Our Wilderness Out Trips

As a wilderness camp, out tripping is one of the largest and most popular elements of our Big Cove YMCA Camp programming. Out trips are wilderness expeditions where the cabin group leaves the main campsite and either hikes or paddles to a wilderness campsite to spend the night. Big Cove YMCA Camp is regarded nationwide as one of the premiere out tripping camps in Canada! Dating back to our ‘Voyager Trip’ days, Big Cove YMCA Camp’s tradition of nature out tripping away from the main campgrounds, has been a consistent cornerstone and much-loved feature of the Big Cove experience since it first began. All campers participate in out tripping, with the exception of our youngest Little Big Cove campers. Our ocean canoeing and hiking trips are a highlight for many of our campers! Out trips can range from a one-night outing that our younger campers go on, or a 10-day wilderness excursion for our Leadership campers. Big Cove YMCA Camp is committed to providing safe, yet challenging out trips suitable for the age of the campers. Overview of out trip lengths:

Program Out trip Length
Little Big Cove Day Hike – Picnic Lunch
Junior One to two nights
Senior One to three nights
Leadership I 10 nights
Leadership II 10 nights

Our ocean canoeing and backpacking trips are a highlight for many of our campers. Out trips provide youth with a sense of accomplishment while teaching them about teamwork and resourcefulness. For many of our campers, their Big Cove YMCA Camp experience will be their first of wilderness camping. The warm waters of the Northumberland Strait, combined with the natural shelter of the Merigomish Harbour allows for a safe and spectacular ocean canoeing experience. Ocean canoe trips are always filled with stunning views, gorgeous sunsets, and incredibly rich wildlife.

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