A truely Canadian experience! Join us on a memorable adventure with a group of Brock University students as you explore the lakes of Ontario’s Algonquin Provincial Park.
You’ll spend five days and four nights with students from across the university. On your trip you’ll travel by canoe and portage, hang out by the campfire at night, and arrive back on campus with an awesome group of new friends. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!
Arriving at the Brock University campus early in the morning of the first day of your trip, you will be greeted by BaseCamp staff and your trip leaders — all of whom are current students or recent graduates from Brock University. We generally move pretty quickly that morning to get you on your way. Your leaders will double-check that you have all the right clothing and gear and you will get into the vans and start your journey. You’ll arrive at your start location in Algonquin Provincial Park around noon. After a few group games and lessons on canoeing and safety, you will head off on you BaseCamp adventure!
Trip days are very different than “at home days” – Your trip schedule will have you travelling to different campsites every day. You will likely be getting up early so that you have time to take down tents while enjoying a cup of hot chocolate as the mist rises off the lake. Breakfast time is usually filled with conversation and stories of the previous night and prospects for the day ahead. After breakfast, your trip leaders will encourage you to have your bag packed so that the group can get into the canoes and on the water.
You’ll spend your days paddling and portaging (carrying canoes, packs and gear between lakes) through Algonquin’s pristine wilderness — remember to bring your camera! You will be surprised how quickly you and your trip mates become friends and how fast five days can fly by. Stopping for a swim to cool off, paddling through a swamp to see a mother moose and her calf, exploring a historic logging ruin, or simply catching some rays are memorable parts of any BaseCamp trip.
Dinnertime is a very special time of the day. As your trip leaders prepare dinner, you have the opportunity to practise your outdoor skills, help cook, hang out with your new group of friends, read a book, or simply get lost in the beauty of nature. Typically, some of the time after dinner is spent on our orientation curriculum where your trip leaders cover many pertinent topics that will help you during your studies. Our trip leaders are current upper-year students or alumni from Brock University who can answer questions, offer advice and share some of the tricks they’ve learned to be successful at university! Around the campfire, daylight slips into darkness with a roasted marshmallow and a star-filled sky.
One of the most common questions we get is, “what will the food be like on my trip?” We are continually working towards refining our menu to serve the best camping food you will ever have, guaranteed! Below is a typical five-day menu for our BaseCamp trips. The menu does change according to the dietary restrictions of our participants, but this should give you a general idea of what to expect.
|Day 1||Not Provided – Eat on route to BaseCamp drop off location||Pita bread, peanut butter* and jelly, cheese, fresh fruit||Spaghetti - pasta, tomato paste, onions, garlic, cookies|
|Day 2||Oatmeal, brown sugar, milk, dried fruit||Pita bread, hummus, cheese, snacks, fresh fruit||Fresh Vegetable Stir-fry – carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, tofu, peppers, snow peas, onion, pudding|
|Day 3||Cold cereal, milk, brown sugar||Tortilla, crackers, peanut butter* and jelly, cheese, pepperoni||Fajitas - tortillas, black beans, cheese, onions, garlic, brownies|
|Day 4||Fresh baked cinnamon buns, dried fruit||Tortilla, hummus, cheese, granola bars||Lazy Perogies - noodles, mashed potatoes, cheese, garlic, onions, apple crumble|
|Day 5||Pancakes, maple syrup, chocolate chips||Pita, peanut butter* and jelly, cheese||Cookies, Juice on Arrival at Brock University Campus|
Juice mix, various snack Items, hot chocolate, tea, instant coffee.
*These items will be replaced with a substitute if a participant has a known allergy.
BaseCamp is able to provide you with all the necessary group camping equipment you will need for your trip at no additional cost. Generally we say that all you need to bring is your personal clothing, footwear, water bottles, hygiene items, and a sense of adventure. We’ll send you a detailed canoeing packing list to see what you will need to bring.