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  • Type:
    Day camp, Overnight camp, Family programs
  • Focus:
    Adventure (multi)
  • Cost:
    $779 to $1,939/week
  • Ages:
    12 to 99
  • Gender:
    Coed, All Girls, All Boys
  • Main language:
    English
  • Capacity:
    Varies
  • Programs:
  • Summary Profile

    About Outward Bound Canada

    Outward Bound Canada cultivates resilience, leadership, connections and compassion through inspiring and challenging journeys of discovery in the natural world. By joining one of our outdoor adventures, you’ll explore Canada's natural environment, develop invaluable skills for life, and tap in to your own unique potential. Note: We also offer high school credit options.
    • Special needs: Yes, mild support. A few of our campers have special needs.
    • LGBTQ+ friendly community


    COVID-19 Response 

    As information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, Outward Bound Canada’s guidelines and field protocols must be sufficiently robust and nimble to ensure the wellbeing of our participants and staff. Given the ongoing flux of the situation and the variability of environments in which we operate, a basic understanding of viral transmission for all participants and staff is essential to ensure all members of our team can make independent and appropriate judgment calls while adhering to organizational, provincial and federal guidelines. OBC’s protocols reflect current (and evolving) evidence, provincial/federal regulations and the variable easing of restrictions across all regions of operation. Given how much remains unknown, a commitment to always erring on the side of caution is prudent.

    Outward Bound Canada is committed to mitigating the risks involved with our expeditions, and to minimizing the spread of infectious illness among our participants and staff. The risk of contracting COVID-19 is new for all of us, and cannot be eliminated completely. Upon arrival to courses, participants and staff will be briefed on procedures to minimize the risk of spreading infectious illness. We work to carry out regular prevention measures and practice physical distancing and proper handwashing throughout the course.

    View recent COVID-19 updates from Outward Bound Canada



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  • Programs, Rates & Dates

    Programs and Sessions Calendar

    Choose the right programs and sessions for your child; Outward Bound Canada currently has 10 programs available; 5 TBD.

