Outward Bound Canada’s Adventure courses are designed to help you take charge of your life and realize what you are capable of. Each experience begins with a physical journey – stepping out of the comforts of day-to-day routines and into an environment that may be very new, adventurous and exciting, but also foreign and uncertain. Facing these changes helps to bring out new perspectives. Using the challenges of the course as a starting-point, our skilled instructors will teach you how transfer the skills learned on course to your life at home. These important life skills included caring for yourself, taking responsibility for your choices, expressing your needs and opinions with confidence, and working with others in your life at home.
AREA & ACTIVITIES
Your adventure begins when you meet your group in Huntsville, Ontario. From there, you will be taken to the “Sunday Lake Dog Trails” in Algonquin Park. Not only do these trails have an incredible history in Canada, but the scenic route offers over 40km of mushing through mixed and hardwood forests. At night, after a day filled with activity, you will put down your snowshoes, settle into our canvass-walled prospector tents, warmed by the heat of a wood-burning stove and sung to sleep by the howls of a team of sled dogs.
Get in touch with your Canadian roots and challenge your limits while learning some of the most long-standing wilderness traditions of our heritage – dog sledding, snowshoeing and winter camping – on ancient trails that Aboriginal communities, prospectors and early settlers had once travelled. This course also includes a solo experience where you will prove your skills while being supervised (from a distance!) by our experienced instructional team. Often described as the most transformative part of the experience, your solo will give you the chance to reflect on earlier conversations from the expedition, absorb important realizations about yourself, and leave behind anything that will no longer serve you going forward. This course is run in collaboration with our partners at Snow Forest Adventures.
To learn how fit you need to be for an Outward Bound Canada course, click here. This course qualifies as a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Bronze or Silver Adventurous Journey (including preliminary training, practice and qualifying journey) as well as the Gold Adventurous Journey, or Gold Residential Project. For more info visit the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award website here.
FUNDING & SUPPORT
Outward Bound Canada is a not-for-profit, charitable, educational organization. Our goal is to increase the ability of Canadian residents to access Outward Bound Canada’s impactful programs. In order to support this goal, Outward Bound Canada offers funding designed to assist participants and their families with financial barriers to participation. If you would like to learn more, please visit our Fund Your Adventure page.