Outward Bound Canada’s Toronto Ultimate Urban Expedition is designed especially for youth ages 15-18, whether new to camping and outdoor adventure or are looking to step up the challenge level after taking part in our popular Toronto Urban Expedition. Much more than your typical week at summer camp, this course will introduce you to new activities and adventures in the stunning wilderness that exists in the surrounding GTA, and start you on an inspiring journey of discovery, helping you to tap into your true potential and understand all that you’re capable of. This overnight urban-based expedition will not only teach you functional skills like backpacking, camp craft, and rappelling, but it will also help you to better understand the natural environment around you, and the critical role we all play in helping to support it. But perhaps most importantly, you’ll learn critical skills for life that will help you to be more successful at home, at school and in your daily life, skills such as resilience, communication, and how to cooperate as part of a team.
AREA & ACTIVITIES
Your expedition begins when you meet up with your group at Toronto’s Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto. From there, you’ll set off for 4 nights of camping at various campsites. You’ll travel by transit, exploring parts of Canada’s largest city and the surrounding area that you may not have realized existed. You’ll hike sections of the Bruce Trail, learning more intermediate skills related to hiking, camping and trip planning. Together, your group will reach the Niagara Escarpment, where you will have the opportunity to experience rappelling and learn rope skills.
Open to youth ages 15-18 of any fitness or experience level, this course will teach hiking, rappelling, belaying, minimal impact camping, packing for hiking expeditions, fire-building, navigation and orienteering, and wilderness safety. By the end of the course, you will have a unique perspective on the urban wilderness environment, and all the skills needed to continue pursuing adventures in the city and in the wilderness beyond it.
This course qualifies as a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Bronze or Silver Level Adventurous Journey (including preliminary training, practice and qualifying journey) as well as the Gold Level Residential Project.