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Empowering youth to lead the way

​Outward Bound Canada (OBC) empowers youth to discover their inner strength, build resilience, and take charge of their destinies. Our outdoor education programs are much more than just learning the technical skills of canoeing, kayaking or backpacking: They’re experiential adventures, immersed in nature and away from screens, designed for lasting impact that help young people discover their potential. 

Operating as a registered charity in Canada since 1969, we’ve served more than 175,000 participants with life-changing experiences, with a particular focus on facilitating access for those facing socio-economic barriers.

Our programs foster key social-emotional learning and environmental awareness in youth.

Whether accessing our programs through fee-for-service or through scholarships and funding, we provide opportunities for those who are motivated to get outside.

Learn more about Outward Bound’s story.

Our Vision

​We envision a Canada where all youth have access to high-quality, impactful outdoor education experiences that help them realize their potential.

Our Mission

​A vocal champion and leading facilitator of outdoor learning experiences, we fund access for youth underserved by outdoor education.

Outward Bound International Network

​OBC is proud to be one of 36 Outward Bound schools on 6 continents around the world.

Outward Bound International represents the global network of Outward Bound Schools across the world, all founded on the same educational philosophy that by having the opportunity to develop skills such as resilience, self-confidence, compassion, understanding of others and environmental responsibility we can learn to thrive.

Visit the Outward Bound International website for more information.

Meet our team

From coast to coast across Canada, OBC team members are dedicated and passionate people who love being in nature and believe that outdoor education has a lasting positive impact on young people.

OBC currently has offices in Ontario (downtown Toronto and Minden), the Rocky Mountains (Canmore), Vancouver Island (Courtenay), mainland Vancouver (downtown Vancouver), and Atlantic Canada (Halifax).

Outward Bound Canada Staff
Board & Volunteers


Your Impact Empowers Youth Through Adventures in Nature
Youth Testimonials This Experience changed my life
School Groups The Benefits of Outdoor Education

Our Participants Report

Backpack-Icon-graphic 70% Increased resiliency
Compass-Icon-graphic 77% Increased leadership
Fire-Icon-graphic 70% Increased compassion
Tent-Icon-graphic 90% Want to do another Outward Bound course