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    Name
    Type/Gender
    Specialty
    Location
    Date
    Bus
     Cost
    Email
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 16 - 18
    Adventure (multi)
    $6,149
    Huntsville, ON
    20 Park Dr
    Jul 01-Aug 01$6,149
    Mindfulness Training|First-aid/lifesaving |Writing / journalism|Credit Courses|Nature/Environment|Leadership training|Instructor lead (group)|Social Justice/Empowerment|Canoeing|Hiking|Swimming|Photo/Video|Cooking|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Travel
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 16 - 18
    Adventure (multi)
    $0
    Travel|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Cooking|Photo/Video|Instructor lead (group)|Credit Courses|Leadership training|Social Justice/Empowerment|Nature/Environment|Writing / journalism|First-aid/lifesaving |Mindfulness Training|Canoeing|Swimming|Hiking
    Overnight Camp
    All Girls
    Ages: 14 - 15
    Adventure (multi)
    $3,849
    Huntsville, ON
    20 Park Dr
    Aug 05-18 $3,849
    Travel|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Cooking|Photo/Video|Instructor lead (group)|Leadership training|Social Justice/Empowerment|Nature/Environment|Writing / journalism|First-aid/lifesaving |Mindfulness Training|Canoeing|Swimming|Hiking
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 16 - 18
    Adventure (multi)
    $5,229
    Huntsville, ON
    20 Park Dr
    Aug 05-25 $5,229
    Travel|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Cooking|Photo/Video|Instructor lead (group)|Credit Courses|Leadership training|Social Justice/Empowerment|Nature/Environment|Writing / journalism|First-aid/lifesaving |Mindfulness Training|Canoeing|Swimming|Hiking
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 14 - 16
    Adventure (multi)
    $1,999
    Huntsville, ON
    20 Park Dr
    Aug 05-11 $1,999
    Travel|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Cooking|Photo/Video|Instructor lead (group)|Leadership training|Social Justice/Empowerment|Nature/Environment|Writing / journalism|First-aid/lifesaving |Mindfulness Training|Canoeing|Swimming|Hiking
    Day Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 12 - 15
    Adventure (multi)
    $1,399
    Rope courses|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Cooking|Photo/Video|Instructor lead (group)|Leadership training|Social Justice/Empowerment|Nature/Environment|Writing / journalism|First-aid/lifesaving |Mindfulness Training|Canoeing|Swimming|Hiking
    Travel|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Cooking|Photo/Video|Instructor lead (group)|Leadership training|Social Justice/Empowerment|Nature/Environment|Writing / journalism|First-aid/lifesaving |Mindfulness Training|Swimming|Hiking
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 14 - 16
    Adventure (multi)
    $0
    Travel|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Cooking|Photo/Video|Instructor lead (group)|Leadership training|Social Justice/Empowerment|Nature/Environment|Writing / journalism|First-aid/lifesaving |Mindfulness Training|Swimming|Hiking
    Travel|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Cooking|Photo/Video|Instructor lead (group)|Credit Courses|Leadership training|Social Justice/Empowerment|Nature/Environment|Writing / journalism|First-aid/lifesaving |Mindfulness Training|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Swimming|Hiking
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 16 - 18
    Adventure (multi)
    $0
    Huntsville, ON
    20 Park Dr
    Aug 26-Sep 01$0
    Travel|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Cooking|Photo/Video|Instructor lead (group)|Leadership training|Social Justice/Empowerment|Nature/Environment|Writing / journalism|First-aid/lifesaving |Mindfulness Training|Canoeing|Swimming|Hiking
    Overnight Camp
    All Boys
    Ages: 14 - 15
    Adventure (multi)
    $3,849
    Huntsville, ON
    20 Park Dr
    Date TBDCost TBD
    Travel|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Cooking|Photo/Video|Instructor lead (group)|Leadership training|Social Justice/Empowerment|Nature/Environment|Writing / journalism|First-aid/lifesaving |Mindfulness Training|Canoeing|Swimming|Hiking
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 16 - 18
    Adventure (multi)
    $1,999
    Huntsville, ON
    20 Park Dr
    Date TBDCost TBD
    Travel|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Cooking|Photo/Video|Instructor lead (group)|Credit Courses|Leadership training|Social Justice/Empowerment|Nature/Environment|Writing / journalism|First-aid/lifesaving |Mindfulness Training|Canoeing|Swimming|Hiking
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 16 - 18
    Adventure (multi)
    $5,729
    Travel|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Cooking|Photo/Video|Instructor lead (group)|Credit Courses|Leadership training|Social Justice/Empowerment|Nature/Environment|Writing / journalism|First-aid/lifesaving |Mindfulness Training|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Surfing|Swimming|Hiking
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 15 - 16
    Adventure (multi)
    $3,849
    Travel|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Cooking|Photo/Video|Instructor lead (group)|Credit Courses|Leadership training|Social Justice/Empowerment|Nature/Environment|Writing / journalism|First-aid/lifesaving |Mindfulness Training|Hiking
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 14 - 16
    Adventure (multi)
    $1,999
    Travel|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Cooking|Photo/Video|Instructor lead (group)|Credit Courses|Leadership training|Social Justice/Empowerment|Nature/Environment|Writing / journalism|First-aid/lifesaving |Mindfulness Training|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Swimming|Hiking



    Financial Aid & Payment Details

    Payment Options:

    Deposit required with acceptance Yes
    Credit card payment Yes

    Discounts

    Discount if paid early 20%

    Scholarships & awards:

    • Youth Access Fund

      Amount: 100% Deadline: Rolling
      Type: Need based
      Details: You are eligible to apply if you are between 12-25, currently reside in Canada, fit into the household income criteria scale, and are motivated to attend the course! There is no deadline to apply – applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. First-time applicants receive priority. Visit https://www.outwardbound.ca/youth-access-fund/ for more information.
      Application Details: Outward Bound Canada’s Youth Access Fund was created to reduce financial barriers to Outward Bound Canada expedition programs for youth across the country. The Youth Access Fund is a grant that subsidizes the cost of the Outward Bound Canada course fee. The model is based on financial need and a ‘pay what you can’ approach. Most of our courses are eligible for a grant under the Youth Access Fund.
  • Insider Reviews & Perspectives

    The Our Kids review of Outward Bound Canada

    our take

    Outward Bound was an early adopter/promoter of some of the things that are very much in the air today, namely providing young people with an opportunity to grow leadership skills, resilience, and grit. Getting people out of their comfort zones has been the operating principle since it was founded in 1969, though the basis in the values of ecological stewardship has also been a key component. The programs offered, included these summer sessions for young people, are well within the category of lifetime experiences: each is unforgettable, both for the sense that participants gain of the geography of Canada, and the sense that they gain of the geography of their skills, abilities, and capabilities. It’s not an understatement to say that these programs can be life changing, as they often are in a whole range of positive ways. For kids bumping up against the boundaries of their school and social environments, and Outward Bound trip can provide a welcome opportunity to spread their wings in significant, meaningful ways, all within a safe and supportive setting, guided by experienced, expert instructors. 



