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Community News Algonquin trip helps students appreciate natural world

Algonquin trip helps students appreciate natural world

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Wednesday, 22 February 2012

 On the Family Day weekend, Trinity College School students in the Travel Outdoor Education course, and several students attempting to complete their Silver Duke of Edinburgh award, headed to Northern Edge Algonquin Park for four days of winter fun and adventure. The group was treated to fantastic accommodations at “the Edge,” where they were able to experience off-the-grid living (the lodge is entirely solar powered), and delicious organic, locally grown foods.

The group spent the entire first day making their way through the snowy wilderness by way of dog sledding. The students were able to create a bond with their team of dogs as they worked hard to lead them through the forest.

The following day, the students set out on an all-day snowshoe adventure across the lake and deep into the Algonquin forest. The students learned about several different types of flora and fauna as well as being able to eat lunch at a long-abandoned German prisoner of war cabin deep in the woods. The next day students spent the majority of the day building winter shelters in several feet of snow. A 10-minute fire building competition was also a highlight of the day. Aside from the scheduled activities, the students were able to find time to skate on the lake, stargaze, enjoy s’mores around the campfire, play music and hang out in the cabin enjoying hot chocolate.

Here are some reflections from our students on their expedition:

“This trip to Algonquin Park showed me how beautiful a Canadian winter can be and what interesting things you could do outdoors in the winter. My personal favourite experience was the dog sledding and the hike through the different parts of Algonquin Park. During this trip you could experience the beauty of our nature and what we can learn from nature and the environment around it. I will never forget this nice winter trip.” Torbjoern Brandt (Grade 11 student from Germany)

“I really enjoyed my time in Algonquin Park. The scenery and the wildlife out there were spectacular, and I consider myself lucky to have seen such a beautiful part of Canada.” Francesca Di Pietro (Grade 12 student from Ontario)

“This trip was such a unique chance to interact with nature and to be more mindful regarding my surroundings.” Yael De la Cruz Balboa (Grade 11 student from Mexico)

“The two things that I was most glad I brought on this expedition were consideration for nature and other campers and the willingness to try to make the most of the experience. For people who want to have a fun time, this trip will certainly be the time of their lives.” Sean Colcleugh (Grade 10 student from Ontario)

The trip was a fantastic way to reconnect with nature and spend some time in one of the most impressive landscapes this country has to offer.

Click here for more photos from the trip!

- By Tom Tansley, health & physical education teacher


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