Check Off As You Pack Them
- backpack or duffle bag lined with a garbage bag (bring a pack with handles but NOT a suitcase!)
- 1 pairs pants – army pants, track pants, etc
- 1 pair shorts
- 3 pairs socks
- 3 pairs underwear
- 3 T-shirts
- 1 long sleeve shirt
- 1 sweater or light jacket
- 1 rain coat/poncho/Gore-Tex, etc
- 1 pair hiking boots/good walking shoes (broken in for at least 10 hours!)
- 1 pair water sandals (Teva’s), or shoes that can get wet (for getting in and out of the canoes)
- 1 swimsuit
- 1 towel
- sleeping bag (rated to about 5°C for spring or autumn trips)
- toilet kit (toothbrush, Pears or any other unscented soap, toilet paper, etc)
- hat or bandana for head protection (for sun and bugs!), and a toque for spring/autumn trips
- shoulder bag (knapsack) for water, lunch, etc
- camera – put in a “Zip Lock” bag, or wrap in plastic bag for rain
- flashlight (new batteries!)
- mosquito repellent – Muskol is the best (make sure it is made with DEET)
- sunscreen and lip balm (chapstick)
- snack food (nuts, raisins, trail mix, etc)
- water, approximately 1-2 litres. Bring it full. We can refill with lake water and purifying chemicals along the way.
- personal 1st aid kit (including bandages, antiseptic ointment, and a blister kit)
- alcohol (optional)
- gloves & toque (hat) for trips in May, late September, or October
Do Not Bring The Following
- jeans or jean jackets (heavy, and they take forever to dry if they get wet)
- aftershave, perfume, scented lotions or soaps (they attract the mosquitoes)
- bottles or cans (not allowed in the park and much too heavy to carry)
- radios (not appreciated by fellow campers – besides, Nature itself is great to listen to)
- dark coloured clothes – mosquitoes love them – wear light or bright colours
- new boots (or hiking shoes) – you WILL get BAD blisters, and it will seriously detract from your wilderness experience
- expensive jewellery – fingers shrink in the water and rings can slide off!
These items should be all you need for a great trip. The list includes the clothes you will be wearing on the first day so don’t pack extras (i.e. pack 2 T-shirts and wear 1). If you have special requirements (i.e. dietary), or aren’t sure about bringing something, just ask! The key factors in deciding what clothes to bring are weight and size. Bring clothes that are light-weight, loose-fitting, and that can dry quickly if they get wet.
Line the inside of your bag/pack with a garbage bag, and wrap your sleeping bag in another one, to keep everything dry in case it rains (or a canoe tips!). Or you can rent a drybag from us – please do so in advance.
Many people like to bring some alcohol for sitting around the campfire at night. If you would like to do so also, please transfer it to a plastic bottle (beer or liquor), or in a cardboard box (wine), since glass and cans are not allowed. And if you smoke, please bring a pouch or other container for your cigarette butts.