our philosophy We are committed to empowering young people
To grow into the best version of themselves. We believe in teaching young people how to be with the land, the water and the sky, how to be with one another, and ultimately how to be with themselves.
At NWL we believe our canoe trips serve as an excellent metaphor for life’s journey and represent an important rite of passage into adulthood. We find that young people return each summer because we represent a unique blend of adventure and personal growth in a highly supportive, natural environment. We teach and role model responsibility, compassion, decision-making, cooperation, resourcefulness, integrity, respect and common sense.
While the experience is challenging, it is not about conquering rivers or mountains. Emphasis is rather upon learning from the land and one another in a spirit that honours balance and respect. We have found that when participants learn to handle life on the trail, they become better equipped to handle life in general.