A whole new feature set of Learning
has been added to the site in our Maps
& Geography section
. There's a lot
of great information, lessons, exercises and games
here, so be sure to check
. New items include:
|- The Great Cdn Geography Challenge
- CanaTREK Mapping Activity
- North American Geography
- World Geography
- History of Mapping
- Types of Maps
- Map & Geography Glossaries
Just a quick
reminder that the Deadline for Registration
of your class this year is:
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Vanderstar, co-leader of the Summits Of Canada
team, in association with
Adventure Africa Expedition (www.advenafrica.com)
have assembled a Mount Kilimanjaro Trek Ascent
and Safari package, plus an additional option
to visit with the Migwani Children’s
Special Needs Unit to deliver essential supplies
to the school and dormitory.
This is an excellent package deal and is very
competitively priced for the third year in
a row, yet provides all the necessary services
to the best standards that are expected by
foreign visitors to Africa.
Team Challenges You:
say one should lead by example. As such, we encourage you
to set new goals of physical fitness. We would love to see
each one of you develop a healthier body, increase your
levels of energy, and attain a balanced, positive outlook
and perspective on life.
We have a vast resource of physical activities, guides,
and reference material in our Health & Fitness section
that you can tap into right now and start having fun planning
on how you can get back into shape, or get into even better
Let's face it, becoming and staying healthy is a personal
choice we all have to make at some point. If we can do it,
if others can do it ... So Can You!
Moving To Health & Fitness >>
Fit And Have Fun Doing It !
How it all began ...
With Mount Everest next on my climbing goals, I was caught
in a storm soloing Europe’s highest mountain in Russia,
Mount Elbrus. Little did I know at the time that seeking
shelter and comfort in a tent at 15,500 feet with a climbing
team from the Ukraine, there would be a bigger mountain
to climb in my future!
was here on Mount Elbrus, where 4 climbers with very little
English and a passion in their eyes, did not want to hear
about my adventures to Kilimanjaro in Africa or about my
climb to the top of North America on Mount McKinley in Alaska.
They did not ask or wonder about the beauty of South America
... no, they simply wanted to hear about Canada.
listened for hours as I told them about the mountains in
our Canadian Rockies, the beauty of our Maritimes, and the
spectacular uniqueness of our Arctic. I described the maple
trees in Central Canada changing colour in the fall and
the rugged beauty of the West Coast. It was late that night,
alone in my tent, and even over a period of months after
that climb that I regained an appreciation of our Country.
All along, I was looking outside of Canada, at the quest
of climbing the ‘Seven Summits’ and Mount Everest
and, in doing so, looked past the very country where I was
born – Canada. There in a tent on a stormy night in
Russia, the ‘Summits of Canada’ was born.
behalf of our team, sponsors, and supporters, I want to
welcome you to an adventure in one of the most beautiful
and diverse countries in the world, a place we call home
and a country we call Canada. Welcome to an historic Expedition
to tell Canadians and the world about Canada, “One
Step at a Time.”
SUMMITS OF CANADA EXPEDITION
2012: New Brunswick, PEI and Nova Scotia
Brunswick, PEI & Nova Scotia
The team carries their quest on over to the eastern boundaries
& shores of Canada to the highpoints of the Maritimes.
There wasn't exactly a whole lot of what you would call
"climbing" involved with this trip. But the
incredible natural surroundings and culture that are distinctly
unique to this area of Canada were definitely worth it.
And, as usual, the team did manage to find a challenge
or two to overcome as well as some unexpected surprises.
Learn more >>
June 3, 2008, 8:58 pm
Mount Logan, Yukon
The Team of James Coleridge and Len Vanderstar reach the
summit of Mount Logan and stand at the Top 'O Canada -
Learn more >>
The journey across Canada and to the highest
points of every Province and Territory continues with
our Expedition to the top of British Columbia –
Fairweather Mountain. This will be a very exciting and
beautiful climb as James and Len travel from White Rock
and Smithers, BC to Whitehorse in the Yukon.
Learn more >>
Mount Logan, Yukon
The Team sets its sights on Mount Logan again for another
attempt this May/June. Preparations are well under way
to bring another exciting adventure to the students and
followers of the expedition ... along with fun and interactive
new ways to take part! Stay tuned for more details.
June 7, 2007
The Team is reunited, off the mountain, and back in Whitehorse.
After an adventurous trip where nasty weather stole the
show, the team is preparing to leave the Yukon, head for
home, and start sharing many exciting stories of their
trip to Mt. Logan with students, friends and family who
have been following the expedition.
