A program of the Rotary Club of Peterborough- Kawartha
The “Adventure in Understanding” program is an annual six day ( five night) cultural canoe experience for young First Nation and non-native youth ages sixteen to eighteen years old.
It is a co-ed canoe voyage along the Trent Severn Waterway from Beavermead Park in Peterborough to Curve Lake First Nation.
The program was developed by the Rotary Club of Peterborough Kawartha with the assistance of the Curve Lake First Nation Youth Committee and is offered with the co-operation of Camp Kawartha and the Canadian Canoe Museum.
- Sunday Arrival
Paddlers (plus family, guests, Rotarians) and equipment arrive at Beavermead approximately 1PM
Opening ceremony/introductions Leaders
Family, guests, Rotarians leave Beavermead
Eskimo blanket toss
Paddlers move to Ecology Park for a private time to begin the experience and choose a tree to take to Curve Lake for final event.
Paddlers leave Beavermead, travel over Peterborough Liftlock and up canal to Camp Kawartha Outdoor Center at Trent university.
Evening “Water Teaching” in Trent teepee by Curve Lake elder Dorothy Taylor
Morning spent at Trent with First Peoples’ House of Learning DSCF1167
Paddle up the Otonabee river to Lakefield DSCF1203
Public event and soapstone carving at Lakefield Camp Grounds (from Lou – group around picnic table)
Evening spent on Lakefield College School grounds DSCF1190
Cross Katchewanooka and Clear Lakes as well as Young’s Point lock before arrival at Camp Kawartha DSCF1250
Climbing wall and First Nation games and activities DSCF1236
First Nation sports at Camp Kawartha before departure for Burleigh Falls and bus to Petroglyphs for teaching by Anne Taylor, Cultural Archivist Curve Lake First Nation
entering Burleigh Falls lock( 2 from Don)
Return to Burleigh Falls and paddle Lovesick Lake to Wolf Island Provincial Park for overnight DSCF1243
Paddle Lower and Upper Buckhorn Lakes to Curve Lake Pow wow grounds for overnight
Arrival greeted by hand drumming
Drumming with Curve Lake youth during the evening
Wild Rice teaching by James Whetung of Black Duck Wild Rice
- Friday (pictures from Lynne Chant – group & high kick & tree planting group & morning campfire
Pack up camp
Traditional games and Inuit teaching by Kristen Kownak from Baker Lake sitting around morning campfire
Celebration feast provided by Curve Lake First Nation and closing remarks
Ceremonial tree planting
Event ends approx. 1:30PM
A 4 minute YouTube piece prepared by Cogeco TV about the 2016 trip is available at :