Come join us on this once in a lifetime hiking and paddling experience!
Glide along in sea kayaks, only inches above the water, on some of the highest tides in the world. Hike along the Fundy Footpath through old growth forests that have been around since Samuel de Champlain explored 400 years ago. Amazing marine life – seals, seabirds, eagles, porpoises and whales – are found in these world-renowned waters. These are the highest tides in the world sometimes reaching as high as 15 metres. Explore long sandy beaches, towering rockcliffs, and sandstone outcroppings sculpted by the powerful tides. Camp out in some of Canada’s most untouched ocean locations.
Your journey begins with sea kayaking on the Kennebecasis River, where you learn the basic skills of expedition paddling and travel. You will start by spending three 3 days padding and camping around Long Island where Peregrine Falcons dwell on the cliff face and waterfalls draw you in for a much deserved swim. Your expedition continues onto the world famous Bay of Fundy, home to the highest tides in the world. The Bay of Fundy has been declared one of the finalists in the global New 7 Wonders of the World Contest. You will continue to develop your expedition and paddling skills on this wondrous Bay, where active fishing communities still flourish. During your week of paddling you’ll live by the tides, exploring many bays, inlets and intertidal zones, camp on islands, and travel with the seals, dolphins, porpoise, finback and minke whales, eagles, ospreys and endless shore birds.
Your backpacking journey begins at the Historic Big Salmon Interpretive Centre and ends at Alma, in Fundy National Park. You’ll hike along the Fundy Footpath, a rugged 41-km trail that hugs the Bay of Fundy shore. The trail winds through the woods, up and down from craggy hilltops into lush ravines, where you’ll cross rivers and ford streams, many of them passable only at low tide. You’ll discover a logging dam, and beaches and coves alive with tidal pools of sea plants and animals. You will explore sites with such picturesque names as Seely Beach, Martin Head and Big Salmon River. If there’s time, you may hike up to Walton's Glen from Little Salmon River through the 'eye of the needle' to catch the spectacular falls. You will spend a rest day at one of the many unnamed waterfalls or on the beach, observing the tides and wildlife. This is one of the great untouched wilderness areas in Atlantic Canada. The fog that frequently shrouds this scenic area adds to its mystique.
As well as becoming competent sea kayakers and backpackers, you will learn many valuable wilderness skills – leave-no-trace camping, map and compass navigation, knots, emergency procedures for ocean travel, and how to cook the perfect meal over a campfire. You’ll learn about predicting tides and ocean currents so that you and your group can explore the bays and islands safely.
Check out the following clips to see the Bay of Fundy in action:
Bay of Fundy
Bay of Fundy Tides
As with every Outward Bound course you’ll experience the core educational values of Outward Bound – shared adventure, physical challenge, the mastery of new skills and service to the community. All Outward Bound graduates bring home heightened self-confidence, resilience, an increased ability to work effectively with others and a greater sense of purpose.
This experience will stand my daughter in good stead for the rest of her life. – Parent of participant
Please read: 'How fit do I have to be?', to prepare for your course.
Click here for information on the high school credit(s) you can earn by taking this course!
This course will help you meet the requirements toward a Duke of Edinburgh Award. For more information on these awards, please contact the Duke of Edinburgh organization at 416.203.0674, or check out their website at www.dukeofed.org.
This course is subject to an additional $75 application fee