Tripping Training


-------------- Tripping Training

Introduction to Canoe Tripping & Camping -- 2024

Objective and Scope

This course is intended to provide an introduction to canoe tripping for those who have no previous camping experience or who have “car camped” but done little or no backcountry camping. The course will focus on skills and gear suitable to canoe tripping.

While there is a considerable knowledge and theory component to the course, the course is very “hands on” and centres on the planning and conduct of a weekend trip in Algonquin Park. Two in-town evening sessions will be held at the RA prior to the trip which will leave town Friday at noon and return Sunday evening.


No tripping or camping experience is required. Participants should have had experience day tripping on sheltered water, but only basic paddling skills will be required to paddle from the put-in to the camp site.


This course will be in two parts, one delivered at two consecutive evenings May 28 and May 29 beginning at 7:00 PM at the boathouse at the RA Centre, and the second a camping weekend at Rock Lake in Algonquin Park 7-9 June.

The first evening session will be a discussion and demonstration of gear.  This will include personal gear such as clothes and packs and group gear such as stoves, water filters, tarps and cooking equipment

The second evening will be devoted to actually planning the trip:  tents, food and cooking, transportation, selection of boats and reserving and sign out any club gear required.

The actual trip itself will be from the Rock Lake boat launch to sites about 2-3 km away on Rock Lake.  Camp set-up, camp sanitation, cooking, knots and tarps, portaging, risk management and expedition behaviour will all be discussed.

Course Fee and Other Costs

The course fee is $150 for club members and $250 for non-members.  This covers Paddle Canada registration, boat rental and use of any club gear required.  The club has pfds and paddles for all, a good assortment of canoe tripping packs, cooking gear and stoves and a limited number of tents.  Transportation will be with participants’ vehicles with shared expenses, including park parking fees (not included in course fee). Food expenses are also not covered by the course fee.  The group will decide as to whether they wish to share meals or all pack individual food.


Registration is open on PlayRA using code 199092