Mount Logan, Yukon
The Team is ready! The world's largest educational expedition
is headed for the world's largest mountain (in terms of
base circumference/sheer size), Mount Logan. Each of the
14 members is now enroute to Whitehorse in Canada's Yukon
Territory. Over the next couple of days the team will
begin co-ordinating the hundreds of pounds of gear and
equipment and dividing up the loads between each person
that will be needed on the climb. Spirits are high and
the excitement is building. And with good reason as this,
the biggest climb in the expedition, brings with it many
exciting new features that have been developed to enable
you to follow the team such as: integration with Live
Search Maps including live tracking of the team by GPS;
hi-res satellite images of Mount Logan which you can zoom
in on and even twist and turn in 3D; regular blogs, photos
and audio clips; live video broadcasts right from the
site; views of the planned route including a Fly-through
preview; relevant educational material and links to lesson
plans; current weather forecasts; ... and more! This climb
will last over a month in a harsh climate at altitude
... so come back often, keep up to date on the team's
progress ... and be prepared to explore and learn something
new every day!
March 4, 2007
Mount Logan, Yukon
The Team for Mt Logan is almost finalized. Schedules are
in place and the painstaking process of organizing gear,
food, flights, power and communications equipment, media
coverage, route details, Park permits ... and more is
coming together. Great new features are also being developed
for the site. Stay Tuned! Next stop for the CanaTREK Team:
Mt. Logan and the TOP OF CANADA !
Mount Baldy, Manitoba
Schools in Winnipeg and Minnedosa, Manitoba (as well as
representatives from the Ministry of Health and Education
and even the Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba) provide
a very warm welcome to the Team as Baldy Mountain was
the next Summit to be climbed.
September 27, 2006
Ishpatina Ridge, Ontario
Team CanaTREK Summits Ishpatina Ridge and holds Live Forum
event with schools, science center and the Honourable
Minister Ramsay. View the Summit
September 21, 2006
Ishpatina Ridge, Ontario
Team Departs for Ontario to climb Ishpatina Ridge and
broadcast online to schools on Sept. 27th: "Live
from the Top of Ontario".
September 5, 2006
Team Prepares for Ontario and First Major Live Forum
August 19, 2006
Team Summits Mount Columbia
August 3, 2006
Second Attempt at Columbia Set for Early August
June 23, 2006
Team Targets Mount Columbia, Alberta as First Peak of
Our Website Launches as the Team Readies for First Summit
Summits of Canada Expedition is a journey that explores Canada
by looking at the people, culture, geography, climate and
environment as we climb the highest points of all 13 Provinces
This remarkable journey began as
the expedition team prepared in early June, 2006 to summit
Mount Columbia - the
highest peak in Alberta, also the second highest peak in the
Rockies. After an aborted first attempt due to the unsafe
avalanche conditions brought on by unusually extended high
temperatures, the team made another attempt (this time successful)
The next summit, the Ishpatina
Ridge in Ontario, included a long canoe and portage section.
Also, the team delivered their first Live
Virtual Forum presentation from the summit to Schools
and Science Centers across the country and around the world.
This was an exciting opportunity for students and followers
of the Expedition to learn from and interact with the team
using the latest satellite and online video-conferencing technologies.
Also, a special guest was able to take part in the event:
the Ontario Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable
Ever wondered what it might be like to climb
to a summit at over 18,000 feet with 50 mph
winds trying to blow you off the mountain?
In this example, you will see conditions that
the team may face on Canada's summits as James
struggles for breath and risks frostbite on
his hands to bring us the video while trying
to narrate over top of the howling winds.
<< Click image
to view video
CanaTREK, the Summits of Canada Expedition is also
a major interactive educational initiative providing a large
resource of material for kids (and adults) on topics covering
Health & Fitness, the Environment, Geography, Science
and more. Teachers can register and gain access into this
unique program to enrich the learning experience of students.
Register your school today to take part and share the
next adventure with your students!
CanaTREK is fortunate
to have a close working relationship with governments throughout
Canada as we collectively work to increase awareness about
Canada, our environment, health & fitness and education.
With the support of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society
and others, we are able to bring our historic Expedition
to Canadians and the world. It is with the kind support
of sponsors that we are able to reach out to millions
of people, hundreds of schools and corporations both in
Canada and around the world.
The team acknowledges our supporters
who have graciously contributed to this amazing journey.
As the Expedition progresses, we will require new and continued
support. Shoud you or your organization be interested in
a sponsorship position, or if you would like to contribute
funds, technology, or manpower, please contact us here.
We thank you and encourage you to explore the many resources
on our site as we continue to Revolutionize Education through
Technology and Adventure ... "One Step At A Time".
Focusing on health & fitness,
education, and our environment, CanaTREK welcomes
you to an adventure of a lifetime.
the Summits of Canada Expedition
"Revolutionizing Education through Technology
and Adventure - One Step At A Time"