Pathfinder Outdoor Education Institute

  • Outdoor Education Centre

The Outdoor Education Inst. at Camp Pathfinder,est. 1914, provides an enriching residential OE experience on historic Pathfinder Island in the heart of world-famous Algonquin Provincial Park. From the island’s 17-acre low carbon-footprint campus, participants explore the Park and learn new skills in partnership with their faculty chaperones and a professional Pathfinder guide staff of men and women skilled in a variety of outdoor disciplines.

Our specialty is hands-on experiences and north woods living with groups from 18 – 100 students in grades 5 – 8 and 10 – 12. The program is co-ed and is staffed with male and female guides and instructors.

The accommodations are simple and comfortable, in the Algonquin tradition. The homemade food from our in-house chef staff is amazing, something we happily boast about. Our facilities and equipment are top-flight. Guide staff are mature professionals, certified in canoeing and moving water, canoe trip leadership, lifesaving, wilderness water safety and wilderness first responder.

Contact the director, Mike Sladden, for a complete information package and available dates in 2023 and beyond.



This program has a particular approach or emphasis.

  • Canoe Tripping
  • Outdoor Education
  • Traditional
  • Wilderness Setting


This program focuses on:

  • Outdoor Education
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Environment Education


Session Types

This program offers the following types of sessions:

  • Day Program
  • Overnight Program

Session Timings

This program offers sessions during these parts of the year:

  • Spring (or March Break)
  • Fall

Session Lengths

This program offers the following session lengths:

  • 1 Week



This program offers sessions for participants in these grade ranges:

  • Elementary / Middle (Grades 6 - 8)
  • Secondary (Grades 9 - 12)


This program offers the following activities:

  • Archery
  • Camping / Cookouts
  • Canoe Trips
  • Canoeing
  • Climbing Wall
  • Crafts
  • Duke of Ed
  • Fishing
  • High School Credit
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Lifesaving Society Instruction
  • Low Ropes/Team Building
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nature Studies
  • Orienteering
  • Photography
  • Ropes Course
  • Sailing
  • Stand-Up Paddleboarding
  • Swimming (Instructional)
  • Swimming (Recreational)
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Woodworking
  • Zipline


This program offers the following kinds of support:

  • ADD / ADHD
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Dietary Restrictions
  • Learning Disabilities


Subsidy Program

This program offers subsidies. Contact them for more information.

Contact Info

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Source Lake, Algonquin Park
Huntsville, ON
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