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Voyageur Trips

Experience some of the premier wilderness destinations in Ontario through CQE’s Voyageur trips!  Our 1 and 2-week camping trips are a great opportunity for youth to experience the great outdoors, as they learn camping skills, environmental stewardship and develop leadership skills.  All of our trips are co-educational, and the routes are designed to meet specific needs of each group.

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Trips

Killarney Provincial Park

(2 Weeks Session B: July 16-July 29, 2017 and 1 Week July 30- August 5, 2017)

Killarney is often considered to be the hidden gem of the Ontario Parks system. It is home to the La Cloche Mountain Reange, crystal clear water and amazing white quartzite rocks. These wonderful cliff faces were once taller than the Rocky Mountain, and over millions of years this range has worn into smooth white rock.  Our route will take the group through the unspoiled wilderness of the Park.

Where is Killarney Provincial Park?

The park is located just south of Sudbury, along the northern shore of Georgian Bay. The park itself is mix of lakes, rivers and coastal waters.   

Georgian Bay Canoe (beginners)
(Horizons: July 30- August 5, 2017

This special trip on Georgian Bay is perfect for younger trippers and first-time Voyageurs. The route begins right at Camp Queen Elizabeth and paddles through nearby islands and inlets with the comfort of knowing CQE is always close by. Voyageurs will learn paddling, packing, cooking and navigation skills that will make the group true outtrippers by the end of the week.  Windswept pines and rocky shores make this trip an ideal experience for any camper interested in exploring Georgian Bay by canoe.

Algonquin Park
(Session D: August 20-August 30, 2017)  
Ontario’s largest and oldest provincial park is a essential destination for canoers. The park is home to thousands of pristine lakes, a mix of coniferous and deciduous tress and a diverse wildlife. This trip will feature many beautiful sites and plenty of paddling and portaging as most of the park is only accessible by foot or canoe/kayak.

Where is Algonquin Provincial Park?

Located between Georgian Bay and the Ottawa River in Central Ontario, Algonquin is often referred to the division of Northern and Southern Ontario.

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Safety

Providing a safe experience on our trips is our number one priority at Camp Queen Elizabeth. We take a pro-active approach to managing risks on trip through several avenues:

Trip Leaders
We hire experienced and qualified leaders for our trips through a competitive hiring process each season. 

Training
Each year, all of our trip leaders undergo an intensive risk-management training session that helps prepare them to understand how to manage risks properly while out on trip.  This training was custom-designed for CQE by the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).

Route Planning
Our routes are custom designed for each group.  This enables us to take into account the age and experience of the group in order to have a challenging, yet accessible wilderness experience.

Communication
Every trip takes some form of communication device with them on trip: a satellite phone, a satellite messenger, or a cellular phone is used, depending on location.  These devices allow the trip leaders to communicate with the Camp or emergency services if needed.

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Transportation

Voyageur campers arrive at Camp Queen Elizabeth with all other campers on the first day of the session.  They spend their first afternoon and evening packing, planning and practising in their boats.  The first night is spent on Beausoleil Island, sleeping in the tents they will use on trip.  On Monday morning, the group will be driven in our camp van to their drop-off point.

The majority of time on our voyageur trips is spent on the water, paddling to their next campsite.  The distance paddled each day depends on the trip and the experience of the group.  On our 2-week trips the group will have at least one lay-over day, where they will either go on a hike or a day paddle.

The group will be picked up on the final Friday of the session, and arrive back at CQE in time for our final banquet and closing campfire.  They will spend their last night at the camp, and head out of Saturday morning with the rest of the campers.

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Trip Leaders

Camp Queen Elizabeth’s voyageur trips are led by experienced and qualified trip leaders. In addition to the basic CPR, 1st Aid and Lifeguard qualifications held by all of our staff, trip leaders have additional Wilderness First Aid certification and have extensive experience as participants and leaders on a wide variety of camping trips. Our trip leaders also obtain training in ORCKA (Ontario Recreational Canoeing and Kayaking Association) canoeing and tripping skills from expert canoeists. Trip leaders are carefully selected not only for their tripping qualifications, but also for their experience working with youth in a variety of settings.

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