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

Outdoor Recreation Brochure


Waterfall Hike

Discover Websters and Tew Waterfalls, lookout points and trails on the Spencer Adventure Trail in the Hamilton Conservation Area.  We will hike through the trails from Christie Lake to Dundas Peak, exploring the historic mills and dams, waterfalls along with the incredible vista viewpoints..  You may hike with our trip guides or on your own.  There will be some free time to enjoy the sandy beach and other hiking trails around Christie Lake.  We will also set-up beach volleyball, a slack line and other activities.  Bus transportation and snacks are included.

Date: Friday, June 22nd from 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Christie Lake/Spencer Gorge Adventure Trail
Registered Student Price:  $15 (plus HST)
Non-Registered Student Price:  $22.50 (plus HST)

Course Code: 49167
Registration Deadline: June 15th
Refund Deadline: June 15th @5:00 p.m.

Hiking Information


Camping & Kayaking in the 1000 Islands

Tour with us to the popular paradise of the 1000 Islands.  It's located along the St. Lawrence River by Gananoque and bordering the state of New York.  In a group, we will kayak over to McDonald Island, where we will camp for 2 nights and have almost exclusive use of the Island.  During the day, we will explore by kayak and foot the surrounding islands, beaches and historical castles.  No camping or kayak experience is necessary, however, you must complete a Deep Water Orientation session to attend this trip.

What's included:

  • Bus transportation
  • Kayak and life jacket
  • All meals while camping
  • Tents (upon request) and most camping equipment
  • UTSC outdoor recreation staff, Parks Canada supervision and guides

Date: Friday, July 6 - Sunday, July 8 (leave at 8:15am on the Friday and return by 4:00pm on the Sunday)
Location:  McDonald Island
Registered Student Price:  $100 (plus HST)
Non-Registered Student Price:  $150 (plus HST)

Course Code: 49168
Registration Deadline: June 24th
Refund Deadline: June 28th @5:00 p.m.

Kayaking Information


Outdoor Rock Climbing or Hiking

Rock Climbing: A bus will transport participants to the Milton area at Rattlesnake Point where students will challenge themselves to climb up to 80 ft. on some of the best rock in Southern Ontario.  All instructors are fully certified and all equipment will be provided.  A custom course will be set up to meet needs of climbers.

Hiking: The hike will take place through some of the Bruce Peninsula trails and Halton Parks.  Participants will have over 20kms of trails to choose from.  You may hike with a group or follow the map trails with some friends.  Transportation is provided.

Date: Friday, July 20th from 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Rattlesnake Park & Crawford Lake
Registered Student Price:  Rock Climbing $34 (plus HST) or Hiking $15 (plus HST)
Non-Registered Student Price:  Rock Climbing $45 (plus HST) or Hiking $22.50 (plus HST)

Course Code: 49171 (Rock Climbing) or 49172 (Hiking)
Registration Deadline: July 13th
Refund Deadline: July 13th @5:00 p.m.


White Water Rafting on the Ottawa River

End your summer with a trilling splash!  We'll take a bus up to the Ottawa River to spend 2 nights and 3 days at the beautiful Wilderness Rafting Resort.  Participants must complete the free Deep Water Orientation  and be comfortable in open water.  Bring your own sleeping bag and tent.

What's included:

  • Bus transportation
  • 2 nights camping
  • 2 days rafting with all necessary equipment
  • 6 full meals and snacks
  • Multiple sports and resort activities
  • Full shower/washroom facilities

Date: Friday, August 24 - Sunday, August 26 (leave at 8:30am on the Friday and return by 10pm on the Sunday)
Location: Ottawa River, Wilderness Tours Resort
Registered Student Price:  $150 (plus HST)
Non-Registered Student Price:  $200 (plus HST)

Course Code: 49173
Registration Deadline: SOLD OUT - Waitlist Only
Refund Deadline: August 10th @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