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Changing of the Seasons Gathering in Temagami

Saturday 09 September 2017 12:00pm
To Sunday 10 September 2017
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Host: Alex Mathias

Location: https://www.ontarioparks.com/park/obabikariver

Photo credit: Kim Cowan

Over the weekend of September 9th, 2017 Alex Mathias, an Ojibway Elder, will host his annual Changing of the Seasons Ceremony to celebrate the fall equinox on his traditional family territory in the Temagami region of Ontario.

On Saturday there will be a 'Changing of the Seasons' ceremony, a group potluck lunch, visits to Spirit Rock, and guided hikes through the old-growth forest. Attendees have the option of participating in group events after the ceremony, exploring the area on their own, or simply enjoying some quiet time on the lake. There is no structured agenda for the weekend and Sunday is an open day.

Participants are expected to provide their own food, camping gear, and if possible, canoes. Boat shuttles can be arranged for attendees who are not able to paddle across the lake to the gathering site on their own. People will be camping at various sites on the lake - the majority of participants will be on the beach at Alex's cabin or at the north end of the lake at the gathering site.

We recommend that participants leave early on Friday morning (it is an 8 hour drive from Toronto). If you need a ride or you have a vehicle with space for others, let us know - we will do our best to set up carpools for registered participants. Please be aware that the last stretch of the drive is extremely rough and slow going - SUVs / trucks are recommended (directions will be provided once you have registered).

Some participants are experienced canoeists and paddle in to the gathering. If you are interested in paddling but are unfamiliar with the area, please contact us.

All are welcome! If you have never been to Temagami and have always wanted to go, this is a great opportunity to experience the wilderness in a group setting.

A minimum donation of $20 per adult, paid to our host Alex Mathias, is requested to help offset the costs of the event.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Amber Ellis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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