French River Canoe Trip

Ages 14 - 17

In August we offer a 6-day canoe trip into the interior lakes and rivers of the French River Provincial Park. Following the route that the fur trading First Nations and European voyageurs traveled in the early days of our country canoe trippers do a loop on the Lower French River spending at least one night on the beautiful shore of Georgian Bay!

Canoe Trip Programme

This trip is open to campers with all levels of out-tripping and canoeing experience. Necessary skills including paddling, portaging, fire-building, orienteering, meal-planning/preparation, packing and tent assembly are learned during a preparatory time at Camp Celtic prior to departure. These skills are further developed on the trip, while the philosophy and practices of environmentally sound, no-trace camping are the underlying theme.

Accompanying the trip will be 3 or 4 (depending on camper numbers) experienced Celtic staff with Wilderness First-Aid and Life-guarding certifications.

Along with the development of canoe tripping skills, campers have the opportunity to grow individually in a rugged outdoor setting, making friendships of a lifetime with other campers and experienced Celtic counsellors. Immersed in fresh air, clean water, and starry night skies, out-trippers build life skills such as self-confidence, co-operation, leadership, and a deep appreciation for themselves, others and nature.

Instructed by our Camp Celtic canoeing staff, the skills learned in class and on the trip allow all participants to come home with an ORCKA level 1, 2, or 3 basic canoeing certification.

Canoe Trip Programme

Canoe Tripping is a physically and mentally demanding activity. Campers need to be in good health and be a proficient swimmer to participate in the programme.

Packing List

  • Camping backpack (50 - 80 litres)
  • Sleeping bag (Sleeping mat optional)
  • Raincoat
  • Warm fleece or wool sweater (not cotton)
  • Pants (not jeans)
  • T-Shirts (a few)
  • Bathing suit and light towel
  • Socks and Underwear (5 pairs)
  • Hiking boots or sturdy hiking shoes
  • Water Bottle
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Journal and pen
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, bio-degradable soap, personal hygiene items
  • Camera (optional)

2024 Summer Camp Dates

Session 1 | Seven Day

Sun June 30 - Sat July 6

Session 2 | Nine Day

Sun July 7 - Mon July 15

Session 3 | Nine Day

Tues July 16 - Wed July 24

Session 4 | Rookie | Three Day

Thurs July 25 - Sat July 27

Session 5 | Seven Day

Sun July 28 - Sat Aug 3

Session 6 | Seven Day

Sun Aug 4 - Sat Aug 10

Session 7 | Seven Day

Sun Aug 11 - Sat Aug 17

Session 8 | Sports | Six Day

Sun Aug 18 - Fri Aug 23

French River Canoe Trip

Thurs Aug 8 - Sat Aug 17

Leader in Training | Session Two

Sun July 7 - Mon July 15

Leader in Training | Session Three

Tues July 16 - Wed July 24