Adult Trips

Whether you are paddling in the breathtaking wilderness of the Temagami region, or running rapids in remote lands of northern Canada, a Keewaydin Adult Trip is sure to refresh your spirit and expose you to the lost art of canoe tripping.

Our experienced trip leaders will guide you through untouched landscapes while helping you to master paddling and camping skills.

Note: This program is different from our “Club Trip” program that is more independent and self-designed and independent in nature.

Philosophy and Goals

Our philosophy is to offer trips for men and trips for women in the Keewaydin Way while  acknowledging that adults travel differently than teenagers within the “way.” The trips are one to two weeks in length, often beginning and ending on Devil’s Island in Lake Temagami for orientation and organization.  The shorter trips are for the less experienced canoe tripper who wants to see the Temagami area and experience a canoe trip the way their family and friends have.  The longer trips are for experienced canoe trippers and include river travel; these trips may be more physically challenging. All trips are single gender. Women are led by women and men are led by men.

The goal of any Adult Trip is for participants to connect with a Keewaydin they do not know personally or re-connect with the camp they attended.  It is a rare opportunity for adults to unplug, relax, work hard, and travel in the wilderness with a group of like-minded folks. The group will become a team, where each member is essential to the group’s success. Through teamwork, a section grows into a cohesive unit, setting and achieving goals together, rather than surviving solely on the strengths of individuals. We hope the trips will foster growth self-confidence, strength, leadership, and self-reliance.

In order to achieve the goals mentioned above, staff strive to help each participant learn:

  1.   Respect of oneself, others, and the environment
  2.   To improve and master canoeing skills
  3.   To camp for extended periods of time in a wilderness environment
  4.   Decision making for and with the group (vital to the success of the section)
  5.   Cooking and food preparation skills promoting self-sufficiency on trip and at home
  6.   Navigation skills
  7.   To care for and respect equipment
  8.   To recognize the accomplishments that occur over the course of the summer camp season

2020 Offerings

Keewaydin is excited to offer four trips this summer. Three Men’s trips and one women’s trip. Read on for more details:

Men’s Trips

Temagami Flatwater Trip: (July 31 to August 8) It’s time to hit the reset button and travel the lakes of the Temagami region, learn to cook over an open fire, take in the beauty of the tall pines and clean water and connect with a group willing to take a risk too. Learn about the Keewaydin Way and feel the support and guidance of our veteran Keewaydin staff as you learn new skills, form connections, unplug, grow stronger, face challenges, build resilience, and adapt and learn. This trip is open to all abilities but will be strenuous at times. Participants should be able to lift 40-50 pounds, be prepared for physical work, carry things over uneven ground and challenging terrain, and be comfortable spending long periods of time on the water. The group will paddle and portage according to the group’s abilities.

The cost is $1200 plus 13% HST taxes. Registration deadline: March 30, 2020

Dumoine River Trip: (July 30- August 8) This is a river trip with white water paddling for veteran paddlers. The Dumoine River is a historic Keewaydin river and we are eager to return to a beautiful and accessible river in southern Quebec. The trip begins at Devil’s Island and will return to Devil’s Island.  Participants should be able to lift 40-50 pounds, be prepared for physical work, carry things over uneven ground and challenging terrain, and be comfortable spending long periods of time on the water. The group will paddle and portage according to the group’s abilities.

The cost is $1950 plus 13% HST taxes. Registration deadline: March 30, 2020

Clearwater River/Richmond Gulf Trip: **This trip is full**(July 21-August 8) This is a remote river trip with whitewater paddling for veteran paddlers. The group will fly in to Clearwater Lake in northern Quebec (Nunavik) and descend the Clearwater River to sea level at its outlet on the Richmond Gulf.  The trip begins and ends on Devil’s Island and trippers who are eager to be on Devil’s Island for paddle-in will be there as long as flights are on time. This trip will be rigorous and will require a high level of skill and physical stamina. Cost: $7500 US plus 13% HST taxes

Click here to register for either of these trips!

Women’s Trip

Temagami Flatwater Trip: (July 31 to August 8)  It’s time to hit the RESET button and travel the pristine lakes of the Temagami region, learn to cook over an open fire, take in the beauty of the tall pines and clean water, and connect with a group of women willing to take a risk too. Learn about the Keewaydin Way and feel the support and guidance of our veteran Keewaydin staff as you learn new skills, form connections, unplug, grow stronger, face challenges, build resilience, and adapt and learn.  This trip is open to all abilities but will be strenuous at times. Participants should be able to lift 40-50 pounds, be prepared for physical work, carry things over uneven ground and challenging terrain, and be comfortable spending long periods of time on the water. The group will paddle and portage according to the group’s abilities.

The cost is $1200 plus 13% HST taxes. Registration deadline: March 30, 2020

“I am writing to thank Bruce and Emily and their great staff for the fantastic adult women’s trip I experienced at Temagami. Our Wabimaqua section was fantastic and the staff was so excellent that I wanted to let you know in writing.   Sarah Robbins, Lizzie Bourdelais, Maddie McClure, and Sarah Ingersoll were just stellar.  These are very strong, impressive, cheerful, knowledgeable leaders. Their teaching, guidance, judgement, and attitudes were exceptional. They were able to judge our skills and our levels of abilities and adapt the trip to us perfectly. It was the right blend of challenge and enjoyment, and we had enough down time to truly enjoy the wonderful campsites, swimming, sunshine, and delicious food they cooked for us.  They taught us a lot, all the while taking on most of the most difficult duties and making them look easy. 
We all had a fantastic time, and I know I speak for my fellow trippers in saying that we were both grateful and impressed with the staff’s level of expertise and ability to ‘read’ the group.”
-Lauren Geiger, 2019 participant

Click here to register for the women’s trip!

These trips are open to all abilities but will be strenuous at times. Participants should be able to lift 30-40 pounds, be prepared for physical work, carry things over uneven ground and challenging terrain and be comfortable spending long periods of time on the water.  The group will paddle and portage according to the group’s abilities.

We provide 3 meals a day, snacks, pots, pans, tents, canoes, paddles, life jackets, etc. plus experienced trip leaders.

You bring your personal gear: clothes, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, ground tarp, sun hat, toiletries etc.  A suggested gear list will be provided and travel details as we near closer to the summer of 2019.

*Note these trips are strenuous and participants should be able to walk rocky trails with a pack, swim, and lift 30 pounds.

We are excited to provide this opportunity and welcome you to a great adventure!