Summer Program

Project Canoe runs wilderness canoeing programs and urban programming for youth aged 13-18.

The Wilderness Canoe Program focuses on basic canoeing and camping skills, environmental awareness, and the development of valuable social and leadership skills such as co-operative decision making, team work and conflict resolution.

While on trip, we aim to create an environment in which youth will be comfortable learning new skills and gaining the necessary skills for dealing with conflict and other difficulties they may face in their day-to-day lives.

Our goal is to create a distinctive learning experience that our youth will carry with them throughout their lives. At the end of their experience, youth will have:

  • learned basic canoeing and wilderness camping skills

  • participated as a member of a team learning cooperative skills

  • gained an appreciation for Algonquin Park’s spectacular natural environment.

  • had a fun experience they will remember for a lifetime

The sense of accomplishment from having completed a trip manifests in increased confidence and self-esteem.  Youth carry this forward in their daily lives-in school and personal relationships.


Foundation (5-Day)

The Foundation program is for youth who want to learn the basics of canoe tripping.  Youth will learn to paddle, portage, and discover new things about themselves.  This program is focuses on supporting youth in creating their own challenges andin forming positive relationships with their peers.

Experience (8-Day)

The Experience program is designed for youth who want the opportunity to learn about themselves while experiencing all that Algonquin Park has to offer.  Staff will work with youth in setting goals for the trip and assist them in learning basic canoe tripping skills.

*NEW* Leadership (2 weeks)

The Leadership program is for Toronto youth who want to develop leadership skills, environmental awareness and resiliency in both urban and wilderness settings. The first half of the program is in Toronto, and the second half is a canoe trip in Algonquin Park. 


We believe that every youth should be able participate regardless of financial means. The cost is $100/day, however, we can provide full and partial subsidies.  Our application process includes a subsidy/payment form, which outlines the process of obtaining subsidies.

2019 DATES

5 day canoe trips: 

July 10-14

August 2-6

August 11-15

8 day canoe trips:

June 28-July 5

July 20-27

August 20-27


Click below to learn more about applying for trip!

The trip changed my attitude and approach to life. I was an innercity at-risk kid…now I am principal of an Elementary School.
— Andre, Youth Participant, 1979-80