OUTWARD BOUND CANADA


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Outward Bound Canada states that its purpose is: “To cultivate resilience, leadership, connections and compassion through inspiring and challenging journeys of self-discovery in the natural world.”

The Ayalik Fund sent two youths on an Outward Bound trip during its first summer of operation in 2015, and has continued to pursue these opportunities ever since. Youths from Nunavut have joined backpacking treks in the Rockies, sea-kayaking explorations in Clayoquot Sound, British Columbia, and canoe trips in Algonquin Park, Ontario. For all of them it has been a life-changing experience.


 Evik Evetalegak, 15, from Cambridge Bay, Nunavut
Evik Evetalegak, 15, from Cambridge Bay, Nunavut in Clayoquot Sound, BC


Eekeeluak Avalak at 14
Eekeeluak Avalak at 14
Youh group on Outward Bound trek
Eekee (lime green t-shirt) with his group on his second OB trek
Eekeeluak Avalak went on a 12-day Outward Bound trek in the Rocky Mountains, and when he got home, asked if he could go again, but for a longer trip. He did. The next year he did a 17-day OB trek. Two days later he wrote to us: “I changed my life around. I’m proud of myself. Outward Bound helped a lot. The experience changed me. Thank you so much.”


Erika MacPherson Otokiak, 16, from Cambridge Bay
Erika MacPherson Otokiak, 16, from Cambridge Bay
Erika participated in a two-week Outward Bound girls-only canoe trip in Algonquin Park. “I found love and peace on this trip. On my solo night I learned that there are good days and bad days – you just have to look up and be a prouder person than who you were yesterday.”
Megan Muckpah, 19, from Arviat
Megan Muckpah, 19, from Arviat
Megan completed a grueling 17-day leadership development trek in the Stein Valley, near Whistler, BC. In addition to accomplishing several certified qualifications, she discovered new strengths within herself. After the trip, she wrote to us: “Just wanted to say thank-you for letting me have such a great opportunity with Outward Bound. The hike was something I’ll never forget. There were times I just wanted to give up. I didn’t know I was ever capable of doing the 68.7 km hike. This is something that I thought my body wasn’t capable of doing, but now I know I could. Everything is possible if you make it possible. Other hikers were so encouraging, which would boost me. I wouldn’t have made it if it weren’t for their huge support. It was such a great feeling when we finished the hike, a feeling I never had before. I just want to say thank-you again. This will be something that I’ll be talking about for the rest of my life.”


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Tall Ships Expeditions Canada
Northern Youth
Encounters With Canada

Canadian Canoe Foundation (Coppermine River 2018)

Coppermine River 2018

Canoe North (Keele River Expedition)

Keele River Expedition

Outward Bound Canada