YOUR INNER JOURNEY
Outward Bound Canada’s Journey 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
The Spanish River is over 300 km in length of which we will paddle a portion. The river is on Annishinabeg traditional territory and has been used for trade prior to and following colonialization. Portions of the river were used in early logging exploration of Ontario as the river follows the Canadian Shield in a boreal forest. Today the river has a number of hydro dams and is part of Ontario Parks and serves canoeists exploring this wilderness area.
Students will progress from navigating calm flat water in a canoe to more lively white water. They will carry everything they need for the expedition with them packed using waterproofing methods. The skills students will learn will range from paddling strokes, map reading and navigation, camp skills, Leave No Trace, as well as teamwork and leadership. This route includes a number of portages where students will need to work together to carry their equipment around unnavigable rapids.
Our expert instructors will lead participants through novel, real-life experiences that require groups to collaboratively problem-solve through challenges, failure, and success. This course is designed to have a lasting and measurable impact in three key areas:
- Improved sense of resiliency
- OBC is building a generation of physically and mentally healthy citizens
- Participants choose to improve their physical and mental health
- Greater leadership skills and social connectedness
- OBC is teaching the skills needed to succeed at school, work and in life
- Participants become more confident, collaborative and respectful team members
- Stronger connection with nature
- OBC is promoting greater levels of environmentalism
- Participants develop stronger life-long connections to the natural world
There will also be a solo experience during the course that provides participants with the opportunity to reflect on their Outward Bound experience and make decisions about their future. Students are given a secluded spot to reflect alone and are monitored by staff to maintain safety.
FUNDING & SUPPORT
Outward Bound Canada is a charitable, educational organization. Our goal is to increase the ability of Canadian residents experiencing socio-economic barriers to access Outward Bound Canada’s impactful programs. In order to support this goal, Outward Bound Canada offers funding designed to assist eligible participants and their families with financial assistance. If you would like to learn more, please visit our Fund Your Adventure page.