The All-Canadian Hiking Camp “Lisova Pisnya”

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The All-Canadian Hiking Camp “Lisova Pisnya”

The All-Canadian Hiking Camp “Lisova Pisnya” took place July 21 to August 3, 2013 in Alberta to celebrate CYM Canada’s 65th anniversary.  Eighty-one participants from Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta took part in the camp, which began at St. Basil’s Villa on Pigeon Lake.  Following a couple of days of wilderness preparation, we were ready to venture into the Rocky Mountains!  Look out bears; here we come!

 

We travelled in two coach buses to Marmot Meadows in Jasper, the first of three campgrounds in our near 2000km adventure.  There we were greeted at the National Parks Gate by a herd of mountain goats and sheep.  During threes days of tenting in Jasper, we climbed to the top of Sulphur Skyline where three mountain ranges converged below us.  A great photo-op with a young goat was added excitement.  While in Jasper, we took part in a challenging Adventure Race using GPS and soaked in the Miette Hot Springs.  The days were nice and hot but the nights were cool!

Enroute to Banff National Park, we walked up to Athabasca Falls and were amazed by the beautiful scenery.  If we thought it was cool in the mornings, Columbia Icefield gave us something to shiver about.  We definitely needed our warm woolies for the glacier!  Our campground in Banff was called Two Jack Main and we were surrounded by forest.  Setting up our tents between the trees was a challenge as the ground was “rock” hard.  We split up into smaller groups and daily rotated through  activities such as white water rafting on the Kananaskis River, Ropes and Zip lining, sight-seeing in Banff town site, visiting Castle Mountain internment monument, Johnson Canyon and, before departing the Rockies, we had a sneak preview of the Cave and Basin Internment Museum.  It was really interesting to learn that the internees built a substantial part of Banff as well as the Banff Golf Course.  As we left the beauty of the Rockies behind, we drove through the Foothills to Calgary.  Unfortunately our planned day trip to the Calgary Zoo was cancelled due to the Zoo’s closure after the massive flooding in June.  Instead, we visited Calaway Amusement Park.  As we continued our travels towards Drumheller, the change in scenery and landscape was astounding!  Yellow canola fields turned into dessert-like terrain that felt like we were on another planet.  We had arrived in Drumheller, home of the famous Royal Tyrrell Museum.  It wasn’t difficult to envision gigantic dinosaurs roaming the hills around us!  Our campground was called “HooDoos” and we learned about the natural formations of the same name, as well as visited the Atlas Coal Mine.  Drumheller was an unforgettable experience!  Finally, our travels took us back to home base at Pigeon Lake, but not before a day of sun and fun at the Sylvan Lake Wild Rapids Water Park.  We continued to sleep in our tents at Pigeon Lake as the younger kids’ camp was also in progress.  Together with the younger camp, we took part in an extravagant day of Kupalo games, songs and festivities ending off with a dance-zabava!  Our last day of camp began with Divine Liturgy celebrated by chaplain Fr. Anton Tarasenko from Edmonton followed by the dreaded farewells.  We had all made new friends from other parts of Canada and did not want this camp to end.  Afterall, we had journeyed together from the tops of mountains to the depths of a coal mine, lived within the splendor of the Rocky Mountains, walked the trails of our ancestors and even those of prehistoric mammals.  We laughed and sang together; enjoyed campfires and played sports.

It is hard to fathom all that we saw and experienced together!  With time, we may forget some of the details of our travels, but our newfound friendships and memories will remain with us always!

 

We’d like to extend our gratitude to everyone who helped make this camp a great success and in particular the following individuals who worked as a team during the camp:

Camp Committee – Bohdanka Hontar, Petrusia Hontar, Sonia Isczenko, Markian Dackiw, Zorianna Kilyk, Vasyl’ Yavorsky, Maria Shysh.

Group leaders – Petrusia Semcesen, Sinia Kostiw, Olena Olearczyk, Danylo Feculak, Matthew Leschyshyn, Michael Yewchenko, Stephan Kaczmar, Yuriy Walkiw.

Kitchen and Administration – Dr. Alexander Shysh, Christine Moussienko, John Kushnir.

 

We are very grateful for all the generous donations received. In particular, we acknowledge the Ukrainian Youth Unity Complex in Edmonton, Seniors Club of Marko Boyeslav, League of Ukrainian Canadians (Edmonton Branch), League of Ukrainian Canadian Women (Edmonton Branch), Taras Shevchenko Foundation and Buduchnist Credit Union for their extraordinary support.

