Outdoor Recreation

Come experience the serenity, peaceful and adventurous world of the great outdoors. Research suggests that being physically active outdoors helps reduce stress, anxiety, anger, and improves mood, overall health and wellbeing.  

Registration Steps:
Registered student prices are for UofT students taking winter academic courses or those who have purchased a winter non-registered student membership for the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre.  Register online at recreg.utoronto.ca or in person at the TPASC Registration Desk. A Login ID and PIN are required for online registration. Contact the Athletics Department (416 283-2918) or email Candice Pope with your Student Number. Once you have your Login ID and PIN, visit University of Toronto Program Registration to register for classes. The course code for each trip can be found below.

Non-registered student prices are for UofT students who are not taking winter academic courses, along with UTSC Faculty, Staff and recent U of T grads.   To register, please contact Laurie Wright lwright@utsc.utoronto.ca.  Your email should include the trip details, student number (if applicable) and how you are associated to UofT.  External guests of participants are not eligible to attend Outdoor Recreation Trips unless space allows.

Refund Policy: No refunds will be issued 5 business days prior to the trip.  All trips are weather dependent and may be rescheduled or cancelled.  Full refunds will be given, upon request, for rescheduled trips.

For all trips that include being on boat or in the water, we are now providing a FREE deep water orientation session at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre.  This one hour class will include jumping into the water with a life jacket on and getting to the edge of the pool safely.  No swim experience necesary.  To book your session, please contact Ramona Seupersad at seupersad@utsc.utoronto.ca

Please note that all Outdoor Recreation trips that include transportation will meet at the East entrance of the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre (875 Morningside Ave). This will be the pick up and drop off location.

Check out our Recap Video here.


Upcoming Adventures

Ultimate Wilderness Challenge

Sign-up as a team of 3 or 4.  Each team will go through 5 outdoor wilderness challenges (building a fire, rope pull and more).  No outdoor experience required. All participants should register for this event and then contact Laurie Wright at lwright@utsc.utoronto.ca with the names of your team members.  Pizza will be provided at the end of the event along with prizes for the top 3 teams.

Date:  Wednesday, March 28 from 2:30 -  4:30 p.m.
Location: Valley - meet at the H-Wing Patio
Registered Student Price:  $2/plus HST per person

Course Code: 48477
Registration Deadline: March 23rd
Refund Deadline: March 23rd @5:00 p.m.

Wilderness Challenge Poster


Discover Scuba

Come experience the thrill of Scuba diving in our shallow water training pool.  Each session will include:

  • Classroom instruction and learning
  • Pool instruction (both above and under water)
  • All scuba equipment for your session, including mask, snorkel, fins, weights, scuba jacket, tank and regulators
  • Access to the first eLearning module of PADI's Open Water Scuba Diver Course

Dates: Wednesday, January 17th or Wednesday, March 21st from 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Location: Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre - Training Pool
Registered Student Price:  $45 (includes HST) per class

Registration:  You must register at least 1 week prior to the course at: http://utsc.suci.ca 



Ski or Snowboard Trips

Hit the slopes on Friday evenings at Brimacombe ski/snowboard resort.  Equipment rental package and 1 hour group lesson are available at an additional charge.  Leave the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre at 3:30 p.m. by bus and return back to campus by 10:30 p.m.  You must register at least 1 week prior to the trip.  Space is limited.  Non-registered students and guests may attend if space allows.  Please contact Laurie Wright at lwright@utsc.utoronto.ca for pricing and availability.

Ski/Snowboard Poster

Trip #3: Friday, March 9th from 3:30 - 10:30 p.m.
Location: Brimacombe Resort
Registered Student Price:  Lift Ticket $23, Equipment Rental $23 and 1 hour group lesson $15 (all prices include HST)

Course Code: 47978 (Lift Ticket), 47979 (Equipment Rental) and 47980 (Lesson)
Registration Deadline: March 2nd
Refund Deadline: March 2nd @5:00 p.m.


Arrowhead Provincial Park

We will take you by bus to Arrowhead Provincial Park for the ultimate winter getaway!  Transportation, snacks and pizza dinner included, please bring your own lunch. Equipment available to rent and no experience is necessary.

Activities that are offered include:

  • Cross-country skiing: An instructor will provide an orientation on how to ski through the groomed forest trails.  There are over 30km of easy to advanced trails to choose from.  Ski and boot rentals available at an additional charge.
  • Snow Tubing: Tubes and shuttle bus will be provided at no extra cost
  • Skating: Try the very unique 1.5km ice trail through the forest! Skates will be provided free at location.  UTSC Hockey Players Association will be available to assist beginners.
  • Snowshoeing: A supervisor will lead groups through the trail system to view the park. Snowshoes provided at no extra cost.

Date: Friday, February 23rd from 7:15 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Arrowhead Provincial Park
Registered Student Price:  $25 (plus HST)

Course Code: 47981
Registration Deadline: February 14th
Refund Deadline: February 15th @5:00 p.m.



Looking to explore the outdoors on your own, check out these great ideas!


Team Building Activities

Do you have a UTSC Department, student club or group or that could benefit from experiencing some team building skills, strategic planning, trust games or communication development?  We can offer you a custom built activity to suit your needs outdoors or indoors. 

To set up a consultation, contact Laurie Wright at lwright@utsc.utoronto.ca