Group Activities - Youth & Adult

kids outdoor group FEED YOUR SPIRIT! Whether you're young or not so young COE can offer you plenty of fresh mountain air, beautiful scenery and a safe, fun, and exciting adventure, that is sure to challenge and excite you. Test yourself and feel alive! COE offers year round adventure activities, based on experiential learning and they can be arranged depending on age, fitness level, and adventurous nature. To enjoy the activity and nature at it's best, all activities are a recommended full day in length however, shorter excursions can be arranged to suit your needs. Don't forget your cameras!

COE will provide: qualified instructors and all technical gear needed.
COE can provide: meals, transportation, and accomodation. Please request these when booking.
You must provide: footwear and clothing suitable for outdoor weather, gear lists will be sent out upon booking.

Rock Climbing & Rappeling

youth rock climbing Join us for a "Day on the Rocks." Rock Climbing and Rappelling is our most popular activity. We will customize a day that will suit everyone, from first-time climbers to advanced. You will be challenged to the max!
What to expect: An introductory day filled with excitement, adrenaline and personal challenge! Your Instructors will teach you about harnesses, helmets, ropes and climbing calls as well as belaying techniques and lots more to make your day an exciting, enjoyable and safe one! Your day will be as long enough to give everyone the chance to climb themselves tired!
Available April - October dependant on conditions. Rappelling available year round.

Canyoneering

canyoneering adventure A number of canyons in the area provide great adventures at all levels of difficulty. One of our most popular canyon hikes involves ladder climbing, easy rock scrambling, and some small creek crossings. Canyons are some of the most beautiful features earth, what better way to enjoy them than with a trip right up the middle of one! This activity is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Canyon trips lasting from a few hours to a long day are available. Some canyon trips can be combined with a rock climb or a rappel.
Available year round in any conditions.

Caving

caving with school group Wapiabi Caves are located in the Blackstone Recreation Area and offer an excellent introduction to caving. The caves were first discovered by local sheep hunters and later developed by avid cavers and the British Army. Today they have become a popular destination for avid cavers and adventure seekers from all over Alberta and Canada.
What to expect:A 4 km hike along the river, will lead you to the trail head of the caves. A 2200' ascent up Whitegoat mountain will find you at the entrance and ready for your lunch. After enjoying a rest and the spectacular view of our mountain wilderness you will begin your descent into the caves down a wide chute. The temperature in the caves remain a constant 9 degrees Celsius, with 100% humidity, so be prepared to get wet and dirty! You will see stalagmites, stalactites, explore tunnels, hear stories and legends. Your day may last 10 hours from start to finish, so get plenty of rest the night before, and have a big breakfast!
Available mid May - August 31

Kayaking

kayaking for beginners As an introduction to kayaking, we use the calm, peaceful waters of Goldeye Lake located 5 minutes from COE. Paddle around the lake enjoying the tranquility, sunshine and aquatic life then lose yourself in a soaking wet game of kayake soccer!
What to expect: Before we go anywhere you will be instructed in basic safety and paddling skills as well as wet exits, rescues, strokes, and if you're really ambitious perhaps even an Eskimo Roll! The lake is a mountain lake, so it's cold. Bring you're warm clothes, mitts and toques. Be prepared to get wet.
Available late May - early October dependant on conditions.

Rafting

Alberta rafting tours You've heard it called the "Mighty Saskatchewan" river, here's you're opportunity to find out why. During the slow and lazy first section you will be able to clear your mind of troubles and rejuvenate your senses. Then as you hit the rapids you'll feel the cool spray of the river and challenge of staying "heads up". Water fights and raft wars available all day long!
What to expect: This is a full day on the river with rest stops for lunch and hot chocolate along the way. Your instructors will teach you the basics of river travel and give you the opportunity to get very wet. Hold on tight!! Be sure to bring footwear that can get wet and lots of warm clothes.
Available late May - early October dependant on conditions.

Mountaineering

youth group mountaineering trip There are many short day trips along the David Thompson Corridor, which will offer you spectacular views of our area's many sights. One of our popular mountain hikes is the "Buckle" along Windy Point ridge. The ascent begins at Windy Point near beautiful Abraham Lake, and can be done in all of the seasons. Be sure to take time to breath in the fresh air and view the beauty that surrounds you.
What to expect: You will be instructed on the methods of mountaineering, walking on steep terrain, special mountain hazards and weather patterns. The trip is an excellent introduction to scrambling and will challenge everyone. Be sure to keep a watchful eye for the many different types of wildlife.
Available year round dependant on conditions.

Ice Climbing

school group ice climbing The Rocky Mountain's are home to some of the best waterfall ice in the world and the Nordegg area has a variety of areas suitable for groups and begginers.
What to expect: Your instructor will teach you about rope systems, harnesses and belays, as well as proper techniques with crampons and ice axes. You'll spend the day honing your new skills and scaling the frozen waterfall. Dress warm, and get ready to climb hard.
Available November - April dependent on conditions.


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Centre for Outdoor Education, Box 7, Nordegg, Alberta, T0M 2H0, Canada
Phone: (403) 721-2208 Fax: 1-888-314-3690 E-mail:info@coe.ca