Expedition Canada Itinerary and Costs
Day 1. Arrival and welcome at Halifax, Nova Scotia.
On arrival at Halifax airport you will be met and transferred to Weymouth, a small community on the banks of the Sissiboo River. This will be our home for the first evening where we will have final briefings, issue equipment and stores for the expedition and enjoy the fabulous home cooking of Pat Comeau, our host for the evening.
Day 2-3. Canoe familiarization and skills training.
On the morning of day two we set off for Fourth Lake. Surrounded by White Pine and Spruce, Fourth Lake has an abundance of wild life roaming the thick moss and fern carpeted forests that surround it. Eagles and Loon’s can be seen and heard across the waters, an idyllic location to be introduced to the Canadian Canoe. (See Gallery) Here, you will be taken through the many skills associated with the open canoe and be taught the paddling and recovery techniques required to be safe on the water. In the evenings we will camp on the forested banks of the lake and begin learning the Bushcraft and Survival skills of the Mi’kmaq people. This is the home of the Bear River First Nations reserve who hunted and fished these forests, lakes and streams in their Birch bark Canoes.
Day 4-8. The Tobeatic Wilderness Journey.
Once happy with our newly learnt skills we set off on our journey into the tobeatic Wilderness area. This area encompasses Sporting Lake, Rush Lake, Little and Big Pine Lakes and finally, Granite Lake and the connecting Rivers and streams between, all spectacular in their own right. En route we will continue to learn new skills, mastering the open Canoe and putting into practice the Bushcraft skills of the area, whilst camping under the Nova Scotia stars. During our journey we will have the opportunity to stop off at Sporting Lake Island with its 300 year old “Canadian old growth forest” (see gallery) a land that time forgot!
Day 9-10. Final leg, “take out” and farewell dinner.
Having experienced Canadian wilderness canoeing at its best we head off on our final leg of the journey to our take out point, here we will be met by our support team who will assist us in loading the Canoes before we head off back to Weymouth and a welcome shower and farewell dinner, where we can recount the events of the past 9 days before retiring for a well earned rest and our transfer back to Halifax and the end of a Canadian odyssey in the birth place of the Mi’kmaq first nations people of Canada.
Although this expedition is primarily an insight into the culture and environment of the Mi’kmaq people and their bushcraft skills, during the expedition novices and comparatively inexperienced paddlers will have the opportunity to gain significant entries to their log book and gain skills that are fundamental to wilderness canoeing. They will also find themselves prepared in many ways for the new BCU Open Canoe 3 Star Award if that is an aspiration.
Canoe skills covered will include:
Solo and Tandem paddling
The portage, lifting, carrying, loading and launching
Manoeuvring the canoe: forwards backwards, sideways and turning on the move
Paddling open water safely and efficiently
Paddling simple moving water safely and efficiently
Rescue skills: capsize and self rescue, deep water rescue and towing
The theory behind the art of expedition canoeing including: A sound knowledge of the canoe and its equipment, safety, weather, navigation and group work.
For the accomplished paddler looking towards 4 and 5 star Open Canoe Leadership awards, this expedition will provide an insight into:
Bushcraft skills covered will include:
Primitive Fire lighting Techniques
Modern Fire lighting Techniques
Tracking and nature awareness
Campcraft and Cookery
Wild foods of the Forest and Stream
Contemporary Shelters and Tarps
A reasonable level of fitness is required for this expedition.
The cost of the Expedition is £1490.00 (Inc VAT)
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Expedition Costs include:
- All internal transfers
- All expedition accommodation and food as per itinerary
- Hotel accommodation and food on first and last night
- Full instruction in Canadian forest bushcraft
- Full Instruction in Canadian Canoeing and expedition skills
- Local guides
- 2 UK instructors
- Camp assistants
- Full rental of all canoe and safety equipment
Not included :
- All airfares
- Any alcoholic or soft drinks from bars/restaurants
- Personal requirements
- Any extra activities.
- Any extra requirements not mentioned in above itinerary/program