Duke of Edinburgh Gold Trip

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Duke of Edinburgh Gold Trip


Duke of Edinburgh Nopiming Canoe Trip Info – Gold Level

August 31st – September 4th

This is a 4 night trip for participants in the Duke of Edinburgh program, looking to earn their gold certification. The Bird River is a beautiful trip that takes in all the best that Nopiming park has to offer. The trip departs from Tulabi falls and travels along the Bird River to the Ontario Border. Depending on weather we will paddle between 60-80kms  


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The Basics

1.       The waiver, and medical info form are attached in this same email, and need to be filled out and signed to go on the trip. You can send scans of the documents to us, or mail them to our address (38 Purcell ave, Winnipeg Mb, R3G 1A1).

2.       Our trips depart from the Winnipeg Canoe Kayak Centre at 80 Churchill Drive (just across from Churchill High School). There is street parking available in front of the centre.

3.       We will meet at the centre at 7:00am Thursday morning, aiming to leave at 7:30am.

4.       We will return to Winnipeg mid-afternoon on Monday. Roughly around 6pm.

5.       You only need to bring what is mentioned on the packing list. Anything else is provided by us. We have boats, gear, food, tents, and a passenger van to transport you from Winnipeg to Nopiming Park

6.       We are outdoors for our entire trip. We camp in tents and spend our days on the water and around the campsites. Be prepared for rain, sun, bugs, and hot and cold weather. Sunscreen, bug-spray, rain-jackets, and 1 or 2 warm sweaters are recommended depending on forecast (and wool socks!).

7.       There is little to no cell-phone reception on the trip. We carry a Satellite phone in case of emergencies.

The Rules

1.       No alcohol/drugs

2.       Safety first. (Detailed safety instructions will be given on the trip)

3.       Respect the environment. We carry out all our garbage, make sure you dispose of everything properly while on the trip.





What to expect

This Gold level trip will focus on providing participants with camping and wilderness travel skills, as well as advanced canoe techniques and skills. We aim to paddle 10-20kms per day, with roughly two to four portages per day. We will paddle for 6 hours per day, with 2 hours of canoe skills practice and outdoor education in the evening.  The trip will be led by trained and professional guides, with a focus on teaching participants the skills needed to self-guide wilderness canoe trips. 

There will be a preparatory excursion on the Red River in Winnipeg. We will paddle for four hours through the Red and Seine Rivers. A date and time will be chosen shortly.

Skills Taught


-          Equipment Needed/How to Use It

-          Emergency Protocols/Procedures

-          Emergency Communication

-          Proper packing/What to wear


-          C-Stroke/J-Stroke

-          Draw/Cross-bow Draw

-          Rescues

-          Solo Canoeing


-          Shelter Building

-          Map Reading/Navigation

-          Fire Building

-          Environmental Protection (Leave No Trace)

-          Camp Cooking/Hygiene

-          First Aid in the Wilderness