OUTDOOR SKILLS TRAINING
The following companies or programmes offer training of interest to the hiker in Ontario. Other courses may be available and we would welcome any additional information.
Hike Ontario Hike Leader Certification Programme
The Hike Ontario programme is presently under revision. Contact Hike Ontario for status and details of course availability.
Wilderness Experience Certificate Programme
Barrie Campus, Georgian College
Bancroft Campus, Loyalist College
195 Hastings Street North, Bancroft, ON
Tel. (613) 332-1743 Tom Malloy
Outdoor Discovery Programme, McMaster University, Hamilton
Non-academic, instructional courses for student skill development or career development, e.g. ORCA canoe tripping certification, Wilderness First Aid Outdoor Leadership Certificate, designed for part-time and weekend courses, includes hiking, horseback riding, canoe tripping, first aid, leadership skills, etc.
Sustainable Outdoor Recreation, Cambrian College, Sudbury
Joe Hamr, Coordinator
Tel. (705) 566-8101, ext. 7256
4-semester diploma course
Sault College, Sault Ste. Marie
Parks and Outdoor Recreation Program
Sault College of Applied Arts & Technology
443 Northern Ave., Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 5L3
Tel. (705) 759-2554
Fax (705) 759-1319
Unique in Canada, two-year Parks & Outdoor Recreation Technician program offers instruction in three major fields including Parks, Outdoor Recreation and Wilderness-based Tourism.
Outdoor Recreation Program, Seneca College, King City Campus
Clare Magee, Coordinator
Outdoor Recreation Program
Seneca College King Campus
13990 Dufferin Street, King City ON L7B 1B3
Tel. 905-833-3333 ext. 5061
A variety of challenging jobs are available in the outdoor recreation field. A partial list of opportunities include: work in skill instruction programs such as canoeing, kayaking, skiing, rock climbing, nature interpretation, outdoor education centres, year-round camps geared toward outdoor education and recreation, eco-tourism programs, wilderness adventure programs, operation of outdoor facilities such as ski centres and camps, retail sales of outdoor clothing and equipment and outdoor programs for "special populations."
Please note that ORC is offered as a specialized post-diploma program. You require an accredited college diploma or university degree with related work experience to enter this program.
Introduction to Map & Compass, Level One, KennKart Digital Mapping
Stuart Kenn, Box 580, Beeton, ON L0G 1A0
Tel. (905) 729-4273
Toll free 1-888-355-3313
Fax (905) 729-4273
Wilderness medical training offered at various locations in Canada. Wilderness First Aid (16 hours); Advanced Wilderness First Aid (36 hours); Wilderness First Responder (72 hours).