Outdoor Overnight School Trip Programs

Our outdoor overnight school trip programs in Ontario are designed so that you can customize the menu for the desired experience.

We have options available year round.   (Photo Credit S. Sheper with WestWind Pictures)

Native Studies Programs  .  Hiking Classroom Program  .  Floating Classroom 

Scouts & Guides Programs  .  ESL Field Trips  .  Unique Adventures


Overnight trip options:

1) Wilderness camping along the banks of the Grand River with portable washrooms, fire pits & grates, cut your own wood, plus a dual eating & teaching area with picnic tables. Gas BBQ rental with tanks available for $30 plus HST. Bring your own food and cook your. No hydro or running water. Bring your own 20L water jugs... we can refill. Can host up to 75 people.

Site Cost $50 per group per night plus $2 per person per night plus HST... bringing own camping equipment.

2) Bunk cabins with flush toilets and showers, a dining hall with a full kitchen, also a gas BBQ picnic area. Bring your own food and cook... or have the onsite cafeteria cater. For 55 people... but if some tent up to 75 people. There is a campfire area and numerous hiking trails.

Cost $25 per person per night plus HST. Bring own pillows and sleeping bags

3) Winterized heated buildings with a kitchen for small groups of up to 6 to 50 people depending which site is available. Most have a kitchen to cook own meals. There is a campfire area, meeting rooms and hiking trails.

Cost start at $35 per person per night plus HST. Bring own pillows and sleeping bags

4) An overnight stay in a Haudenosaunee Long House with washroom facilities but no showers.

Cost $25 per person per night plus HST. Bring own pillows, thick ground pads and sleeping bags. (you are sleeping on a sleeping platform made of logs). 

 

Food Options  

1) Bring your own meals  to cook over a fire, gas BBQ or kitchen facility.

2) Have a meal supplied by a cater... Food to Go (Tripper Lunch) or Cookout BBQ.

The following 4 special diets will be accommodated with advance notice. Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free and Vegan for an additional $2.00 per meal. Vegetarian at no additional cost.

3) If wishing all meals catered... give us your group size... and we will get a quote from our cater The Kitchen.



Program Options 

We offer a large selection of programs... a school can create a two day overnight program to a 5 day overnight program.

Our paddling programs and floating classrooms are May til October... our hiking classroom programs are year round.

We offer canoeing, kayaking, tubinging, rafting, edible plant hikes, outdoor cooking, learn to fish, indigenous experiences and camping programs.

Our floating classrooms are normally done in 8 person rafts, no rescuing because no tips! Canoes and kayaks are also an option.

We have a fleet of sixty canoes and ninety kayaks. Our fleet is in top shape, because all boats are replaced every two seasons.

Our interpretive safety guides can do a 1 hour instructional on the basics of canoeing or kayaking before a trip... to give students competence and confidence.

If looking for ORCKA canoe certification... we highly reccommend the Dragonfly Paddling Company... this company is considered the best instructional resource in the Grand River Valley.

You can also add numerous interactive presentations to your overnight experience...

Medicine Man link, Paddling Voyageur link, Metis Medicine Bags and drums link, Powwow Singing link, Wildlife Rehabilitation link, Residential School Survivors (upon request), the Art of Making Arrowheads, Cordage and Fire link, Dance with the Haudenosaunee link, Settlers & Muskets link, Paranormal Investigators link, History of the Neutrals link, Learn to Fish link, Group Drumming Circle link.

We also partner with other companies to offer these experiences rapelling link, zipline link, zodia bird watching link, Canadian Amazon paddle link, Six Nations tours link, archery & handguns link, ropes course & wall climbing link. 

 Sheridan College School of Tourism   


Below is a sample of a 3 day two night itinerary by Grand River Rafting

The 2017 cost for this sample program is $99.00 per person plus HST (based on 25 students minimum)

Day 1

10am... arrive and hike into campsite area, GRR trailer take camping gear and food down. Orientation & itinerary review. Setup camp and cook lunch.

1pm... meet your guide and do a hiking classroom to an Attawandaron village learning edible plants, fire by friction, moose calling and cook dat egg fire competition... cross an ice cold trout creek and drink from village springs.

4:30pm... back at camp, free time and cook supper

7pm... Metis Drummer demonstration on the use of drums in healing, how first nations make a drum and a drumming session

8pm... Campfire time

Day 2

9:30am... Survival Skills demo of making an arrowhead from stone, making string from plants (whoever breaks the string wins the arrowhead), making fire by spinning a goldenrod with bare hands and throwing the ancient weapon called the atlatl.

12pm... lunch

1pm... bus pickup and shuttle upstream to do a floating classroom rafting trip back to the campsite. Along the way vist fresh water springs, an old 1830 mine, a hike to a lookout learning tree ID and two competitions... Blind Man's Race video and Noahs Rock (each team is given duct tape. They must collect wood from the bush, build & design a duct-tape boat that will support a 10lb rock in a race through rapids on the river)... then arriving back at campsite.

4:30pm... back at camp, free time and cook supper

7pm... Interactive Group Powwow Singing... Groups not only learn about social native singing... but break into two teams and do competitive singing to a drummer.

8pm... Campfire time

Day 3

8:30am... Breakfast and packup tents

9:30am... Group Drumming Circle... Drumming circles are amazing fun... a universal language of rhythm... something every tongue and Nation can do together. The group learns how to "play together" as one... an excellent way to tie the three day experience together.

11:30am... sharing circle of the three day adventure.

12:00pm... cook lunch and cleanup... then move to the bus.