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Wilderness Skills Training Program Schedule 2018 - 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.


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Saturday, January 27 2018
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.
Registration required by calling the Park Office (613) 376-3489.

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Saturday, January 27 to Sunday, January 28 2018
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, February 10 2018
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.
Registration required by calling the park office (613) 376-3489.

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Saturday, February 24 2018
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 2018 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: 10:00am (race day registration from 8:30 – 9:45am at the Park Office)

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Saturday, April 14 2018
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, April 28 2018
Survival Techniques for the Outdoors

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. Please meet at the park office.
For more information or to register please call the park office (613) 376-3489.

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Saturday, May 05 2018
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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Saturday, May 05 2018
Spring Nature Walk

Presented by: Maureen Sly 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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Sunday, May 06 2018
"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 12 2018
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 26-May-2018.

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

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Saturday, May 26 2018
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 12-May-2018.

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

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Saturday, May 26 2018
Red Cross Wilderness First Aid - RECERTIFICATION

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

This 8 hour course takes place in the park interior at the Arab Lake Parking Area. There will be a complete review of CPR and AED training. There were will be some practice skits to refresh skills, and 2 scenarios to practice holistic approaches. Participants will be both casualties and rescuers. NOTE: This is a Canadian Red Cross WFA recertification; only participants with a valid CRC WFA card are eligible for recertification.

Cost: $125.00 HST incl. plus daily park permit. Time: 09h00 to 16h00
Pre-register by calling the Park Office (613) 376-3489.

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Sunday, May 27 2018
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
Register by calling the Park Office (613) 376-3489.

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Friday, June 01 to Sunday, June 03 2018
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. This course starts Friday evening. Participants can hike or canoe to campsite #3 Friday.
For more information, please contact Steve Tripp at wildernesstripping@gmail.com. NOTE: This course is also offered on June 15-17 and September 21-23.

$245.00 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 02
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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Sunday, June 10
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 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, June 15 to Sunday, June 17 2018
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. This course starts Friday evening. Participants can hike or canoe to campsite #3 Friday.
For more information, please contact Steve Tripp at wildernesstripping@gmail.com. NOTE: This course is also offered on June 01-03 and September 21-23.

$245.00 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 16 and Sunday, June 17
ORCKA Basic Canoe Certification - Tandem Basic Level 1, 2 and 3 or (solo) level 4

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

This is the ORCKA (Ontario Recreational Canoeing and Kayaking Association) 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 each day
To register please call the Park Office (613) 376-3489.

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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.
A challenge celebration with distribution of certificates and free BBQ will be held at the Park Office on November 10th, 2018 from 10h30 - 12h30.

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Friday, September 21 to Sunday, September 23 2018
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. This course starts Friday evening. Participants can hike or canoe to campsite #3 Friday.
For more information, please contact Steve Tripp at wildernesstripping@gmail.com. NOTE: This course is also offered on June 01-03 and June 15-17.

$245.00 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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Friday, October 12 to Sunday October 14 2018
Red Cross Advanced Wilderness First Aid

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

This is a 20 hour bridge course based on the CRC WFA. This course is a comprehensive first aid and CPR techniques for those who need a higher level of training to work and respond to emergencies in isolated or wilderness settings. Training is also suitable for those who act as guides or supervisors for groups of people. The course covers material in Standard First Aid & CPR, plus advanced strategies for providing extended care for more than 24 hours. Participants can hike or canoe to the campsite #11.
For more information, please contact Steve Tripp at wildernesstripping@gmail.com. NOTE: Prerequisite: Canadian Red Cross Wilderness First Aid in past 24 months, and must have their CRC WFA manual.

$226.00 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, December 15 2018
Christmas Bird Count for Frontenac

presented by: Presented by The Friends of Frontenac

Christmas Bird Counts are a longrunning Citizen Science project that collects valuable information on winter bird populations. Register to join a field survey team for the day (suitable for adults and teens), or drop by the Park Office for an all-ages afternoon count in the park. A great opportunity to learn more about birding from local experts while exploring the diverse habitats of the Frontenac Arch.
Details will be posted in November on the Friends’ website, or call the Park Office.

Free! Time: 08h30 to 16h00

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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 recognized at the next Challenge Celebration in November with a certificate, a crest, 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: 11-May-2018