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To All Student Delegates attending Rendez-Vous 2012!

August 2, 2012

In response to Rendez-Vous 2012 conference organizer’s recent email requesting you to select your preferred choices for options of Conference on the Move and local community sites, we, as
the Rendez-Vous Student Organizing Committee (RVSOC), would like to encourage you to select the site visits that are specifically geared towards student activities. Below you will find descriptions of the various student site visits to help in your selection!

Note that the spots are limited and they will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

1. Wilderness Medicine Sibley Tour

There will be two options within this site visit, as follows:

Hike to the top of Northern Ontario!

Want to experience Northern Ontario in all its true colours?  The top of the giant trail is a 5-6 hour hike with gorgeous views of Lake Superior and of Thunder Bay.  This trail has some steeper parts, but also has nice break areas to balance the others out. Hikers of all skill levels are welcome to join this event at the Sleeping Giant Provincial Park.

Wilderness Medicine and Middlebrun Bay Trail

Interested in learning more about Wilderness Medicine and taking a small hike to Middlebrun Bay to see one of the best sandy beaches in Northwestern Ontario?! This session will be a hands-on and student-led by the Wilderness Medicine Interest Group. The Middlebrun Bay Trail is 4km one-way (8km round trip) and is designated as easy by Sleeping Giant Provincial Park

2. Northern Ontario Farm Tour

To start off the day at the Valhalla Inn, local dieticians will be giving a presentation entitled: Northern Food Connections: From Land to People. This will focus on health equity and food
security, while including practical tips and motivational counselling.

From there, students will travel to the Thunder Oak Cheese Farm, the only farm in Ontario that produces Gouda cheese. The opportunity to learn about how this famous product is made (and to taste it along the way!), along with a variety of other Dutch imported foods will be offered for attending students.

The last stop is Gammondale Farm, to enjoy the great outdoors of Thunder Bay. This stop will include Amazing Race-styled team-building exercises, farm tours and some tasty hot beverages. Students will travel back to the Valhalla Inn around 4pm.

Secondly, we’d like to encourage you to attend the Pre-Conference workshop! There will be more details to follow about this workshop. Stay tuned!

We’re very much looking forward to spending time with you in Thunder Bay in only a few months!


Emily, Derek, Vanessa and the RVSOC!


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