Make new friends as you embark on a journey through the pristine beauty of Georgian Bay with a group of like-minded youth. You’ll discover the joy of flatwater canoeing in these challenging waters while developing a range of social-emotional skills such as resilience and self-confidence that will serve you well in school, work, and life.
Be mesmerized by the awe-inspiring rocks, underwater crevices, and lichens that are unique to Ontario’s inland ocean. Every kilometer of this distinctive shoreline promises heart-pounding moments that will be etched in your memory forever.
This course is eligible for a high school credit, PAD4O Grade 12 Healthy Active Living. If you choose to take the course for credit, the coursework will be done through activities, group discussion and analysis, and daily journal reflections.
Area & activities
Georgian Bay in Ontario is a canoeing paradise with its range of water conditions, stunning islands and diverse wildlife. It’s ideal for paddlers of all levels, offering sheltered bays for beginners and open waters for those looking for a challenge. As you paddle through the pristine wilderness, you may encounter loons, otters and maybe even bald eagles. The tranquil setting and breathtaking sunsets make Georgian Bay a must-see for nature lovers and adventurers alike.
As you explore this magical place with your group, you’ll learn and improve your paddling techniques and rescue methods, and gain valuable skills such as map reading and navigation, camping knowledge, Leave No Trace ethics, and the art of teamwork and leadership.
Don’t worry about gear: we have everything you need for the expedition, and you can also borrow personal items from our gear library if needed. Be prepared for portages that require teamwork.
Our expert instructors will guide you through unique challenges that require your group to work together to solve problems, reflect on your journey, and discuss how to apply your skills and what you’ve learned when you return home. The course is designed to have a lasting and measurable impact in three key areas:
- Improved resilience – Improve your mental and physical health and learn how to overcome challenges to succeed.
- Better leadership and teamwork skills – Learn the skills you need to succeed in school, work and life by becoming more confident, cooperative and a respectful team member.
- Stronger connection to nature – Develop a lifelong relationship with nature.