Canadian Outback Graduation Trip

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

A two-week Canadian Outback expedition just for 2018 graduating students who will experience a perfect mix of exploring the mountains, ocean and forests of beautiful British Columbia while exploring the popular sites within Vancouver, Victoria and Whistler. Campers will paddle 5 days within the incredible waters of Howe Sound and Sechelt Inlet, hike the Grouse Grind and see some of Vancouver’s best destinations. Students will have the opportunity to visit the top-rated universities in the province – University of British Columbia, University of Victoria and Emily Carr University to get a glimpse of post-secondary life in Canada.

Dates: June 3 to 16, 2018
Ages: Graduates of 2017, or young adults (Co-ed)
Price: $2,550.00 CDN + 5% 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: Vancouver, Whistler, Squamish, Howe Sound, Sechelt Inlets Marine Provincial Park, Victoria

Core Recreational and Educational Elements: Coastal hiking, canoeing, paddle boarding, Canadian and Indigenous culture, 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 Camp Capilano, 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 the University of British Columbia, Emily Carr University and University of Victoria
  • 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)

June 3, 2018 – Vancouver, Camp Capilano

  • Pick up at airport and driven straight to Camp Capilano
  • Snacks and water available

June 4, 2018 – Vancouver, Camp Capilano

  • Wake-up & showers
  • Breakfast – Welcome ceremony
  • Orientation of the two week graduation adventure
  • Tour of Stanely Park, downtown Vancouver, Museum of Anthropology)
  • Tour the University of British Columbia and meet current students
  • Visit Emily Carr University 
  • Evening sunset & BBQ – Spanish Banks Beach
  • Equipment and bag check/review
  • Movie at residence (Canadiana theme)

June 5-6, 2018 – Victoria

  • Morning departure for BC ferries for ferry to Vancouver Island
  • Full day exploring Victoria, including parliment buildings, Royal British Columbia Museum, Fan Tan Alley, and much more!
  • Overnight at the University of Victoria
  • Early departure fromVictoria and return to Vancouver

June 6, 2018 – Sechelt Inlet, Porpoise Bay Provincial Park

  • Evening boat departure to Sunshine Coast and then to Sechelt Inlet
  • Set up camp at Porpoise Bay Provincial Park
  • Acknowledgement of Indigenous people and their territory
  • Campfire discussion: Review safety and emergency procedures. Discuss hopes and dreams after graduation
  • Evening paddle and review group camp gear

June 7-11, 2018 – 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)

June 11-15, 2018 – Whistler, Fireside Lodge

  • Depart early for Whistler and residing at Fireside Lodge
  • 4 full days exploring Whistler Village and surrounding areas including:
    • hike to Rainbow and Garibaldi Lakes
    • Whistler village
    • Olympic sites
    • Swimming and stand up paddle boarding at Alta Lake
    • Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre
  • Student Paid Activity Options: Zip trekking or Peak to Peak (paid by campers)
  • Debrief of experience
  • Participant evaluation


June 16, 2018 – Homeward

  • Up early and return to Vancouver
  • Shopping and Vancouver sight-seeing
  • Late departures
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