 

Vasyl’ Yavorsky

camp participant and secretary

 

 

 

took place July 21 to August 3, 2013 in Alberta to celebrate CYM Canada’s 65th anniversary.  Eighty-one participants from Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta took part in the camp, which began at St. Basil’s Villa on Pigeon Lake.  Following a couple of days of wilderness preparation, we were ready to venture into the Rocky Mountains!  Look out bears; here we come!

 

We travelled in two coach buses to Marmot Meadows in Jasper, the first of three campgrounds in our near 2000km adventure.  There we were greeted at the National Parks Gate by a herd of mountain goats and sheep.  During threes days of tenting in Jasper, we climbed to the top of Sulphur Skyline where three mountain ranges converged below us.  A great photo-op with a young goat was added excitement.  While in Jasper, we took part in a challenging Adventure Race using GPS and soaked in the Miette Hot Springs.  The days were nice and hot but the nights were cool!

Enroute to Banff National Park, we walked up to Athabasca Falls and were amazed by the beautiful scenery.  If we thought it was cool in the mornings, Columbia Icefield gave us something to shiver about.  We definitely needed our warm woolies for the glacier!  Our campground in Banff was called Two Jack Main and we were surrounded by forest.  Setting up our tents between the trees was a challenge as the ground was “rock” hard.  We split up into smaller groups and daily rotated through  activities such as white water rafting on the Kananaskis River, Ropes and Zip lining, sight-seeing in Banff town site, visiting Castle Mountain internment monument, Johnson Canyon and, before departing the Rockies, we had a sneak preview of the Cave and Basin Internment Museum.  It was really interesting to learn that the internees built a substantial part of Banff as well as the Banff Golf Course.  As we left the beauty of the Rockies behind, we drove through the Foothills to Calgary.  Unfortunately our planned day trip to the Calgary Zoo was cancelled due to the Zoo’s closure after the massive flooding in June.  Instead, we visited Calaway Amusement Park.  As we continued our travels towards Drumheller, the change in scenery and landscape was astounding!  Yellow canola fields turned into dessert-like terrain that felt like we were on another planet.  We had arrived in Drumheller, home of the famous Royal Tyrrell Museum.  It wasn’t difficult to envision gigantic dinosaurs roaming the hills around us!  Our campground was called “HooDoos” and we learned about the natural formations of the same name, as well as visited the Atlas Coal Mine.  Drumheller was an unforgettable experience!  Finally, our travels took us back to home base at Pigeon Lake, but not before a day of sun and fun at the Sylvan Lake Wild Rapids Water Park.  We continued to sleep in our tents at Pigeon Lake as the younger kids’ camp was also in progress.  Together with the younger camp, we took part in an extravagant day of Kupalo games, songs and festivities ending off with a dance-zabava!  Our last day of camp began with Divine Liturgy celebrated by chaplain Fr. Anton Tarasenko from Edmonton followed by the dreaded farewells.  We had all made new friends from other parts of Canada and did not want this camp to end.  Afterall, we had journeyed together from the tops of mountains to the depths of a coal mine, lived within the splendor of the Rocky Mountains, walked the trails of our ancestors and even those of prehistoric mammals.  We laughed and sang together; enjoyed campfires and played sports.

It is hard to fathom all that we saw and experienced together!  With time, we may forget some of the details of our travels, but our newfound friendships and memories will remain with us always!

 

We’d like to extend our gratitude to everyone who helped make this camp a great success and in particular the following individuals who worked as a team during the camp:

Camp Committee – Bohdanka Hontar, Petrusia Hontar, Sonia Isczenko, Markian Dackiw, Zorianna Kilyk, Vasyl’ Yavorsky, Maria Shysh.

Group leaders – Petrusia Semcesen, Sinia Kostiw, Olena Olearczyk, Danylo Feculak, Matthew Leschyshyn, Michael Yewchenko, Stephan Kaczmar, Yuriy Walkiw.

Kitchen and Administration – Dr. Alexander Shysh, Christine Moussienko, John Kushnir.

 

We are very grateful for all the generous donations received. In particular, we acknowledge the Ukrainian Youth Unity Complex in Edmonton, Seniors Club of Marko Boyeslav, League of Ukrainian Canadians (Edmonton Branch), League of Ukrainian Canadian Women (Edmonton Branch), Taras Shevchenko Foundation and Buduchnist Credit Union for their extraordinary support.

 

Vasyl’ Yavorsky

camp participant and secretary