The first week of October, the grade 11 & 12 class headed for their canoe trip to Algonquin Park. It was a spectacular week, as the fall until now was warm and beautiful and this week promised much of the same.
This trip also started with some bus issues, as the bus broke down in Arnprior and we had to wait for a new bus to be delivered. This put us back about 2 hours, but that was not really an issue, as the entire class were strong paddlers and there were no other people on our route that we had to challenge for campsites (at least not on the first day). A quick set up of camp, including a large load of firewood and a great meal, got us settled for the evening. Following a beautiful sunset, the moonless sky provided a spectacular display of stars.
A perfect blue sky, a glass lake and spectacular Fall colours was the backdrop as we woke up for our second day. A wonderful breakfast of eggs and sausages started us off on the right foot, which was necessary for the portages ahead of us today. The highlight of this day was definitely the water slides at High Falls. This was probably the warmest that I have ever experienced the waters on a Fall canoe trip and it was obvious, because everyone was swimming and for quite a while too.
After a few more portages, we made our way to Lake Opalescent, but not before we loaded a couple of canoes with firewood on the last portage. We again made it into camp late, but some great team work ensured everyone was fed and well taken care off. Another cool night with an amazing star display as we enjoyed our time around the campfire.
The next morning started off with a bit of pink sky. A sign that the weather was changing? Not for the near future anyways. Again given a gorgeous day to complete the last of our portages, some of our longest, and enjoy a leisurely paddle through the Barron Canyon. We arrived at our next campsite for lunch and spent the afternoon swimming and relaxing in the sun.
The rains did arrive through the night, but were not too bad as we paddled towards the end of the trip at Squirrel Rapids. It was truly an amazing trip in October. The weather was great, but the students did an excellent job of organizing and running this trip to make it a special one.