Outward Bound Canada’s Urban Expeditions are designed to introduce you to new adventures in the outdoors and start you on an inspiring journey that will introduce you to all that you are capable of. These short, overnight urban-based expeditions will not only teach you the basics of camp craft and how to take on expeditions in the wilderness, you will also have the opportunity to explore who you are, face your fears, and try new and exciting activities that you may not have expected you’d have the courage to try. As a result, you will start to realize how your thinking, decisions and actions affect the outcomes you experience, your life, as well as your relationships. The journey may only last one week, but you will return more confident, resilient, motivated and ready to take on the responsibilities that lie ahead of you.
Your expedition begins when you meet up with your group on the Monday at Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto and then set out for 4 nights of camping at various Toronto-area campsites. From there, you will explore parts of your city and the surrounding area that you may not have realized existed. Beginning your trip at Rouge Valley Wilderness Park, the largest natural environment park in an urban area in North America, you will learn the basics of hiking, setting up camp and trip planning. From there, we will continue towards the downtown core, making your way to the shores of Lake Ontario where you will learn how to paddle a canoe. With this new skill, we will make our way to Toronto’s Snake Island where we will camp and explore before returning to the hustle and bustle of the city.
Open to youth of any fitness or experience level, this course will teach the foundations of hiking, canoeing, high ropes climbing, rock climbing, belaying, minimal impact camping, packing for hiking expeditions, fire-building, navigation and orienteering, and wilderness safety. By the end of the course, you will have a unique perspective on your city and all the skills needed to continue pursuing adventures in the city and in the wilderness beyond it.
This course qualifies as a Duke of Edinburgh's Award Bronze or Silver Level Adventurous Journey (including preliminary training, practice and qualifying journey) as well as the Gold Level Residential Project. For more info visit the Duke of Ed website here.
THIS COURSE IS SUBJECT TO AN $85 APPLICATION FEE.
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