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.
Full funding is available, if required, including your travel to and from the course. Eligibility for full funding will be determined by our Veterans’ Program Manager. This opportunity is made possible by the generous support of private donors and several committed foundations.
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 “apply” to fill out the appropriate paperwork. After you have applied, you will be contacted by our Veterans’ Program Manager (also a veteran himself) 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. Forms can be submitted through the following methods:
The Appalachian Winter Adventure is for youth of parents or primary caregivers who have served or are currently serving in the Canadian Armed Forces. Youth of military families deal with specific issues and this course seeks to allow participants the chance to challenge themselves in a safe and supportive environment, fostering resilience that they can draw on when coping with stress in their day-to-day lives.
*** DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED *** Connect with other veterans, gain new skills and challenge yourself to new heights at this well known climbing mecca in south-western BC.
The Bay of Fundy is the perfect place to progress from beginner sea kayaking skills to full ocean travel. Working as part of a team, you will connect and share with like- minded individuals while you enjoy this land that you served to protect.
*** DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED *** On this lodge-based program, you will hike a variety of mountain trails, peaks and ridges carrying only a light daypack. Taking this time to connect and reflect on your military and re-integration experiences with like-minded comrades.
This lodge-based ski touring skills course takes place at Assiniboine Lodge and is designed to empower strong intermediate skiers who are interested in knowing the joys and challenges of backcountry skiing. The course is designed to be exciting, fun and challenging.