Club Events

Club Events

Club Community Chat January 20 2022

On Wednesday, January 19th, the Club held its Community Chat. 19 Club members participated in the discussion.

Jill Laidlaw of the RA Centre noted that the RA Centre is closed and will reopen to the extent permitted by provincial regulations. The RA Centre is also looking into how it can ensure that participants in Club activities are vaccinated against COVID.

The RA Centre will be holding its RA Centre AGM for the year 2020 on February 17th at 6:00 p.m. Members of the RA in good standing are invited to register to participate.

Mark Scott reviewed topics for the upcoming on-line Winter Seminar series. You are also encouraged to pass along to Mark any future seminar ideas as well as comments about this season’s seminars.

Participants also engaged in a discussion about trip planning, on-line trip registration and ensuring that guardian angels are put in place for trips. Training programs are expected to be provided for beginner training but other training programs are uncertain at this time. Paddle Canada has extended instructor certifications and this has impacted the need and availability of instructor training. Some instructors participating in the chat requested refresher training for instructors.

Seminar Report - How I Became a Solo Camper

On Wednesday January 26, 2022, Camper Christina gave a very interesting presentation on solo camping.

The session began with an engaging video about the road to becoming a devoted solo camper. The session ended with a question-and-answer session that covered everything from food to gear to animals.

Her website has links to videos https://camperchristina.com/

Seminar - How I Became a Solo Camper

Wednesday 26 January 2022, 7-9pm

In 2002, Camper Christina went on her first backcountry camping trip and fell in love. She went as often as she could throughout the years, but in 2015, with no one to go with, she began going out alone. Travelling into the backcountry solo, presented Christina with many fears that she needed to overcome. She attacked those fears one by one and dealt with them logically. Christina continues going out on trips by herself and has been solo tripping for over 6 years now, venturing into more remote and challenging places, over longer periods of time, the goal she was aiming to achieve from the start. To this day, however, many people want to know how she did it. In today's presentation, you will see the processes Christina went through to conquer her fears and feel safe and comfortable going out into the backcountry on her own.

Christina is a youtuber and outdoor enthusiast who has been sharing her adventures and inspiring others since 2015. She started backcountry camping in 2002 and fell in love and now camps year-round. In 2015, with no one to go with, she began solo tripping, and although it took a bit more courage and time to get used to, it is currently her preference. Now, with more experience and confidence, she ventures into some extremely challenging and remote locations in the Canadian backcountry, alone, year-round. For more information on Christina see www.CamperChristina.com.

Because of the ongoing COVID restrictions this year's seminars will be held on Zoom again.

Details for joining the meeting are listed here for club members.  For security reasons and to help ensure that we do not exceed the capacity of our Zoom account, please do not share the login details with people who are not members of the RA Canoe Camping Club.

Non-club members can get the joining instructions by contacting Mark at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The details will be sent starting about 3-4 weeks before the seminar up until the day before the seminar.

Basic level guidelines on Zoom are on the club website at https://www.raccc.ca/resources/trip-report/1998-zoom-guidelines-for-raccc-seminar-series.

Paddling Trips For 2022

With the bone-chilling weather that we have been having, preparing a canoe trip for the summer may be the last thing on your mind.  Nevertheless, as with last year, canoe camping reservations are expected to be snapped up quickly.  Reservations for areas like North Frontenac and Haliburton Highlands are already open for the season with many choice spots already taken.  The opening of reservations for places in National Parks vary by park.  For Ontario Parks, you are permitted to reserve up to five months from the starting date of your trip and many of these spots go quickly.  You are encouraged to reserve your trips early.  This year make it a Club trip!!!

Club Community Chat - Wed Jan. 19 7-9pm

Club chairperson, Steve, will be hosting a virtual chat with the membership. On the agenda are:

  • Touch base with club members to see what they would like to see the club do and how they can volunteer to help the club.
  • Zoom primer for people new to the platform.
  • Overview of the winter seminar series.

This will also be an opportunity to practice Zoom in preparation for the winter seminar series.

Click here for information on how to partipate in the club community chat.