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PRESENTS

Deep Adventure Challenges 

for kids & teens

Get ready for an adventure that will take you off-grid and into the wild!

Aha! Adventures is part of the YFBC family. We are in the business of creating life-changing aha! moments on wilderness canoe trips. This year we will be inviting young explorers to journey with us into the wilderness on a Deep Adventure!

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12-14 July 2023

Boys in the Wild

A Deep Adventure Challenge for boys from 10-12 years old

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17-21 July 2023

Girls Off-Grid

A Deep Adventure Challenge for girls from 12-14 years old

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12-14 July 2023

Girls Off-Grid

A Deep Adventure Challenge for girls from 10-12 years old

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17-21 July 2023

Boys in the Wild

A Deep Adventure Challenge for boys from 12-14 years old

24-30 July 2023

Wild & Free Teens

A Deep Adventure Whitewater Challenge for teens from 15-17 years old

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Deep Adventure Experiences

Venturing deep into the Saskatchewan wilderness opens up a world of possibilities and adventures

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Improve your skills and techniques, suitable for all skill levels, even if it's your first time in a canoe!

Canoe skills

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Sleep in tents and cook over an open fire far from any distractions in some of the most beautiful locations to be found anywhere

Camping

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We venture into prime fishing waters and its a fantastic place to explore with a rod and reel

Fishing

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Cool off in the fresh northern water. Play in rapids, float, relax and enjoy the sun and water

Swimming

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Conquer your fears or just enjoy the rush of launching off a ledge into the deep waters below

Rock Jumping

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Test your balance and fortitude as you battle your friends in this epic challenge!

Gunnel Bobbing

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There is no better place to build relationships than around the campfire. Connect with God, with the outdoors and with each other

Campfires

Your Instructors

and guides

Angela Harder

Angela Harder has spent over 20 years planning and coordinating canoeing and kayaking programs. She started her guiding career leading groups on canoe trips in Minnesota and then was a guide on the Nahanni River in the NWT. Before coming to Aha! Adventures she managed the paddling program at the Outdoor Centre at the University of Calgary. She has spent much of her summers guiding canoe trips in western Canada. She is excited to bring her knowledge to YFBC and develop a tripping program. She is also grateful to have the opportunity to combine her faith in Jesus on the Deep Adventure Trips. Come join Ang on an adventure!!

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Steven Wapple

Steven Wapple has been tripping all over Western Canada for the past 10 years. He is in his element when he is outdoors and educating people through new experiences. Steven graduated from Thompson Rivers University with an Adventure Guide Diploma and an interdisciplinary degree with a focus on adventure therapy. Since then, he has been a guide, instructor and program coordinator at the Outdoor Centre, University of Calgary. Steven is also dedicated father of two girls, who with his wife Genevieve are already taking them on wilderness adventures. Steven's confident leadership outdoors will encourage you to push yourself to do more than you can imagine. Steven and Angela have been guiding together for the past 10 years and make a great team.

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Rachelle H.

"I have had the privilege of joining Aha Adventures! for a number of memorable canoe trips.

 

I can definitively say that Aha Adventures! canoe trips focus on four Fs. First, fun: canoe tripping with Aha is a heckuvalot of fun. From the first time you meet the team until you are unloading the boats on the last day of your trip, you will be having fun. The second F is food: if you want to master how to cook over a campfire and enjoy good food, you will be in your element. The third F is fishing. On each trip I have enjoyed, there were many opportunities to catch and eat beautiful fish. The final, and perhaps most important, F is family. The guides at Aha Adventures! create an atmosphere of caring and kindness on their trips, where everyone on the trip is one big family.

 

I heartily recommend doing a trip with Aha Adventures! You can thank me later." 

Questions?

Here are some of the most popular questions we hear

Are Parents allowed to come?

In our youngest youth trip, we will be looking for some parents to come a long to help.  If that interests you, please let us know. Our older trips (12 and up) will not typically have parents, but occasionally we may make an exception.

How do you manage food on your trips?

We include food on our Deep Adventure trips.  Please let us know if you have any food allergies upon registration and we will do our best to accommodate.  We ask youth to bring their own favourite snacks for themselves for the trip. Lunch the first day is not included and they can either pack a lunch or purchase it on the drive in La Ronge.


All participants will take their turn helping their leaders cook breakfasts and suppers on the trips. 

What is your typical day like?

We wake up between 7-8am and have breakfast between 8-8:30am.  If we are moving camp, we will pack up and try to leave camp around 10am. Before we paddle or enjoy our activities, we will have a deep thought/ devotional for the day. 


We would paddle until 3-4pm depending on the weather/ wind and set up camp again.  We will stop for lunch and a swim break if it is a hot day.  If we are staying in one spot we will enjoy swimming, fishing, relaxing around camp or playing games and learning camp craft. After a delicious supper, we will enjoy conversation and laughter around the fire. 

What gear should I bring?

Check out our gear list.  The right column lists all the gear that Aha! Adventures will supply.  The rest is what you will need to bring. We have some extra sleeping pads, sleeping bags, and clothing at the camp if you need.  Just let us know and we will do what we can to get you outfitted. 


We will supply all the canoe barrels and drybags to keep our gear dry and transport to our campsites. 

Download the Gear List HERE

Who will I tent with?

You will share a tent with other youth of your same gender, and if you are coming with family or a friend that you want to share with, that will be good, but you may need to share with another person as well depending on the numbers. If you have your own tent that you want to bring, that is fine, as long as it will hold up to the weather and is not too big.  

Where do we go?

We will head to Northern Saskatchewan, which is a land of lakes, rocks and trees!  Some of our trips are on the Churchill River, which is basically a series of lakes interconnected with river sections. Our youngest age group (10-12) will stay on the lakes of the Churchill and have a base camp to explore from.  This year, our 12–14-year groups will go to the McLennan Lakes area, which is a beautiful area of small  island filled lakes, short portages and crystal clear water.   The teen trip will paddle the 6-portage route into the Churchill River. This trip has it all from lake paddling, white-water fun, portaging and fantastic camping on the Canadian Shield. 

What does the price include?

All canoe gear (canoes, paddles, pfd's)
All meals except lunch the first day (can purchase or pack)
Transportation from YFBC
Safety equipment (throwbags, first aid kit, emergency communication)
Group camping gear (tarp, axe, saw, fire box, etc.)
Group cooking equipment (pots, stoves, utensils, fuel)
Experienced and qualified guides

What is the spiritual theme for this summer?

Our theme for this summer is on identity and discovering what God has created you to be. God does not make mistakes and He has designed us for abundant life and to live in freedom! We will discuss how we fit into creation and how we can be a friend of God.  God has called us to adventure with him and how Knowing Him is the greatest adventure.


"Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me." Psalm 42:7

Do I need to have canoe skills to join a trip?

Anyone who feels unqualified, has doubts and fears- just be ready to dive in.  No experience necessary.  Instructors can teach you what you need to know on your trip.  

What are the transportation details?

You will meet the group at the Youth Farm Bible camp in Rosthern, SK at 8am the first day.  From there, transportation will be in a 15-passenger van with their leaders.

What is your safety plan?

We carry at satellite phone on our trips and we are able to call out at any time if there is an emergency.  We also carry a SPOT, which we will send out our location each day to the camp and all the parents.  Parents can track our progress of where we are and know that we are okay each day.  You can get a message to us during the trip through the camp if needed.
All of the trip leaders will have a minimum of a 40- hour Wilderness First Aid on the trip.  Your  leaders will know the area they are going in and have a route plan to follow. 

Need more info?
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