The whole experience really reminded me to be true to myself, overcome my fears and be accepting of others. It reinforced the person I want to be both in and out of the military.

- M.B., Participant on an obc veterans’ program ski mountaineering course

Veterans’ program

Outward Bound Canada’s Veterans’ Program is designed to help Canadian Armed Forces veterans face the challenges they often encounter post-deployment, through inspiring journeys of healing and self-discovery in the Canadian wilderness.

Many military men and women struggle with lingering physical and mental impacts of their experiences, including depression, anxiety, isolation, family difficulties, and, in general, with the challenges that often accompany reintegration into civilian life.

Our specially designed programs take veterans on week-long expeditions, incorporating activities such as rock-climbing, ski mountaineering, sea-kayaking and hiking. Participants are given an opportunity to reflect on and share their experiences and transition challenges in a supportive and restorative environment.

Funding for the veterans’ program

Our Veterans Program course fees are fully funded by generous donations from family foundations, businesses, individuals and former participants. Participants are responsible for funding their travel to and from the course location. We ask only that participants consider “paying-it-forward” to help other Veterans have this experience through a donation to the program. Donations can be made to the program here.


If you’re a Canadian Armed Forces veteran and 20 years old or older, simply select the date/location you are interested in attending from the list of courses below and click “Enroll Now” to fill out the full application package. After you have applied, you will be contacted by our Admissions Manager to arrange for a phone interview, designed to ensure this course is the right fit for you and where you are in your personal journey at this time. No prior outdoor experience is needed.

For more information, please contact:
Phone: 1-888-688-9273 ext. 209

Applications for the 2020 season have not yet launched. View some of our courses options below from previous years.