“With this wonderful group and our supportive instructors I learned it was safe to trust, to ask for help, and to be who I really am. I discovered my strength, my laugh, my resiliency and my authenticity. But most importantly I found my essence; this is something that had been locked away for over 50 years.”

Outward Bound Canada’s Women of Courage Program offers inspiring journeys of adventure, challenge and healing in the Canadian wilderness for women who have experienced violence and/or abuse. This may include sexual, physical or emotional abuse perpetrated by any individual, and experienced at any time during a woman’s life. Led by our expert team of talented and compassionate female instructors, courses focus predominantly on increasing self-esteem and self-reliance, building supportive relationships with other women, enhancing body awareness and encouraging a sense of physical strength – serving as a catalyst for powerful growth and change. Since 1988, over 1000 women have experienced this transformative journey with Outward Bound Canada.


Our Women of Courage course fees are fully funded by generous donations from family foundations, businesses, individuals and former WoC 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 Women of Courage have this experience through a donation to the program. Donations can be made to the program here.



If you believe you are a ‘Woman of Courage’ and you are 20 years old or older, simply select the course you are interested in from the list below and click “Click to Apply” to fill out an online form. After you have filled out the online form, you will be contacted and sent the full application package. Registration is on a first-come, first served basis. Returning the completed application package will hold a space for you on the course while we complete the application process. We will arrange for a phone interview and discuss the course. The recruitment process is designed to ensure that the course is the right fit for you and where you are at in your personal healing journey. No prior outdoor experience is needed.

You can also download the Women of Courage Program Information Sheet here.

For more information, please contact us:

1.888.688.9273 Ext. 210


View some of our courses below or see more with our Course Finder.