YMCA Camps and Outdoor Education

YMCA Outdoor Education programs return to Toronto Island this spring

School group on Toronto Island with skyline in background

This spring, we’re celebrating the second season of outdoor education at our brand-new location on Toronto Island. Our unique outdoor experiential education programming at this public transit–accessible site aims to build community among participating students, challenge them to expand their comfort zone, and help develop an appreciation of the natural world.

What makes Toronto Island unique?

The location on Toronto Island provides convenience and ease of access for schools in Toronto and across the GTA. This past fall, most schools took the TTC to travel to the ferry terminal, which both saved busing costs and helped the environment. Despite being minutes away from the heart of downtown Toronto, students were surprised with the quiet tranquility of the Island, its relaxed atmosphere, and its many picturesque settings.

What will students do?

At Toronto Island, students participate in a variety of programs, including archery, team-building initiatives, fire building, biking, canoeing, and kayaking. Plus, students in the Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) program can complete SHSM workshops that count as certifications for their program requirements.

What can participants accomplish?

Outdoor education programs create an environment for students to engage in experiential learning, outside of the traditional classroom setting. This allows students to make stronger connections with their classmates, build a sense of community, and try something new.

Outdoor education programs and SHSM Workshops are offered on Toronto Island in both the spring and fall. YMCA staff members organize the ferry ride and work with teachers and group leaders to create a customized program schedule that includes the requested activities and accomplishes the goals of the trip. To book a field trip for your students, complete the inquiry form on the Outdoor Education page of our website, or call our office at (905) 859-9622.

Students paddling a canoe