Outward Bound Canada’s Journey courses are designed to help you take charge of your life and realize what you are capable of. Each experience begins with a physical journey – stepping out of the comforts of day-to-day routines and into an environment that may be very new, adventurous and exciting, but also foreign and uncertain. Facing these changes helps to bring out new perspectives. Using the challenges of the course as a starting-point, our skilled instructors will teach you how to transfer the skills learned on course to your life at home. These important life skills include caring for yourself, taking responsibility for your choices, expressing your needs and opinions with confidence, and working with others in your life at home.
Your journey begins when you meet your group in Huntsville, Ontario. From there, you will be transported deep into Algonquin Park, beginning your course at Cedar Lake where you’ll paddle and portage your way down the Petawawa River, an Algonquin word for 'where one hears a noise like this', referring to the river’s many rapids. Your goal is to reach McManus Lake, covering more than 10 km of runnable rapids over the 11 days.
Designed for students with or without prior camping, canoeing or whitewater experience, this course will teach wilderness travel techniques and navigation, backcountry cooking, flatwater and whitewater canoeing, whitewater safety, minimal impact camping, camp-craft and wilderness safety. This journey also includes a 24-hour solo experience where you will prove your skills while being supervised (from a distance!) by our experienced instructional team. Often described as the most transformative part of the experience, your solo will give you the chance to reflect on earlier conversations from the expedition, absorb important realizations about yourself, and leave behind anything that will no longer serve you going forward.
To learn how fit you need to be for an Outward Bound Canada course, click here. To learn more about our high school credit click here. This course qualifies as a Duke of Edinburgh's Award Bronze or Silver Adventurous Journey (including preliminary training, practice and qualifying journey) as well as the Gold Adventurous Journey, or Gold Residential Project. For more info visit the Duke of Ed website here.
THIS COURSE IS SUBJECT TO AN $95 APPLICATION FEE.
Outward Bound Canada is a not-for-profit, charitable, educational organization. Our goal is to increase Canadians’ ability to access Outward Bound Canada’s life-changing programs. In order to support this goal, Outward Bound Canada offers a bursary program designed for families in need of financial assistance. If you require funding support, please visit our Fund Your Adventure page, or click the button below to learn more.
Alternately, if you would like to fundraise for your course on your own, our Fundraising Kit provides helpful resources and tips to help you get started and achieve success.
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