Past Trips

2015-2016 Academic Year

This website editor has been sleeping this semester on keeping track of which awesome trips have gone out this year!

Trips included:
-Local Sunday Hikes series
-Algonquin Canoeing
-Killarney Canoeing
-Hamilton Backpacking
-Adirondacks Backpacking
-Queen Elizabeth Wildlands Hiking
-Algonquin Dogsledding
-Blue Mountain Skiing
-MacGregor Point Day Trip
-Killarney Winter Trip
-Kentucky Caving
-Whitewater Pool Sessions

and more!!!

Summer Trips 2015!

Killarney Kayaking

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Cootes Paradise Canoeing

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Algonquin Summer Canoeing

Algonquin is always a treasure to explore any time of the year. Come with us as we go on an intense canoe trip. There will be a few portages and few streams, plenty of sun and plenty of lake. The trip departs Friday morning and we will be on the water that afternoon, camping 2 nights in the park we will have 3 great long days of some sweet canoeing. (The trip is flexible so we can take some easy detours if need be on the second day). If you are looking for a bit of a longer canoe trip than what we do in the fall, this is the one for you – 3 full days! Some canoe experience is appreciated and be ready to put in a good days work.

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Bruce Pen Backpacking

Spend 2 amazing days in the backcountry as we hike throughout Bruce Peninsula National Park. We will Depart from McMaster on Friday evening at 5:30pm and reach our site late at night. Early next morning we will head to our 2nd camp site located on the rocky shores of the pen and take several day hikes from there. You will get a chance to visit the caves, swim in the grotto, and enjoy the pristine-ness that is nature!! Sunday will be a chill day, either stay at the campsite and take a swim, or head out on some local trails before departing after lunch. We will be arriving back at McMaster roughly around 8-10pm.

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Winter Trips 2014-2015!

Arizona Grand Canyon Hiking
Looking for something to do over Reading Week? Hike the Grand Canyon with MOC! The trip will be from Feb 12- Feb 22, with five days spent hiking below the rim of the Canyon. We will be travelling to the location by train. Once there we will be hiking along some of the trails and camping in the canyon. Over 5 days you will get a chance to see the lovely scenery and geography of the canyon while climbing all the way down and back up its nearly mile deep canyon. At the end of the trip we will enjoy a day in Vegas before flying back home. Do remember that this is a proper hiking and camping trip. that means we will be carrying all of our stuff in and out, hiking for much of the day, camping under the stars, and living the life in the natural environment without electricity. Missing some gear? No worries, the club has plenty of stuff that can be borrowed from sleeping bags to hiking packs. (though do remember that proper hiking boots are mandatory for all participants)

When:  Feb 12 to Feb 22, 2015

Who: Everyone! this is open to all Mac and Non Mac Students and Alumni … not a student? no problem, give us an email and we can chat.

Cost: $1250.00 with outdoor club membership ($50 for the membership)
Cost includes: all transportation and accommodations, all food during the hike portion of the trip. permits and equipment fees.
Cost does not include: meals on the way to and from the canyon, visa, or other misc. costs.

Difficulty: challenging, but don’t be scared off, this is a challenge worth taking. the leaders conduct an assessment of all participants before registration is permitted to ensure they are capable.

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Algonquin Dog Sledding (4 dates January/Feb) Interested in doing some out of doors winter activities? We’ll go dog sledding on the north west side of Algonquin Park, Ontario famous for its spectacular forests, breath-taking landscape, and abundant Canadian wild-life. No experience required. An unforgettable experience 🙂

Big Bend National Park Whitewater Canoe Trip  Mysterious and intimate, Mariscal Canyon is the most remote canyon within Big Bend National Park.  1800 foot limestone spired walls rise majestically above you.  Splash through the Rock Pile and Tight Squeeze rapids.  The trip continues through San Vicente Canyon and on to Rio Grande Village.  Along the way enjoy picturesque scenery and perhaps a stop at the hot springs for a soak in the “healing waters”. As we continue the journey past Rio Grande Village and the Mexican village of Boquillas you might see Mexican cowboys or goat herders tending their herds. And then its on to the entrance of Boquillas Canyon, delivering you into thirty-three miles of tranquility and beauty.  Cutting through the Sierra Del Carmen mountains, Boquillas Canyon offers calm, gentle rapids with beautiful vistas and a multitude of side canyons to explore. Dates: December 27th, 2014 – January 5th, 2015 Start time: 2:30am December 27th, 2014 End time: 1:00am January 5th, 2015

Hello Fall 2014!

