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Toronto: Urban Wild Canoe Camp


Run by Outward Bound Canada

About this Day Camp

  • Day Camp
  • Age 11 - 14 (Coed)
  • Specialized in Adventure (multi) and Leadership (multi)—offers 10 activities
  • 1 session date to choose from
  • Cost starting from $415
  • 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.

Join our team of experienced instructors for a week of adventure, learning and discovery as you paddle your way through Toronto’s urban wilderness. Our Urban Wild paddle program promises an unforgettable experience that combines outdoor exploration, skill development, and a deeper connection to one of Canada’s most vibrant cities.

Get ready to explore the heart of Toronto’s waterways via canoe, kayak, and stand up paddleboard. You’ll discover the city’s hidden treasures from a unique perspective.

What to expect 

Each day begins at our base at Don Valley Brickworks Park where you’ll receive instructions and prepare for the day. Then participants will travel by TTC to the site of the adventure.

You’ll explore a different location each day and be introduced to different paddle sports. On the first day, you’ll learn how to paddle and explore the calm waters of secluded Ashbridges Bay. The last day of the program will be spent at Cherry Beach and the Toronto Islands, a chain of 15 islands with scenic views of the city skyline. Together, you and your group will paddle through three rivers in downtown Toronto and enjoy a view of the dynamic metropolis from the water – a whole new perspective!

And that’s not all: On Wednesday night, you’ll have the opportunity to camp out on the Toronto Islands to hone your camping skills and bond with your fellow adventurers.

Area and activities

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

Aug 06 - 09. '24
East York, Toronto, ON
550 Bayview Ave, Suite 402

09:00 - 17:00

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

  Leadership Training
  Social Justice
  Survival skills
  Wilderness Skills


Toronto: Urban Wild Canoe Camp is run by Outward Bound Canada.

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