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Wilderness Skills Training Program Schedule 2016


If you enjoy being in the outdoors; cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, camping and improving your paddling strokes, then join us at Frontenac Provincial Park. The Wilderness Skills Program teaches outdoors enthusiasts through hands on experience valuable outdoor skills. The program has something for everyone; the beginners, the experts, and families. So plan on visiting us and make the most of your outdoor adventures.

To register for most of the programs described below please call (613) 376-3489. Meet at the Park Office unless specified.

The Presentation Fee is payable to the PRESENTER and the Provincial Park Daily Vehicle or Camping Permits can be purchased at the Park Office or the Self-Serve Kiosk.


Note: Other activities such as Lecture, volunteer opportunities, etc... are listed in the Friends' Activities page.


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Saturday, January 23
Warm Winter Camping Trip Planning

Presented by: Zabe MacEachren, Queen's University, Outdoor Education Co-ordinator

Winter camping can be a hot experience when a portable wood stove and wall tent are used. With the proper equipment and clothing, even groups and families can travel safely and comfortably on extended trips during the winter. All basics will be covered, including trip planning, equipment details and safety, so you can feel confident planning your own trip.

Cost: Daily vehicle permit. Time: 10h00 to 15h00.
To register please call the Park Office (613) 376-3489.

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FULL! Saturday, January 23 to Sunday, January 24
Warm Winter Camping Overnight

Presented by: Zabe MacEachren, Queen's University, Outdoor Education Co-ordinator

Following the Day Workshop you may stay and experience the night overnight in the wall tent.
Dinner and breakfast will be provided. When registering, please specify if you have any dietary restrictions. Participants must supply their own camping equipment/sleeping bag and personal items. Recommended equipment list will be provided by the instructor after registering. Space is limited. The Fee includes the instructor cost, the basic equipment and dinner and breakfast.

Cost: $60.00 plus the Park camping fee. Maximum 8 persons.
To register please call the Park Office (613) 376-3489.

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Saturday, January 30
Winter Camping Trip Planning

Presented by: The Friends of Frontenac

Accurate pre-trip planning can minimize many of the discomforts associated with extended forms of backcountry travel during the winter. Topics include: route selection and assessment, safe forms of winter travel, shelters, clothing, equipment, menu planning, physical fitness and conditioning, and safety. Share ideas and concerns about low-impact winter camping and trip planning.

Cost: Daily vehicle permit. Time: 10h00 to 15h30.
To register please call the Park Office (613) 376-3489.

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CANCELED - LACK OF SNOW! Saturday, February 06
Snowshoe Workshop and Walk

Presented by: Ed Grenda and The Friends of Frontenac

Learn about the different styles of snowshoes, harnesses and snowshoeing techniques. Indoor instruction is followed with a snowshoe hike in the afternoon, led by Edward Grenda. Be prepared for a winter outing. Bring your lunch, a warm drink and snowshoes. A limited number of snowshoes are available for rent, so please specify if you require a pair.

Cost: Park daily vehicle permit. Time: 10h30 to 15h30.
To register please call the Park Office (613) 376-3489.

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Saturday, April 23
Historical Walk

Presented by: Jérôme McDuff and The Friends of Frontenac

Join history enthusiast, Jérôme McDuff for a leisurely, interpretive walk along Big Salmon Lake Road to learn about the early homesteaders in the Park. Bring your lunch, water and comfortable walking shoes. Register with the Park Office. Plan to go rain or shine.

Cost: Park daily vehicle permit. Time: 10h30 to 16h00.
To register please call the Park Office (613) 376-3489.

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Saturday, May 07
ORCKA Canoe Instructors Recertification Clinic

presented by: Barry Irish, Paddle Away Adventures, Kingston, Ontario.

All ORCKA, Basic, Canadian Style Paddling and Tripping Instructors must recertify every three years to stay current and able to instruct. This clinic will allow instructors to recertify, network and practice their skills. Part of the day will be classroom and part on the water. Everyone who attends will be certified in the new ORCKA Canoeing Program. All participants must register with ORCKA prior to the clinic.
For further information, please contact Barry Irish 613-634-4177; cell 613-539-4864 or email birish@cogeco.ca.