    Editor's Review

    Editor’s Top 3: Outward Bound Canada

    Hear the three things that Our Kids’ editors see when they look at Outward Bound Canada



    Questions for the Director

    We interviewed Outward Bound Canada. Here are their answers to:

    [00:18] - What is unique about your camp? [00:46] - What type of child is successful at your camp? [01:24] - What does the camp’s daily schedule look like? [02:27] - How do your staff deal with behavioural issues? [03:28] - What do campers value most about their experience at the camp? [04:02] - What message do you have for new campers?



    User reviews of Outward Bound Canada  — Read all 6 reviews


    Once You’re in Outward Bound, You’re in There Forever
    Hiba (Camp alumni)

    My experience with Outward Bound is something that cannot be put in an essay (or in words for that matter) or even in person. It is an experience that has to be experienced by oneself. No matter how hard you try to describe its uniqueness or its extravagance, it can never do it justice. I not only witnessed things that I never thought I would, I became a part of it all – whether it was recreating an abandoned trail, or singing and dancing under the rain, or tipping off a kayak on the first day of being on it, or even falling into a beaver’s dam – I’m proud to say that I was there for it all. There hasn’t been a single day where I have done something that didn’t remind me of the incredible summer I spent there. I guess what I’m trying to say is that once you’re in Outward Bound, you’re in there forever. ... Read More

    Beyond Expectations
    Rocky Mountain Journey 2019 (Parent)

    My son participated in the Rocky Mountain Journey in July 2019. We did not know what to expect from the trip and he went with an open mind and positive attitude. What he actually experienced amazed all of us! Outward Bound provided him with a very unique experience where he was able to work towards being his very best self and he did! The trip pushed him both physically and mentally to reach new heights (no pun intended!). He returned more self-confident, demonstrated improved leadership skills and an increased level of engagement and co-operation. He has become much more helpful around the house and a true team player. Now, our entire family is reaping the benefits too. Thank you Outward Bound Canada ... Read More

    Daughter's Transformation
    Northern Ontario Expedition (Parent)

    Thank you so much for bringing back my daughter not only safe and sound but stronger, happier and more confident than I’ve ever seen her! I noticed it right away! Her walk and stance seemed different as she walked towards me at the pick up point, more proud and confident, her voice and speech seemed clearer, louder and more pronounced. In our way home I think we had the longest conversations we’ve ever had! My daughter was so happy and talkative when we picked her up. She hugged me so hard and told me how much she missed me and she said she thought of me every day! I couldn’t believe my ears! Those were the most beautiful words I ever heard! Naturally, the first thing I asked her was how her trip was when I saw her. Her first word was ‘brutal’ but in a positive way! Lol! She really enjoyed it but she did say it was extremely challenging and tough! By the end she was portaging with an 80lb canoe on her shoulders by herself for 400 meters! She told me in the beginning she could barely lift it! She was so proud of herself! She said she actually felt her body get physically stronger and more enduring every day. She was also excited she made it in the wilderness on the solo by herself! She overcame fears she didn’t think she could... like the pitch darkness! She was even excited and proud about all the chores she did... admitting she never really does at home! From cleaning and disinfecting the dishes to help setting up the fire and her job as hydro, keeping the water clean and refilling the water bottles. She was also impressed with herself for trying and actually enjoying new foods, foods she was convinced she didn’t like or would not taste, something she usually doesn’t venture to do. I’m sure we will continue our conversation today and I look forward to hear more and more of her experience and adventure as the days go on. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the trip and experience that I hope she takes with her in successfully completing high school to choosing a career path and in helping her through university and all the choices of adulthood after that. I truly believe that after seeing her yesterday, this was the first stepping stop to making all that even more possible than ever ... Read More

    Fearless
    Anonymous Participant 2019 (Camper)

    It’s never too late to be fearless! I am stronger than I think, both physically and emotionally. I am fierce and compassionate and care deeply for the natural world. My biggest success was climbing to the Mount Edward Albert Saddle and reaching the alpine. It was an other-worldly experience. The quiet, even with the wind blowing, was soothing and peaceful. The views to the surrounding valleys were incredibly gorgeous and awe-inspiring. I was proud of myself for reaching the peak ... Read More

