Outward Bound Canada’s Discovery courses are inspiring experiences centered on overcoming significant challenges and teaching you how to achieve more than you ever thought possible. The activities on one of our Discovery courses may seem daunting at first – paddling and portaging tens of kilometers can be intimidating! But these tests also show you how to approach a large goal, break it down, and take responsibility for yourself and your group’s success along the way. Working as part of a larger team, you will learn the beginnings of leadership and compassion, helping you understand the ways you can influence and affect others so you can apply it in positive ways. Finally, seeing yourself achieve something you didn’t think possible will also show you that there is more in you than you think, giving you the courage and resolve to take on even the most difficult obstacles long after returning home.
Your adventure begins when you meet your group in Temagami where you will be transported into the Temagami area to paddle its beautiful waterways. Temagami is located in northern Ontario and characterized by landscapes of exposed Canadian Shield, panoramic views, sparkling waterways and some of Ontario’s last remaining old-growth pine forests.
Designed for students with or without prior camping or canoeing experience, this course will teach wilderness travel techniques and navigation, backcountry cooking, flatwater canoeing, minimal impact camping, camp-craft and wilderness safety. Course work for your high school credit will be done through these activities, group discussions and analysis, and daily journal reflections. This journey also includes a 48-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.
Funding for the Indigenous Youth and Adult Program is offered thanks to the generous support of individual donors, corporations and a number of dedicated foundations, providing sustainable, long term funding for the growth of Indigenous programming at Outward Bound Canada. Please see the Indigenous Programs page for more information.