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 Fall academic courses or those who have purchased a Fall 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 Fall 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.

Check out our Recap Video here.


Upcoming Adventures


Visit this local National Park and our guides will take you through the trails to enjoy the beautiful Fall colours.  A Parks Canada rep will guide us on a 2.5 hour hike through the valley and hills, explaining a variety of historical and ecological material along the way.  Transportation and snacks are provided.  Wear appropriate athletic footwear and dress for the weather.  Trip will still run in light rain.

Date: Friday, November 2nd
Location: Rouge National Urban Park
Time: Leave at 1:00pm, return by 5:00pm
Registered Student Price:  $5

Registration Deadline: October 28
Refund Deadline: October 28 @5:00 p.m.


UTSC on Ice

Take a study break by joining us for a skate at Harbourfront Natural Outdoor Rink.  Hot chocolate and transportation is included.  Assistance provided for new skaters and skate rentals are available onsite for $10.

Date: Tuesday, December 4th
Location: Harbourfront Natural Outdoor Rink, Toronto
Time: Leave at 5:00pm, return by 10:00pm
Registered Student Price:  $5

Registration Deadline: November 26
Refund Deadline: November 26 @5:00 p.m.


Previous Adventures

Dragon Boating

Paddle in a thrilling 20 person dragon boat in Frenchman's Bay, Pickering.  Learn tips on how to paddle from certified coaches and our UTSC dragon boat club members.  No experience necessary and all equipment is provided.  Bus transportation and snacks are included.  Please wear athletic clothing and bring a change of clothes.  This trip will be postponed if there are thunderstorms or heavy rain.

Date:  Saturday, September 29th from 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Frenchman's Bay, Pickering
Registered Student Price:  $15 (plus HST)

Registration Deadline: September 23
Refund Deadline: September 23 @5:00 p.m.


Treetop Trekking

Participants will travel by bus to Ganaraska Forest for a 3 hour treetop trekking adventure.  Treetop trekking involves a combination of zip-lining and climbing through obstacle courses in a serene forest setting.  There are beginner, intermediate an advanced courses available.  All participants will be taken through a safety orientation by certified instructors.  Bring your own lunch and water bottle.  Some snacks will be provided.  You must wear athletic clothing and closed-toe athletic shoes.  Dress for the weather, trip will still go in light rain.

Date: Tuesday, October 9th
Location:  Horseshoe Valley Resort, Barrie
Trip #1: Leave at 9:30am, return by 4:00pm
Trip #2: Leave at 1:00pm, return by 7:00pm
Registered Student Price:  $30

Registration Deadline: September 30
Refund Deadline: September 30 @5:00 p.m.




Looking to explore the outdoors on your own, check out these great ideas!


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