FALL HAS FALLEN 🙂 

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Adirondacks Hiking (Fall Break)

It was a chilly but wonderful adventure!

Local Events

Cootes Cleanup – Awesome volunteers came out to help clean up the beautiful Cootes that we are so lucky to have located in our backyard! We enjoyed a bonfire and copious amount of food after, plus prizes!

MOC Adventure Share – An awesome evening of sharing trip stories (highlights, lowlights, learnings, and everything in between!) It definitely inspired a re-emergence of the travel-bug in many.

Algonquin Hiking

3 days in beautiful Algonquin, hiking on trails and loving life! Mid-late October. Around $150.

Kawartha Lakes Canoe Trip

Come canoeing in the beautiful Kawartha Highland Provincial Parks with pristine waters, fall colours and impressive cliffs. Spend two days paddling, portaging and cooking in the wilderness just north of Peterborough.

Date: October 17th- October 19th, 2014                5:30pm-8:30pm

Cost:  Club Member: $180.00                 Non Member: $200.00

Included: Transportation to and from Kawartha, all meals while in Kawartha, as well as any equipment needed (i.e. sleeping bags or sleeping pads). Not included are meals or snacks while on the bus to and from Kawartha.

Note: Due to the relatively late date of this trip in the canoeing season, wilderness experience is recommended and warm clothing, and the ability to use it responsibly is essential. Previous canoeing experience is desired.

Ecological Day of Service

On October 4th, MacServe, MacGreen, and Outdoor Rec collaborated to lead a cleanup and revitalization of nearby areas! One group went to Mac Forest to help with a cleanup of the trails and removal of invasive buckthorn, while the other group went down to Lot M to construct turtle habitats and clean the ravines.
Transportation and lunch was be provided for all volunteers!

Check out CBCs coverage of the turtle habitats!

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/news/cootes-dundas-valley-get-an-important-link-back-with-larger-buffer-zone-1.2788191

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Bruce Peninsula Backpacking Hike

Spend 2 amazing days in the back country as we hike throughout Bruce peninsula National Park. We will Depart from McMaster on Friday at 5:30pm and reach our site late at night. Early next morning we will head to our 2nd camp site located on the rocky shores of the pen and take several day hikes from there. You will get a chance to visit the caves, swim in the grotto, and enjoy the pristine-ness that is nature!! Sunday will be a chill day, either stay at the camp site and take a swim, or head out on some local trails before departing. We will be arriving back at McMaster roughly around 8pm. All food, travel and accommodations are included. – You will need to bring money for dinner on the way to and on the way back.

Date: October 3rd-October 5th, 2014                5:30pm-8:30pm

Cost:  Club Member: $150.00                 Non Member: $175.00

Included: Transportation to and from Bruce Pen, all meals while on trip, as well as any equipment needed (i.e. sleeping bags or sleeping pads). Not included are meals or snacks while on the bus to and from Bruce Pen.

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Cootes Canoeing!

We have enjoyed several nights of canoeing in Cootes Paradise, the beautiful RBG lands that Mac is so lucky to have in its backyard. We learned a little bit about the ecology of Cootes and saw neat birds galore (aka. swans on swans on swans). The Notebook may or may not have been re-enacted….

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Algonquin Park Canoe Trip

Algonquin Park is the oldest park in Ontario, and one of the largest: spanning 7725 km2 of forest, lakes and rivers. A classic destination for canoe trippers, Algonquin is great paddling and portaging country, a favourite for beginners and experienced trippers alike. Spend two days canoeing in the interior and meet many Outdoor Club members on our biggest trip of the year!

Date: September 26th-September 28th, 2014                5:30pm-8:30pm

Cost:  Club Member: $220.00                 Non Member: $245.00

Included: Transportation to and from Algonquin, all meals while in Algonquin, as well as any equipment needed (i.e. sleeping bags or sleeping pads). Not included are meals or snacks while on the bus to and from Algonquin.

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Hamilton Waterfalls Backpacking
We ran two this fall because Hamilton is such a wonderful place to explore!

