This outdoor education camp is located on Lake Athapap and has undergone renovations to upgrade the sleeping cabins. Wheel chair accessible, up to 80 people can be housed at Camp Whitney, where usage primary occurs from June to August.
Rest! Relaxation! Recreation!
The perfect, secluded, remote wilderness camp is located on Lake Athapapskow. It is set in the heart of the Boreal Forest; it is wilderness and nature at its best.
The Brian King Nature Trail is a self-guided trial that winds its way from Camp Whitney to Limestone Narrows, passing through a variety of forest types and terrain. Starting on solid Precambrian Shield granite and schist and ending at a set of limestone crevices, which are part of what was once the bed of an ancient sea. There are a number of interpretive plaques along the way to give you a feel for the ecosystem you are in.
You pass from typical Boreal Forest of mixed white spruce and poplar through an area where old field succession is evident with profuse growth of wild roses and invading willows, sarsaparilla, honey suckle, and poplar. See clearly the markings black bears have left on some of the trees. Follow an old firebreak and witness an amazing transition point with a black spruce forest on one side of the trail and lush mixed poplar, balsam fir and white spruce on the other. Continue along into black spruce and break through into a pure mature trembling aspen forest. Keep your eyes open for delicious dewberries, blue berries and in the spring, morel mushrooms. If you're quiet you may sneak up on a family of ruffed grouse hunting for berries.
As you continue on you will descend to a large tamarack swamp carpeted in horse tails, March marigolds and Labrador tea. You'll feel you've entered a prehistoric realm as you walk through the swamp on a raised boardwalk to the far side. The next kilometre travels through a dark black spruce forest with trees hanging with lichens and where you will feel that at any minute a wolf or lynx will materialize and disappear. At the end of this forest, you ascend a steep slope where light suddenly seems brighter and the forest type changes dramatically to balsam fir and white birch. Keep your eyes open for some rare moccasin flowers, and other orchids, Canada lilies and patches of juniper. It will become evident that the terrain has suddenly changed from granite to limestone. The going gets a little rough because of the crevasses in the limestone; this goes on for a few hundred metres then suddenly ends on the edge of a limestone cliff. This cliff overlooks "Big" Athapapaskow Lake to the south, and from Limestone Narrows looking northeast through Mink Narrows leads to "Little" Athapapaskow Lake and to Bakers Narrows to the north-northeast. You can almost see and hear Voyageurs traveling in their birch bark canoes traveling this ancient trade route singing their French Canadian paddling songs.
At this point you can choose to return along the trail or follow the train tracks back to Camp Whitney. Also, you can cross over the tracks, visit Leo LaVoie's camp and take a prearranged ride back to camp by boat. Total round trip is approximately seven kilometr
Amenities provided: Showers, dining hall with kitchen facilities, barbeques, canoes, kayaks, eco-trails, volley ball court, root cellar for cold storage, convenience of flip-a-switch power, and marina facilities.
Guests are responsible for: Bedding (sleeping bags, pillows, etc.), personal toiletry, food and beverage, and having a great time.
Inquiries welcome on all inclusive group packages.
For more information on this great facility or for booking details please call Aimee @681-7542