Backcountry Survival (INTENSIVE)

Backcountry Survival (INTENSIVE)

Want BUSH MOXIE? Its one thing to survive in the wild, its another to comfortably exist there for a given time. For those looking to acquire or sharpen existing back country survival skills, and to feel at home in the wild, this trip may be for you. Although we'll travel by foot or by paddle, we'll spend time focusing on survival and bush craft techniques, such as fire and shelter building, identifying and gathering edible plants, animals and fish, selecting a secure and advantageous camp site, as well as reviewing LNT (Leave No Trace) camping etiquette and procedures. We'll also review basic rope knowledge along with the fundamentals of wilderness first aid and rescue. We'll make sense of the endless gear available and discover what little one needs to survive. Draw from our years of experience and learn how to live comfortably and safely in the wild!

We typically head out on a Thursday morning and return by Saturday night. Our trip routes are shaped around your comfort level and we have several different wilderness areas we often use.

We'll start our journey with an initial meeting, get to know each other and set out some goals and plans for an amazing time on our trip.

At the end of this meeting we'll set up a time for our 2 - 4 night Back Country Survival trip. Typically we visit places like Killarney park, Algonquin Park, Frontenac Park as well as sections of the Bruce trail and other Crown land trails. For paddle based trips we'll visit places like the French and Black river or the coast of Georgian bay. All the parks and wilderness we visit offer stunning scenery and seclusion, a chance to see the local wildlife, and suit all levels from beginner to experienced. If there's a place you'd love to visit, let us know and we can add it to our list!

At Deepwater Excursions we love to serve! Cooking and serving awesome meals is part of our passion and you will enjoy healthy, fresh, home cooked meals on the trip. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate are readily available as well. We of course will alter the menu for gluten sensitivities, allergies and vegetarian diets.

In addition to all food on the trip, we supply canoes, paddles and life jackets, tents, water purification, stoves and cooking gear, all safety and first aid equipment, and miscellaneous gear. At our first meeting we'll give you a list of personal items you may want to take, the most important being a sleeping bag, foam roll and sturdy pair of hiking boots. If the trip is hiking based you'll also need your trusty hiking pack to carry your personal effects. Not to worry if you don't have a pack, we have several to loan out.

After careful planning and preparation, we'll makes brand new tracks across the trails of Ontario's wilderness, as the world of distraction melts further away around every turn in the trail.

We'll return home after our time away refreshed and encouraged, energized and focused. We see this time as the start of a new beginning, time to make new commitments to ourselves, our families, and relationships.

$850 + HST for all sessions and 3 day trip. Please inquire about family and group discounts.

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