The annual canoe trek paddled by Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth heads out of Beavermead Park on Sunday, August 27, 2017.
Adventure in Understanding is a six-day paddling trip that brings Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth together to share their cultures.
The 100-kilometer journey is along the Trent-Severn Waterway.
It's supported by the Rotary Club of Peterborough Kawartha, Camp Kawartha and Curve Lake First Nation.
Rotarian Don Watkins started the program in 2014.
His hope was that Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth would learn from one another, developing an understanding of each other's cultures.
"There's a lot of yelling back and forth over the fence and we need to sit down and talk to each other about what's going on these days," Watkins said.
When the program launched, there were only four youth involved, travelling in one canoe.
This year, 20 youth and five leaders will be filing three 26-foot voyageur canoes.
The group is made up of non-Indigenous youths from Peterborough and Indigenous youths from Curve Lake, Pelican Narrows, Saskatchewan and Yarmouth, N.S.
Rotary exchange students are also going on the trip. They hail from Australia, Finland and New Zealand.
"This a unique opportunity for them to learn about First Nations in Canada," Watkins said.
There are also two new Canadians, one from Columbia and one from Cote d'Ivoire too.
The group leaves Beavermead on Sunday, landing in Curve Lake next Thursday.
Opening ceremonies are happening at Beavermead on Sunday at 1:00 PM and residents are invited to attend.
Residents are also welcome to attend a session with the paddlers at Lakefield Park and Campground on Monday at 3:00 PM.
Youth will be paddling about 17 kilometers a day, camping overnight at various parks along the way.
They'll be stopping at Trent University, Lakefield, Camp Kawartha and Wolf Island Provincial Park before they reach Curve Lake on August 31.
The group will transport a tree on their journey, which will be planted at Curve Lake on September 1 during a ceremonial tree planting.
Glen Caradus is leading the adventure and will be joined by Kristen Ungungai Kowmak, an Inuk from Baker Lake. She joined the journey this year as a cultural ambassador.