Abbreviated Trip Report: Bell & Balsam Lakes in Killarney

July Killarney Trip

Wild Women Expeditions‘ first Women & Girls canoe trip of the season kicked off my second year of guiding canoe trips for the outdoor adventure travel company for women. The weather forecast looked to be hot and sunny, consistent with the rest of the summer. We had mothers and grandmothers bringing their daughters and granddaughters to explore Killarney Provincial Park with us for a long weekend.

Canoe Trip through Bell & Balsam Lakes in Killarney:

Preparations

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I arrived in Sudbury around 11:30 on Thursday morning, picked up some extra camp fuel from Canadian Tire, and headed to Jenny’s to check pantry supplies. We grocery shopped at the nearby Your Independent Grocer, organized food by day and meal, sorted group gear, tested stoves. By 5pm we were pretty well packed up and ready for the next morning.

Equipment

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  • Canoes, paddles, PFDs, safety gear, maps
  • Tents, tarps, camp kitchen, toilet kit, expedition first aid kit
  • Food for 10 people for 3 days, water filtration + Aquatabs, waterproof barrels
  • DeLorme InReach personal locator device (Wild Women Expeditions’)

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  • Tent, fly, poles, stakes, and footprint
  • -10 degree Celsius sleeping bag, fleece liner, fleece-lined stuff sack (pillow)
  • Yellow foamie, Thermarest

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  • Rain jacket, fleece jacket, running shoes, buff, splash pants
  • Camp pants, PJs
  • Plus what I was wearing when I left (quick dry shorts, tech tee, rash guard, baseball cap, sunglasses, Tevas [closed toe])

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[su_plan name=”My Safety Gear”]

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

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[su_plan name=”My Food”]

  • Almonds, CLIF bars
  • 2-1L Nalgenes

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  • Toothbrush, toothpaste
  • Deodorant, sunscreen, bug spray

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[su_plan name=”My Luxuries”]

  • DSLR, Pelican Case, Gorillapod
  • Lenses, spare battery, and spare memory cards
  • Write-in-Rain notebook, log book, and pen
  • Field guides, binoculars, oil pastels, water colors

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Daily Log

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We met 8 intrepid women and girls at Killarney Kanoes.

Date: Friday, July 22, 2016

Weather: 28 degrees Celsius, sunny

Distance: ~2 kms

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The girls wanted time for one more swim before we set out for Balsam Lake.

Date: Saturday, July 23, 2016

Weather: 25 degrees Celsius, partly cloudy

Distance: ~6 kms

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We had our morning routine dialed in by Sunday morning.

Date: Sunday, July 24, 2016

Weather: 21 degrees Celsius, sunny

Distance: ~8 kms

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Published by Kate Ming-Sun

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

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