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Leadership Trip Descriptions

The information provided below will help participants gain a better understanding of the wide variety of options available for Leadership programs. Route descriptions aim to give you a sense of what it is like to travel each of these routes and to be part of each program. Descriptions have been written by Pine Crest staff who have travelled these routes in the past few years.
Please browse the options, but don’t forget to contact the Pine Crest staff if you have questions. We are happy to make program recommendations based on your experiences and interests!

Junior Leader In Training (JLIT)

Born January 1, 2010–December 31, 2010

Algonquin Provincial Park

A unique opportunity for participants to develop leadership skills and enjoy the beauty of Pine Crest while also being introduced to extended out tripping. This program begins with one week at camp, engaging in skill and leadership development, and fun cabin activities! From here, the group travels to Algonquin Provincial Park, where they will spend 9 days developing their flat-water canoeing and portaging skills. Finally, they return to Pine Crest for a week and a half of cabin programming and leadership placements on site. 

Some experience with canoe tripping is recommended. Should be able to swim 160m and tread water for 2 minutes.

Fee$5675
Skill Level1/4
DatesBoys Trip: June 30-July 26
Girls Trip: August 4-30
Georgian Bay Sea Kayak

Participants will explore the incredible beauty of Georgian Bay which is home to one of the world’s largest freshwater archipelagos, offers spectacular views, and clear crisp waters to play in. The Georgian Bay Sea Kayak will spend a total of 9 days on trip and will paddle approximately 115km. Please note this trip is an all-gendered program. Participants will only be at camp for a total of 4 days: 2 days before the trip and 2 days after the trip.

Some experience with overnight camping is recommended, experience with kayaking is not required. Should be able to swim 160m and tread water for 2 minutes.

Fee
$3100
Skill Level
2/4
Dates
August 4-16
Spanish River

The Spanish River is located in Northern Ontario and runs west of Sudbury. The Spanish River was formally used as a means of transportation for people and materials, as a main route for Canada’s first nations, and as a link between the north shore of Lake Huron and the James Bay Watershed. This trip will follow the west branch of the river from Biscotasing, ending at Agnew Lake. Participants will paddle 165km in 9 days through some of the world’s largest red pine and white pine old-growth forests while learning about themselves and experiencing the challenges of whitewater paddling. Please note this trip is an all-gendered program. Participants will be at camp for a total of 4 days: 2 days before the trip and 2 days after the trip.

Some experience with canoe tripping is recommended, experience with white water paddling is not required. Should be able to swim 160m and tread water for 2 minutes.

Fee
$3100
Skill Level
2/4
Dates
July 14-26
Petawawa River

Named for its many rapids, the Petawawa River flows through the northern end of Algonquin Provincial Park. This route has been travelled for generations, where evidence of early travelers can still be found through stunning petroglyphs on breathtaking cliff faces. Participants will learn why this river is popular for its scenic and challenging travel while practicing their whitewater paddling skills. The Petawawa program spends approximately 14 days the river paddling a total of 180km and will spend a combination of 14 days at camp (time before and after trip).

Some experience with canoe tripping is recommended, white water paddling experience is ideal, but not required. Should be able to swim for 160m and tread water for 2 minutes.

Fee
$6135
Skill Level
3/4
Dates
August 4-30
Coulonge River

Our Coulonge adventure program offers an introduction to extended tripping while also giving participants time at Pine Crest to enjoy traditional camp programing. This program begins with one week at camp, engaging in skill and program development. From there, the group travels to western Quebec and spends 14 days paddling 250km on the Coulonge River, where they are introduced to whitewater paddling skills. Finally, they return to Pine Crest for a final week of leadership placements and development. 

Some experience with canoe tripping is recommended. Experience white water paddling is not required. Should be able to swim for 160m and tread water for 2 minutes.

Fee$6205
Skill Level2/4
DatesJune 30-July 26

Leader In Training (LIT)

Born January 1, 2009–December 31, 2009

Dumoine River

This program is ideal for participants looking to split their time evenly between an extended whitewater trip and in-camp programming. The program begins with one week in camp, before participants travel to the Dumoine River in western Quebec for a 250km two-week iconic whitewater paddling experience. The group will return to Pine Crest for a final week of leadership development and reflection. 

Experience with extended canoe tripping is suggested. Experience white water paddling is ideal, however not required. Should be able to swim for 160m and tread water for 2 minutes.

Fee
$6420
Skill Level
3/4
Dates
Girls Trip: June 30-July 26
Boys Trip: August 4-30
Temagami Paddle and Hike

The perfect balance of time spent paddling through the rugged Canadian wilderness of Temagami and enjoying the beauty of Pine Crest. The 4-week Temagami program offers the best of both worlds for participants looking to develop their leadership and flat-water tripping skills. The program begins with one week at camp, engaging in skill and leadership development. From here the group will spend 10 days paddling and portaging through the epicenter of Canadian canoe culture and 4 days hiking, before returning to Pine Crest for a final week of development and reflection. The location of the LIT 4-week paddle and hike may be subject to change based on permit availability. This is an all-gendered program.

