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Wilderness Skills Training Program Schedule 2017 (draft)


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.


[ January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December | All Year ]


Saturday, January 14
Dion Frontenac Snowshoe Race

Presented by: Derrick Spafford, Spafford Health and Adventure, Yarker, ON

The Dion Frontenac Snowshoe Race is one of the races associated with the 2017 Dion Eastern Ontario Snowshoe Running Series. This 6.5 km race follows a rugged, wide and single track trail that includes rolling terrain on a combination of potentially deep snow and packed trail sections. There is a little bit of everything on a beautiful backcountry course! A limited number of snowshoes are available for rent. An awards ceremony immediately follows the race. For further details and to register, visit www.HealthandAdventure.com.

Time: sign in at 08h30 - 09h45; race at 10h00

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Saturday, January 21
Warm Winter Camping Workshop

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

Winter camping can be a ‘warm’ experience when a portable wood stove and a cotton wall tent are used. With proper equipment, even groups and families can travel safely and in comfort on extended trips. 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 15h30.
Pre-registration required by calling the Park Office (613) 376-3489.

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Saturday, January 21 to Sunday, January 22
Warm Winter Camping Overnight

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

Following the Day Workshop you may stay and experience an overnight outing and practice the skills you learned in the Workshop.
Dinner and Breakfast will be provided but please identify any dietary requirements you may have when registering. Participants must supply their own camping equipment/sleeping bag and personal items. A recommended equipment list will be provided by the instructor after registering.

Cost: Park camping permit (plus course and food costs). Space is limited.
For more details and to register please call the Park Office (613) 376-3489.

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Saturday, January 28
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.
Pre-registration required by calling the park office (613) 376-3489.

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Saturday, April 08
Wilderness Survival

Presented by: Walter Sepic, Firefly Adventures, Kingston, On.

Being properly prepared is essential to survive in the outdoors. This workshop is suitable for many skills levels from novice to more experienced (12 and older). Topics covered will include: trip planning; survival kits; importance of water and filtering; food and nutrition; hypothermia; shelters; uses of tarps and garbage bags; winter survival; the elements; fire starting techniques; communication methods; etc. This course will take place rain or shine so please be prepared with suitable outdoor clothing, a lunch, snacks and water.

Cost: $20.00 per person plus Park daily vehicle permit. Time: 09h00 to 16h00.
For more information or to register please call the park office (613) 376-3489.

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Saturday, April 22
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 06
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: 10h00 (meet at the Park Office)
To register please call the Park Office (613) 376-3489.

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Saturday, May 06
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.
Pre-register by calling the Park Office (613) 376-3489.

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Sunday, May 07
"Early Bird" 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. 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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Saturday, May 13
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. This course includes a basic introduction on how to use your GPS. Book your spot early! NOTE: This course is also offered on May 27.

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

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Saturday, May 27
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. This course includes a basic introduction on how to use your GPS. Book your spot early! NOTE: This course is also offered on May 13.

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

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Sunday, May 28
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
Pre-register by calling the Park Office (613) 376-3489.

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Friday, June 02 to Sunday, June 04
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 casualties. CPR-C and AED training is included. No pre-requisites but participants must be 16 years of age or older. Camping equipment and food not included but arrangements can be made upon request. 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 on June 16-18 and September 15-17.

$210.00 HST incl. plus Park camping permit. Time: Friday 17h00 to Sunday 16h00
Pre-register by calling the Park Office (613) 376-3489.

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Saturday, June 03
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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Saturday, June 03
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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Sunday, June 04
Canoe Clinic

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

Let’s demystify canoeing, learn and have fun! This workshop will include: Types of canoes and paddles, their parts, safety kits, fitting of pfd’s, entering and launching canoes, balancing, sitting or kneeling, bow and stern positions, landing and exiting, portaging techniques and types of strokes and applications. We’ll have lots of practice on the water, a canoe tour of South Otter Lake and a rousing game of canoe tag. Must bring your own canoe and gear. Rentals are available from Firefly or local outfitters.

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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Saturday, June 10 to Sunday, June 11
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 ORCKA skills. For those interested in learning how to canoe, this course may interest you. 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 government mandated safety equipment.
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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Friday, June 16 to Sunday, June 18
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 casualties. CPR-C and AED training is included. No pre-requisites but participants must be 16 years of age or older. Camping equipment and food not included but arrangements can be made upon request. 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 on June 02-04 and September 15-17.

$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, July 08
FISHING 101 For Women

presented by: Yvonne Brown, FISHING 101 For Women

This workshop is for women only. It focuses on fishing techniques, equipment, bait, lures, casting, knots, etc. This course involves in-class and practical lessons, all equipment is provided but you can bring your own if you wish. Bring your lunch, drinks, sunscreen, etc.
Minimum age of 14 years, no fishing licence is required 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 22
Paddle Canada - Introduction to Flatwater Sea Kayaking

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

A day on, in and under the water teaching you fundamentals of Sea Kayaking, theories, strokes, rescues and recovery skills. Kayak and paddling gear is included.

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

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Saturday, July 29
Kayak Basics - "Getting Started" Kayak Course

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

Discover the world of kayaking with this ½ day course. The focus is on basic paddling techniques, kayak design and safety. A tranquil paddle on South Otter Lake will follow and is a great opportunity to practice your new skills. Kayak and paddling gear is included.

Cost: $95.00 +tax per person plus Park daily vehicle permit. Time: 13h00 to 16h00
Please register by calling 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.

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Saturday, September 09
Dutch Oven 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 09
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 15 to Sunday, September 17
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 casualties. CPR-C and AED training is included. No pre-requisites but participants must be 16 years of age or older. Camping equipment and food not included but arrangements can be made upon request. It is recommended to hike or canoe to the campsite Friday.
For further information, please contact Steve Tripp at wildernesstripping@gmail.com. NOTE: This course is also offered on June 02-04 and June 16-18.

$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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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.

Comments to the Friends of Frontenac Park.

Report errors to: Jérôme McDuff

Revised: 24-October-2016