Cost: $50.00, plus Park daily vehicle permit. Time: 09h00 to 17h00.
To register please call the Park Office (613) 376-3489.

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Saturday, May 07
Spring Nature Walk

Presented by: Maureen Sly, Anne Robertson and the Friends of Frontenac

Join the Friends on this short leisurely walk to examine the plant and animal life along the 3 km Doe Lake trail. Bring your binoculars, camera, a drink, snack, hiking shoes and bug repellent. Plan to go rain or shine. Please, no dogs.

Cost: Park daily vehicle permit. Time: 10h30 (meet at the Park Office)
To register please call the Park Office (613) 376-3489.

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Saturday, May 14
Introduction to Backcountry Camping

Presented by: Don Stables, Jérôme McDuff and the Friends of Frontenac

For those who wish to venture to the backcountry to enjoy the outdoors, but who are unsure what to pack or buy, this is a workshop for you. Topics include: how to get started, clothing, footwear, equipment, food, water treatment and safety in the outdoors. This day-long workshop is meant to introduce the new backwoods camper to this form of recreation.

Cost: Park daily vehicle permit. Time: 09h00 to 16h00.
To register please call the Park Office (613) 376-3489.

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Sunday, May 15
Spring Bird Walk

Presented by: Kathy Felkar, Mike Burge and the Friends of Frontenac

Join Kathy Felkar and Mike Burge from the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory (peptbo.ca) on a ramble about the park to find spring migratory birds that may be returning to the area to nest or are just stopping by for a brief visit, as they head further north. Warblers, Vireos, Scarlet Tanagers are all possibilities! Bring binoculars, camera, drinks, lunch, hiking shoes and bug repellent. Please, no dogs.

Cost: Park daily vehicle permit. Time: 08h00 (meet at the Park Office)
To register please call the Park Office (613) 376-3489.

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Sorry this course is FULL. Sunday, May 15
Wilderness Navigation Using Map and Compass, Level 1

presented by: The Friends of Frontenac.

Our wilderness navigation workshops provide participants with theoretical and practical skills of reading and interpreting topographic maps in order to safely plot a course through the wilderness. NOTE: This course is also offered on May 28.

Cost: $25.00 per person plus Park daily vehicle permit. Time: 09h00 to 16h00
To register please call the Park Office (613) 376-3489.

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Sorry this course is FULL. Saturday, May 28
Wilderness Navigation Using Map and Compass, Level 1

presented by: The Friends of Frontenac.

Our wilderness navigation workshops provide participants with theoretical and practical skills of reading and interpreting topographic maps in order to safely plot a course through the wilderness.

Cost: $25.00 per person plus Park daily vehicle permit. Time: 09h00 to 16h00
To register please call the Park Office (613) 376-3489.

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Sorry this course is FULL. Sunday, May 29
Wilderness Navigation Using Map and Compass, Level 2

Presented by: The Friends of Frontenac.

This workshop is designed to give participants time to build on the knowledge acquired in the Level 1 course. Use your new skills to navigate off trail the entire day, as a group and under the supervision of the instructor. Everyone will have a chance to get a lot of practice. Be prepared to spend most of the day outdoors, rain or shine, after a short review indoors. You will need a lunch, plenty of water and come dressed for the weather and bush travel, including long pants and sturdy hiking boots/shoes. Participation in Level 1 is recommended but not necessary, if you know how to use a map and compass and just want more practice navigating off trail. Includes basic introduction on how to use your GPS.

Cost: $25.00 per person plus Park daily vehicle permit. Time: 09h00 to 16h00
To register please call the Park Office (613) 376-3489.

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CANCELED! Sunday, May 29 to Friday, June 03
ORCKA Canoe Tripping – Level 1 & 2 (or Level 3)

presented by: Barry Irish, Paddle Away Adventures, Kingston, Ontario.

