The Canadian Outdoor Summit is an epic, national, historic project to co-create a reality where outdoor programs can thrive and be appreciated for their true worth. It enables the creation of a more unified national outdoor community and begins to remove roadblocks currently affecting outdoor programming.

The Summit is focused on Led Outdoor Activities, where at least one person is responsible for the well-being of participants while outdoors. Educators, trainers, knowledge keepers, program administrators, students, industry leaders, and many more, this Summit is for you!

Through a co-creation process where individuals engage with workgroups and each other to develop key objectives and concrete solutions for the outdoor community. Learn more about our process here!

When & Where :
The Canadian Outdoor Summit process began in October of 2019 and has kept evolving ever since. It is still time to join our project! Click here to learn more about our fall of 2021 virtual gatherings. Hope to see you at the culminating gathering and blossoming of this inspired collective work on September 27 – 30, 2022 in Gatineau, Québec!

Click here to learn more about our process!


October 26, 2021

Leave No Trace wants your input – join the conversation!

As part of the Canadian Outdoor Summit, Leave No Trace Canada will be hosting a discussion with the outdoor community. The intention of this workshop is to open up a roundtable, constructive discussion to acquire input on the future of Leave No Trace Canada. A preparatory document will be sent to all participants in advance of the workshop. Please sign up here to contribute to this essential discussion.

June 8, 2021

Our Plan for Fall 2021

September will see an important transition in the Summit project. Key Summit objectives will go from being owned by workgroups to being owned and discussed by the national community (you). This fall, true co-creation begins!

May 12, 2021

Am I the Only One?

An “Open Letter” Poem From the Outdoor Community.


Why it matters

  • Because outdoor programs bring great benefit to society but are often perceived as high risk, “just for fun,” or a “luxury”. 
  • Because outdoor programs are chronically under-appreciated, under-funded and under-supported.
  • Because insurance premiums are disproportionately high.
  • Because accepted practices are not widely embraced and can lead to unnecessary accidents and tragedies.
  • Because our community often operates “in silos”.

For these reasons and many more, we must come together. The national outdoor community is an essential agent of this change. Together, we can increase clientele, funding, and support for outdoor programs!

Learn more about our objectives


Transforming the future of outdoor programming is an ambitious project and the Summit has been intentionally designed to invite and incorporate the wealth of knowledge and experience found within the national outdoor community. We know that we can’t solve all the most compelling challenges of our time with a single project, but the Summit is a strong start!

The Canadian Outdoor Summit gathering has been designed to be an innovative model where participants are not simply attendees of workshops and receivers of information but are seen as honoured custodians of unique viewpoints, respected knowledge keepers, and passionate agents of change. If you have an affinity for Led Outdoor Activity, then your voice is essential to the Summit process.

To engineer potential solutions that are widely accepted and embraced by the outdoor community, each committee and workgroup is composed of individuals representing a wide spectrum of organizations from throughout the sector and across Canada.  

Already, more than 50 outdoor organizations have answered the call and are working directly towards the success of the Summit. 

If you offer or have offered Led Outdoor Activities, we invite you to be a part of this unprecedented, national co-creation process.

Supporting Structure

A Steering Committee is responsible for designing and implementing the Summit.

An Advisory Committee is reviewing the work of the Steering Committee and ensuring the Summit meets the needs of the outdoor community.

The Outdoor Council of Canada sits on the Steering Committee and serves as the promoter for this project.

The project benefits from the engagement of 6 workgroups coordination teams, several project-specific volunteer teams, and many passionate individuals promoting the Summit from coast-to-coast-to-coast.

Two independent groups have merged their 2020 conference with the 2021 Summit Gathering. These groups are the Canadian Adventure Therapy Symposium and the Réseau des URLS responsible for the Forum plein air.

Be Part of the Collective Effort!

If you care about bringing people outside, this Summit is for you. It is designed to give space for your opinion to influence the results.  Join this unprecedented national collaboration and help co-create the future of the outdoor community.

Support the Summit and join forces with hundreds of people and organizations passionate about Led outdoor Activities.