Tobermory is the place to be. Beaches and water and like the Caribbean; just sweet and so much colder. In 2019 the lab composition is somewhat more senior tan usual and you may argue this is the reason that our activity level did not reach maximum. With a glass bottom boat trip to the flowerpot islands and a day of hiking, still a memorable experience. 



2017 LTRR SnorkelingTwin-Kayaking


And back to the Elora Gorge Conservation Area - Tubing season was over but there is always season for kayaking. We will never forget that it is 24 km from Kaufman’s Flats to Freeport Bridge, Kitchener when kayaking the Grand river in twin kayaks. Saw it all: bald eagels, herrons, turtles, blue jays, oh...and geese.


2017 LTRR under waterSnorkeling


Another trip to Tobermory in 2017. Lake Huron is impressively and unexpectedly cold in July. Nothing that would hold us back from a dive to see some wrecks (under water).



2016 08 LTRR in canoesCanoeing


Exquisite weather conditions allowed a Canadian no-go: Four people in one canoe. In 2016 we travelled again to Algonquin Park for camping and a guided canoe tour on the lakes with cliff jumping and bear watching. Well, bear poo watching was as close as we got; but it was still warm.



2015 07 LTRR in KayaksKayaking


Water seems to attract us. In 2015, we travelled the 1000 islands in Kayaks. Everyone passed the 180° kayak roll course. Nobody was thirsty for more liquid after the hike - except the mosquitoes at the campside. Some of us claimed to have ´developed an allergy against nature´. Brave new world.



2014 09 LTRR in the rapidsTubing


We explored our wild side on our two-day annual retreat in 2014, with destination Elora Gorge. It started with a night of camping under the stars as we welcomed new lab members and said goodbye to Masters students, Sandra and Steph. In the morning we battled the rapids of Grand River in Tubes. Please note the sequence of events. First we said goodbye, then we went down the rapids.



2013 08 LTRR under waterDiving


An underwater adventure at Tobermory took us to new depths on our annual retreat in 2013. And indeed - some are sinkers, some are floaters.



2012 09  LTTR in the parkHiking


No water, you would think. But there was a lot of sweat spent during this amazing trip to and through Algonquin Park in 2012. Living in cabins for three days and getting fed from the Wildlife Station. Strangely, some of us were happy to be back in the big town but will still tell their grand childen from this short time in the wilderness.



2011 09  LTRR in the treesTreetop Climbing


"Hang in there" is probably the best advice you can give smebody who is stuck on a zipline between two trees. Weather was terrible, spirit was great in our outdoor trip to the Horseshoe Resort in 2011. A whole different way of networking and pulling strings. 



2010 07 LTRR RaftingRafting


The first trip of the Hinz lab in Canada was indeed a memorable one. Due to a hot summer and low water of the Rapid River, rafting was more like paddling and swimming in 2010. However, we had the chance to throw useless equipment overboard, including high-end cameras and supervisors (see image on the left). Both still function properly.