$ 1,999
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Age 16-18
  • Jul 8 - Jul 14
Duration 7 days
Location Georgian Bay
Program Options Financial Assistance
Courses / Northern Ontario 7-day Flatwater Canoeing for LGBTQ+ Youth

Northern Ontario 7-day Flatwater Canoeing for LGBTQ+ Youth

YQO2Join other LGBTQ2S-identifying youth for a 10-day wilderness expedition.

This new course offering focuses on building skills, community and facilitating stronger connections between individuals, the group and the natural world. Designed especially for LGBTQ2S-identifying youth ages 16-18, this course aims to provide a supportive space, alongside an authentic wilderness experience that will arm participants with both technical and personal skills that can be taken back to their own communities, schools and workplaces. This unique course will introduce you to new activities and adventures in the stunning wilderness that thrives inside of Canada’s world-renowned wilderness and will start you on an inspiring journey of discovery, helping you to unlock your true potential and gain a clearer understanding of what you’re capable of.
This journey-based tripping expedition will not only teach you functional skills like camp craft and canoeing, but it will also help you to better understand the natural environment around you, and the critical role we all play in helping to support it. But most importantly, you will be able to learn critical skills for life that will help you to be more successful at home, at school, and in your daily life.



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.


Georgian Bay branches off from Lake Huron providing a perfect area to explore by canoe and kayak. The Bay is nearly the size of Lake Ontario and along its eastern shoreline has a number of rocky islands showing off the Canadian Shield landscape formed by glaciers and inspired the Group of Seven. The lake has been an active trade route for the Anishinaabeg and Huron Wendat people for centuries.

Students will navigate flat water in a canoe, learning the strokes and rescue techniques along the way. They will carry everything they need for the expedition with them, packed using waterproofing methods. The skills students will learn will range from paddling strokes, map reading and navigation, camp skills, Leave No Trace, as well as teamwork and leadership. This route may include portages where students will need to work together to carry their equipment.

learning outcomes

Our expert instructors will lead participants through novel, real-life experiences that require groups to collaboratively problem-solve through challenges, failure, and success. This course is designed to have a lasting and measurable impact in three key areas:


  1. Improved sense of resiliency
  • OBC is building a generation of physically and mentally healthy citizens
  • Participants choose to improve their physical and mental health
  1. Greater leadership skills and social connectedness
  • OBC is teaching the skills needed to succeed at school, work and in life
  • Participants become more confident, collaborative and respectful team members
  1. Stronger connection with nature
  • OBC is promoting greater levels of environmentalism
  • Participants develop stronger life-long connections to the natural world

There will also be a solo experience during the course that provides participants with the opportunity to reflect on their Outward Bound experience and make decisions about their future. Students are given a secluded spot to reflect alone and are monitored by staff to maintain safety.


Outward Bound Canada is a charitable, educational organization. Our goal is to increase the ability of Canadian residents experiencing socio-economic barriers to access Outward Bound Canada’s impactful programs. In order to support this goal, Outward Bound Canada offers funding designed to assist eligible participants and their families with financial assistance. If you would like to learn more, please visit our Fund Your Adventure page.

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