Outdoor field trips, explore and learn
A three-day outdoor education experience at Quesnel Lake Caribou Lodge is an awesome opportunity for students to experience, explore, and grow!
Offered in the months of May and September, the QLake Outdoor Education Program can become an extension of your school’s Outdoor Education Curriculum or it can be designed as an out-of-class complement to your Physical Education Program.
Three primary objectives
- Involve students in outdoor activities that are new to them
- Provide instruction in the safe and proper means of participating in these activities
- Provide positive personal growth experiences
- Allow students to experience opportunities for a lifetime of outdoor adventure
A few of the many possible group activities
- Fully guided recreational fishing
- Interpretive Tours of Historic Caribou Lake
- Archeological Exploration and Site Tour on Manigotagan Lake
- Evening bonfires with story telling and sharing
- Evening relaxation in the Lodge’s wood-fired sauna
- Provide additional opportunity for students for lifelong learning
- Promote team building/stimulate positive group dynamics and discussion
- Model positive attitudes
- Foster an appreciation of local Aboriginal Culture
- Involve students in hands-on activities and developing self-confidence
- Allow youth to explore some leisure activities
- Foster an understanding and a caring for our environment
Frequently asked questions
We offer light housekeeping cabins, so that means you bring food, which you will prepare yourselves, a sleeping bag, pillow, personal towels, and so on.
We have a meeting room, which will be used for some instruction as well as information sessions. Students, their teachers, and adult supervisors will be provided cabin accommodations. Each day, school will take place outdoors.
We recommend a minimum student group of 12 and a maximum of 30.
We work very closely with Charles Simard, a resident of Manigotagan, who works extensively with schools teaching and sharing the history of his people, their values, and customs. A half or full-day interpretive tour with Charlie is highly recommended.
"I am Charles George Simard, a First Nations person born in 1949 at Black Island on Lake Winnipeg. My mother was Indian from the Hollow Water Band and my father was a French-halfbreed born at Rice River, Manitoba. We lived our entire life at Manigotagan.
I learned to trap, fish, hunt, log, and to live off the land. I am self-taught. My parents and grandparents were my teachers.
I am presently employed by Conservation Manitoba as a Management Resource Assistant. My job there is to maintain the rivers and lakes in in Nopiming Park and other areas such as the Bloodvien River. I also talk to the public about the rich history of the water-ways from Lake Winnipeg to Ontario. I enjoy sharing my knowledge about the logging, mining, fur trade, and canoing of the area.
The water-ways are also rich with all kinds of healing plant-medicines which I carry with me along with a bag of furs to show and share information with schools, canoers, travellers and eco-tourists. I am also a Commercial Fisherman and am very knowledgeable about the "East-Side" from Pine Falls to Rice River."
Our staff are available to assist teachers in planning a two or three-day outdoor program. Special consideration will be given to the objective learning outcomes. Let's start with the basics.
- Location: Quesnel Lake, Nopiming Provincial Park, three hours northeast of Winnipeg.[DIRECTIONS]
- Availability for scheduling: May 10 to 30, or September 1 to 30
- Recommended group size: 10 or more students
- Recommended supervisor ratio: 1 adult/5 students
- Accommodations: gender-separate, private cabins (8 to 14 beds), full kitchen, BBQ, showers, flush toilets, and wood-fired sauna. Light housekeeping
- Things to bring: sleeping bags, pillows, towels, toiletries, food, drinking water, cooking ingredients (oil, butter, etc), repellant, sun block, sun glasses, and head gear (caps) .
In addition to teaching staff, we would like a minimum of 5 to 1 ratio of parent/adult student supervision. Coordinating teachers are asked to select their student group only after becoming comfortable with our location and intended activities.
Our student group is made up of both boys and girls. How does that affect accommodation arrangements?
We require that supervisors include both genders. Separate cabins will be assigned for the two groups. Consideration must be given to have a workable gender balance with the supervisors as well.
We require that the school have at least one adult in their group qualified in first aid. Group leaders, as well as our staff, need to be well informed of any allergic and/or medical conditions within the group.
Organizers need to consider having a vehicle on standby at the lodge in the event that someone needs to be taken home or needs medical attention.
Teachers and supervisors should have cell phones (MTS) at camp. An emergency action plan will be discussed and documented in detail. We recommend that parents be well informed of all contingency plans.
What assistance is available for teachers who are planning a three-day field trip back Quesnel Lake Caribou Lodge?
The owners of Quesnel Lake Caribou Lodge, Peter and Carol, are both certified teachers with many years of experience and are strong advocates of hands-on, real-world learning. They are also currently pursuing our training as heritage interpreters. We will work closely with the teachers, starting with the preliminary planning, and work closely with your group during the visit.
The vast wealth of educational resources the Quesnel Lake has to offer makes for easy planning. Teachers will feel like three days are not enough. We are more than happy to help with lessons and activities planning. Whether it involves introducing students to learn new concepts/topic or reinforcing a lesson previously taught in the classroom, student activities and curricular links that best further student learning will be chosen.
The opportunities are endless. Students can visit all curricula during their stay at Quesnel Lake Caribou Lodge. By virtue of being in the outdoors, all student activities at Quesnel Lake are cross-curricular.
What would the cost be for a group of students, teachers, and supervisors for three days at Quesnel Lake Caribou Lodge
Our rate for a school group is based on the number of students in the group. The rate is $249 per student. There is no charge for teachers, supervising staff, and parents. This rate includes three nights accommodations, use of boats and fuel, as well as all necessary support from our staff. There is a fee if a guest interpreter is requested.
We would ask that a minimum of two adults in your group become licensed prior to the outing. Even though you are never more than half of a kilometer from shore when on the water, all activities require boating and will be conducted nearshore. Lake crossings will be avoided. Quesnel Lake Caribou Lodge will supply all DOT-approved PFDs.
Our students want to go fishing. Do we need a license? What do we bring for fishing gear and tackle?
Mmmmm… Fresh walleye for lunch! Because Quesnel Lake Caribou Lodge is located in Nopiming Provincial Park, those intending to do some angling need only acquire a provincial conservation license. We recommend just a light rod and reel and a few hooks such as jigs and spinners. We advise groups to discuss this with us in advance.