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Age 19-25
Duration 14 days
Program Options Financial Assistance
Courses / West Coast 14-day Ocean Canoeing and Hiking

West Coast 14-day Ocean Canoeing and Hiking

Come experience the wilderness of the West Coast of Canada on this 14-day sea kayak expedition.

You’ll get a chance to learn some new skills and make some new friends while working together making memories that will last you a lifetime. Your journey begins learning the ultimate Canadian pastime of canoeing. You and your group will move through the islands and inlets of Clayoquot Sound, one of Canada’s eighteen UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, camping on white-sand beaches and in ancient rainforests, enjoying pristine west coast sunsets. If that’s not enough you’ll also have the opportunity to embrace the challenge of backpacking into the soaring peaks of Vancouver Island.

This world-renowned corner of Vancouver Island has been the traditional home of three Nuu-chah- nulth Nations, the Ahousaht the Hesquiaht and the Tla-o-qui-aht People for over 5000 years.

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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.


Ocean Canoeing: students will travel in tandem canoes. They will learn paddling strokes, self and assisted rescue techniques plus basic nautical navigation including understanding tides, currents and weather.

Backpacking: students will learn the basics of multi-day backpacking, pack fitting and adjustment, camp set up and route finding and navigation.

Click here for a sample itinerary.

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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