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OUTWARD BOUND CANADA BLOG

Meet our staff, hear from industry experts and find the answers to some of your most frequently asked questions and maybe even some questions you hadn’t thought to ask. Get to know the staff who work hard behind-the-scenes and the instructors who lead our adventures across the country. Catch a glimpse of some of the stunning landscapes we visit on our expeditions, and discover the impact Outward Bound Canada journeys have on the lives of our Bounders!

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OUTWARD BOUND CANADA GALA CHAMPIONS

Throughout the years, individuals have made notable contributions to Outward Bound Canada. With the support of these key OBC champions and their longstanding support, we have been able to continue to encourage resilience, leadership, compassion and connectedness in students through our programs. Our OBC champions will be recognized during this special evening for the significant difference they have made in the growth of OBC, allowing us to reach more students and make an impact on their lives.


BOUNDER’S LOG: CONNIE & SHELLEY

Earlier this year, Shelley and Connie reunited 38 years after their original Outward Bound Canada expedition in 1980. They have since spent time together reminiscing, reconnecting and reigniting the Outward Bound Canada experience.






BOUNDER'S LOG: JENNIFER’S STORY

Jennifer is a two-time Outward Bound graduate, having completed youth courses at the ages of 14 and 15. At a time when she felt alone and abandoned, her Outward Bound expedition, funded by generous donors gave her the courage and resilience to create a successful and fulfilling life as career councillor and mother.






BOUNDER'S LOG: D. M. DITSON

D. M. Ditson says she became a woman of courage thanks to her experience with Outward Bound Canada’s Women of Courage program, which offers wilderness adventures to those who have endured violence or abuse.






MAGNETIC NORTH POLE REACH BEYOND EXPEDITION

Follow along from home as we share our updates from the field as our team of brave adventurers tackle the iconic Magnetic North Pole! These incredible adventures are once-in-a-lifetime experience that also raise funds for our charitable programs.







BRINGING OBC INTO TRAUMA HEALING

Last year, Outward Bound Canada partnered with the Homewood Research Institute to evaluate whether the Outward Bound learning model can be beneficial to those recovering from trauma.







INSTRUCTOR SPOTLIGHT: BEN GUNN

Ben hopes that his students learn to trust themselves, their capabilities and to grow their confidence during a course spent with him. “I hope that students learn that it is ok to ask for help, and that we need to work together to achieve our goals.”.






BOUNDER'S LOG: BIBIANA

"My Outward Bound course reinforced my knowledge that I would always find what I needed in the mountains when life got difficult." Read how an Outward Bound Canada experience in 1978 ignited Bibiana's love for the outdoors that continues today.







BOUNDER'S LOG: WENDA

Wenda's Outward Bound Canada experience helped to spark her career as an aborist, an intense tenacity, and set her own a track that would one day lead to competitive tree climbing. Read her story and the first OBC expedition that started it all.






WHY I GIVE: ROB SAFRATA

Rob is an OBC alumnus, past Board Chair and current Campaign Cabinet member. Rob generously gives his time and support to a cause that he believes “is a time-tested method of making a real difference.” Read why he chooses to give back to Outward Bound Canada.







BOUNDER'S LOG: MAHDIEH

Mahdieh Rezai received funding to participate in a 7-day winter camping trip in Algonquin Park through the generous support of TELUS and the Toronto Foundation. Mahdieh took the “Connecting Cultures” course, which brought together a group of youth from diverse cultural backgrounds to learn more about each other and Indigenous nations in Canada. Read her story.





EVEREST BASE CAMP REACH BEYOND EXPEDITION

Follow along from home as we share updates from the field as our team of Reach Beyond adventurers explore Everest Base Camp. Updates from the field will be provided by our instructor Jody Radtke. Please also visit Outward Bound Canada's Instagram @outwardboundcanada to see our favourite photos taken by the team.





NAHANNI RIVER REACH BEYOND EXPEDITION

Meet our Reach Beyond fundraising expedition team members and instructors and follow along from home as we share our updates from the field on this incredible adventure in the Northwest Territories. Our participants will paddle along the breathtaking Nahanni River, taking in some incredible sights and landmarks, including the world-famous Virginia Falls, all the while raising funds to help support Outward Bound Canada's impactful charitable programs. Let the adventure begin!


OBC PARTNERS WITH WINSPORT

Outward Bound Canada is excited to announce a collaboration with WinSport to provide multi-day, overnight, outdoor camps to Calgary and area families. The WinSport Outward Bound Kananaskis Expedition Camp is designed for students without prior experience hiking or in the mountains. The course will teach safe and effective trail navigation, how to pack your backpack, cooking and meal prep, minimal-impact camping, wilderness travel skills and compass work, and self-care.



RETURN OF THE MAGNUS FLOOD AWARD

With the resurrection of our organization’s Magnus Flood Award, Marika Chandler has been selected as this year’s recipient due to her admirable commitment to Outward Bound’s core values. In her work as Ontario Programs Director, Marika has displayed an outstanding level of care in providing safe and meaningful programs to our participants, and has demonstrated a passion for empowering Canadians of all types through wilderness trips.




BOUNDERS' LOG: MADDY

In 2017, Maddy was selected as a recipient of The W. Brett Wilson Award, a scholarship awarded annually to students attending the North Battleford, Saskatchewan, high school Brett himself attended when he was a teenager. Maddy was given the opportunity to choose an Outward Bound Canada adventure to take part in, but had no idea exactly what to expect from her Outward Bound Canada adventure, or just what impact it would have on her once she returned home.




WHY WE GIVE: THE SLAIGHT FAMILY FOUNDATION

Established in 2008, The Slaight Family Foundation is committed to making a difference. The Foundation is particularly supportive of projects that help at-risk or disadvantaged youth and takes a strategic approach to philanthropy, preferring to fund programs that have a tangible impact on people’s lives and are sustainable and longer term. 





BOUNDERS' LOG: ANTALYA

Antalya came to Outward Bound looking to complete the Adventurous Journey portion of her Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. She set out on the trip apprehensive and unsure of what to expect, having never undertaken a backcountry adventure. “Fear cultivates anxiety and self-doubt that impedes on my ability to take chances and dissuades me from taking risks that could enhance my life,” said Antalya. What she discovered about herself on her five day canoeing expedition in British Columbia’s Samsun Narrows was so much more meaningful.



NEW CANADIAN CONSERVATION CORPS

Outward Bound Canada is thrilled to be working with The Canadian Wildlife Federation as part of their new Canadian Conservation Corps (CCC) initiative, a three-stage program designed to engage young Canadians in their natural and cultural heritage through service, adventure and reflection. We have teamed up with CWF to design and lead the expedition stage, which is intended to help participants learn more about themselves, their peers and the environment around them.


REACH BEYOND MOUNT KILIMANJARO EXPEDITION

Meet our Mount Kilimanjaro fundraising expedition team members and follow along from home as we share our updates from the field on this eight day trek.

Our climb up Kilimanjaro is an 8-day, 65 km hike which takes us through five different ecosystems; rainforest, heather, moorland, alpine desert and glacial terrain.



REACH BEYOND ICELAND - An Interview with David and Martha Reeve

JMartha and David Reeve recently returned from their Outward Bound Reach Beyond Fundraising Expedition to Iceland. When asked to recount their experiences and thoughts on the impact of their expedition, they spoke enthusiastically about their trip.

"This trip changed my life and how I will focus my energy back home."




UNDERSTANDING THE WOMEN OF COURAGE PROGRAM

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. We spoke with our Women of Courage coordinator and instructor, Lara Hollway, to learn more about her first-hand experience with the Women of Courage program.