French River Canoe Tripping

  • August 8th – 17th

    In August we offer a 6-day canoe trip into the interior lakes and rivers of the French River Provincial Park. At least one night of the trip is spent on the beautiful shore of Georgian Bay!

    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 make all participants eligible to receive an ORCKA level 1, 2, or 3 basic canoeing certification.

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    Arrival at Camp Celtic: Thursday August 8, 1:00pm-3:00pm
    Pick-up from Camp Celtic: Saturday August 17, 10:00am-12:00pm


    Ages 14-17 as of camp time (14 campers max)

    Please complete the Camp Celtic Registration form or register online.

    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)

    The 2019 Canoe Trip will take place in August.

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