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Welcome to the Wilderland Outdoor Academy, where outdoor enthusiasts come to learn essential outdoor skills, gain imperative field experience, and become confident in wild places.
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Taught by professional outdoor instructors with extensive field experience and nationally recognized certifications, we help you grow in your self confidence in the outdoors. Our participants become proficient in their skillset, versed with tangible wilderness experience, and become transformed with a strong mindset and ability to achieve their goals.
Are you ready to challenge yourself and life a life full of authentic adventure?!

Course Curriculum

Wilderland Outdoor Academy curriculum is presented through a natural journey and linear pathway through foundational outdoor skills progression. Moving through our levels, these essential skills become more imperative to understand and natural in their everyday uses in the outdoor context.

We host 4 levels of skills courses through 3 main disciplines of Hiking, Canoeing, and Winter activity.

We provide all courses with a maximum of 7 students to ensure the highest quality experience for both instructor and student.
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Introduction Level

Our introductory level courses serve those who enjoy the outdoors and want to develop their core set of outdoor skills in the context of a day trip event such as a hike, paddle, or snowshoe. This level sets the stage for multi-day events and more expansive events. Special focus is placed on Motivations, Safety, Trip Planning, Environmental Responsibility, Comfort, Dealing with Emergencies, and of course actual time on a local trail with certified and experienced instructors. More than a guided tour, this interactive course will surely provide you with a foundational skillset and confidence to build upon a lifetime of outdoor adventure.

Intermediate Level

This Intermediate level course provides essential skills and experience for multi-day outdoor events such as backpacking, canoe tripping, and winter camping in a "semi-remote" context. Students participate in an overnight trip while methodically learning all the ins and outs of Trip Planning, Packing, Equipment Uses & Choices, Emergency Planning, Food Planning, and more. A key component of this course is the special focus of hand on learning of various outdoor gear that is widely available and helping you discern the best choice for your chosen activity.

Advanced Level

Advanced courses take you into the wilderness context and increase the remoteness while extending the course duration to 4 days/3 nights. You will utilize your foundational skillset while growing in advanced skills such as Navigation, Teamwork, Trip Planning, Advanced Tripping Skills, and Resiliency in Remote Areas. Special focus is on planning & packing for extended time in remote areas. Completing the Intermediate Level courses is a pre-requisite for the Advanced Level course.

Expedition Level

The pinnacle of our outdoor skills courses, our Expedition Level takes you to a place of testing of all your established outdoor adventure skills. These 5 to 7 day wilderness trips provide the opportunity to work as a group with your instructor and expedition mates to plan and experience a true Manitoban adventure while making memories that will surely last a lifetime.

Outdoor Leader

With the growing outdoor sector locally and across Canada, we are excited to help develop safe and responsible leadership. We have partnered with the Outdoor Council of Canada to offer certification courses to support Manitoban schools, camps, outdoor initiatives, and local outfitters.
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Hiking Field Leader

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Winter Field Leader

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Hiking & Paddling Field Leader

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Overnight Field Leader