WEST COAST EXPEDITION - ISLAND (OCEAN CANOEING) - Outward Bound Canada Outward Bound Canada
Southern Gulf Islands, VANCOUVER ISLAND
14 > 16
5 days
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Option
1,239 + tax
Aug 19 - Aug 23, 2019
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Outward Bound Canada’s Expedition 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 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.


At the start of your journey, you will meet your group and prepare for the expedition ahead. From there you will take to the waters, learning the skills of ocean canoeing throughout the Sourthern Gulf Islands, off the coast of Vancouver Island. This area is a paddler’s paradise, with its numerous inlets, islands, and wildlife. The Southern Gulf Islands plays host to a rugged coastline, old-growth rainforest, and pristine beaches.

Designed for students without prior camping or ocean canoe experience, this course will teach wilderness travel techniques and navigation, backcountry cooking, ocean canoe, minimal impact camping, camp-craft and wilderness safety. This journey also includes an extended 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.

On this course, you can complete one of the following Duke of Edinburgh's Award qualifications:

  • Bronze Adventurous Journey (including preliminary training, practice and qualifying journey)
  • Silver Adventurous Journey (including preliminary training, practice and qualifying journey)
  • Gold Practice Journey
  • Gold Qualifying Journey
  • Residential Project

For more info visit the Duke of Edinburgh's Award website here.

To learn how fit you need to be for an Outward Bound Canada course, click here.


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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