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JUNE 2015


Don’t miss out on the experience of a lifetime. Our adventures are selling out fast – register today!

Give yourself or your loved one a well-deserved break: the chance to unplug from the digital world and reconnect with some of the most breathtaking natural landscapes the world has to offer. Our life-changing Outward Bound Canada experiences for adults and youth are selling out quickly. Register today to secure your place and ensure this summer is one you won’t soon forget!
Summer experiences still available include:

Rocky Mountain Mindfulness
West Coast Mindfulness
Northern Ontario Educator’s Course

Vancouver Urban Expeditions
Toronto Urban Expeditions
Northern Ontario Discovery
Toronto Urban Discovery
Northern Ontario Youth Challenge – For Boys

Check out our Course Finder to discover which of our many courses is the perfect fit.

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Did you know that we can work with you to create a customized Outward Bound Canada adventure for your group?

With a number of urban and wilderness expeditions offered across the country, as well as two leadership training facilities in Toronto and Vancouver, there is more opportunity than ever to work with us to create the perfect OBC experience to suit your group’s needs! Whether you are seeking out an action-packed day for some professional development and fun, or an unforgettable multi-day adventure for your group in one of the country’s most stunning natural landscapes, we’ve got you covered. Contact our admissions team via email or visit for more info.


Together we created an unforgettable day and raised $100K to support Vancouver youth!

A huge 19-storey thank you to everyone who took part and worked hard to make our first-ever Dare to Leap event atop Vancouver’s Shaw Tower a big success! Seventy-five brave rappellers defied gravity and helped to raise an incredible $100,000 that will bring the life-changing OBC experience to under-resourced youth in Vancouver and across BC. Special thanks go to our all of our event partners and sponsors, our dedicated volunteers and staff (including the amazing Over the Edge team!), and to everyone who came out to show their support. Check out our thank you video and view a selection of photos from the event.


Help raise 350,000 Aeroplan Miles by June 11th; once we reach 90% of our goal, Aeroplan will donate the rest!

Outward Bound Canada is asking for your help in taking our students to incredible heights! We are in need of Aeroplan Miles to offset travel costs for our bursary recipients. As a not-for-profit, charitable, educational organization, Outward Bound Canada offers life-changing programs that serve vulnerable individuals from coast to coast. Donating Aeroplan Miles helps ensure that students in need gain unrestricted access to educational outdoor experiences that can have a lasting impact on their overall well-being and physical and mental health.

1. Donate your own Aeroplan Miles
2. Forward this information to friends
3. Spread the word on social media using #milesbeyond


Take on a Challenge Event, save the date: Kurt Hahn Dinner, give back with Reach Beyond fundraising trips.

Whether or not you’re taking part in an OBC adventure this summer, you can get involved year-round by taking part in one of many events and expeditions! Looking for an unforgettable international adventure with the power to not only change your life but the lives of others? Check out our Reach Beyond fundraising expeditions – there are still spaces for our 2016 Kilimanjaro Expedition. Our Challenge Events are a great way to push yourself and raise funds for OBC charitable programs, all at once. Kicking things off is the Spartan Race, July 18-19, in Toronto. Save the date for our annual Kurt Hahn Award Dinner, taking place October 1 in Calgary! Thanks to Shaw Communications, who has just come on board as our presenting sponsor. Click here for more info and to RSVP.


Long-time friend and board member shares why he believes in the Outward Bound Canada way.

Bart MacDougall began his OBC journey in 1993 when he joined the board to help with fundraising. A true believer in the power of the outdoors with a passion for the development and education of our youth, Bart soon became “hooked” on our own brand of adventure, taking part in seven OBC experiences that he says helped take him out of his comfort zone and allowed him to discover more about himself. Bart was honoured as the recipient of our 2014 Kurt Hahn Award, in recognition of exceptional leadership and service. Bart will be stepping down from the board this year and we would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his years of dedication, guidance and friendship. Our endless thanks Bart!

Why does Bart support and believe in Outward Bound Canada? We’ll let him tell you himself:

“Have you heard that Outward Bound "changes lives"? That is what drives me to support them. While there is a focus on lives that are in a difficult transition, Outward Bound benefits many lives… I was to learn that it was NOT these new and different skills such as canoeing, camping, climbing, skiing, and dog sledding that were important. It was the soft, personal skills that are developed, such as the building of self-esteem, a genuine respect for others, the value of community service, and a serious concern for the environment. All this wrapped together and you have a variety of programs that are critical to our individual and collective well-being.”

To read more about Bart and why he believes in OBC, visit the Outward Bound Canada blog here.


Participating in OBC urban programs has given Bounder Dylan a passion for outdoor adventure and education.

Dylan first came to OBC in grade 9 when his school visited Evergreen Brick Works for a day of teambuilding and climbing on the MacDougall (see above!) Outward Bound Challenge Tower. This experience sparked something inside of Dylan, and prompted him to continue his OBC adventures by taking part in our Toronto Urban Discovery course soon after. It was this experience that taught Dylan a great deal about where his passions and ambitions lie, helping to reveal a path that made sense for him and his interests in nature and outdoor education. Currently working with OBC as part of his school’s Co-op program, Dylan is continuing to learn more about his own abilities as a leader, a teacher and an individual. We can’t wait to see what he’ll do next!

Read what Dylan has to say about his OBC adventure below:

“Something I will always remember from that first (Toronto Urban Discovery) course with OBC was the emphasis on teamwork and trusting your peers, which really got me and my fellow classmates out of our bubble and interacting with people who we may have not known at the beginning of the day. I wasn't an open person when I got into high school; I was a very quiet laid back person who did not interact with people a lot, but from that first day of OBC I have come out of my shell and excelled in participating and voicing my opinion inside and outside of school… I never thought I'd be in the same position as my instructors were at the beginning of grade 9. I wouldn't think to get up in front of groups some bigger than 40 students and instruct and teach students the wonders of Outward Bound Canada programming, but with the help of the programs and opportunities my school and OBC have given me, I am now hoping for a potential job in the outdoor education world.”

Thanks Dylan for sharing your story! To read it in its entirety, please visit the Outward Bound Canada blog.

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