Age 16-18
  • Aug 26 - Sep 1
Duration 7 days
Location Temagami Region
Program Options Financial Assistance
Courses / Northern Ontario 7-day Flatwater Canoeing for Indigenous Youth

Northern Ontario 7-day Flatwater Canoeing for Indigenous Youth

Discover how to make powerful choices that lead to success, how to overcome challenges, and how there’s more in you than you know in the jaw-dropping scenery of Temagami region. Temagami is home to some of the last remaining old-growth forests in Ontario as well as the oldest mountains in North America that now are worn hills. This area has over 4,000 km of canoe routes and has been maintained as a vast wilderness area including provincial parks and crown land. The area has been home to the Anishinabeg people for centuries, including Bear Island as well as pictographs on Lake Obabika. With colonialization came resource development, mining, and forestry. This area today is frequented by those seeking wilderness, stars, and adventure.

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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.


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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