14 to 18 years old | In remission

Grand Expedition Winter 2018 – Dog Sledding in the Algonquin Park, ON

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    This expedition will offer 14 teenagers in remission of cancer a chance to live a unique dog sled expedition with other participants the same age and living similar reality.

Description

This group is currently full. However, it’s always possible to register on our recall list. We’ll contact you in the recruitment phase for the next expedition. Thank you for your interest!

After a transportation day in the direction of Trout Creek, Ontario, we will take time to get to know each other and to be well prepared for the expedition. Before actually leaving on the expedition, we will have a first introduction day dog sledding. We will finish packing up and then, we will leave for six days on the trails. Once the dogs harnessed and sleds loaded, we will follow the path that will lead us to our first campsite.

For six days, we will explore the trails found within the Algonquin Park and experience the life of “ mushers” (dog leaders). We will move in groups with the luggage needed on our sleds, learning to handle our dog teams well and taking care of them. In the evening, we will stay in prospector tents. Around our camp, we will get the dogs ready for the night and make sure to feed them before having dinner ourselves and spending the evening in the warmth of the stove.

To reach our destination and enjoy a rewarding and positive experience, we will form a small community in which the contribution of each participant will be important. Beyond the distance that we will cover, this expedition is initially intended as an extraordinary group experience.

Members of the expedition

We will be accompanied by a professional medical team – comprised of a physician, a nurse and a social worker – that oversees the health of all participants in the expedition. Seasoned “On the Tip of the Toes” facilitators ensure the smooth functioning of the expedition along with experienced adventure guides who are thoroughly familiar with the territory to be explored. We will also have a blogger who will take photos during the entire trip and write a daily blog.

Therapeutic adventure facilitators

Marie-Michelle Paradis Marie-Michelle Paradis
Marie-Camille Provencher Marie-Camille Provencher
Montagnes

Geography and History

The Algonquin Park was named after the aboriginals who inhabited the region way before the arrival of the Europeans in America: The Algonquin. While most of the Algonquin were living on what was to become Quebec, one community settled to the West of the Ottawa River. This tribe lived mostly from fishing and hunting and was forced to settle in one location following the construction of the many dams and the expansion of the forest industry. They therefore developed agricultural techniques and grew mostly maze, beans and pumpkin and squash. Algonquin Park was created in 1893 to save part of the territory from logging, especially for its exceptional watershed and tall white pines. Since that time, the Park nearly doubled its size becoming one of the largest National Parks in Canada. The Algonquin Park landscape offers much variety. There are mostly large maple tree hills, rocky crests and thousands of lakes. We will have the opportunity to explore this territory on our sleds.

Departure

Travel by bus from Montreal to Trout Creek, Ontario. Exact time and location to be announced. Get acquainted evening and preparations. Lodging in a cabin at Spirit Point Camp.

Préparation

Preparation day. Dog sled initiation. Night in a cabin at Spirit Point Camp.

Expedition

3 to 6 hours dogsledding everyday. Lunch on the trail. Everybody participate in camp chores (care for the dogs, etc.). A different camp site almost each day.

Return

Travel by bus (or plane) to return home. Meeting with parents in the afternoon. Exact time and location to be announced.