Some experience with canoe tripping and hiking is recommended. Should be able to swim for 160m and tread water for 2 minutes.

Fee
$5885
Skill Level
1/4
Dates
Trip 1: June 30-July 26
Trip 2: August 4-30
Bloodvein River

The Bloodvein River offers exciting, high volume whitewater experience through untouched Boreal wilderness. This stunning river is home to several rare and endangered species, such as the wolverine, osprey, bald eagle and woodland caribou. It is also known for the ancient pictographs that can be found on the river’s rocky cliffs. Paddlers will begin their travels in Red Lake, Ontario, where they will paddle 335km’s through a series of lakes, creeks, and portages to reach the river and then journey through memorable whitewater to Lake Winnipeg. In total participants will spend approximately 28 days on trip and 12 days at camp. This program is an all-gendered program.

Experience with extended canoe tripping is suggested. Experience white water paddling is ideal, however not required. Should be able to swim for 160m and tread water for 2 minutes.

Fee
$7490
Skill Level
4/4
Dates
July 21-August 29
Wabakimi Provincial Park

In the heart of Northwestern Ontario, Wabakimi Provincial Park is a world class canoeing destination and home to countless exciting whitewater rivers. Participants will spend approximately 22 days paddle 250km of stunning and challenging whitewater while navigating historic canoe routes through the Kopka and Allanwater rivers. Campsites offer incredible views of the night sky and sometimes even the northern lights! The Wabakimi participants will spend roughly 4 days in total at camp to prep and de-prep from trip. Please note this trip is an all-gendered program.

Experience with canoe tripping is suggested. Experience white water paddling is ideal, however not required. Should be able to swim for 160m and tread water for 2 minutes.

Fee
$7360
Skill level
3/4
Dates
July 14-August 17

Senior Leadership

Born January 1, 2007–December 31, 2008

French River

The 4-week French River program is ideal for senior leadership participants who wish to divide their time between a wilderness expedition and in-camp programming. Participants will spend a week and a half at Pine Crest participating in leadership development and skill building, before embarking on an 8-day, 103km flat-water canoe trip through the iconic French River Provincial Park. During this trip, they will learn the important skills it takes to guide a successful canoe trip. Upon their return to camp, participants will spend another week and a half collaborating on programming and leadership initiatives, and will have time to reflect on their experiences at Pine Crest. This program is an all-gendered program.


Some experience with canoe tripping is recommended. Should be able to swim for 160m and tread water for 2 minutes.

Fee
$4280
Skill Level
1/4
Dates
Trip 1: June 30-July 26
Trip 2: August 4-30
Winisk

With each paddle stroke taking you further and further into the untouched wilds of northern Ontario, paddling the Winisk River in your Senior Leadership year will be the journey of a lifetime. As an area far beyond the reach of the average explorer, you will encounter only a handful of other paddlers as you make your way 750km along the river. There is no better way to learn what you are truly capable of than by embarking on this 30+ day remote expedition. This is an all-gendered program.

Experience with extended canoe tripping and white water paddling is required. Must be able to swim for 160m and tread water for 2 minutes.

Fee
$11000
Skill Level
4/4
Dates
July 7-August 30
Harricana

Paddling the Harricana in your senior leadership year is the perfect way to put your tripping skills to the ultimate test. You will master flat-water, white-water and portaging skills along this classic Canadian route. Through lush boreal forests and wetlands, over riverbeds of ‘fairy stones’ and under starry night skies, you’ll experience a magical adventure on the Harricana. In total you will spend 25 days on river paddling approximately 380km. This is an all-gendered program.

Experience with extended canoe tripping is suggested. Experience white water paddling is required, white water clinic will be available before the start of the program. Should be able to swim for 160m and tread water for 2 minutes.

Fee
$8350
Skill Level
3/4
Dates
July 14-August 30

Senior Leadership Exchange: Camp Chief Hector

This 5-Week Senior Exchange program is ideal for Senior Leadership participants who wish to expand upon their leadership skills in an exciting new setting. We are pleased to announce that this year's Senior Leader Exchange trip will be to Camp Chief Hector. This is a leadership program that will help participants develop skills like teamwork, confidence, conflict resolution, communication, and more while on their adventures. 

Camp Chief Hector is located in Alberta and is situated in Bow Valley Provincial Park with over 1000 acres of land. Ten participants from each camp will come together to embark on a hiking trip in the Bow Valley Mountains and a paddling trip on the French River. They will then return home to Pine Crest for some valuable time at camp to reflect on their experiences at both sites.

This trip will include both hiking and canoeing. Participants should be able to swim for 160m and tread water for 2 minutes

Fee
$4820
Skill Level
2/4
Dates
July 14-August 17

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