Canadian Outback Graduation Trip

Coastal hiking | Canoeing | Indigenous culture | Life and social skills and outdoor leadership skills

Young adults that are graduating high school, attending university, or are looking to enhance their leadership skills now have an opportunity to do so – through a Canadian adventure experience like no other! While obtaining a leadership certificate that can assist in university applications and obtaining work, you will be canoeing and hiking through some of British Columbia’s most beautiful locations. Additionally, while you are exploring popular sites in Vancouver and Whistler, you will have the opportunity to tour the University of British Columbia to get a glimpse of post-secondary life in Canada.

Dates: May 14 to 29, 2017
Ages: Graduates of 2017, or young adults (Co-ed)
Price: $2,600.00 CDN including tax.

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Includes instruction, food, accommodation, most camping equipment, camping fees and transportation while on trip. Does not include flight, travel visa expenses and some optional activities.

Locations: Whistler, Squamish, Howe Sound, Sechelt Inlets Marine Provincial Park

Core Recreational and Educational Elements: Coastal hiking, canoeing, Indigenous culture, life and social skills and outdoor leadership skills.

Expedition Highlights:
  • Paddle, by canoe, along the majestic coastlines of Sechelt Inlet and Howe Sound
  • Hike to a glacier lake (Rainbow Lake)
  • Spend time at Whistler’s Fireside Lodge, and sleep under the stars in some of BC’s best Provincial Parks to enjoy some peaceful rest in your tent
  • Learn the basics of front and backcountry camping, day hiking and orienteering,
  • Visit and stay at the University of British Columbia
  • Obtain a leadership certification for use in university entrance applications
  • Learn about leadership styles and competencies of leaders

Sechelt Inlet

Sechelt Inlets Marine Provincial Park

Stanley Park

Rainbow Lake

Rainbow Lake

University of British Columbia

University of British Columbia

Tentative Trip Plan (subject to change)

May 14, 2017 – Vancouver, University of British Columbia (UBC)

  • Depart from Bogotá
  • Pick up at the airport and driven straight to accommodation (UBC)
  • Late arrival (snacks and water ready)

May 15, 2017 – Vancouver, UBC

  • Wake-up & showers
  • Breakfast – Welcome ceremony
  • Orientation of the two week graduation adventure
  • Tour of UBC and meeting with current students (morning)
  • Tour of Vancouver (Stanley Park, downtown, art museum) – potentially by bikes
  • Evening sunset & BBQ – Spanish Banks
  • Equipment and bag check/review
  • Movie at residence (Canadiana theme)

May 16, 2017 – Sunshine Coast

  • Breakfast & pack up
  • Morning departure for BC ferries (Navigo staff will go with students by transit to Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver)
  • Walk onto BC Ferries to Langdale with Navigo staff
  • Students travel to Sechelt to meet Jeff Willis and participate in a 2-hour canoe lesson and depart to
  • Porpoise Bay Provincial Park (short canoe paddle)
  • Set-up camp
  • Acknowledgement of Indigenous people and their territory
  • Campfire discussion: Review safety and emergency procedures. Discuss hopes and dreams after graduation
  • Evening paddle and review of group camp gear
  • Team building challenge

May 17 to 20, 2017 – Sechelt Inlets Marine Provincial Park

  • Morning wake up and pack up gear
  • Paddle three days through magical Sechelt Inlet
  • Opportunities to explore the shore and trails
  • Ocean paddling skills review, practice and certification
  • Review meal preparations & cooking 101
  • Leadership Discussion Question: What is leadership? Who are your leaders? What are the characteristics of a leader? Why is leadership important to self and others? A year from now, what do you think you will be doing and where will you be?
  • Individual and group goal setting
  • Camping and outdoor skills:
    • Water purification, weather reading, shelter building and orienteering
    • Animal Aware: What to do when you see an animal (bears, cougars and raccoons)
    • Trip prep basics (packing bags, rolling sleeping bags, how to travel lightly, group gear, food prep)
    • Trip preparation (how to keep yourself warm, cool, dry and your gear water proof)

May 20, 2017 – Roberts Creek, Rolling Earth Retreat Centre

  • Up early and pack up
  • Afternoon relaxation at Rolling Earth Retreat Centre
  • Comfortable accommodation
  • BBQ dinner
  • Evening campfire and visit to Roberts Creek

May 21, 2017 – Roberts Creek, Rolling Earth

  • Sleep in and brunch
  • Day hike through some sacred trails of the Sunshine Coast
  • Evening activity – high ropes course at Camp Elphinstone

May 22 – 26, 2017 – Whistler, Fireside Lodge

  • Depart early for Whistler and residing at Fireside Lodge
  • Visit to Sea to Sky Gondola
  • 4 full days exploring Whistler Village and surrounding areas:
    • hike to Rainbow Lake and Garibaldi Lakes
    • explore the village,
    • Visit Olympic sites, and
    • swimming at Alta Lake
    • Visit to the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre
  • Student Paid Activity Options: Zip trek or Peak to Peak (paid by campers)

May 27-28, 2017 – Vancouver, UBC

  • Up early return to Vancouver
  • Visit Grouse Mountain or Mount Seymour
  • Shopping and Vancouver sight-seeing
  • Last Dinner Event– Stanley Park
  • Flights home on the 28th. Flight to Bogotá arrives on the 29th.
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