The Ontario Recreational Canoeing and Kayaking Association certified course. Level 1 & 2 is an opportunity to learn how to canoe trip for beginners. Participants must be able to trip on their own after this course. Level 1 & 2 is a prerequisite for ORCKA’s Canoe Tripping 3 Course. The Level 3 Tripping is the guide standard for Ontario and is recognised in many other provinces. These courses may be of interest to education teachers or those looking to become professional guides. Topics to include all aspects of canoe tripping (camping) such as: equipment use and selection, safety, food handling, trip planning, various techniques and much more.
Course starts on the evening of May 29.
For further information, please contact Barry Irish 613-634-4177; cell 613-539-4864 or email birish@cogeco.ca.

Cost: $625.00, plus Park camping permits.
To register please call the Park Office (613) 376-3489.

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Sorry this course is FULL. Friday, June 03 to Sunday, June 05
Red Cross Wilderness First Aid

presented by: Steve Tripp, Wilderness Tripping, Kingston, Ontario

This 20 hour course takes place in the park interior and is designed to give participants training needed to care for a casualty for up to 24 hrs in a wilderness or remote context. Focus is on prevention but in this scenario based course you will learn and practice assessment, treatment and stabilization of the patient. CPR-C and AED training is included. No pre-requisites. Camping equipment and food not included. Camping gear available for rent. It is recommended to hike or canoe to the campsite Friday.
For more information, please contact Steve Tripp at wildernesstripping@gmail.com. NOTE: This course is also offered from June 17 to 19.

$210.00 HST incl. plus Park camping permit. Time: Friday p.m. to Sunday 16h00
To register please call the Park Office (613) 376-3489.

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Saturday, June 04
Canoe Clinic

presented by: Walter Sepic, Firefly Adventures, Kingston, Ontario.

You will go through dry land lessons first with: canoe design, parts, paddles, emergency and mandatory legislated equipment and their use, proper PFD’s or lifejackets, balancing, proper sitting or kneeling, bow and stern positions and what is required of both positions, portaging and types of portages, entering and exiting a canoe, holding and using a paddle, types of strokes and when to use, extended paddling tips, and on water practice of those strokes. After lunch, for a finale you will go out on South Otter Lake for a more extended paddle. Must bring your own equipment and canoe.

Cost: $20.00, plus Park daily vehicle permit. Time: 09h00 to 16h00.
To register please call the Park Office (613) 376-3489.

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Sunday, June 05
Single Burner Gourmet Cooking

presented by: Barry Irish, Paddle Away Adventures, Kingston, Ontario.

Food in the wilderness does not have to be boring. Topics to include: food preparation, food storage, food safety, recipes, types of stoves, utensils and more. This clinic explores the ability to prepare good and interesting food. You do not have to use the prepackaged food from the outdoors stores. This is an opportunity to exchange recipes, techniques and ideas. You may bring some food, ideas and techniques of your own to share.

Cost: $25.00 per person (includes food), plus Park daily vehicle permit. Time: 10h00 to 13h00.
To register please call the Park Office (613) 376-3489.

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Sunday, June 05
The Amazing Tarp - Tarping Made Easy

presented by: Barry Irish, Paddle Away Adventures, Kingston, Ontario.

Learn how to put up tarps easily. Topics include: types of tarps, ropes, different methods of putting up tarps, useful knots, and more. This is an opportunity to learn the many uses of tarps and to share your own ideas.

Cost: Park daily vehicle permit. Time: 13h00 to 15h00.
To register please call the Park Office (613) 376-3489.

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Saturday, June 11
Fly Casting For Beginners

presented by: The Kingston Area Fly Fishing Club.

The Kingston Area Fly Fishing Club is presenting a one day fly fishing course for beginners. The emphasis will be on casting techniques with hands on instruction. As well, time will be spent on related topics such as: equipment, safety, useful knots, and other aspects of fly fishing such as appropriate flies for local fish species. Necessary equipment will be provided but feel free to bring your own.

Cost: $20.00 per person plus Park daily vehicle permit. Time: 10h00 to 16h00
To register please call the Park Office (613) 376-3489.

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Additional course by popular demand!
Friday, June 17
Wilderness Navigation Using Map and Compass, Level 1

presented by: The Friends of Frontenac.

Our wilderness navigation workshops provide participants with theoretical and practical skills of reading and interpreting topographic maps in order to safely plot a course through the wilderness.

