Is it really summer in Canada without at least one story about Justin Trudeau canoeing? The Canadian PM headed to Parry Sound, Ontario Thursday to spend the day with campers at the Tim Horton Memorial Camp. He talked to the group about his own camp experiences, signed some autographs, played a few camp games and, yes, went canoeing.
Nothing like sunshine, blue skies and a nice paddle in the summertime. My thanks to the kids at Tim Horton Memorial Camp for the welcome today – and to everyone whose Camp Day donations help make it all possible. pic.twitter.com/KEQ6AOqTMT
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) July 19, 2018
“What an amazing pleasure it is to be back at camp. You know, for me the years I spent at camp both as a camper and as a councilor helped shape the person I am,” Trudeau told the young crowd, “Challenging myself against the wilderness alongside friends, learning all sorts of skills that I never even thought I might need before – mostly just having a great time away from my parents for a stretch was absolutely awesome.”
The PM also talked about how the skills he learned at camp have informed his life, even as Prime Minister.
“Around leadership, around listening to people, around working together, around connecting and inspiriting. And quite frankly, I am so jealous of all of you for being able to still go to camp. I looked into it I’m too old apparently. To be able to spend a little time with you guys this morning is really, really exciting for me.”
Find someone who looks at you the way this camp counselor looks at Justin Trudeau pic.twitter.com/JBDJuSV6Cr
— danika (@danikajoan) July 20, 2018
After a photo-op, Trudeau and the kids suited up and took to the water in two-person canoes. The PM partnered with 14-year-old Jonah Hart from Paradise, Newfoundland.
“[My parents] won’t believe me,” Hart told CTV News on the matter, “Definitely won’t believe me.” As for what he and the Prime Minster talked about? Canoeing.
“I asked him how long he has been canoeing for,” Hart said, “Forty years. Forty years he’s been canoeing.”
The Tim Hortons camp takes on about 1,200 kids aged 12 to 16 from all across Canada. The camp is free for those children and funded by donations and revenue from Tim Hortons’ annual Camp Day (you know the one). The kids always have a great time, but it’s rare that they get such famous visitors.
“We were thrilled,” camp manager Gillian Crouse said, “It’s the first time, to my knowledge, that the Prime Minster has ever visited any of our camps and we’re just so happy that we could be part of it.”
— John Maclennan (@JohnyMac9) July 19, 2018