Interested in: Toronto: Urban Wild 3-Week High School Credit

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Outward Bound Canada

Toronto: Urban Wild 3-Week High School Credit


Run by Outward Bound Canada

About this Overnight Camp

  • Overnight Camp
  • Age 14 - 18 (Coed)
  • Specialized in Adventure (multi) and Leadership (multi)—offers 14 activities
  • 1 session date to choose from
  • Cost starting from $1,750
  • Busing not available
  • Special needs support available  

This camp is designed to build the following character traits:

  • Resilience: Participants will step out of the comfort of daily routines and into an adventurous and exciting, yet foreign and uncertain environment. Using the course's challenges, instructors will teach participants how to transfer the skills they learned to their everyday lives.
  • Interpersonal skills: Participants will create a strong sense of community with their peers as they travel through the wilderness, learning how to work together to accomplish daily tasks and make decisions.

Hike, paddle and climb in your own Toronto backyard this summer – and earn a high school credit as a reward for all the fun! On our three-week program at Don Valley Brick Works Park, students can earn a Grade 10 credit in “Healthy Active Living and Outdoor Activities” for participating in activities like camping and outdoor cookouts, direct teaching from our instructors, and assignments like journal prompts.

Learn more about our high school credit options.

Each week of the program, participants will focus on one activity and develop the skills associated with it: 

Week 1 – Hiking  

Put your hiking skills into practice on the trails of Don Valley Brick Works Park and Rouge National Urban Park: Home to amazing biodiversity and Canada’s only urban national park. You’ll learn how to pack your backpack, choose the right hiking gear, and build your physical and mental fitness as you explore the city on foot.

Week 2 – Canoeing 

Focus on your flatwater canoeing skills on Lake Ontario and explore Ashbridges Bay, the Humber and Rouge Rivers, as well as Toronto’s harbourfront and the famous Toronto Islands: a chain of 15 islands with scenic views of the city skyline. Get a solid introduction or improve your paddling and stroke techniques and expand your knowledge of canoeing equipment and techniques. Enjoy a view of the dynamic metropolis from the water – a whole new perspective!

Week 3 – Climbing  

Reach new heights by exploring the high ropes course at Don Valley Brick Works Park and climbing at Rattlesnake Point on the Niagara Escarpment. Explore and improve your physical and mental skills, familiarize yourself with climbing equipment, and learn safety and techniques with your new peers in the beautiful urban wilderness.

And that’s not all: Every Wednesday night, there’s an optional overnight as an introduction to camping! In week 1 you’ll camp at Don Valley Brick Works Park, in week 2 at the Toronto Islands and in week 3 at Rattlesnake Point.


Our expert instructors will guide you through unique challenges that require your group to work together to solve problems, reflect on what you’ve learned, and discuss how you can apply your skills and what you’ve learned to life. The course is designed to have a lasting and measurable impact in three key areas:

  • Improved resilience – Improve your mental and physical health while learning how to overcome challenges to succeed.
  • Improved 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.

About Don Valley Brick Works Park

For a century, Don Valley Brick Works Park was the site of a major brick manufacturer and supplier of buildings throughout Toronto. That changed in 1989 when the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) acquired the site and began restoration work with the City of Toronto in 1995. This involved creating a series of wetlands that provide habitat for aquatic plants and wildlife, and channeling water from nearby Mud Creek through the wetland to filter it naturally before it flows into the Don River and eventually Lake Ontario.

Today, the 200-hectares of wetlands, dry wildflower meadows and forest plant communities create a variety of ecosystem types that provide the ideal setting for Outward Bound Canada’s urban programs, where participants can hike the many nature trails, paddle the Don River and perfect their outdoor skills surrounded by nature in this special area – all within 10 minutes of downtown Toronto and accessible by car, public transit, foot or bike.

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Session Dates and Rates

Jul 08 - 26. '24
East York, Toronto, ON
550 Bayview Ave, Suite 402


Special Needs Support

Mild Support       Specialized programming

  Autism Spectrum Disorder
  Down Syndrome
  Hearing loss
  Intellectual disability
  Physical Disability
  Tourettes Syndrome
  Troubled Teens
  Vision loss


  Recreational         Instructional      
  Intense or Competitive

  Credit Courses
  Leadership Training
  Mindfulness Training
  Rock Climbing
  Ropes Course
  Social Justice
  Survival skills
  Wilderness Skills


Toronto: Urban Wild 3-Week High School Credit is run by Outward Bound Canada.

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