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HeLa Ventures

School Group Programs

The HeLa Ventures outdoor education programs are customized for your group size & designed to adhere to various educational systems' curriculum requirements. Contact us to start planning your program today!

We provide students an opportunity to explore diverse terrains and engage in activities that encourage them to learn more about their environment. We can design a custom program according to your objectives and preferences with any of the following outdoor adventure activities: lake and whitewater canoeing, river-tripping, rafting, rock-climbing/rappelling, hiking and trail biking.

HeLa offers a variety of adventure education programs for school groups. All programs offer opportunities for integration of curriculum objectives, and focus on teaching safety knowledge, skills and judgement in outdoor adventure education activities. The programs flow from an "experiential education" framework, and thus offer learning, connections and fun!

School group instructor rock climbing
  • All of our programs are lead by well-trained, qualified and certified staff.

  • We meet or exceed all School Board safety and insurance policies. 
    Click here to download our Safety Policies Document (.pdf file).

  • Our programs are designed to meet your specific expectations and curriculum objectives. Click here to download our Curriculum Connections document (.pdf file). You need Adobe Reader installed on your computer to open and print this document.

  • All programs require a minimum of 6 registrants to proceed.

  • Instructor-to-student ratio will vary depending on the type of activity.

  • In any of our programs, safety is ALWAYS our first priority, and the quality of instruction/guiding reflects that mandate.

  • Further details on the qualifications of the instructors/guides for your particular program will be provided upon registration.

Program Delivery
  • These programs can also be delivered in a mix-and-match fashion, where groups of students can elect to do different programs. For example, a mountain biking option might become a part of the climbing and/or hiking day, or a kayaking component a part of the canoeing day.

  • Another mix-and-match option: some students may elect to do A1 (canoeing), while others choose B1 (biking).

  • Please contact us if you are interested in exploring these options.

Equipment List

Please view our Equipment List Here. Some programs may require additional equipment or supplies; please check with coordinators.

Program Option Samples

Below are a few examples of program structures that have been curated for other student groups 

Option A: Canoeing Focus - Three Day SAMPLER

In this three-day program, students learn the basics of lake and river canoeing with our Paddle Canada (PC) certified instructors. Our focus is on developing canoeing skills to allow students to manoeuvre their canoe safely and efficiently.

While paddling on scenic Twin Lakes, students practice their new skills with a variety of exercises and games. The canoeing experience culminates on the third day with a paddle on the North Saskatchewan River.

For day 2, a variety of dry land programming options are available.

Evening activities include healthy, delicious food and games!

Note: River runs include options for using tandem canoes and/or rafts. The section we choose depends on your objectives and/or environmental considerations. Rapids on the North Saskatchewan River section that we paddle are maximum Class II.

A1 Three Day Standard Canoeing Program

Day 1 - Lake canoeing (skills training) 
Day 2 - A challenging ridge hike 
Day 3 - Option of either a river tripping or white water (Class II) skills development experience

A2 Three Day Standard Canoeing Program with Top-roped Climbing

Day 1 - Lake canoeing (skills training) 
Day 2 - Top-roped rock climbing and interpretive hiking 
Day 3 - Option of either a river tripping or white water (Class II) skills development experience

A3 Three Day Standard Canoeing Program with CTS credit options

Day 1 - Lake canoeing (skills training) 
Day 2 - Dependent upon the CTS module chosen, the focus will be either wilderness living and survival skills, or forestry-based experiences and activities. CTS concepts are integrated throughout the program. Please contact us to determine which CTS module(s) will fit your program 
Day 3 - Option of either a river tripping or white water (Class II) experience

Option B: Two Day SAMPLER

This two day program is designed to give students a safe introduction to three or four outdoor adventure activities.  

Day 1 - Full day hike in the mountains west of Nordegg
Day 2 - Rafting on the North Saskatchewan river and Trail Biking* at Crimson Lake Provincial Park

Day 1: Lake Canoeing at Twin Lakes and Trail Biking* at Crimson Lake Provincial Park 
Day 2: Wilderness Living Skills and Rafting on the North Saskatchewan river, or Rafting only

*For junior high students, trail biking is substituted with lake canoeing.

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