Fall Programming

This is the next step.

It is with sadness, but also a great deal of pride in the work accomplished, that we inform you of the definitive end of the Canadian Outdoor Summit project. To learn more about this decision and about our plan to ensure that the assets and advances created by the project can continue to serve the outdoor community, click here!

Since 2019, workgroups have been preparing broad plans and key objectives for the outdoor community. Now that the ground is ready, we will need your input to help define and strengthen them. Please start by watching this short video!


How it works

Virtual conversations covering 7 objectives will be taking place this fall. Conversations focusing on four of the seven objectives will occur one Monday per month. Conversations focusing on the remaining 3 topics will occur one Wednesday a month.  Your role is to participate in the conversations, springboarding from what the workgroups created for you to develop tangible action plans to be adopted at the Summit in September 2022.

Please watch the videos below before you join a conversation. This is very important to ensure that our meetings are as effective and enjoyable as possible!

Please register as soon as possible! Click on the dates below to register!


Monday Conversations


Create a national framework of competency training for outdoor leaders 

Synthesize accepted practices, structures, and systems related to running an outdoor program in Canada.

Promote greater access to the outdoors for individuals with differing mobility.

Design an Anti-racism plan for the national outdoor community


Register here!

November 8th, 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM (EST)

November 29th, 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM (EST)



WG3 Summary Document (Sept 10 2021 – Final).pdf

Workgroup 2 Final Doc August 23, 2021.pdf

Approaches to Creating Inclusive Events and Outdoor Programs.pdf

Working Document


*English subtitles available (You can activate them directly in the video settings)

Wednesday Conversations


Develop a consensus statement about the value of Led Outdoor Activity in Canada.

Support the development of learning outside in k-12 institutions.

Increase capacity for inclusion for 2SLGBTQ2 in outdoor programs


Dates and sign up links:

November 10th, 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM (EST)

December 1st, 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM (EST)



Benefits of LOA Statement

Benefits of LOA Word-Cloud

Repository of Supporting Materials

Support the development of learning outside in k-12 institutions.pdf

Support Factors and Barriers for Outdoor Learning in Elementary Schools A Systemic Perspective.pdf

Inclusiveness in the Outdoor Sector.pdf



We need a unified voice to thrive as a community. Your generosity, both in terms of your time and perspective, is critical to making this vision a reality. Your contribution will ensure that when we come together as a community in Gatineau in September 2022, we will have a realistic, compelling plan of action that is supported by our entire sector.

Keep an eye on our next newsletter for more information!

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.