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NOVEMBER 2017


SO LONG SUMMER ’17!

THIS SUMMER WOULDN’T HAVE BEEN THE SAME WITHOUT YOU! THANK YOU FOR MAKING IT UNFORGETTABLE!

Summer ’17 saw nearly 500 individuals of all ages and walks of life join us on powerful journeys of self-discovery in the great Canadian outdoors! We were honoured to facilitate transformative Outward Bound adventures from coast to coast, in more regions than ever before! In addition, a generous gift from the Slaight Family Foundation, along with the support of several longstanding donors, allowed us to significantly expand our Indigenous program offer this year. Five new fully funded courses for Indigenous women, young adults, and youth took place across the country, aimed at developing leadership, resilience, and connection to the land. With your support, we look forward to continuing to grow our charitable programs and provide meaningful outdoor experiences in 2018. Thank you to all of our participants, friends, staff and instructors, and of course our outstanding supporters, for an incredible 2017 season.

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2018 ADVENTURES ON SALE NOW!

DON’T WAIT UNTIL THE SNOW MELTS TO START PLANNING YOUR NEXT SUMMER ADVENTURE!


It’s never too early to start planning an unforgettable journey that could change your life forever! From coast to coast, our summer adventures offer a wide selection of activities and terrain to challenge and inspire you. Whether it’s a five-day urban expedition or a once-in-a-lifetime 32 day paddle through a wilderness wonderland, our summer adventures have it all! Push past your comfort zone, discover something new about yourself, develop leadership and communication skills, and build new lifelong friendships. Take some valuable time to enjoy the freeing experience of unplugging from the digital world and plugging-in to the natural one – you’ll wish you’d done it sooner! Take advantage of our early bird offer by registering for a summer 2018 adventure before February 28 to save $200 on select courses!

REGISTER NOW!




SAVE 15% ON DOG SLEDDING!

RESERVE YOUR SPOT ON OUR 2018 DOG SLEDDING ADVENTURE IN ALGONQUIN PARK BY DEC. 31, 2017 AND SAVE 15%


Do more than hunker down indoors this March Break! Leave your FOMO at home and challenge yourself on this Instagram worthy adventure through Algonquin Park's winter wonderland. Our popular Dog Sledding Journey will leave you with magical memories of a March Break well-spent.

Learn to guide an Alaskan Husky dog sled and snowshoe your way through pristine wilderness on the Park’s historic MacDonald Dog Sled Trails along Sunday Lake. In the evenings, enjoy wholesome home cooked meals and tell stories around the wood-fire stove while sipping hot chocolate in a cozy canvas prospector tent.

Book this unforgettable journey by December 31 and save 15% off the regular price! Don’t delay – this popular winter adventure fills fast - register today and take advantage of this special offer!


REACH BEYOND YOUR LIMITS

CHALLENGE YOURSELF AND IGNITE YOUR PASSION FOR GIVING ON AN UNFORGETTABLE REACH BEYOND FUNDRAISING EXPEDITION


Participants of our first-ever Reach Beyond Iceland Expedition recently returned from their epic eight-day adventure in “The Land of Fire and Ice”, having raised more than $57,000 to help fund Outward Bound adventures for those most in need. Reach Beyond Expeditions are a great way to celebrate life’s important milestones while also fundraising to “pay it forward” and help bring the transformative Outward Bound experience to others.

Whether you dream of trekking your way to Everest Base Camp, paddling Canada’s legendary Nahanni River, or standing atop Africa’s highest point by conquering Mount Kilimanjaro, you can cross a once-in-a-lifetime adventure off your bucket list, while at the same time raising funds to help change the lives of others.

Learn more about how you can Reach Beyond in 2018!


BE PART OF SOMETHING BIG THIS NOVEMBER

HELP US RAISE $50,000 IN SUPPORT OF OUTWARD BOUND’S CHARITABLE PROGRAMS!


Mark your calendars! Giving Tuesday is November 28. On this day, your contribution to Outward Bound Canada will have twice the impact. 3Macs, a Division of Raymond James, and Outward Bound Canada’s Board of Directors will match every dollar you donate – doubling your impact and helping OBC to deliver more programs to those who need them most! Support #OBCGivingTuesday by sharing the campaign with others – watch for emails, videos and social media posts leading up to Giving Tuesday. If you want to learn more about becoming a campaign champion, please contact us.

On November 28, double your impact with a donation to OBC, and encourage your friends and family to give too. Your generosity will help change the lives of Canadians across the country! Learn more by visiting outwardbound.ca/givingtuesday.


BOUNDERS’ LOG: Maddie Buss

I REALIZED THAT I WAS STRONGER, MORE CAPABLE AND MORE DARING THAN I THOUGHT.”


Maddie first learned about Outward Bound Canada while working toward her Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The Award empowers students to discover hidden talents, develop untapped leadership potential, make a difference in their community and explore the wonders of the great outdoors. Maddie’s first Outward Bound experience helped her complete her Adventurous Journey requirement. After spending a week camping and canoeing off the coast of Vancouver Island, she was inspired to sign up for a second Outward Bound adventure, a week of dog sledding in Algonquin Park.

Here is an excerpt from Maddie Yue Buss’ post on our Expedition Log blog:

“Though my trip was nearly a year ago now, I can still vividly remember what an unforgettable experience it was. Pushing off from the shore on the first day of the journey, I was nervous, unsure, meek and apprehensive of the week ahead. But seven days later on that same beach, a different person stepped out of that canoe; someone confident, invigorated and spirited.

My first Outward Bound was an adventure that had a lasting impact on me, so much so that only eight months later, I signed up for my second course. This time, I wanted to push myself to my limit, because I knew that was where I would learn the most. So I signed myself up for a week of dog sledding in Algonquin Park, Ontario. The course proved itself to be one of the most eye-opening journeys I have ever embarked on. If anyone who is considering signing up for their first Outward Bound course is reading this article, I have four words for you: you won’t regret it.”


Read Maddie’s full post here


WHY I GIVE TO OBC: Joy

RECONNECTING WITH SELF, OTHERS AND THE NATURAL WORLD OPENS NEW DOORS AND OPPORTUNITIES TO GIVE BACK


In 2015, as she was making decisions about her upcoming retirement from the military and considering the possibility of working in the outdoors, Joy came across information about Outward Bound’s Veterans’ Program. After some consultation with the Veterans’ Program team, Joy applied to become a Women of Courage participant instead. After her first course she felt impelled to give back to the program in order to help send women with similar experiences on their own journeys of healing and transformation. Her personal journey of self-discovery led her back to the Veterans’ Program the following year, and then to an opportunity as a mentor on the Women of Courage Bay of Fundy program. Since completing her first course, Joy has given generously to Outward Bound Canada on Giving Tuesday and through other gifts throughout the year.

Here’s why Joy donates to Outward Bound Canada:

“My experience on the Women of Courage Backpacking course was amazing in so many ways, from the inspiring friends I made, to the confidence I developed by pushing myself far beyond what I thought I could do, to the incredible calming effect of the beautiful Rocky Mountains. When I got home, I realized I had started to “find myself” again. I was so grateful for the experience and the people that I decided to donate so that other women could attend. Since then I have participated in the Veterans’ Kayaking Bay of Fundy course and have been a mentor on the Women of Courage Fundy backpacking course. I hope to participate in more Outward Bound courses in the future to challenge myself, keep growing, and to play in the beauty of nature. In the meantime, I hope to keep contributing whatever I can – everyone deserves the chance to recover from difficult experiences in the healing beauty of the outdoors.”

Read Joy’s full post here. To learn how you can become a donor, visit outwardbound.ca/donate.



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