It was not only an experience from which I discovered that I am able to push myself a lot further than I thought when it comes to portaging a canoe, but also an experience that taught me how important it is for everyone to work together and to make sure that everything is done before the first person leaves. The trip enabled me to get to know my classmates closer and to discover great friendships that will hopefully last beyond my Canadian school year.
Looking back, there were many things that went well and better than I expected, but also some things that will need improvement for the next trip.
The first aspect I would improve is the organizing of the food menu. The planning of the menu went well and it included everything from breakfast to dinner and dessert. However, I think that we lost our overview after all the groceries were bought, maybe due to lack of communication, and therefore we found out too late that no one had thought of organizing the ingredients for the bannock, which was a part of our menu. This could have easily been avoided by proper communication, but luckily we had also brought cookies which replaced the bannock.
|Setting sails on the first day|
|French Fries from left over|
|Packing our gear in the morning|
|"The perfect weather for canoeing"|
Our trip was blessed with the perfect weather for canoeing, warm enough to wear shorts and t-shirt during the day, but also with a slight breeze that cooled us down. We were able to face challenges like two little rapids and the wind and waves of the first day. Afterwards we could enjoy the fun experience of rafting up and setting sails, allowing us to just lean back as we sailed over the whole length of the lake. The second day was great to go for a swim at high falls, which included a water-slide and cliff jumping. To enjoy the trip to the fullest a few others and me even went for a little night swim on the last night of the trip.
|Water-slide at Highfalls|
Although I did really like the hiking trip, I have to say that the canoe trip gave us a lot more opportunities to relax after long and exhausting days. Having only one group cook for everybody, instead of many small groups, made it a lot easier to sit together at the campfire and to get to know each other. For me, going on the trip was additionally a good opportunity to admire the great and beautiful wild nature of Canada’s National Parks. It was not only an opportunity to get to know people better, but also one to learn a lot about myself as well.
I would always do it again and I am already looking forward to adventures like this that I will hopefully get to do in the near future. A huge thanks to Mr. Brouwer for organizing most of it and for being patient with us in the mornings. Thanks to Mrs. Trumpower and Mrs. Lalonde as well, for coming on the trip with us, helping out and giving advice when needed.
It was an unforgettable experience from which I have learned many great life lessons.