Monday, April 18, 2011

2011 Camp Info

Supplementary Forms

Canoe Camp

The 'ultimate camp experience' for campers who want to develop or fine-tune their skills in special areas of interest. Skilled instructors and coaches provide a specialized instructional program. All of the specialties are complimented with a full line-up of traditional camp activities to make this the unforgettable summer experience. Canoe camp will provide the participants with an introduction to canoeing, while being involved in many co-operative games and arts and craft activities. Occasionally, the camp will go on day trips that include paddling up the Humber River, hiking in High Park and nature lessons in Humber Bay Park.

Ages: 9 Yrs. to 13 Yrs.

Canoe Camp Form


The 'ultimate camp experience' for campers who want to develop or fine-tune their skills in special areas of interest. Skilled instructors and coaches provide a specialized instructional program. All of the specialties are complimented with a full line-up of traditional camp activities to make this the unforgettable summer experience. The Leadership program offers a unique outdoor, experiential learning experience for youth. Program activities focus on developing canoeing, wilderness and leadership skills. The leadership program is held from 9am-3pm on weekdays and is a two-week program. The first week takes place in the city at our Sunnyside location. The second week of program, the group will pack-out their trip on Monday and depart on Tuesday morning for a four-day canoe trip outside of the city (approx. 2 hours north). On trip, they travel by canoe and camp in tents.

Ages: 13 Yrs. to 24 Yrs.

Leadership Form

Safe Canoeing

A 3 hour introductory canoe skills and safety course. For all ages, families are welcome (participants under 14 years of age must have adult accompaniment)

Ages: 5 Yrs. and over

Safe Canoeing Form

Registration for Summer 2011

How to Register for our Programs

Registration is through the City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation FUN Guide.


a) Touch tone: 416-338-0000

b) Operator Assisted: 416-338-4FUN (4386) or use the 311 help line

c) In-person at any community centre

d) On-line at

For complete registration details and information visit:

You will need to use the program barcodes provided below in order to register.

Canoe Camp $152.00

July 4 - 1766802
July 11- 1766806
July 18- 1766803
July 25- 1766804
August 2-1766805 (Tuesday to Friday, $122.00)
August 8- 1766812
August 15- 1766807

Leadership $304.00
July 4 to July 15 - 1766808
July 18 to July 29 - 1766809
August 2 to Aug 12 - 1766810 (Week 1:Tuesday to Friday, Week 2:Monday to Friday, $274.00)
August 15 to Aug 26 - 1766811

Safe Canoeing $34.00
Bar Codes TBA

Please note our Paddle 'n Picnic Program and the T.R.O.O.P. program registration is NOT through the FUN Guide Registration.

Paddle 'n Picnic
Reservation forms are available via email

Registration is done through Toronto Police Service, Community Mobilization Unit.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

TROOP Program

TROOP is featured on the TPS website:

NOTE:  This program is offered to youth BY INVITATION ONLY
through a partnering youth agency. Youth must be accompanied
by a qualified youth worker associated to a youth agency
within Toronto. Youth can not sign up for this program directly.

For two months every summer, Toronto Police officers trade
guns for paddles, bullet-proof vests for P.F.D.s, boots for
sandals, striped pants for shorts and scout cars for canoes.
The Toronto Recreational Outtripping Outreach Program (TROOP)
celebrates it's 10th year in 2011. The program evolved as the
result of a unique partnership forged between the Toronto
Police Service, Toronto Parks Forestry and Recreation, and
ProAction Cops and Kids. Youth from across Toronto join police
officers and youth workers to take part in a free, outdoor,
experiential learning opportunity that lasts 5 days and
includes canoeing, hiking and camping.

Every summer, TROOP takes over 200 people on canoe trips to
the wilderness of Northern Ontario. Youth participants are
between the ages of 13 to 19. The program gives youth and
police officers an opportunity to learn a little more about
each other while experiencing an environment that many of
them have never seen before.

Youth attend “free of charge” due to the generosity of a
not-for-profit organization called ProAction Cops & Kids.
ProAction funds numerous programs involving police officers
and youth. TROOP participants are provided all necessary
equipment including food, transportation and camping gear
while attending on trips. TROOP is coordinated through the
Toronto Police Service Community Mobilization Unit at
Headquarters. The City of Toronto, Parks Forestry and
Recreation provides assistance through their Inner City
Outtripping Centre based out of Sunnyside Park. If you are
an agency worker or affiliated with youth through a school,
agency or other community organization, and you would like
more information about this program, contact Police Constable
Vince Langdon @ or by
calling 416-808-7034.

