Who We Work With

Participants on our programs come from diverse backgrounds. Whether they're sharpening skills on a course or exploring wilderness on an expedition, everybody gets individualized attention so they emerge with increased confidence and success.

We work with organizations to adapt programs to their needs—so that every group's goals are met and exceeded.

Listed below are organizations we work with to run great programs.

Participating Organizations

  • Matawa Tribal Council - 10-day canoe expedition on the Winisk River with youth from 5 communities. Students received a full Ontario high school credit.
  • On the Tips of the Toes Foundation (Fondation sur la Pointe des Pieds) - 8-day Magpie River raft and kayak expedition for young adults living with cancer 
  • Mamit Innuat - Conseil Tribal - Magpie River expedition with youth and young adults for the communities of Ekuanitshit (Mingan), Unamen Shipu (La Romaine), & Pakua Shipu 
  • Conseil Des Innus D’Ekuanitshit - 'Women of Ekuanitshit' Magpie Raft and Kayak Expedition, Magpie River Leadership Trip, Whitewater Rescue, Whitewater Canoe, & Wilderness Skills and Safety course 
  • Conseil Des Innus de Natashquan - Magpie River expedition with youth and young adults 
  • Cree Nation of Mistissini Youth Council - River Expedition and Wilderness Safety course 
  • Cree Nation of Waskaganish - River Expedition and Wilderness Safety course (2017)
  • Cree Nation Youth CouncilRiver Expedition and Wilderness Safety course with particpants from across the region
  • Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) - Custom Magpie River Conservation Trip for political leaders 
  • Great Lakes Cultural Camps, Serpent River, ON - Whitewater Rescue Technician course, Wilderness Advanced First Aid course 
  • Coast to Coast Adventures, Costa Rica - Wilderness First Responder and Whitewater Rescue Technician courses 
  • Costa Rica Rios - Whitewater Rescue Technician Recertification course for guide staff 
  • Wedge Rafting, Whistler, BC - Whitewater Rescue Technician Recertification course for guide staff 
  • Sunwolf, Squamish, BC - Consultation and staff training in emergency management for raft guides and trip leaders 
  • Canadian Outback Adventures, Squamish, BC - Staff training in whitewater rescue and emergency management for raft guides and trip leaders 
  • Alpine Rafting, Golden, BC -  Whitewater Rescue Technician course. Consultation and staff training in emergency management for raft guides and trip leaders 
  • Falling Creek Camp, North Carolina, USA - Custom 6-day Magpie River trip. Raft and guide support for kayakers 
  • Kitigan Zibi summer camp, Quebec, Canada - Custom whitewater program on the Upper Gatineau 
  • Eskan Company - Mistissini - Specialized training for fishing guides and staff of the remote Osprey Lodge and Camp Louis Joliett in Wilderness First Aid, Swiftwater Rescue, and Wilderness Risk Management, Wilderness Advanced First Aid 
  • YMCA Camp Kanawana, St. Sauveur, QC, Canada - Consultation and staff training for wilderness trip leaders 
  • Tim Horton's Camp Whiteshell, Manitoba, Canada - Swiftwater safety training workshop for wilderness trip leaders 
  • Camp Wanipitei, Tamagami, ON, Canada - Whitewater Rescue Technician course 
  • Ontario Camps Association, Toronto, Canada - Wilderness Trip Risk Management Workshop 

Wilderness guides from the following organizations have attended our public enrolment whitewater/swiftwater rescue and wilderness medicine courses (2010 through 2018):

