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    Default Canada This Summer

    Thought I'd put this one up in a fit of optimism.

    We will probably be going to canada again this summer and wondered if anyone would care to join us? Some friends who had planned to come decided they were not qute ready for the isolation side of things and have backed out but are planning to come next year.

    So.. we would be flying to Winnipeg and then on to Red Lake in Western Ontario. The outfitter we found last year is excellent, besides which he still has our two cans of (unused ) bear spray for the next trip. Check him out at www.goldseekers.net

    The options are limitless depending on time, skill and money. Cost is likely to be around 800 -1000 each for two weeks depending on the chosen trip. Had planned for late August as this is the best time for bugs. Have found Zoom airlines the cheapest but we would be limited to Thursday flights.

    Anyway just a thought. Feel free to drop me a speculative email If you are interested

    Chris
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    Default Canada trip

    Hi Chris
    just read your thread sounds just the trip for me i would love the challenge and i love Canada i have family in B.C.but i've only just started paddling so not sure if i could keep up tho if i went i'd do some training before hand, what kind of distance would you cover each day roughly?

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    Hi Dave
    we booked our flights to Winnipeg last week but you would still be very welcome to join us at the end of August. We have decided to return to Woodland Caribou Park as we had such a god time last year. It's a flatwater trip so the paddling is generally easy. Most of the lakes are fairly small and the paddling is broken by portages which can at times be fairly arduous. There may be times when we are paddling into a strong wind or when large waves may be a hazard so you would have to be happy with this. We do build in time to allow for this and take no risks with open water crossings in suspect weather. The outfitter we use can supply a specialist solo boat if you need one but it does cost a bit more. If you are still interested let me know and I will drop you an email with flight detalis and a better idea of costs etc.

    Chris
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    Chris
    Hi yes i am very interested if you could send me more details that would be a great help thanks my e-mail address is davestill69@fsmail.net. do i understand right that it's a proper wilderness trip as my hero Ray Mears would enjoy?

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    Hi Chris - wont be able to make the Canada trip unfortunatley but out of interest are you budgeting 800-1000 pp including flights or not? will be planning our own trip (hopefully next year) and would appreciate advice on how many pennies I'll need....

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    Default Costs to Canada

    Quote Originally Posted by Aquanaut
    Hi Chris - wont be able to make the Canada trip unfortunatley but out of interest are you budgeting 800-1000 pp including flights or not? will be planning our own trip (hopefully next year) and would appreciate advice on how many pennies I'll need....
    The price I quoted included flights. We have taken to using Zoom and they operate like many other budget airlines, soooner you book, cheaper you go. Costs of getting to the wilds depend on method and how many of you are splitting the cost. Last year we rented a car, this year we are looking at a short flight as it actually works out cheaper. Canoes cost around 12 a day. You then have to factor in shuttles and any accomodation at either end of the trip, around 10 per person per night if you can use hostels. In the Yukon we had planned to camp at the end of our trip. When we go t back to town their was a torrential storm so we opted for a hotel. With no boooking this ended up costing us around 75 for the 1 night. We managed to get into the hostel after that.

    Then of course you have to include the cost of all the gear you buy when you're over there...

    Chris
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Randall
    The price I quoted included flights. We have taken to using Zoom and they operate like many other budget airlines, soooner you book, cheaper you go. Costs of getting to the wilds depend on method and how many of you are splitting the cost. Last year we rented a car, this year we are looking at a short flight as it actually works out cheaper. Canoes cost around 12 a day. You then have to factor in shuttles and any accomodation at either end of the trip, around 10 per person per night if you can use hostels. In the Yukon we had planned to camp at the end of our trip. When we go t back to town their was a torrential storm so we opted for a hotel. With no boooking this ended up costing us around 75 for the 1 night. We managed to get into the hostel after that.

    Then of course you have to include the cost of all the gear you buy when you're over there...

    Chris
    Thanks Chris - thats a help and also a relief!!

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    Default Re flights to Canada

    Have you tried Canadian Affair for flights. They use Thomas Cook planes which was a scary thought initially but we were really impressed. Also booked car hire through them. A very good service.
    If anyone is ever in Quebec we found a fantastic outdoor retailer - Sail - all things camping, hiking, canoeing etc plus a HUGE military surplus section www.sail.qc.ca

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