Outdoor Recreation

Come experience the serenity, peaceful and adventurous world of the great outdoors. Research suggests that being physically active outdoors helps reduce stress, anxiety, anger, and improves mood, overall health and wellbeing.  

Registration Steps:
Registered student prices are for UofT students taking Summer academic courses or those who have purchased a summer non-registered student membership for the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre.  Register online at recreation.utoronto.ca or in person at the TPASC Registration Desk. U of T students, staff and faculty will be able to log in to the new recreation website using their UTORid.

Non-registered student prices are for UofT students who are not taking Summer academic courses, along with UTSC Faculty, Staff and recent U of T grads.   To register, please contact Laurie Wright lwright@utsc.utoronto.ca.  Your email should include the trip details, student number (if applicable) and how you are associated to UofT.  External guests of participants are not eligible to attend Outdoor Recreation Trips unless space allows.

Refund Policy: No refunds will be issued 5 business days prior to the trip.  All trips are weather dependent and may be rescheduled or cancelled.  Full refunds will be given, upon request, for rescheduled trips.

For all trips that include being on boat or in the water, we are now providing a FREE deep water orientation session at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre.  This one hour class will include jumping into the water with a life jacket on and getting to the edge of the pool safely.  No swim experience necesary.  To book your session, please contact Ramona Seupersad at seupersad@utsc.utoronto.ca

Please note that all Outdoor Recreation trips that include transportation will meet at the east entrance of the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre (875 Morningside Ave). This will be the pick up and drop off location.

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Upcoming Adventures

Birdwatching Hike at Tommy Thompson Park

Discover this hidden gem on the peninsula of downtown Toronto.  This area is considered one of the best places for bird watching in the city with more than 300 recorded species.  A guide will take us to their private research station to view some birds up close.  We'll travel through the trails with binoculars to spot many birds that stop here to migrate.  Bring your own lunch.

Location: Tommy Thompson Park
Time: Leave at 8:45am, return by 3:00pm
Registered Student Price:  $12 plus HST

Date: Friday, May 10th
Registration Deadline: May 5
Refund Deadline: May 5 @5:00 p.m.


Treetop Trekking

Participants will travel up to Ganaraska Forest for a 3 hour Treetop Trekking adventure.  It will involve a combination of zip-lining and climbing through obstacle courses in a serene forest setting.  There are beginner, intermediate and advanced courses available.  All participants will be taken through a safety orientation by certified instructors. All necessary equipment will be provided, no experience necessary. 

Date: Friday, May 24
Location: Ganaraska Forest
Registered Student Price:  $30 plus HST
Registration Deadline:  May 20
Refund Deadline: May 17 @5:00 p.m.

Trip #1
Time: Leave at 11am, return by 5:30pm

Trip #2
Time: Leave at 1pm, return by 7pm


Learn to Fish

Join us for an opportunity to fish for 2 hours at Darlington Provincial Park.  All fishing equipment and bait will be provided.  You will also have an opportunity to hike along the beaches of Lake Ontario and trek through the nature trails.

Date: Friday, June 7
Location: Darlington Provincial Park
Time: TBD
Registered Student Price:  $15 plus HST


Caving & Trekking

This adventurous hike will take you over southern Ontario's longest suspension bridge, through a labyrinth of caves and crevices and through nature trails with a panoramic view of the surrounding Blue Mountains.  Our trip leaders will guide you through the area.  Bring your own lunch or purchase from the snack bar.  Zip line adventure available at an extra cost

Location: Scenic Caves in Collingwood
Time: Leave at 9:00am, return by 7:30pm
Registered Student Price:  $25 plus HST

Date: Friday, June 21st
Registration Deadline: June 14
Refund Deadline: June 14 @5:00 p.m.


Camping at Algonquin Park

Tour with us to the world famous Algonquin wilderness park.  With guides, we will explore the remote area by canoe and foot.  Plus enjoy campfires, cooking outdoors and star gazing.
Registration includes: transportation, 2 nights camping, canoe orientation & equipment, 5 meals, tents and camping equipment.
No camping or canoe experience necessary.  Must complete a deep water orientation session prior to trip and be comfortable around water.

Location: Algonquin Park
Time: Leave at 7:00am on July 5, return by 7:00pm on July 7
Registered Student Price:  $200 plus HST

Date: Friday, July 5th - Sunday, July 7th
Registration Deadline: June 16
Refund Deadline: June 16 @5:00 p.m.


Outdoor Rock Climbing & Hiking

Travel to Milton, Ontario to either hike the area or rock climb the cliff face.  The rock climbing will take place at Rattlesnake Point and is an opportunity for students to challenge themselves to climb up to 80ft on some of he best rock in Southern Ontario in a beautiful natural setting.  All necessary equipment and helmet are included.
The hike will take place through some of the Bruce Peninsula trails and Halton Parks, you'll have over 20kms of trails to choose from. 

Location: Milton, Ontario
Time: Leave at 8:00am, return by 8:00pm
Registered Student Price:  $40 plus HST (rock climbing) or $15 plus HST (hiking)

Date: Friday, July 19th
Registration Deadline: July 12
Refund Deadline: July 12 @5:00 p.m.


Rouge Valley Hike

Take in the lush colours and scenery while hiking through the trails at this local national park.  A Parks Canada guide will lead the group for a 2.5 hour hike explaining a variety of historical, ecological material and help us spot wildlife in the area. 

Location: Rouge Valley
Time: Leave at 1:30pm, return by 5:30pm
Registered Student Price:  $5 plus HST

Date: Friday, August 2nd
Registration Deadline: July 28
Refund Deadline: July 26 @5:00 p.m


White Water Rafting

End your summer with a thrilling splash!  Travel up to the Ottawa River to spend 2 nights and 3 days at the beautiful Wilderness Tours Resort.  Must complete a deep water orientation session prior to trip and be comfortable around open water.
Registration includes: Transportation, 2 nights camping, 2 days rafting with all necessary equipment, 6 full meals and resort activities.  Bring your sleeping bag.  We can provide tents on request.

Location: Ottawa River
Time: Leave Thursday, August 22 at 8:30am and return Saturday, August 24 at 10:00pm
Registered Student Price:  $150 plus HST

Date: Thursday, August 22 - Sunday, August 24
Registration Deadline: August 11
Refund Deadline: August 14 @5:00 p.m




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Team Building Activities

Do you have a UTSC Department, student club or group or that could benefit from experiencing some team building skills, strategic planning, trust games or communication development?  We can offer you a custom built activity to suit your needs outdoors or indoors. 

To set up a consultation, contact Laurie Wright at lwright@utsc.utoronto.ca