    Stepping Outside my Comfort Zone
    Anonymous Participant 2019 (Camper)

    During this trip I had faced both physical and mental challenges. I have never been camping or canoeing before so just coming here was a massive step out of my comfort zone since I usually spend most of my time at home. Thanks to this trip and the people I've met, I've learned lessons about building genuine and deep relationships and also about valuing one's self more. One of the last things we did together as a group was talk about what we would leave behind in order to advance and become a better person. I would definitely say that the thing I'm leaving behind is my insecurities that usually prevent me from taking up life-changing experiences like those given by Outward Bound ... Read More

    A New Perspective on Life
    Anonymous Participant 2019 (Camper)

    When I first signed up for OBC I expected an expedition course. What I ended up experiencing was much, much more. I met some amazing people from all over the world, from different cultures, countries, and practices. I learned that our experiences define us. Each moment I spent with this group I learned more about the diversity of this world. Some group members completely blew my expectations out of the water. Overall, this group gave me a new perspective on life ... Read More

  • Location & Site Details

    Address

    Huntsville, ON
    20 Park Dr, Huntsville, Ontario, P1H 1P5
    Vancouver Island, BC
    5200 Duncan Bay Main Line Rd, Courtenay, British Columbia, V0R
    North Toronto, Toronto
    910-2200 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario, M4S 2C6
    Kananaskis, AB
    Canadian Rockies, Kananaskis, T0L
    Algonquin Park, ON
    Ontario 60, Algonquin Park, Ontario, K0J 2M0



    Accommodations

    Are meals provided? Yes



    Rentals & Services

    Offers outdoor education program for schools or corporate groups: Yes
    Outward Bound Canada offers outdoor education for groups in each of our five program regions throughout the country. Ranging from one-day programs to immersive wilderness expeditions and multi-year programs, our groups programming is robust, outcomes-driven and innovative. To learn more about opportunities for groups, please read our Learning Through Adventure brochure: https://issuu.com/outwardboundcanada/docs/obc-2018-learning-through-adventure


    Associations

    Ontario Camps Association Associations


  • What's New

    Director's Message

    Andrew Young, Executive Director

    It was 50 years ago that Outward Bound Canada ran its first course in Keremeos, BC, in 1969. We’ve come a long way since that first expedition in the Cathedral Mountain Range of BC. We are extremely proud of the fact that, in the years that have followed, we’ve been able to work with over 150,000 Canadians through adventurous and challenging programs taking place from coast to coast. As we celebrate our 50th anniversary in 2019, we are tuned in more than ever to the impact we are able to have on these individuals. In a time when so many aspects of our personal and professional lives are pulling us towards the digital world, it is becoming increasingly important to take a pause – to unplug from the digital world and plug in to the natural one – in order to help us refocus, re-energize, and reboot. 

    At Outward Bound Canada, it is our mission to cultivate resilience, leadership, connections and compassion through inspiring and challenging journeys of self-discovery in the natural world. As a not-for-profit charitable organization with a passion for facilitating impactful and authentic educational journeys, we strongly believe in the lasting power of learning through adventure. We’re proud of the outcomes of our programs and their lasting influence on our alumni, and we know our success in this area is due in no small part to the exceptional work of our staff. Outward Bound Canada’s highly qualified, passionate instructors are at the core of our outdoor experiences. Not only are they armed with the qualifications, knowledge and experience necessary to ensure exceptional safety and guidance; they also bring with them a kind and compassionate spirit that truly resonates with our participants. 

    As we get out, look in and look ahead to the future, striving to reach even more Canadians with our distinct brand of transformative adventures of discovery, we will never forget where we came from, what’s intrinsically important to us, and what makes us authentically Outward Bound. 



    In the News

    November 6, 2020
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    Our Early Bird Promotion is here! That means you can get 20% off your course (7 days or longer) if you register anytime before Dec 31, 2020.... Read More



    Stories

    • The Power of Outward Bound
      Throughout my experience on this course I have not only been able to improve my physical activity level but I have been able to realize things like no challenge is too big, or I can do anything I put my mind to, or finding the person who I actually am. All in all, this course has not only given me mental and physical tools that will last me a lifetime, but it has given me the tools to change my life to how I wish.


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