Friday, May 4, 2007

New Contact Information

Phone: (416) 392-6192
Fax: (416) 392-6191

Sunday, April 1, 2007

About our Sunnyside location

Our summer programs are based at Sunnyside Beach. We are located at Sunnyside Gus Ryder Pool on the south side of the building, facing the boardwalk and beach.

The major intersection is Lakeshore Blvd at Parkside Dr (mapquest us using 1755 Lakeshore Blvd W, Toronto, ON). This location is accessible by TTC -- take the 80 Queensway bus from Keele Station, or 501 Queen/508 Lakeshore streetcar to Parkside Dr.

Sunnyside has changed a lot over the years, but has been a location for outdoor and aquatic activities for a long time. Search the Toronto Archives image database (and also the virtual exhibit on organized children's leisure) for historical photos like these:

Sunnyside bathing station, c.1924
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Submerged canoe, Sunnyside at foot of Roncesvalles Ave, c.1910
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And now it looks like this:
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Tuesday, May 2, 2006

Safe Canoeing FAQ

We've received a few questions about the Safe Canoeing program. Here are the answers:

Where is it?

The Safe Canoeing program is located at the Sunnyside Gus Ryder Pool building, on Lakeshore Boulevard at Parkside Drive. Our headquarters are on the south side of the building facing the boardwalk and Sunnyside beach. We canoe on Lake Ontario and the Humber River. This location is accessible by TTC (80 Queensway bus from Keele Station, or 501 Queen/508 Lakeshore streetcar to Parkside Drive). There are parking lots nearby along Lakeshore Boulevard.

What should I bring?
We are outside rain or shine. Please be prepared for the weather. Items to bring include: hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, water bottle, sweater/sweatshirt, rain jacket, and shoes/sandals that can get wet.

Can I attend more than one session?
The Safe Canoeing course is designed as a single, 3-hour session. You are welcome to register for more than one session, but each 3-hour class is the same.

Do I need to bring my own lifejacket?
No. We will provide you with a Personal Flotation Device (a lifejacket), paddle, canoe, and safety kit. You may use your own PFD if you prefer, as long as it is Canadian government approved and in good condition.

Do I have to know how to swim?
You should be comfortable in the water. You do not have to be an expert swimmer to participate in the Safe Canoeing program. You must wear a PFD at all times while in a canoe or near the water, regardless of your swimming ability.

Will I get wet?
There is a risk of immersion with any water-based activity. We do not plan to tip our canoes. You will get your feet wet entering and exiting the canoe.

Can my kids take the course with me?
Yes! We encourage families to participate together. In order to participate, your child must be registered in the course.

Can my child take Safe Canoeing by himself/herself?
Young people under 14 years of age need to have an accompanying adult participant. If your child is 14 years or over, they can take the course by him or herself. Young people 13-24 years of age can also participate in our Leadership Program.

Can I participate if I have a special need?

Please contact our program coordinator to discuss how we can best accomodate your needs. People with mobility and sensory disabilities have previously participated in our programming.

Do I have to take Safe Canoeing before I can do the Leadership Program?
No. There are no prerequisites for the Leadership Program.

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Canoe trip with Neil McNeil High School

All of us at the Inner City Outtripping Centre would like to thank the staff and students of Neil McNeil High School for a fantastic canoe trip! We hope that we were able to contribute to your leadership training program.

We also hope to see some of you at our summer Leadership Program (we're still accepting applications - contact us for more information).

If you would like to see photos of our trip, email Elizabeth at

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Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Clean-up day

Our spring-summer season began today with a clean-up at Sunnyside. We swept away the winter grime and inspected all our gear. Our staff are getting everything ready for next week's Paddle & Picnic orientation day and TROOP orientation trip...our first canoe trip of the year!
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Tuesday, March 22, 2005

North Canoes

The TROOP (stands for Toronto Police Service Recreational Outreach Outtripping Program) and the Paddle & Picnic programs use north canoes like these:

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These are traditional canoes, like the ones used in the fur trade. These boats historically were made out of birch bark, but the ICOC canoes are made of fibreglass. The north canoes are about 26 feet long and can be heavy to portage (which means to carry between bodies of water, or around obstacles like rapids or waterfalls).

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