An amazing two day hike around the waterfalls of West Hamilton! Participants enjoyed falls such as Tews, Tiffany, and Webster’s, as well as Dundas Peak and Dundas Valley Conservation Area! A rich, urban nature experience at a very affordable price 🙂

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SUMMER (OUTDOOR) LOVIN’

After an amazing winter where we sent 5 trips (nearly 60 people) dog sledding, and a few cross country skiing and a on local hikes to see a bunch of frozen waterfalls, its finally time to kick off the summer with an awesome line up of trips.

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Niagara Vineyard Biking 

Date: August 16-17

Details: Take a cycle around the beautiful wineries and fruit fields near the Niagara River. We’ll be taking our bikes to Burlington to catch the GO train to St. Catherines which will be our gateway to the Niagara wine country. Cycling to the historic town of Niagara-on-the-Lake and around the local wineries you can relax on a leisurely ride through the flatlands and taste some of Niagara’s wine offerings (if you’re 19 or older). For the evening we will set up a camp and cycle up to Niagara Falls before returning for some time around the campfire. Day 2, we ride back through the wine country and head for Hamilton, a long haul back home.

Cost: $60.00
Includes: Snacks, dinner, breakfast, train ticket, camp gear
Does Not Include: Lunches, wine tasting

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French River Canoeing

Date: July 24-27

Details: We will have 3 glorious days of canoeing down the winding river and trying some of its chutes and rapids that are passable, and you will get wet, so get ready to have some fun! With that said, this is an intermediate level trip, and not recommended for first time canoers – its also a great way for flat water paddlers to learn a bit about moving water and canoeing Class 2-3 rapids.

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Cost: $240.00
Includes: Transportation, accommodation, rentals, permits, most meals
Does Not Include: Meals on the drive up and back

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Bruce Pen Backpacking

Date: July 18-20

Details: A most excellent weekend of backpacking, clambering on rocks and swimming in one of Ontario’s most beautiful places.

Cost: $160.00
Includes: Food, transport, park pass
Does Not Include: Snacks on the way up!

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Grand River Full Moon Paddle:

Date: Saturday, July 12 @ 6:30pm-12am

Details:
What’s better than canoeing or kayaking during the day? A full moon rafting paddle, that’s what. We will depart from McMaster around 6:30pm and head off to the Grand River to meet our guide for 8:00pm. We will raft down the river – in 8 person rafts – for a few hours experiencing the tranquil darkness and the gorgeous full moon and starry night sky. We should be back at McMaster for 12:00-12:30am. The cost includes transportation, rafting and guide. A minimum of 6 participants will be required to run the trip.

Cost: $100.00
Includes: Transportation, rafting, river guide
Does Not Include:

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Cootes Sunset Paddle: 

Date: Thursday, July 3 @ 5:00pm-9:00pm
Details:
Join us for an evening sunset canoe session on Cootes Paradise and the Harbour. We will meet at 5:00pm at the trailhead by Alpine Tower (located behind Les Prince Residence) and hike over to Princess Point where we will set off in our canoes and explore both Cootes Paradise for a few hours and check out the sunset. We will end up back at Princess Point around 9:00pm. For those that wish to skip the hike, they can meet us at Princess Point for 6:15pm-sharp. Be sure to come dressed for the weather, rain or shine. Also be sure to wear comfortable shoes for the hike.
Cost: $10.00
Includes: Hike & canoeing
Does Not Include:

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Grand River Canoeing & Kayaking Day Trip:

Date: Saturday, June 28 @ 8:30am – 8pm

Details:
A beautiful day of canoeing or kayaking down the Grand River.

Cost: $90.00 kayaking/$70.00 canoeing
Includes: Transportation, rentals, river guide
Does Not Include: Lunch – bring a packed lunch!
Additional Info:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mcmasteroutdoorclub/sets/72157644689249704/

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Point Pelee Weekend: 

Our magnificent group at the tip of Point Pelee. Photo credit to Hasith!
Our magnificent group at the tip of Point Pelee. Photo credit to Hasith!

What an awesome place! We loved canoeing in the marsh on Day#1, swam at the beach a minutes’ walk away from the campsite, had a BBQ on the beach, and became professional campfire chefs. Despite an overnight rain taking away the possibility of a sunrise hike, we hiked to the tip of Point Pelee on Day #2 which was breathtaking! We ate lunch on the beach and enjoyed an afternoon of beach lounging and biking. We will be back Point Pelee – thanks for a wonderful weekend!

