Dates for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Practice and Training & Adventurous Journey Canoe Expeditions Summer 2017
**if there is interest in other dates not listed, please contact Chocpaw and request a new trip date to start**
July 2-4 Bronze Practice and Training and Qualifying journey
July 2-6 Silver Practice and Training and Qualifying Journey or Gold Residential Project
July 2-7 Gold Practice and Training and Qualifying Journey
ONLY if 15 people register for Bus transportation from KING CITY, then we will have shuttle
July 29- Aug 2 Silver Practice and Training and Qualifying Journey or Gold Residential Project
July 29-Aug 3 Gold Practice and Training and Qualifying Journey
July 29 trips – no shuttle provided from KING CITY
Aug 26-28 Bronze Practice and Training and Qualifying Journey
Aug 26-Aug 30 Silver Practice and Training and Qualifying Journey or Gold Residential Project
Aug 26-Aug 31 Gold Practice and Training and Qualifying Journey
.ONLY if 15 people register for Bus transportation from KING CITY, then we will have shuttle
Rates for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Canoe Trips – 2017
Bronze practice and Training & Adventurous Journey and Shuttle from Chocpaw office to Algonquin Park is: $436.25 +HST
Silver practice and Training & Adventurous Journey and Shuttle from Chocpaw office to Algonquin Park is: $612 + HST
Gold practice and Training & Adventurous Journey and Shuttle from Chocpaw office to Algonquin Park is: $712 + HS
Busing and Shuttle Rates:
School Bus shuttle organized by Chocpaw Shuttle from King City to Chocpaw in South River: $65 + HST = $73.45
The School Bus Shuttle’s will only run if there are 15 people who register for this service.
Ontario Northland Bus tickets From South River to Yorkdale or Young Street
$65 + HST = $73.45
Overview of Algonquin Park 4‑Day Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Canoe Trip
As an outdoor experiential education specialist, Chocpaw Expeditions creates innovative canoe trips into Algonquin Park. Educational programs include: Algonquin Park ecology, leadership development, sustainable living, traditional Canadian travel, survival, relationship building, local culture, group problem solving and self‑management skills. Algonquin Park is Canada’s favourite canoe adventure destination as well as its number one environmental research site, making this an ideal location for outdoor education. Chocpaw works with your school to help develop a program specifically for your student population and each trip is catered to the group.
The following itinerary is intended to give you an idea of a 4‑day Algonquin Park school canoe trip. Each Algonquin Park school canoe trip is 100% customized.
- DAY 1
9:00 a.m. rendezvous at Chocpaw Expedition’s head office in South River, Ontario situated at Algonquin Park’s northwest corner. After an orientation, brief lesson and lunch, we travel to the access point and canoe across Round Lake into Algonquin Park. Along the way we learn how to paddle, portage, navigate and enjoy an introduction to the park and its natural environment. We set up camp on a scenic point covered in pine trees and enjoy our first meal and campfire of the adventure. Learn how to set your campsite following the “leave no trace” guidelines and receive the most out of your wilderness home . At the end of the day we lie in our tents and nod off listening to the night forest folks and gentle lapping of the water.
- DAY 2
Watch the sun rise over the lake as we paddle in search of moose and other wildlife. Take advantage of ideal photography opportunities as we enjoy a hot breakfast along the shore. Afterwards, we paddle east through a series of classic Algonquin Park water ways. A floating lunch gives us the energy to paddle into wetlands where we will have a great opportunity to see beaver, great blue heron and moose. Our final stop is at a beautiful lake where dinner cooked over the fire satisfies our appetites as we exchange stories, legends and myths of travelling through the Canadian wilderness along with learning about the stars and constellations hovering high above us.
- DAY 3
The aroma of coffee and bacon frying gets you out of your sleeping bags and up for breakfast. After packing up camp, we head out for a series of portages through mixed maple forest learning about the unique mix of flora and fauna in the area. Options allow you to learn to solo a canoe and to navigate as we paddle back towards the starting point, stopping along the way for another floating lunch. We reach our last campsite of the adventure and settle in once more. Enjoy another great meal in the outdoors and evening campfire as we reflect on the trip.
After a tasty breakfast, we break camp and begin our paddle back to the access point. Along the way we learn more about the environment and wildlife around us. Stopping for one last look at the amazing park’s ecosystem we arrive at the access point and end the trip travel back at Chocpaw’s office for lunch and to debrief the adventure.
If you have decided to drive up to the Chocpaw and the South River Area pre-trip accommodation and meals can be arranged at the Northridge Inn or the Algonquin Motel. Please look on the right hand side of the page under “Places to Stay and Eat”
Information About our Shuttle Services:
New this year Chocpaw Expeditions is providing Bus shuttles for participants from the GTA/ Toronto area.
Shuttle from King City to Chocpaw Expeditions Office:
5 am on the first day of the canoe expedition. A school bus will meet the Bronze, Silver and Gold participants at the King City EnRoute North bound.
. This is roughly a 3 hr shuttle. $65 + HST
Shuttle from Chocpaw Office to Algonquin Park:
Participants arrive at the Chocpaw office around 8:30-9 am. The will spend an hour meeting their groups, guide and re-packing all the group gear for the expedition. Then hop on bus shuttle, and be taken to their starting location on Algonquin Park This is roughly a 25 min shuttle. $20 + HST
Busing Ontario Northland Bus from South River back to Toronto/Yorkdale Mall/Young Str:
On the final day of expedition, participants will eat lunch with the group and be ready to leave by 12 pm. Parents can either pick up their children at this location or Ontario Northland bus tickets can be purchased. We encourage you to purchase your own tickets via Ontario Northland (Please select the South River Bus for 4:40 pm), but if you need help please ask Chocpaw for some assistance. Chocpaw will shuttle participants from Algonquin park to the South River Bus Stop. t. Approx arrival time at Yorkdale mall is 9:45 pm (because the bus does not leave South River until 4:40 pm)
Shuttle or Ontario Northland Bus back to Yorkdale Mall are the same price $65 + HST
Inquiring About Private groups:
If you have a group of 6 or more participants you can select your own dates and we will attempt to accommodate your group. (From May to October)
5 Day Residential Projects:
We can also offer 5 day Gold Canoe trips which can be used as a RESIDENTIAL PROJECT. Please note, A RESIDENTIAL GOLD PROJECT is 5 DAYS. AN ADVENTUROUS JOURNEY FOR GOLD is 6 days. Ours dates listed below are all for ADVENTUROUS JOURNEY”S. IF you would like to complete a 5 day RESIDENTIAL PROJECT, we can add you to one of our 5 day Silver trips listed below. Our assessors will fill in the required information in your journal, so that it would show you have completed the 5 day GOLD RESIDENTIAL PROJECT. The price will be the same as a Silver Adventurous Journey Canoe Expedition. See rates below
Contacting Chocpaw Expeditions
P.O. Box 674, I Industrial Park Road, South River, Ontario, P0A 1X0
Phone/Fax – 705 – 386-0344
e-mail – email@example.com