Outward Bound Canada’s 21-day courses are inspiring and challenging experiences centered on overcoming obstacles and teaching you how to achieve more than you ever thought possible. What makes this specific trip unique is the remoteness of the location. We’ll travel an area that is largely untouched – a nature lover’s paradise – and one that is far removed from the noises and influences of daily life. The goals and activities of this trip may seem intimidating to some – paddling rapids, portaging multiple kilometres – but working as part of a larger team, you will quickly learn that all you set out to do can be easily accomplished when to face your challenges head on and working together as an effective group. Together, you’ll learn leadership and compassion, helping you understand the ways you can influence and affect others, and how you can apply this in your day-to-day back at home. Gain confidence and determination as you see yourself achieve something you didn’t know you were capable of, and learn how there is so much more in you than you realize.
AREA & ACTIVITIES
Your journey begins when you meet your group in Huntsville, Ontario. From there, you will be taken to the top of the Coulonge River where you will learn the basics of whitewater paddling. Halfway through your trip, you will begin to make the crossover, portaging and paddling through a series of inter-connected lakes until you emerge at the Noire River. This portion of the course provides increased challenge with rapids such as ‘Canyon Staircase’, ‘Mountain Chutes’ and ’50:50′.
Designed for students with or without prior camping, canoeing or whitewater experience, this course will teach wilderness travel techniques and navigation, backcountry cooking, flatwater and whitewater canoeing, whitewater safety, minimal impact camping, camp-craft and wilderness safety. Course work for your high school credit will be done through these activities, group discussions and analysis, and daily journal reflections. This journey also includes a solo experience where you will prove your skills while being supervised 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. To learn more about our high school credit 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 Ed 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.