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RACCC 2022 Winter Seminar Series

Once again, the RA Canoe Camping Club (RACCC) will be hosting its popular winter seminar series. The seminars will cover a wide range of topics related to paddling and the outdoors.

All of our seminars are open to club members as well as non-club members.

Because of COVID all seminars will be online using Zoom. The seminars will be held on Wednesdays at 7:00pm.

RACCC Club members can get the joining instructions from the calendar on the club website. For security reasons and to help ensure that we do not exceed the capacity of our Zoom account, we ask club members not to share the zoom details with people who are not members of the RA Canoe Camping Club.

Non-club members can get the joining instructions by contacting Mark at outreach@raccc.ca. The details will be sent starting about 2 weeks before the seminar up until the day before the seminar. 

The RACCC is preparing documents and information sessions about the club. If non-club members would like to receive more information about the club, they can send a message to outreach@raccc.ca and we will add them to our email list. They can be removed from the email list whenever they like.


RACCC 2022 Winter Seminar Series

Wednesday January 26
How I Became a Solo Camper

In 2002, Camper Christina went on her first backcountry camping trip and fell in love. She went as often as she could throughout the years, but in 2015, with no one to go with, she began going out alone.  Travelling into the backcountry solo, presented Christina with many fears that she needed to overcome.  She attacked those fears one by one and dealt with them logically.  Christina continues going out on trips by herself and has been solo tripping for over 6 years now,  venturing into more remote and challenging places, over longer periods of time, the goal she was aiming to achieve from the start.  To this day, however, many people want to know how she did it.  In today's presentation, you will see the processes Christina went through to conquer her fears and feel safe and comfortable going out into the backcountry on her own.

Christina is a youtuber and outdoor enthusiast who has been sharing her adventures and inspiring others since 2015. She started backcountry camping in 2002 and fell in love and now camps year-round.  In 2015, with no one to go with, she began solo tripping, and although it took a bit more courage and time to get used to, it is currently her preference.  Now, with more experience and confidence, she ventures into some extremely challenging and remote locations in the Canadian backcountry, alone, year-round.  For more information on Christina see www.CamperChristina.com.


Wednesday February 02
Good Food Equals Good Trips

There’s nothing like a good meal out in the back woods after a day of paddling. Three club members will share some nifty food and cooking options for great meals.


Wednesday February 09
How to prepare your family for a zombie apocalypse

No matter what world ending disaster you're preparing your family for, learning outdoor survival skills may save your families lives. Join our Family Program Coordinator Cory, to learn how many of the skills and gear for backcountry camping, can help your family be prepared for almost any disaster situation. This lighthearted presentation will offer a different perspective on getting your family outdoors, learning and having fun.


Wednesday February 16 
Canoeing Across Canada - A Journey from the Pacific to the Atlantic Oceans

Recently Glenn and Carol paddled across Canada in their canoe. It entailed a three year paddling season to complete a journey covering over 8,515 kilometres. They traversed many lakes and rivers connecting the provinces, exploring the water routes used by Indigenous people for thousands of years.

From coast to coast, they had an incredible experience of self-discovery, being connected with nature and exploring the culturally rich diversity of this great nation. Along the way, they raised funds and awareness for a charity that works to champion policies and programs to enhance food security.

Carol VandenEngel and Glenn Green both enjoy travelling off the beaten path to distant destinations, but their true passion lies in getting in their canoe to explore the vast Canadian backcountry.

Glenn and Carol have always had a passion for the great outdoors. Their excursions take them hiking and biking through autumn colours, enjoying wilderness camping, swimming with the fishes, meeting diverse and friendly people, snowshoeing through the woods on chilly winter days, watching the early morning mist on a quiet lake with a cup of coffee, or simply sitting on a patio listening to undiscovered Canadian musicians.

After enjoying fulfilling office careers, now in retirement they continue to do the things they love: travelling off the beaten path, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and always looking for the next challenge. Carol and Glenn live together in Kingston, Ontario. Between the two of them, they have four grown children and four grandchildren.


