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Wilderness Skills Training Program Schedule 2017
and Preview for 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, December 16
Christmas Bird Count for Frontenac

Thumbnail of poster for CBCpresented by: The Friends of Frontenac

The Friends lead the “Frontenac” Christmas Bird Count (CBC) field surveys for the Park area. A great opportunity to learn more about birding while exploring different habitats. Our census area now includes part of the Frontenac Forests Important Bird Area, newly designated in 2017. Join the fun – more people allow better coverage of the park, and your birdwatching helps science! The Winter Birds 101 workshop at 09h00 in Sydenham, followed by the outdoor survey, is suitable for adults and teens. Dress warmly, and bring binoculars if you have them. This event will be followed by a dinner social beginning at 17h00 back in Sydenham. View the official poster (pdf).

Free! Time: 09h00 to 16h30
For information and registration: 613-531-4578 or bonta.johnson@sympatico.ca.

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Saturday, December 16
Christmas Bird Count for Kids!

Thumbnail of poster for CBC for kidspresented by: The Friends of Frontenac

Children and their families can also celebrate birds and contribute to the “Frontenac” CBC! This interactive afternoon workshop will introduce common winter birds using specimens and displays, then will head out on a short guided hike to look for birds to count. Warm up afterward with hot chocolate, sharing stories and fun facts about birds. Dress warmly, and bring binoculars if you have them. View the official poster (pdf).

Free! Time: 13h00 to 15h00
For information 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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Preview for 2018


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 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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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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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: 01-December-2017