Cost: $25.00 per person plus Park daily vehicle permit. Time: 09h00 to 16h00
To register please call the Park Office (613) 376-3489.

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Sorry this course is FULL. Friday, June 17 to Sunday, June 19
Red Cross Wilderness First Aid

presented by: Steve Tripp, Wilderness Tripping, Kingston, Ontario

This 20 hour course takes place in the park interior and is designed to give participants training needed to care for a casualty for up to 24 hrs in a wilderness or remote context. Focus is on prevention but in this scenario based course you will learn and practice assessment, treatment and stabilization of the patient. CPR-C and AED training is included. No pre-requisites. Camping equipment and food not included. Camping gear available for rent. It is recommended to hike or canoe to the campsite Friday.
For more information, please contact Steve Tripp at wildernesstripping@gmail.com.

$210.00 HST incl. plus Park camping permit. Time: Friday p.m. to Sunday 16h00
To register please call the Park Office (613) 376-3489.

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Saturday, June 25 to Sunday, June 26
ORCKA Basic Canoe Certification (Tandem) Level 1, 2 and 3 or
ORCKA Basic Canoe Certification (Solo) Level 4

presented by: Barry Irish, Paddle Away Adventures, Kingston, Ontario.

This is the ORCKA introduction to tandem canoeing and is the basis for all other ORCKA skills. Learn how to canoe or those interested to advance to other ORCKA skill levels. This course may be of interest to those wishing to work for any Ontario Government agency, educators or scouters. Topics include: canoeing skills, safety, equipment selection, etc. After this course you should be able to safely paddle a tandem canoe. Required equipment: your own canoe, paddle, PFD and safety equipment. There are a limited number of canoes, if needed.
For further information, please contact Barry Irish 613-634-4177; cell 613-539-4864 or email birish@cogeco.ca. NOTE: This course is also offered on July 16 to July 17.

Cost: $200.00, plus Park daily vehicle permit. Time: 08h00 - 17h00
To register please call the Park Office (613) 376-3489.

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Sunday, July 03
FISHING 101 For Women

presented by: Yvonne Brown, FISHING 101 For Women

This workshop is for women only. It focuses on fishing techniques, equipment, baits, lures, casting, knots, fish care and handling as well as actual practice at Otter Lake. All loaner equipment, rods, reels, etc. is provided. Bring your lunch, drinks, sunscreen, hat, etc.
Minimum age 14 yrs. No fishing licence is needed during this week. Pre registration required.

Cost: $15.00 per person plus Park daily vehicle permit. Time: 08h30 to 14h30
To register please call the Park Office (613) 376-3489.

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Saturday, July 16 to Sunday, July 17
ORCKA Basic Canoe Certification (Tandem) Level 1, 2 and 3 or
ORCKA Basic Canoe Certification (Solo) Level 4

presented by: Barry Irish, Paddle Away Adventures, Kingston, Ontario.

This is the ORCKA introduction to tandem canoeing and is the basis for all other ORCKA skills. Learn how to canoe or those interested to advance to other ORCKA skill levels. This course may be of interest to those wishing to work for any Ontario Government agency, educators or scouters. Topics include: canoeing skills, safety, equipment selection, etc. After this course you should be able to safely paddle a tandem canoe. Required equipment: your own canoe, paddle, PFD and safety equipment. There are a limited number of canoes, if needed.
For further information, please contact Barry Irish 613-634-4177; cell 613-539-4864 or email birish@cogeco.ca.

Cost: $200.00, plus Park daily vehicle permit. Time: 08h00 - 17h00
To register please call the Park Office (613) 376-3489.

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Saturday, July 23
Paddle Canada - Introduction to Flatwater Sea Kayaking

presented by: Christine Showler, Frontenac Outfitters Canoe & Kayak Centre, Sydenham, Ontario

A comprehensive full day on, in and under the water, teaching you the fundamentals of Sea Kayaking: theories, strokes, rescues and recovery skills. Past participants often repeat this confidence-building course year after year to further develop and refine their skills. Course to take place at Frontenac Provincial Park on South Otter Lake. Kayak and quality paddling gear included.

