Hiking in Barrie, ON
Soldier On will be holding a multi-day day hiking event to explore some of the best trails in Barrie, ON, on three successive Thursday commencing on Nov. 26 and will include Dec. 3rd and 10th.
This activity will bring together both serving and retired ill/injured CAF members, allowing participants to connect through peer support and encourage a healthy and active lifestyle. This local Hiking event will serve as an introduction to hiking / trail walking geared toward beginners. Participants will have the opportunity to experience hiking on three unique trails in the Barrie area at Ardagh Bluffs, Sunnidale Park and the third location will be the waterfront extension trail.
Ill/injured members will be introduced to hiking through daily excursions on various trails through parks, wooded areas and to include views of Kempenfelt Bay. Participants will be out in the elements during the hikes for no more than two hours on each day of hiking.
The number of Soldier On participants is limited to 10.
Minimum eligibility criteria
Any serving member or veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) from the BORDEN, WASAGA BEACH, BARRIE, ALLISTON, MIDLAND area who acquired a permanent physical or mental health illness or injury while enrolled as a member of the CAF; whether attributable or not to service.
Medical clearance may be required by your chain of command.
Mental & Physical Requirements
Transport and Meals
- Participants must be able to tolerate two hours of moderate paced activities for each of the hiking days.
- Applicants must have a limited requirement for rest throughout the duration of the hike.
- Participants will be joined by other ill/injured members, and therefore should be able to function in a social environment.
- Participants are advised that meals and transportation will not be provided by Soldier On for this event.
- Participants will be required to arrange their own travel to and from the event location, travel and meals are not eligible for reimbursement for this event.
- Participants also acknowledge that there will be no alcohol consumption allowed during the conduct of this event.
Soldier On events are planned in accordance with municipal, provincial, territorial and federal public health measures (PHM) and regulations as well as the Canadian Armed Forces health policy and guidelines. The health and safety of Soldier On participants and staff, PSP staff, and CAF TG personnel are paramount. While specific safety precautions for each event will depend on the scope, scale and location of the event, the utmost care will be undertaken to ensure the risk associated with the spread of COVID-19 is very low.
Specific precautions, rules, regulations and observances will be communicated to selected participants for this specific camp in due course, but all applicants must be prepared to:
- Be familiar with, and adhere to current PHM regulations and guidance;
- Complete the respective provincial / territorial or federal government COVID-19 self-assessment tool before attending the event;
- Refrain from participating in a Soldier On event if they have tested positive for COVID-19, have come in contact with someone that has tested positive for COVID-19 and/or are experiencing symptoms of the virus;
- Practice physical distancing during activity, including the use of non-medical mask when appropriate;
- Follow all safety precautions provided by Soldier On and its sport service providers;
- Adhere to a stringent use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and perform rigorous hand hygiene;
- Inform Soldier On immediately if you are not feeling well.
Soldier On, during the conduct of this activity, shall:
- Ensure that the event is conducted following the current PHM regulations and guidelines of the location in question;
- Ensure that all staff and participants are using PPE properly and following necessary protocols;
- Soldier On will cease the event if participants do not respect any of the health and safety protocols that are in place;
- Ensure PPE, hand sanitizer and disinfectant supplies are available and are being used;
- Continue to monitor the further provincial lifting of or changes in restrictions which may affect their operations;
- Track physical interactions (time/date/attendees/location) on physical activity log.
The event OPI will confirm in writing with the participants selected for this activity. A joining instruction will be issued prior to event; ensuring applicants are authorized to participate IAW applicable policies & eligibility criteria.