Wednesday February 23
Adaptive Paddling

With a little planning, paddle sports can be enjoyed by people with all kinds of physical and developmental abilities. Dawn and Pauline will deliver a very informative presentation on how canoes, kayaks, etc. can become welcoming and fun spaces for people with physical, developmental, and mental health challenges.

Dawn is currently program designing for Northern and Arctic land and water safety under Canadian Safe Boating Council and Playsafe Productions.  I am a Behavioural Technologist, with a special focus on life- style  planning with a focus on differently able people.  In terms of paddling world I am known for being the inaugural designer and coordinator of Paddlesmart. program.

For the past twenty years, Pauline has enjoyed learning and offering adaptive paddling.  The initial thrill of kayaking has never been forgotten and her mission is to have all abilities enjoy the serenity of paddling and develop skills.  Currently, she is the founder and Executive Director of Abilities In Motion, based in Ontario and spreading to Nova Scotia.  She is also Chairperson of the Paddle Canada Adaptive Paddling Committee, which is committed to training Paddle Canada instructors across Canada. Just being in a boat is a wonderful experience for emotional and physical health - for everyone.


Wednesday March 02
Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue, Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Trenton

The presentation will give an introduction of the Canadian Search and Rescue (SAR) network, exploring a simulated maritime SAR incident, reviewing resources and locations, emergency distress beacons, statistical information, and how you can be a safer paddler on your next remote adventure.

Markie Simon is a 15-year veteran of the Canadian Coast Guard. She is an accomplished navigation officer having served aboard a number of Canadian Coast Guard vessels, navigating the Arctic, Great Lakes, and East Coast of Canada. Currently she is working at the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Trenton, Ontario as a Maritime Search and Rescue Coordinator. The JRCC Trenton team is available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day to assist with Maritime and Air Search and Rescue Incidents.


Wednesday March 09
Weather 101 for Outdoor Adventures 

The agenda for the talk is:

  • Reading environmental signals for weather when far from a computer
  • Reading a weather map
  • Understanding cloud types
  • Weather forecast sources
  • Synoptic Weather Systems/Patterns
  • Long range outlook for spring/summer

Robert Boggs has been a consulting meteorologist for over 30 years, first assisting Dave Phillips at Environment Canada with the Weather Trivia

Calendar, and then moving to the private sector to provide specialized weather services to such clients as SkyDome, Hydro One, IESO, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, City of Ottawa, OC Transpo, TD Bank, CN Rail, and CPR to name a few.


Wednesday March 16
Exercising in cold and hot weather, what you need to know to enjoy an active lifestyle outdoors. 

Many people participate in outdoor activities when seasonal changes occur. While it is very important to remain physically active throughout the year, it is equally important to prevent the risk for environmental-related injury. Normal body temperature is ~37 °C and is influenced by environmental changes and level of physical activity. During exercise, heat is produced from muscles, which causes a rise in body temperature. To manage the increase in heat stored in the body, heart rate increases to help deliver blood to the surface of the skin for heat release. Sweating is also initiated to help with cooling. Hyperthermia is a condition when body temperature rises and may lead to injury even at moderate increases in body temperature of ~38°C. During exercise in the cold, the heat produced from contracting muscles may not be enough to prevent a drop in body temperature. Hypothermia is a condition when body temperature decreases, and the risk for injury increases in some people when body temperature falls below 36 °C.  In this presentation, we will look at how the body’s responds to temperature extremes during physical activity and discuss what to do if you get too hot or cold. 

Dr. Glen P. Kenny is a Professor of Physiology at the University of Ottawa and Director of the Human and Environmental Physiology Research Unit.  He holds a University and Industry Research Chair in Environmental Physiology. He is principal investigator of numerous studies directed at understanding the health impacts of thermal stress overviewed in 450 peer-reviewed papers.  His work has been used to define the human physiological tolerance and limits to heat stress that is considered international-standard setting. Recently, Dr. Kenny received a Canada Foundation for Innovation grant titled Operation Heat Shield Canada - Protecting Human Health on a Warming Planet that draws together global experts to formalize a long-term research partnership and catalyze his world’s leading innovative and cutting-edge research on the assessment of the environmental and human factors affecting a person’s ability to live and work in the heat.