This is a great course for individuals looking to improve their leadership and team building skills, who are motivated to go above and beyond their comfort zone and challenge themselves in order to learn what they are truly capable of. Working as a group with other Indigenous Young Adults from different communities, you will spend the majority of your course on expedition: sea kayaking along the Bay of Fundy and hiking on windswept coastal trails. Following the traditional Outward Bound model, you will travel some distance each day, sharing various responsibilities among group members, including campsite management, cooking, navigation and group leadership. Your Instructors will teach you the skills you need to travel safely and comfortably in the backcountry. Included in this course is a community service initiative and a solo experience: your chance to reflect on everything you have learned and set goals for your life back home. In the final days of your expedition, you will work more independently and practice making decisions based on the experience and knowledge you have gained. Your Outward Bound course is much more than learning the technical skills of coastal exploration – it is designed to be an incredible and indelible journey of self-discovery.
Your journey begins when you meet your group at the airport in Saint John, New Brunswick before heading toward the coast to begin your adventure. As a mixed sea kayaking and hiking adventure, you will have the opportunity to experience this world-renowned location from land and sea. As you embark on your journey, you will make your way through the famous Bay of Fundy where you will live by the tides. The last portion of your trip will be spent hiking along a challenging yet rewarding coastal trail.
No prior camping, hiking or paddling experience is needed. You will become competent paddlers and backpackers, learning many valuable wilderness skills along the way, including minimal impact camping, map and compass navigation, knots, emergency procedures for ocean travel and how to cook over a campfire. For students wishing to gain a high school credit on the program, course work 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.
Funding for the Programs for Indigenous Youth and Adults 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 these funded programs at Outward Bound Canada. Please see the Indigenous Programs page for more information.