Cost: $185.00 +tax per person plus Park daily vehicle permit. Time: 08h30 to 16h00
To register: 613-376-6220 or www.frontenac-outfitters.com

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Sunday, August 07
Kayak Basics - "Getting Started" Kayak Course

presented by: Christine Showler, Frontenac Outfitters Canoe & Kayak Centre, Sydenham, Ontario

You're invited to discover the wonderful world of kayaking with this ½ day ‘getting started’ course. The focus is on basic paddling techniques, kayak design and safety. A tranquil paddle on South Otter Lake at Frontenac Provincial Park will quickly prove kayaking is a sport anyone can enjoy. All that is required is an attitude for fun. Kayak and quality paddling gear included!.

Cost: $95.00 +tax per person plus Park daily vehicle permit. Time: 13h00 to 16h00
To register: 613-376-6220 or www.frontenac-outfitters.com

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September 01 to October 31
The Frontenac Challenge, Junior Challenge, and Frontenac Trek

Presented by: The Friends of Frontenac.

The Frontenac Challenge is the Friends’ most popular event and a great way to get to know the park. Participants must hike all 11 original loops of the park’s trail system between September 1st and October 31st. The Junior Challengers (12 years and under) must hike any 6 trail loops. The Frontenac Trek requires that participants hike any 6 of the major trail loops, not including Arab Lake Gorge and Doe Lake Trails. If successful, participants will receive a certificate and be acknowledged on a plaque in the Park Office. In order to “take the Challenge”, you must register at the Park Office and then set out to hike Frontenac through the autumn splendour. This year’s Challenge celebration will be held on Saturday, November 5th at 10h30.

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Saturday, September 10
Dutch Oven Gourmet Wilderness Cooking

presented by: Barry Irish, Paddle Away Adventures, Kingston, Ontario.

Food in the wilderness does not have to be boring. Topics include: food preparation, food storage, food safety, recipes, types of stoves, utensils, and more. This explores the ability to have good and interesting food in the wilderness with the use of Dutch ovens and small twig stoves. You do not have to use prepackaged food from the outdoors stores. A great opportunity to exchange recipes, ideas and techniques. You may bring food of your own if you wish.

Cost: $25.00 (includes food), plus Park daily vehicle permit. Time: 10h00 to 13h00
To register please call the Park Office (613) 376-3489.

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Saturday, September 10
Electronics On Wilderness Trips

presented by: Barry Irish, Paddle Away Adventures, Kingston, Ontario.

This clinic explores the use of electronics in the wilderness. Topics include: Satellite phones, cell phones, text messaging systems, GPS, power supplies for your electronics, apps, for your cell phone or tablet.

Cost: Park daily vehicle permit. Time: 13h00 to 14h00
To register please call the Park Office (613) 376-3489.

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Friday, September 23 to Sunday, September 25
Red Cross Advanced Wilderness First Aid

presented by: Steve Tripp, Wilderness Tripping, Kingston, ON.

Advanced Wilderness First Aid is an additional 20 hours to the Basic Wilderness First Aid program, and focuses on care for a patient for more than 24 hrs. This bridge course is a continuation of the Red Cross WFA program within the year of 2014 and can be a continuation of any Red Cross Training Partner WFA. This course is more situation-based, with more hands-on practice time. Pre-requisite: the 2014 WFA, card and manual.
For more information, please contact Steve Tripp at wildernesstripping@gmail.com.

$200.00 HST incl. plus Park camping permit. Time: Friday p.m. to Sunday 16h00
To register please call the Park Office (613) 376-3489.

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All Year
The Frontenac All Season Camping Challenge

Presented by: The Friends of Frontenac.

The Challenge: to camp at least one night in each of the months of the year in Frontenac Provincial Park. Register at the Park Office and retain your copy of the camping permits as proof of your stay during each of the 12 months. Once done, submit your record sheet with the copies of your permits and you will be acknowledged at the next Challenge BBQ with a certificate and your name on the Camping Challenge plaque!

Cost: Park camping fee.

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Other activities such as Lecture, volunteer opportunities, etc... are listed in the Friends' Activities page.

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Revised: 28-May-2016