Ontario - Adventurous Journeys - Outward Bound

Urban Program Offerings (Bronze or Silver)

Join Outward Bound Canada (OBC) for an adventure in your own backyard! You will see Toronto at its best - a vast landscape of ravine and park systems, watershed, rivers, lakes, valleys and urban history. You will begin at OBC Toronto Centre based at Evergreen Brick Works. This 5-day, 4 night urban expedition experience offers an exciting program that encompasses OBC’s process using group and individual challenges, community engagement and service and high adventure to help students develop resiliency, self-confidence, leadership and community pride. Activities will include: nightly camping on Toronto Islands and in the Rouge Valley, navigating our 60ft Challenge Tower, hiking the Don Valley and Rouge Valley ravine system and canoeing. Students will gain and use valuable leadership and teambuilding skills, engage with the local area through interesting and meaningful community service, make new friends and overcome challenges in fun and adventurous ways! Along the way, you will have the opportunity to experience a modified OBC solo, as you reflect on life after Outward Bound, your friends and family, and recharge your battery before continuing. Come learn about yourself, and test your physical and mental limits with a group of like-minded youth who are looking to discover all that Outward Bound Canada has to offer. The experience you’ve been searching for awaits in the unexpected and beautiful wilds of Toronto.   


You will start your expedition when you meet your Instructors and fellow students at our Toronto Centre located at the Evergreen Brick Works. You'll help organize the gear and then get ready to head out 'on trail'. You'll learn how to skillfully: paddle your canoe in a variety of
conditions, read maps, navigate, select the perfect campsite, and cook meals over an open fire. You will be given opportunities to learn about yourself and your capabilities. On your solo experience, you will have time to reflect on your experience and set goals for the rest of the course and for life after Outward Bound. At the end of the expedition you will celebrate your accomplishments with a banquet and celebration.

This course is subject to an additional $75 application fee. Note that bursaries are available.  Please contact Outward Bound for details.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Programme Bronze or Silver Preliminary Training, Practice Journey and Qualifying Journey

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  • Through Outward Bound Canada website
  • Minimum participants per group: 10
  • Maximum participants per group: 20

Offered to:

  • Individuals registered in The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

Outward Bound Canada will provide:

  • Activity specific instruction
  • Classroom space at Evergreen Brick Works, Building #1 Suite 201
  • Safety and Risk Management
  • Resources and tools for participants
  • Group camping equipment
  • Activity-specific equipment, e.g. canoes, backpacks
  • Meals and snack for overnight programs

Participants will provide:

  • An open mind prepared for learning and exploration
  • Their record book for the purpose of assessment
  • Transportation to and from the program
  • All meals and snacks for day programs
  • Personal camping equipment, as recommended in Preliminary Training