Outward Bound Canada’s 10-day 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 to transfer the skills learned on course to your life at home. These important life skills include 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 journey begins when you meet your group in Parry Sound. From there, you will begin your journey and make your way to the southern point of the Canadian Shield – the rugged and picturesque shores of Georgian Bay. Here you will paddle alongside beautiful granite rock shorelines and windswept eastern white pine trees, along traditional routes and waterways.
Designed for those without prior camping or canoeing experience, this course will teach wilderness travel techniques and navigation, backcountry cooking, flatwater canoeing, minimal impact camping, camp-craft and wilderness safety. 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.
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.
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.