Outdoor Adventure Studies Program

This is a unique initiative in Québec that gives you the chance to complete a program in Social Science, Natural Science and participate in a number of outdoor activities and even qualify for sport certifications.

In addition to your pre-university program, you will have a weekly activity like kite-surfing or rafting, with the support of experienced and passionate instructors. In fact, a Recreational Technician will help you get used to the town and the region, and accompany you throughout the year.

At the end of your program, you will have the opportunity to organise your own major expedition and set off on the outdoor adventure of your dreams!

Proposed Activities

  • Rafting
  • Sea kayaking
  • Trekking
  • River kayaking
  • Whale watching
  • Backcountry skiing
  • And several others!

Certifications

  • Sea kayaking
  • Canoeing
  • Avalanche safety
  • Indoor climbing
  • Scuba diving
  • And several others!
Video - Adventure Studies 2015-2016

   

Video - Adventure Studies 2012-2013

Equipment provided by the College

The Adventure-Study Stream is proud to be able to offer good quality equipment to participants. The equipment is suitable for the requirements of summer and winter. We recognise that any outdoor material is costly to buy, which is why we lend our students most of the material they need for the courses. Here are a few examples of what we provide:

  • Sea kayaks (solo and tandem) and related equipment (PFDs, helmets, spray skirts, paddles, paddle floats, pumps, tow bags, marine compasses, waterproof bags)
  • White-water canoes and related equipment (PFDs, helmets, paddles, rope bags, bailers, watertight barrels)
  • Rafts
  • Wet suits (bib wetsuits and jackets) and paddling anoraks
  • Backcountry skis,(telemark and alpine touring) boots, poles, helmets, skins and avalanche rescue equipment (avalanche transceiver, probe, shovel)
  • Camping material (camping matresses, sleeping bags -7ºC, -18ºC and -32ºC, bivouac, four-season tents, tarps, burners and cooking gear)
  • Expedition backpacks

As you can see, you will be provided with equipment that normally comes with a hefty price tag. Just wait till you see the equipment bay! It is important to point out that you will also have to get some of your material before you start your program.

Mandatory equipment you need to acquire

In addition to the material provided by the College, each student has to acquire some individual equipment. We suggest you wait until classes start to take advantage of group purchase discounts. You can also get advice from your teachers so you will know exactly what you need.  Once you have a good idea of what’s available to you, you’ll be able to make informed choices.  

  • 1 waterproof, breathable jacket and pants (ex : Gore-Tex)
  • 1 pair of gaiters
  • 1 pair of trekking poles
  • 1 pair of hiking boots**
  • 1 headlamp
  • 2 water bottle and insulated water bottle (ex : Nalgene)
  • 1-2 pair synthetic underwear (top and pants)
  • 1 polar fleece (medium weight) insulating outfit (top and pants)
  • 1 pair of sunglasses
  • 1 pair of ski goggles
  • 1 pair of neoprene booties
  • 1 pair of neoprene gloves
  • 1 Fox 40 whistle
  • 1 compass
  • 1 jackknife with a blade-blocking mechanism
  • Lexan utensils (Bowl, spoon, fork)

Highly recommended equipment

  • 1 long-sleeve insulated jacket (down, minimum 700 loft)
  • 1 pair of booties
  • 1 wetsuit
  • 1 Dry top
  • 1 thermos (0.5 to 1 litre capacity)
  • 1 water bottle and insulated water bottle (ex : Nalgene)

* Clothing: Please do not buy any clothing made of cotton. Wool, polypropylene, or other synthetic materials are highly suitable for outdoor activities.

** Hiking boots: Don’t hesitate to invest in tough, quality boots. You will be using them often. We suggest a medium-weight hiking boot suitable for trekking in a variety of weather conditions.

We suggest you wait until classes begin to take advantage of discounts for group purchases! You can also ask your guides for advice to help you pinpoint your precise needs. Then, once you know what your different options are, you will be able to make informed choices.

Registration fee

Students enrolled in the Adventure-Study stream must pay a fee of $800 per term; payment must be made before you will be allowed to pick up your schedule.

This fee includes:

  • Group transit to activity sites!
  • A resource person who will provide guidance for your outdoor activities and academic life!
  • The costs associated with the various activities practised!
  • Admission fees for various venues (national parks, etc.)!
  • The cost of various certifications!

Students must also pay the regular College registration fee ($148,54).

English, French Immersion

Students enrolled in the Adventure-Study stream can take their courses in English, French or immersion in either language! In addition, all the documents that will be distributed during the activities will be available in both languages.

So you want to apply?

Step 1: Make sure you meet all the admissions requirements

To enrol in the Adventure-Study stream of the Social Science or Natural Science program, you must:

  • Meet the required conditions for admission when you enter college and have completed all the prerequisite courses for your chosen program;
  • Have maintained an average higher than 75% in Secondary 4 English.
Step 2: Complete the normal application process through SRACQ

You will have to submit a formal application for admission to the program of your choice via SRACQ (Social Science or Natural Science, indicating that you’re choosing the Adventure-Study stream).

 

* At your first group meeting, you will be asked to sign a Risk Assumption form and a Participation Consent Document. If you are a minor, this form must also be signed by a parent.

*Students who drop out within the first 10 days after classes start may qualify for reimbursement of the $800 cost of the program if they haven’t participated in any activities. The $148,54 program registration fee is not refundable