The Canadian Rockies Outdoor Learning Centre is intended to be a landmark project envisioned to be a beacon of excellence in targeted engagement of youths and an exemplar of a mandate to “engage, educate, and train youth and/or adult leaders of environmental or transformational education, inclusion and outdoor recreation programs that meet the vision of Alberta Parks."



Nestled within the pristine Bow Valley Provincial Park, our Centre will strive to lead the country in innovative, experiential education programs that empower youth through connection to their natural and cultural heritage. At our core is the goal to assist students to see the world around them with new eyes; to connect with nature and the cultural stories of place and to embrace the values of protected areas. As part of the curricula, students participate in mountain recreation, natural science and rehabilitation projects such as non-native species control. A wide range of activities from canoeing to photography will introduce students to the mountain landscape. Students will discover how nature looks, feels and smells. They learn about the dangers inherent in wild places and the rewards of taking the time to truly connect. Through multi or single day immersion and programs they are challenged physically and mentally, and they experience the rewards of taking the time to truly connect.


Four day experiential courses build knowledge and leadership skills in a context of critical thinking and best practises for winter and water travel in mountain environments. The four day courses will take place onsite at the Lake Louise Ski AreaBow Valley Provincial ParkYMCA Camp Chief Hector and Banff National Park

Students can receive 3-5 high school credits for the completion of each course.  Number of credits are course dependent.

To register for any of our programs, please contact us at: 403.609.6072 or



New Program!  Equine Leadership 15

Join us in this exciting new course which combines horsemanship and leadership!  This experiential education opportunity explores the connections horses have with history, toursim, and ecology through horsemanship and leadership skill development. This course is offered on location at YMCA Camp Chief Hector.


Purposeto provide an engaging and dynamic opportunity for students to learn more about themselves, our western landscape, and shared history through horsemanship skills

Course Date: September 22-25, 2015 

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Career and Life Management 20 (CALM)

Join us on a 5 day experiential learning adventure this summer!  Earn 5 credits in the CALM 20 course on site at the Canadian Rockies Outdoor Learning Centre.  Experience horseback riding, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, and hiking while exploring career choices, decision making, and team building.  Don’t miss out on this unique summer opportunity!

Summer 2015 Course Dates: July 2-6 /July 9-13 / August 10-14 / August 17-21 - ALL COURSES ARE NOW FULL

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Water Experience 15 and 25

These courses focus on water ecology, water recreation and water rights in order to prepare students to become an informed citizens on water management issues while lake and river canoeing, kayaking, and whitewater rafting.   

Purpose: to build water navigation, aquatic ecosystem knowledge and leadership skills in a context of critical thinking. We feel that this is particularly important as we strive to better educate youth for their own safety and as ambassadors for our wild places.

Water Experience 15 Course Date: September 2015

New Program!  Water Experience 25 -  Earn a Paddle Canada Certificate!

Course Date: September 2015

    Water Experience 25 is open to students who have completed Water Experience 15

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Bow Valley Active Stewardship 

This exciting new course focuses on developing an understanding of stewardship of protected land and prepare students to become informed, active stewards of the environment while mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking, and citizen science opportunities.

Purposeto engage students in outdoor experiential education that fosters an understanding of environmental issues and proactive engagement in environmental protection

Course Date: October 6-9, 2015

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Winter Travel 15

This course focuses on the experiential learning and best practices for Winter Travel in mountain environments with an overarching goal of youth engagement in stewardship.

Purpose: to encourage youth to engage in winter travel and recreation in mountain environments as informed and aware individuals through downhill snowsports (skiing and snowboarding), backcountry skiing, cross country skiing and snowshoeing.

Winter Travel courses will take place at the Lake Louise Ski Resort with accommodations provided at the Great Divide Lodge in Field, BC. The Great Divide Lodge is less than 20 minutes from the base of Lake Louise Ski Resort. 

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