Trip Report: Temagami Canoe Trip

Temagami canoe trip

I get to see so much of the province through canoe tripping. The Temagami canoe trip was my second official guiding gig with Wild Women Expeditions. It departed two days after my first official gig!

Temagami Preparations

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I benefitted when another guide had a conflict in her schedule and had to bow out of the Temagami weekend. A year and a bit after finishing my training at Algonquin College, after going back and forth with myself over whether I had the personality to guide trips, I got my chance. I supported long-time WWE guide Jennifer Holub.

 

After the Killarney Women & Girls canoe trip, I followed Jenny Martindale back to her home to help her unpack the Killarney trip, clean and air out group gear, and prepare for the Temagami trip. We grocery shopped, packed barrels, and repacked gear a day later.

 

Jen Holub and I set out to meet our group at the Sportsman Lodge, running the eight woman through Wild Women Expeditions’ policies, what our group gear looked like, and how to pack gear for a canoe trip. We turned in early to get a good night’s sleep.

 

Equipment

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  • Canoes, paddles, PFDs, safety gear, maps
  • Tents, tarps, camp kitchen, toilet kit
  • Food, water filtration, waterproof barrels
  • Expedition first aid kit

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  • Tent, fly, poles, stakes, and footprint
  • -10 degree Celsius sleeping bag, fleece liner
  • Emergency tarp, Thermarest

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  • 1 set of long underwear, wool socks, and fleece jacket
  • Camp pants, rain jacket, synthetic fill ‘down’ jacket, running shoes
  • Buff, wool hat, splash pants
  • Plus what I was wearing when I left (running capris, tech tee, rash guard, baseball cap, sunglasses, KEENS)

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  • PFD, whistle, multi-tool, pigtail, throwbag
  • Map, compass, DeLorme inReach personal locator, cell phone
  • Headlamp, waterproof matches, extra paracord
  • Small first aid kit

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  • Trail mix, CLIF bars
  • Starbucks VIA instant coffee
  • 3-1L Nalgenes, Aquatabs

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  • Toothbrush, toothpaste
  • Deodorant, sunscreen

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  • DSLR, Pelican Case, Gorillapod
  • Lenses, spare battery, and spare memory cards
  • Write-in-Rain notebook and pencil

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Temagami Canoe Trip: Daily Log

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After a hearty breakfast at the Sportsman’s Lodge we loaded our gear into the truck and headed out to our put-in.

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We enjoyed a leisurely start to our morning and made plans to go for a paddle after lunch for those who wanted a little more activity.

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A hot day in August means fun with mosquitoes on the portage trail.

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We were homeward bound on this hot, sunny, summer day.

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Published by Kate Ming-Sun

Travel happy. Outdoors professional. Writer. Photographer. Educator.

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