Northern Ontario Discovery 21 day whitewater canoeing expedition High school credit available for ages 16 to 18 Huntsville, ON
This classic Outward Bound whitewater course takes place on the James Bay watershed: a remote area characterized by miles of spectacular waterfalls and dozens of the more challenging Class II rapids. It is a wonderful place for honing your whitewater skills. Your adventure will take you north from your drop-off point as you scout, paddle and portage your way around and through rapid after rapid on the way to the historic James Bay.
THE EXPEDITION With the guidance and skill of seasoned Outward Bound whitewater Instructors behind you, you will explore the challenges of on one of Northern Ontario’s James Bay rivers. Known for their remote wilderness and relative isolation, you are unlikely to meet many (or any!) other groups as you travel downriver. The beauty of the boreal forest, exciting rapids and incredible rock formations will mark your passage through territory that is still travelled by First Nations trappers.
The rivers of the James Bay watershed are some of the best classrooms we know. They will teach you how to be self-reliant, make group decisions and set goals in order to navigate around real life challenges, relying only on yourself, your Instructors and your peers. You will have the opportunity learn new skills, form lasting bonds of friendship and unearth previously undiscovered strengths within yourself. In addition to your expedition you will also take part in a 48-hour solo experience and a community service project.
*Note: This course is designed for people with previous whitewater paddling experience. You don't need to be an expert, but some familiarity with moving water is important. As will all river trips, your route will depend on water levels and Instructor discretion. You will be paddling either the Missinabi or Harricanaw Rivers.
THE OUTWARD BOUND CANADA DIFFERENCE The goal of every Outward Bound expedition is to teach you and your group the skills necessary to lead yourselves. Often, you will find that the wilderness environment is your best teacher; it will present you and your peers with unique challenges to face and real problems to solve. Your Instructors, seasoned wilderness educators who know when to step in and when to stand back, will help you develop the skills necessary to face these obstacles with style and good judgment.
In addition to being a great way to learn wilderness skills, Outward Bound is about discovering the best parts of you. In the words of Outward Bound founder, Kurt Hahn, 'there is more in you than you know'.
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 at416.203.0674, or check out their website at www.dukeofed.org.