Outdoor Adventure Leadership

Explore the natural beauty of Northern Ontario while earning your degree.



Be market-ready with some of the best outdoor leadership training in Canada.

Gain valuable leadership skills, be market-ready, and driven to succeed.

Get hands-on experience and earn provincially and nationally recognized technical certifications in canoe tripping, river rescue, sea kayaking, rock climbing, National Lifesaving Society and wilderness emergency first aid.

You have the choice of completing a 400-hour internship with leading outdoor adventure industries, leading a 3-week international expedition out of North America, or writing an undergraduate thesis.

Self-motivated and passionate students will excel in the small, interactive classes, focusing on leadership, guiding, and instructing in remote or austere environments.

Key Features

Small class sizes and interative classroom environments.
Explore beautiful Northern Canada during a 14-day, 250-450 km canoe trip or chance to endeavour in an international expedition as part of your upper year studies.
Take advantage of the opportunity to obtain several internationally recognized certifications.

Career Opportunities

Wilderness and international expedition guiding/trip planning, adventure activity instruction, outdoor education, wilderness lodge, resort, park operations, corporate adventure training and teambuilding, employment within recreation departments, outdoor photography and film-making, outdoor research, wilderness adventure therapy, entrepreneurship.

Employers: Wendigo Lake (Wilderness and adventure therapy), Boundless Adventures (Wilderness and adventure therapy), Strathcona Park Lodge and Outdoor Education Centre, Rafting companies (OWL, River Run, Wilderness Tours, Esprit), EMS and Paramedics, Parks Canada and Ontario Parks, and White Squall Paddling Centre.

Kiana Deland, Human Kinetics, Outdoor Adventure Leadership

I chose Laurentian because of the unique Outdoor Adventure Leadership program not offered at many other Ontario universities. The fact that the University is bilingual was another major factor in my decision making. Despite being a large time commitment, the varsity swimming team has helped me greatly in time management and learning how to balance academics, athletics, as well as the social aspects of my life. I love to make use of the Laurentian trails and other outdoor venues that Laurentian offers and spend time outside. My advice to future students is to not be shy and experience everything around you. I find great support within our services and advise others to not be afraid to ask questions if necessary.

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