In order to fully immerse myself in student life during my exchange, I decided I should probably try and make some friends outside of my residence… so I decided to join the Western Outdoors Club, so I can be social and outdoorsy at the same time!
After securing a place on the trip, some of my exchange friends realised what they had let themselves in for! Many without even the basics including hiking boots and a waterproof coat, but we ventured on and it was a great trip had by all!
It took us around 6 hours to drive from London to Algonquin Park, a relatively short trip for the Canadians on the trip. For us Europeans it was a very long car ride! Once we had arrived we decided to go for a swim in the lake, it was very dark and cold so it was only a quick dip before running for the sauna that was at the outfitters’ lodge site. A bit of make-shift luxury in the wilderness.
The canoeing was so much fun, despite being very tiring at times! We camped on little islands in the middle of a big lake, the group spread out across a few camp sites. We could reach the next island’s camp site by going over some stepping stones across a marsh, that was interesting to find on the way home in the dark!
The islands were so remote, I feel so lucky I’ve had the opportunity to go there as so few people will ever visit that area, unless they are prepared to canoe for 5 hours to get there!
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the trip, and I’m so glad we all experienced a small part of the “real Canada” even though we didn’t see any moose or bears… which is probably a good thing in hindsight.
I thought it would be best to show the weekend off in this series of pictures: enjoy x