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Birchbark Expeditions - Resource Page

A successful Birchbark Expedition crew is well educated, organized and properly equipped. 

Here you will find a library of useful educational, informational and recruiting materials, helpful in developing and executing a successful Birchbark Expedition.

Program Brochures

Useful "hand out" materials to promote and educate your troop or crew about the various programs offered by Birchbark Expeditions. 

General overview of the Birchbark Expeditions most-popular "Flagship" program, designed for first-timers looking to experience canoe tripping on primarily flat water in Algonquin Provincial Park. 

A week-long intense training session in aspects of river canoeing designed to prepare you for paddling on Class 1 and Class 2 rapids, with particular emphasis on paddle strokes, and maneu-vers, and river safety.

Excellent preparation for subsequent trips down remote northern Ontario wilderness rivers. .

An Advanced Wilderness Expedition in remote northern Ontario. The route starts at Mattice, Ontario and ends at the salt water of James Bay, southern arm of Hudson Bay. One of the great northern trade rivers, used as the express route to Georgian Bay and the interior of the conti-nent.

A week-long religious travel retreat, starting at the Shrine of the North American Martyrs in Midland Ontario, then venturing into the Algonquin Provincial Park back country, rivers and lakes.

Information and Registration Materials

Birchbark Expeditions Information and Registration Packet

General overview of the program elements and registration materials for Birchbark Expeditions programs.

Crew Roster Form (XLS)

To be completed by crews and filed with the unit leadership and and sent to Birchbark Expeditions by June 1.

Expedition Planning and Training Materials

NOTE: The following materials are only accessable to those that are logged in to the web site and have a valid registration to a Birchbark Expedition.  If you need help with access, send a note to:


Canoe Tripping Handbook (aka The Voyageur Handbook)

The Canoe Tripping Handbook is the "bible" of training skills and resources needed to prepare your crew for a successful Birchbark Expedition.

Skills covered include:

  • Equipment (Personal and Crew)
  • Algonquin itinerary
  • Portaging
  • Hazards
  • Backcountry camping skills
  • The Scout Method

(Protected Document - Requires password to access)

Canoe Routes of Algonquin

The Canoe Routes is a collection of planning tips, route suggestions, observations and notes from the guide staff over ten years of Birchbark Expeditions experiences.

Included in the guide is a number of suggested canoe routes, with notes on significant sites and fun activities to do along the way.

A must-have resource for planning your Birchbark Expedition backcountry itinerary.

(Protected Document - Requires password to access)

Advisor Handbook

Designed for the Birchbark Expedition crew advisor, the Leader Information Packet includes the following materials:

  • Training and meeting schedule
  • Travel details
  • Equipment lists
  • Form, forms and more forms
  • Maps to the council and destinations in Canada

Each paid crew receives an updated a printed copy at the January Leader Training Session.


Articles and News:

Scouting Magazine Article on Birchbark 200 Mile Missinaibi River Trek > 
(very large file, please be patient while it downloads)

Birchbark Article in Boy's Life Magazine, August 2006 > 
(very large file, please be patient while it downloads)

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