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Block 1

Flatwater Canoe Trip

Duration: 4 days 

Location: Georgian Bay 

Facilitator: MHO Adventures

Goal: To gain basic camping skills, build paddling skills, navigation and travel efficiently with canoes. Build the team and course culture. Lessons may include, but not limited to: stages of group development, leadership quadrants, giving and receiving feedback, environmental studies, goal setting, decision making styles.

Blocks 2 & 4

Expedition Planning and Preparation

Duration: 4 days and ongoing 

Location: MHO Adventures

Facilitator: MHO Adventures

Goal: To thoroughly plan and prepare for the final expedition. This will involve packing food, planning the route and logistics for the final river expedition to James bay, planning student lead lessons for expedition and guest speakers

Block 3

Whitewater Canoeing and River Rescue

Duration: 9 days 

Location: Paddlers Co-op/Madawaska River 

Facilitator: MHO Adventures, Paddlers co-op and Boreal River Rescue

Certifications through Boreal River Rescue, ORCKA and/or Paddle Canada

Goal: To build the foundations of whitewater canoeing and rescue skills

Block 5

River Expedition

Duration: 21 days

Location: James Bay Watershed 

Facilitator: MHO Adventures

Goal: To continue to build skills students have gained in their previous training blocks, and learn how to travel down a river through the lens of a guide or instructor. Lessons and other activities may include, but are not limited to: Advanced whitewater rescue skills, Leaders of the day, Solo experience, Leave no Trace, Advanced baking, Environmental studies, Indigenous teachings in the backcountry, Diversity and inclusion in the outdoor industry, and more


We will tent camp onsite, students will have the option of solo tents. There is an indoor space for meetings, classes, preparing for expeditions, and a lounge area.  Both indoor and outdoor drying lines for gear.  There is an indoor bathroom and shower, internet access, and vehicle parking. We are a short walk from Mary Lake, where there is a beautiful beach to go for a swim or watch the sunset and nearby trails for going for a walk or a run.


We pride ourselves on our food service, serving up gourmet meals in the wilderness is one of our priorities. Food is included in the cost of the program for the entire 42 days. It will be the responsibility of the students to pack and prepare meals as a group everyday. This will look different depending on the location. Some meals will be backcountry over the fire, others may be in some sort of a kitchen and in some cases will be catered for students. We are able to accommodate most dietary needs, working closely with students to address concerns and avoid allergens.

Upcoming Training Dates


Apr 24, 2025 - Jun 04, 2025

Apr 30, 2026 - Jun 11, 2026


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