Who Are We?
Project Canoe uses the outdoors, including wilderness canoeing, to create a transformative environment in which young people develop life skills, social competencies, and resiliency, thereby fostering their own personal success. We partner with our youth, supporting them as they carry these skills and successes forward to manage the complex challenges of their lives. We approach youth from “where they are” and we gently encourage every individual to challenge themselves.
Who Do We Serve?
Youth 13 – 18 who are facing social, emotional, behavioural, systemic and/or financial barriers and would like the opportunity to get out and experience a wilderness adventure in a safe and positive environment.
What Do We Do?
We bring youth to beautiful Algonquin Park on wilderness canoe trips. Youth can learn basic canoeing and camping skills, environmental awareness, and develop valuable social and leadership skills such as co-operative decision making, teamwork and conflict resolution.
2017 Session Dates:
5 Day Trips
• July 11th - 15th
• August 1st – 5th
• August 22nd – 26th
8 Day Trips
• June 29th – July 6th
• July 19th – 26th
• August 10th – 17th
Please Note: Previous camping/canoeing experience is not necessary.
Project Canoe’s staff team is made up of experienced outdoors-people who love working with youth. Our staff members go through an intensive application and training process prior to the season, which enables them to work effectively with our targeted youth population, and manage behaviours on trip. Staff members have at least two seasons of experience working with youth, Bronze Cross or NLS certifications, Advanced Wilderness First Aid qualifications, Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Certificates and abilities to plan and facilitate challenging, safe and fun canoe trips for youth. The staff to youth ratio on our trips is 2:4. Our high ratio allows personal attention and supervision for youth and helps the youth to create relationships and receive positive reinforcement.
Project Canoe provides a bus that will leave from Toronto and drive youth and staff to Algonquin Park. The pick-up and drop-off location is in the parking lot of Michaels located at 30 Billy Bishop Way. This is accessible via TTC Wilson Station.
Youth are asked to arrive at 8 am on the day of their trip and will be expected to return at approximately 5:30 pm on the last day of trip.
We believe that every youth who is appropriate for our program should be able to participate, regardless of financial resources. The minimum cost for a youth to participate in a Project Canoe trip is $100/day; however, if needed, we can provide subsidies to cover the full or partial cost of canoe trips. We appreciate any and all contributions made by families and other youth supporters, such as referring agencies. Our Youth Intake Form includes a Subsidy/Payment Form, which outlines the process of obtaining subsidies.
Want More Info?
Call: (416) 778-4311