Wilderness Retreat

This outdoor education program provides Canadian and international students with a unique opportunity to acquire a high school credit (Grade 11 or 12 Ontario Outdoor Education Credit) and international certification in Canoeing and Wilderness First Aid. Participants enjoy a truly unique experience in exploring Canada's cultural history, geography and the wilderness of the true Canadian north. Students explore historic waterways of northern Ontario on a 17 day canoe trip with Ontario certified Outdoor Education teachers and highly skilled and qualified instructors.

International students will begin the program with excursions to Niagara Falls, the City of Toronto, the CN Tower, Air Canada Centre and Eaton Centre. These excursions will be followed by a three-week wilderness adventure program, integrating international and Ontario students at the Madawaska camp site and on a 17 day canoe trip in northern Ontario.
The summer wilderness adventure is a 21 day program which includes:
  • orientation
  • 2 days of courses in Wilderness First Aid and Flat water Canoeing
  • 17 day canoe expedition
  • testing and debriefing
Students must be able to swim and will be tested on their swimming ability.
The staff to student ratio is one Ontario certified teacher and one highly qualified Instructor for every ten students.