About our Algonquin Park Outdoor Education Centre
Youth Empowerment & Leadership through outdoor learning experiences
Our team has decades of experience inside and outside the classroom developing leaders and hosting conferences.
Edge co-founder Todd Lucier spent 9 years as an educator in the Ontario School System, designing and facilitating innovative outdoor learning experiences for youth. As an educator who planned and led dozens of experiences beyond teh walls with his students Todd understands the challenges of planning and organizing field trips. It’s why we take care of all the details, making it easy for teachers to plan visits to our outdoor education centre with planning tools, easy-to-use templates, forms, and a level of care that makes it easy to get permission from principals and superintendents.
Todd’s experience leading and hosting youth began over 20 years ago with the University of Windsor Faculty of Human Kinetics Outdoor Education Program. This experience led Todd and Martha to search for an ideal location at Algonquin Park for an outdoor education centre where they could host unique and memorable Outdoor Education Experiences. In 1993, they purchased a simple log cottage on four acres of forested land on the shores of Kawawaymog Lake near Algonquin Park Access #1. Over the years, the Edge has grown into an Outdoor Education Centre featuring unique learning experiences that empower youth in nature. In 2000 Martha and Todd made Northern Edge their full time home and expanded the centre to the current eight acres.
The Algonquin Park Outdoor Education Centre includes several gathering spaces indoors and out, accommodation in heated cabins, tent cabins and camping in the forest. Algonquin Park canoe trips leave from our waterfront on Kawawaymog Lake.
Beyond cell phone coverage and far from internet access our outdoor centre and programs provide a unique opportunity for students and teachers to connect with one another and the natural world. The centre hosts Elementary, Secondary, Post-Secondary and youth groups at the Eco-campus and in Algonquin Park on canoe trips. In winter our Algonquin Park outdoor centre can host up to 30, in summer up to 45. All our experiences include leadership, adventure, teambuilding, ecology and cultural history.
With over thirty years of experience hosting transformational outdoor education experiences, youth empowerment and leadership programs are the heart and soul of the Algonquin Park Outdoor Education Centre.