6. Boundaries and Trails

Boundaries

A safety boundary surrounds the entire 18 hectares of land which make up the site. This boundary consists of 4 meter wide straight sections of land cleared of trees along three sides of the site. The lake forms the Fourth side of the boundary. Students may not go beyond this boundary without an adult. The boundary is marked by a short orange fence and signs are posted where each trail meets the boundary.

All trails are well marked with directions back to the cookhouse.

Most study areas are located within the safety boundary. Teachers and helpers should take extra care in keeping track of their students when leaving the boundary for study exercises. Adults should stay at the front and back of the group of students when hiking or skiing, and take headcounts when changing study locations.

Students must remain within sight of the cookhouse at all times when not accompanied by and adult.

The beach, climbing wall and adventure course are out of bounds to students not accompanied by an adult.  Additionally – the parking area, generator building and the area near the caretakers residence are also out of bounds to students.

The kitchen area of the cookhouse is also off limits to students unless they are assisting in cooking, cleaning, or doing dishes unless directly requested by an adult. Students must only use the south entrance of the cookhouse unless they are unloading supplies, or in the case of an emergency.

For the after-dark game Mission Impossible there is a platform just east of the playing field. For the purposes of this game the boundaries are the camp area to the north, the playing field to the west, the lake to the east and a yellow barricade tape to the south.

Trails

Hiking and Cross Country Ski trails have been developed to access the various study areas, lakes, swamps and exercise areas surrounding Cameron Lake.

Maps of the trail system can be found in the “Maps” section.

The hiking trails were all designed with a single file hiking group in mind. They are marked with fluorescent orange metal tags nailed into trees visible along the trail. Signs are posted at the beginning and end of each trail as well as at each intersection with other trails.

Study areas are located at various places along the trails. These are small cleared areas in which a group can gather to view and carry out various procedures.

The trails are suitable for cross country skiing and are normally track-set during the winter.

When making use of the longer and more challenging trails each student should carry a pack containing rain gear, spare dry clothing, water and a snack. Please notify the site coordinator of departure and expected return times. Presently the Rocky Mountain View Trail and the Lost Ridge Trail fall into this category.

No ATV’S are allowed on these trails.

Study Areas

Study Areas are located throughout the site. Trails lead to these areas. Some study areas have a very specific purpose whole others represent a cross section of various natural systems and plant communities.  The areas are each identified individually.

AREA A – Challenge Course area. Various structures have been constructed which provide both group and individual challenges.

AREA B – A predominantly middle age white spruce forest with bunchberry ground cover.

AREA C – Mature Lodge pole Pine and white spruce area with both bunchberry and Labrador tea ground covering.

AREA D – A muskeg type area with mature lodge pole pine, young black spruce, Labrador tea and sphagnum moss.

AREA E – An area of white spruce, lodge pole pine, birch and alder. A popular squirrel feeding area.

AREA F – An area of young aspen, young white spruce and firewood (ground fall)

AREA G – The Tenting area, also contains many signs of beaver activity

AREA H – Contains a pit dug into the ground for the purpose of soil profile studies.

AREA I – The survival shelter and fire skills area containing poles cut for shelter construction and six small fire pits for survival fire starting exercises.

AREA J – The Climbing Wall Area.