Ontario Backcountry Skills Clinic

A versatile outdoor experience that engages and inspires

Join our experienced guides on a hike throughout picturesque locations on the Niagara Escarpment - learning important backcountry skills that you can apply to your own adventures

Fundamental Hard Skills           Fundamental Soft Skills

Tent setup                                    Group leadership           

Food prep/stove use                     In-field risk management

Water purification                          Experience based judgment

Navigation                                     Leave no trace practices

Trip planning

OSM’s Ontario Backcountry Skills Clinic is a taste of all this and much more

No experience neccessary

As the weather changes - so does our Skills Clinic. We fear no weather and will operate in rain, sleet, cold and snow.

What you need

  1. Dress appropriately for the weather conditions (rain, snow or cold - we operate in all weather conditions)

  2. Proper hiking footwear (hiking shoes/boots preferred)

  3. Water bottle (Nalgene preferred)


  1. Small daypack (5-20L)

  2. Snowshoes/trekking poles

  3. Head lamp

  4. Trail snacks

We will provide

  1. All other equipment required for your experience

  2. Prepared Backcountry style meal

Where to meet us (*subject to change)

  1. Pretty River Provincial Park, Southeastern Entrance


GPS coordinates // 44.423837, -80.287908

635236 Pretty River Road, Nottawa ON, L0M 1P0

You will see vehicles parked along side of the road in a long straightaway. You will also pass two parking lots on Pretty River Road, pass them to find us further up the road


Duration:        4 - 6 hours

Adults:           $85/pp

                      (min $250)

Depart:          10:00 AM


Appox: 10-12 km

Moderate Terrain


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Tour Itinerary

Meet and Greet

  1. Waiver completion, gear distribution and meet your guides and teamates

  2. Start hike from trailhead

In-Field Risk Management Obstacle

  1. Complete first obstacle with your guide instructing different group leadership and risk managment considerations

Set up Base Camp

  1. Tent location and setup, set camp

  2. Go over route card and navigation, select route leaders within group and pack new gear for hike

  3. Continue hike from base camp - guests leading

Water Purification stop

  1. Overview of use on different water purification techniques

In-field Risk Management Obstacle

  1. Guests lead and overcome river crossing obstacle

Back to Base Camp

  1. Overivew of stove use, food prep

  2. Guests cook/prepare meal using techinical backcounty stoves and hardware


  1. Share a meal an overview of experience and reflection