The Ridley Wilderness Youth Program team had an outstanding time in Quetico. The Ridley Wilderness Youth Program (RWYP) is one of Quetico Foundation‘s proudest partnerships with Trinity Theatre and some of Toronto’s young leaders. This year marks the 10th Anniversary and the RWYP team headed out into the wilderness of Quetico Provincial Park, August 4th-12th, to gain leadership skills, wilderness skills, canoe trip experience, sustainable values, team values, personal reflections, life lessons, meet up and learn about ecosystem monitoring and ecology from the Student Summer Research Program and to enjoy backcountry camping and canoeing along waterfalls, the beautiful landscape, old growth forest, shoreline, portages, wilderness, sunset mirrored lakes and pristine waters of Quetico.

This set of 24 photos shows the 2016 RWYP team having a great time in Quetico. Credit: Torie Gervais on behalf of the 2016 Ridley Wilderness Youth Program.

2016 RWYP team headed out into a wilderness canoe camping excursion in Quetico. Credit: Torie GervaisLooking at a topographic map of Quetico.Getting a great official welcome to Atikokan, The Canoeing Capital of CanadaJeremy Dickson, and Canoe Canada Outfitters, introduce the RWYP team to the park and showing them their route.Trevor Gibb, Quetico Park Superintendent, familiarizes us with Quetico.Under blue sky, exploring wetlands along the beautiful shoreline of Quetico on an amazing dayLearning how to navigate the portages, canoe routes and waterways in northern Ontario's Quetico Provincial ParkEnjoying a nice beach on a blue sky day by the lake with gorgeous shoreline in the backgroundThe Student Summer Research Program team provides a demonstration about aquatic species and crayfish monitoringObserving a crayfish to see if it is native or an invasive rusty crayfish in Quetico being removed from an ecology study funnel net.Enjoying the fresh air and surroundings at a great lunch spot in QueticoHaving fun canoeingThe Ridley Wilderness Youth Program team by beautiful wilderness rapids along a portage in QueticoPortaging the canoe, eh!Learning canoe and camp safety skillsJust relaxing in the canoeFun and great times around the campsiteReflections of the lake and forest - enjoying a beautiful Quetico sunsetA friendly face while paddling through the wetlandsEpic canoe trip photo: classic  wilderness canoe and portage styleJai, a RWYP canoeist from 2014 joined and provided mentorship to the 2016 teamPortaging along a Quetico lake-to-lake trail.A great group photo on one of the truely most epic 2016 Quetico canoe trips, Credit: Torie GervaisFinishing photo: Enjoying one of the final sunsets along Quetico's shores