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Trail Journeys

Pre-Conference Trail Journeys

There is no better way to learn about trails and engage with trail experts, than on a trail.

These journeys will be designed specifically to unlock deep networking, powerful insights and memorable experiences in small groups.

5-Day Dumoine River Canoe Camping Expedition

Dates: September 25-29, 2024

Estimate Cost: $1,500CAD (Includes transport, equipment, food and accommodations.)

In Canada, most of the traditional trails are water and the only way to travel them is by canoe. For millennium travellers have journeyed along the liquid pathways. Join WTN friends on a five- day paddling expedition on the remote wilderness Dumoine River; the quintessential Canadian experience. No canoeing experience necessary. Your experienced guides from Desire to Discover will provide the equipment and training you need to travel and live comfortably in this extraordinary landscape. This world renown river is a gorgeous place for a fall trip, with a great campsite, pristine wilderness and a new trail following the last section of the river.

Sept 24: Arrive in Ottawa (Self accommodations)
Sept 25: Transportation from Ottawa to the Dumoine River. Arrive at the put in around mid- afternoon, equipment and paddling instruction, small section of rapid to get to the first campsite.
Sept 26: River day. Whitewater canoe instruction Paddling techniques, river reading, enjoying the river and the scenery
Sept 27: River day, 2 portages (waterfalls)
Sept 28: Hike on the Sentier Dumoine Trail
Sept 29: Last day on the water, paddling to Driftwood Provincial Park and transportation back to Ottawa.

Learn more on the Desire to Discover website.

4-Day Tourism Best Practices Trails Journey

This trail journey focuses on highlighting best practices for leveraging trails for tourism. This group will visit multiple communities in the Ottawa area that embody good “trail town” elements, and feature a mix of local guest speakers and learning-while-doing assessment activities to highlight lessons learned around this topic.

More details to come!

2-Day Tour of the Southern Bruce Trail Friendship Trails

Dates: September 27th-29th

Estimated Cost: $200 per day based on double occupancy

Departing from Burlington on Friday September 27th , participants will be taken on a tour of Niagara Falls and will enjoy a hike at our Friendship Trail in Niagara.

On day two, participants will participate in the opening ceremony for the Mountain to Sea Greenway Friendship Trail with Taiwan along the Trail in the Hamilton area.

All tour participants will need to arrange their own flights/transportation to Ottawa. Tour participants will be dropped off at Toronto Pearson Airport on Sunday September 29th.

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