Date: Saturday, June 21 @ 9am – Sunday, June 22 @ 8pm

Details:
Come visit Point Pelee National Park, located on the most Southern tip of mainland Ontario (and Canada). It resounds with the sounds of cicadas and migrating birds during the spring season. The park is home to a gorgeous marsh and long stretches of beach. A more relaxing trip for those looking to start off their outdoor experiences. We will head down to the park Saturday morning and enjoy an afternoon of canoeing around the marsh before our sunset BBQ! Dinner on the beach. Saturday night we will spend tent camping by the point and enjoy one of the clearest skies in Canada for stargazing. Sunday will be just as relaxing with a morning hike to the most Southern point of mainland Canada and Ontario followed by a chill day at the beach. We will also be close to various trailheads and bike shops for those that wish to rent a bike and take a tour around the park. Transport, accommodations, and canoeing included. All meals except for those on the drive up and back are also included.

Cost: $150.00
Includes: Transportation, permits, rentals, canoe rentals, most meals
Does Not Include: Meals on the drive down and back

Additional Info:
http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/on/pelee/index.aspx

Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, June 17 – 5:30pm-6:30pm – DBAC WB 112

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Ottawa White Water Rafting: AWESOME

Date: Friday, June 13 @ 12pm – Sunday, June 15 @ 11:59pm

Details:
Ever wanted to have a thrilling adventure on a river full of rapids? Join us in June as we go white water rafting with Wilderness Adventures on the University-College weekend.  Spend 2 exciting days rafting and evenings chilling by the campfire or dancing it up at the DJ dancing paint party hosted by Wilderness Adventures. We will be departing Friday afternoon and returning Sunday evening around midnight. Transport, accommodations, and rafting included. All meals except for those on the drive up and back are also included. A minimum of 6 participants will be required to run the trip.

Cost: $350.00
Includes: Transportation, rafting, accommodations, most meals
Does Not Include: Meals on the drive up & back from Ottawa

Additional Info:

Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, June 10 – 5:30pm-6:30pm – DBAC WB 112

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Hamilton Waterfalls Backpacking

Our first overnight trip of the summer! We hiked along the Bruce Trail, enjoying the beauty Hamilton offers. We saw Dundas Peak, Tew’s Falls, Webster’s Falls, Sherman Falls and Tiffany Falls, plus more! The weather on Saturday was incredible and enjoyed by all. We played soccer and camped overnight at Dundas Valley Conservation area where we enjoyed a campfire (and some pretty awesome musical talent too). Sunday rained, but despite a gloomy sky the group was in awesome spirits and made it to our endpoint of Locke St where we put our feet up and relaxed awhile. Thanks to all for coming out – it was a wonderful weekend! (:

The Day #1 group at Dundas Peak.
The Day #1 group at Dundas Peak.

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Cootes Canoeing –

But First, out first trip of the summer, Cootes canoeing, couldn’t have turned out better !! Ilya (on eof our veteran leaders) lead a group of 8 enthusiastic trippers on a paddle throughout cootes paradise and into the harbor, checking out a family of turtles along the way and exploring the canals and bridges that line the Royal Botanical Gargens.

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For More awesome summer trips check out; http://macoutdoorclub.ca/calender-2/

Costa Rica Reading Week 2014

What an Unforgettable and Amazing Trip!

Check out these sweet blog posts from participants on the trip!

http://joeincanada.wordpress.com/2014/03/07/sun-sloths-and-swimming/

http://margueritewalley.wordpress.com/2014/03/03/yule-ball-john-butler-hiking-and-costa-rica/

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Come experience the cultures and ecosystems of an unknown world as we explore the national parks of Costa Rica. We will spend 2 days touring the canals of Tortuguero National Park where guides will point out the wildlife hidden within the dense mangroves. We will then travel to Pacuare River and experience 2 days of white water rafting and some hikes into the forest. The last leg of our journey will be spent in the cloud forests that surround Arenal volcano where we will have a mix of guided / self-guided hikes and free time. Cost of the trip includes flights, all transportation while in Costa Rica, most meals, most activities and all accommodations.

To Check out a detailed itinerary go here: http://macoutdoorclub.ca/costa-rica-itinerary/

To Check out the cost of the trip go here: http://macoutdoorclub.ca/costa-rica-expenses/

To Check out some pics of Costa Rica go here: http://macoutdoorclub.ca/costa-rica-pics/

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Costa Rica Info Session presentation : http://prezi.com/l2oiokfmt_t1/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy

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