Adult Wilderness Programs

AGES 19+

The Wilderness Leadership Expedition (WLE) is our cornerstone wilderness course. WLE is designed for people who are serious about their faith and want to explore leadership, community, and service through the challenges and risks of the wilderness classroom. During WLE you will travel through some incredibly beautiful yet challenging northern wilderness. Spiritual disciplines, wilderness solitude, and opportunities to lead are all core to this program. Within a community of peers, you will spend time thinking about God’s work of restoration, your personal direction, and intentional community living. WLE will let you explore how you can use your gifts, education, passions, career, and choices to make a Kingdom impact. Come join us on this life-changing wilderness adventure!

This course is an immersion into wilderness leadership. During this expedition, you will learn valuable interpersonal skills, and become a valued member of a purposeful and intentional community. You will also work through Coldwater’s philosophy of leadership. You can expect to gain experience with the following technical elements of wilderness tripping: flatwater and whitewater canoeing, map and compass navigation, shelter building, campcraft, Leave No Trace wilderness ethics, risk management, and backcountry meal preparation. These technical program elements are paired with intentional reflective components, leading to new learning, valuable insights, and significant life growth.


Date: 2020 Dates TBD 

Location: Temagami Area, ON

*Hired staff and accepted Wilderness Leader Interns will have the trip fee waived

WOmen's fall canoe trip

Our Women’s Trip is led by women for women and is open to all ages and experience levels. On this trip, you will have the opportunity to learn new skills, challenge yourself, and experience God in the natural beauty of the wilderness. Whether you are feeling adventurous or burnt out, in need of inspiration or community, or you feel ready to encourage other women, this trip is for you!  Gear is available to borrow, no experience is required...this is your chance! Register now to reserve your spot on one of our two trips.

Date: August 28-September 1, 2019

Location: Temagami Area, ON

Trip Fee: $300

Date: October 2-6, 2019

Location: Algonquin Provincial Park, ON

Trip Fee: $300