Hands on Learning

Outdoor adventure and experiential education are the name of the game. Activities are selected to challenge, encourage creativity, inspire reflection, and fun, providing a perfect framework for teamwork, skill development, and adventure. The activities we pursue tend to fall under two categories: onsite adventures or offsite expeditions. Our onsite activities can be delivered as stand alone blocks or integrated into the progression of longer programs.


We are all about the experience. Our goal is to create an atmosphere where participants find the freedom to be themselves, of which trust is a key ingredient. Through activities, peers learn to support each other and create the foundations for a successful group dynamics. This can take a variety of forms, including everything from the high ropes course, where participants are required to navigate a series of challenges,  to canoe camping trips where students learn that each member of the group plays an integral role in getting the group from one location to the next. 

Skill Development

We place an emphasis on teaching technical and leadership skills. Instructors start with the basics and progress through the building blocks of each activity. Participants who are with us for more than a couple days or return subsequent years will have the opportunity to try out more advanced skills and settings. 

Depending on the program, skill development can range from learning to get in and out of a kayak to paddling down a rapid. Our goal is for participants to be able to transfer the skills they learned here back to their lives at home. 


Adventure lends a little magic to our lives. We encourage our participants to embrace new expereinces, while recognizing that challenge lies on a continuum. Whether someone puts on a harness or helmet, makes it to the top of a climb or chooses to rappel, trying is considered a success. 

Our specialty programs take participants away from our home base at the Lodge. Our expeditions based trips, such as sea kayaking on the west coast of Vancouver Island, hiking through old growth forests in Strathcona Provincial Park, or white water paddling at one of our local rivers, all link teamwork, skill development, and adventure. 


This is a wonderful facility with a great philosophy, staff & leaders. I have witnessed both my girls go through these programs and was lucky to chaperone in my 17 year old's last trip. They have both developed a deeper love and respect for nature, activities, and other people!

– Chaperone, Templeton Mini School, September 2019