Life On Trip starts on Devil’s Island, our 50 acre base camp on Lake Temagami in the Near North of Ontario. Known for its pristine setting, abundant wildlife, and clear waters connected by portage trails that have been in use for generations, the Temagami region is the perfect setting for our canoe trips. Campers are quickly assigned to a group, their “section”; each section will paddle out from Devil’s Island on multiple trips of increasing length during the summer. Sections travel (making loops in the surrounding region) and camp on the shores of new lakes and rivers at night.
Travel days are filled with paddling, swimming, portaging, storytelling, singing, swimming again, cooking meals and snacks and making and breaking camp. Sections will have a chance to see wildlife, and waterfalls, as well begin to master the new skills they are learning.
Rest Days (non-travel days) are often scheduled for a spectacular campsite on a beautiful lake, a fun place to swim, an old growth forest to visit, a superb fishing spot, or a good place to wash clothes. Campers have a chance to sleep-in, make pancakes or often bake cinnamon rolls, relax on the rocks, explore and reorganize their gear.
At Keewaydin a girl’s belief in her capabilities will grow through our program, our compassionate staff, our supportive teaching, and opportunities to learn and master daily tasks. Through wilderness experiential learning, girls will be able to take positive risks, will experience significant growth, greater self-esteem, confidence, and inner strength.
Through canoe trips girls will develop deep friendship with their section mates and bond with staff as role models, both as leaders and experienced canoeists and outdoor enthusiasts. Through trip experiences young girls gain a greater sense of self which translates to an ability to set bigger goals, and to achieve these goals both at camp and back home.