​Black Feather

Outward Bound Canada

NYC Outward Bound


Tim Horton's Children's Foundation

Camp Keewaydin

Camp Pathfinder

Camp Oochigeas

YMCA Camp Queen Elizabeth

YMCA Camp Pine Crest

Camp Northwaters

Camp Temagami


Camp Arowhon 

Camp Kandalore

  • St. George’s School of Montreal - 3-day Gatineau River Expedition - whitewater rafting, wilderness skills, leadership development. Spring and Fall Canoe Camping and Winter Camping 
  • Selwyn House School of Montreal - 4-day Gatineau River Expedition - whitewater rafting, whitewater rescue training, & leadership development, Wilderness First Aid course for students and staff, Whitewater Rescue & Paddle Canada Moving Water Canoe Skills courses 
  • Bishop's College School - Ondaatje Endeavour - Wilderness leadership development program. 10-day canoe and raft expedition on the Batiscan River including training and certification in wilderness skills, whitewater canoeing and whitewater rescue 
  • Bluewater District School Board, Ontario - Wilderness First Aid course 
  • Western Quebec School Board - Custom First Aid Course for Maniwaki High School 
  • Ottawa Carleton District School Board - Custom First Aid Course for Woodroffe High School 
  • Sir Sanford Fleming College - Outdoor Adventure Skills Program - Custom Wilderness Emergency Management Training 
  • Queen’s University Outdoor and Experiential Education Bachelor of Education Program - Wilderness First Responder course 
  • Risk Management Conference for Outdoor Education Teachers of Anglophone CEGEPs of Quebec - Risk management workshop 
  • Beaver Canoe Club, British Columbia - Whitewater Rescue Technician 
  • RA Canoe Camping Club, Ottawa, ON - Whitewater Rescue Technician 
  • Kawartha Whitewater Paddlers, Minden, ON - Whitewater Rescue course for paddling club members

Teachers and instructors from the following organizations have attended our public-enrolment courses (2010 through 2018):

Bishop's College School

Upper Canada College

Selwyn House School of Montreal

Western Quebec School Board

Ottawa Carleton District School Board

Conseil des Ecoles Catholiques de Centre-Est

Elmwood School

Cegep de la Gaspesie

  • Environment and Climate Change Canada - Swiftwater Rescue and Canoe Safety course, Wilderness Advanced First Aid courses, Practical Wilderness Survival, Winter Field Safety 
  • Ontario Geological Survey - Wilderness Advanced First Aid & Wilderness Skills and Safety courses 
  • Grand Council of the Crees - Whitewater Rescue, Whitewater Canoe, Wilderness Skills and Safety course 
  • Cree Nation of Chisasibi, Quebec, Fire Department and Public Safety - Wilderness Advanced First Aid 

These organizations have sent employees to our public-enrolment courses for swiftwater & whitewater rescue and wilderness medicine (2010 through 2018):

National Resources Canada (NRCAN)

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR)

National Research Council (NRC)

Parks Canada, Agriculture Canada (AGR)

Bird Studies Canada

Government of Nunavut

Wahnapitae First Nation

  • National Defence - Canadian Forces elite alpine unit- 5-day Wilderness First Responder 
  • National Defence - Cadets - Whitewater Rescue Technician course, Wilderness Advanced First Aid and Wilderness First Responder 
  • Ottawa Volunteer Search and Rescue (SBO-OVSAR) - Medical Team Wilderness First Responder course, WFR-Recertification, consulatation and training 
  • Low Fire Department (Municipality of Low, Quebec) - Wilderness Advanced First Aid
  • Aventure Grandeur Nature (RDS Adventure Travel Show) - Custom trip for Magpie River television shoot 
  • Mike McKay Filmaker - Film for Fondations sur la Pointe des Pieds documenting therapeutic adventure program on the Magpie, film for NRS Made in Canada series documenting wilderness program with Innu youth
  • Patly Productions - Custom Magpie River trip for television shoot - 'Vu Sur Terre' series for France 5 
  • CTV Ottawa - CTV Morning Live - Live whitewater rescue and wilderness medicine demos with Sarah Freemark 

Want a program for your group?


Get professional instruction and certification at your location or bring your group to us. Our instructors customize the instruction to meet your goals and needs. 

Visit the group training page to find out more.


We'll work with you to create a customized program for your group. 

Visit the Custom Groups page on our Wilderness Adventures website, Boreal River Adventures 


"I particularly like the practical sessions and simulations. Instructors were great. Their medical and outdoor experience really increase the quality of the course."

- Eric Reed, Environment Canada Biologist

Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA) course
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

"Amazing! Great staff who were very accommodating and helpful. Awesome training location. Great equipment which made it easy to learn. Pocket guide is awesome."

- Captain Nicole Stark - Regional Expedition Training Officer - Cadets

Whitewater Rescue Technician (WRT) course
Gatineau River, Quebec, Canada