute
• Located 12km north of Camp Queen Elizabeth the Musquash River was the site of a lumber mill back at the end of the 19th century. As you paddle up the mouth of the river, there are several campsites close to small sets of swifts that dot the river. Further up the river is Three Rock Chute, a beautiful set of rapids with large campsites nearby.

Bala
• The Bala trip is one of the options for our longer trips, which can be a 4-day to a 6-day trip, depending on the route taken. The trip starts in the cottage-country town of Bala, and follows the Moon and Musquash River through Go Home Lake and down into Georgian Bay. The trip is a mix of river and lake paddling, allowing older campers a more advanced camping experience. 

The Loop
• The Loop is another option for our longer trips. The route begins at camp and makes its way to the back of McCrae Lake. From there the trip passes through 6 Mile Lake, Gibson Lake and Musquash River and finishes at camp. This trip provides opportunities for campers to see different wetlands and wildlife unique to Georgian Bay and practice their portaging skills. 

Massasauga Provinicial Park
• The trip takes place in Massasauga Provincial Park is located just south of Parry Sound, and comprises a group of small lakes and islands on the coast of Georgian Bay. Windswept pines and rocky shores make this trip an ideal experience for any camper interested in exploring.



Food on Trip
The food that is prepared on trip is largely dependent on the length of the trip. Perishables (meat, fresh fruits and vegetables) are used on the first few days of trip, and non-perishables (dehydrated foods, grains, pasta and canned foods) are used more as the progresses. Portion sizes are adjusted to fit the age-group on trip. Since the group must carry all of their food, there is of course a limitation on the amount of food that can be brought – meals are selected that will provide the energy needed to sustain a high amount of activity throughout the day.

Prior to each outtrip, staff will review the necessary skills to ensure campers feel prepared for their trip! Each trip will have, at minimum, two trip leaders to guide the campers through their outtrip. Appropriate gear is essential in ensuring a camper has a positive trip experience so please review the trip specific packing list here. We encourage families to discuss the outtrip experience with their campers to ensure they are emotionally prepared as well. 

 

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