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Climbing to New Heights: “I couldn’t resist the challenge.”

Fran Moreau reminisces about her experience trying the new Climbing Tower for the first time at CNIB Lake Joe.

Fran Moreau in her helmet and climbing harness scaling the climbing tower while CNIB Lake Joe staff assist.“The first morning of my Holiday Week, I went out searching for all the new additions at CNIB Lake Joe, and I came across a few staff standing around a huge board. Curiosity got the better of me, so I ventured over and asked what it was all about, and they told me it was a Climbing Tower! I couldn’t resist the challenge to give it a try, even though I was a little unsure if I could do it at the age of 85. After taking their offer to help me try it safely, voila! There I was in this harness, ready to climb. Eugene helped me find hand and foot spots to start climbing, and I was surprised how safe I felt the whole way through with the staff supporting me. I really trusted in them. I didn’t go too high, and at one point, I said, “I am done,” and the staff helped me get down. Trying this for the first time was quite a leap of faith for me because I didn’t know I could do it. And even though I thought I had finished my bucket list, now I have a new goal to try it again and go higher next time!”

Tell us your story! Did you try something new at camp? Discover a talent or passion? Launch a new career? Renew a relationship? Share your stories and photos with us and tell us why CNIB Lake Joe is special to you. Send an email with all your memories to Sherri Helsdingen at or call 705-241-2907.