Outdoor Adventure Equipment List

Outdoor Adventure Equipment List Table of Contents

OAS & ODE Required Clothing and Equipment List

Over the course of the Outdoor Adventure Skills and Outdoor and Adventure Education program we participate in a variety of outdoor pursuits. We often rent gear such as mountain bikes, cross country skis and kayaks. The costs of this gear rental are included in your tuition fees.

Below you'll find a list of required personal clothing and equipment items that are essential for you to be able to participate safely and enjoy your learning experiences in the upcoming year. Please come to the start of the program with the required items. For safety reasons, you may be denied access to certain activities and trips if not properly prepared. There are also a few optional items listed that are not required but you should consider bringing if you already own them.

Some gear can be bought second-hand at used clothing stores, through online classified ads or gear swaps at places like M.E.C. You don’t have to limit yourself to retailers and outfitters for all your gear. This list represents the essentials required in our programs and is not meant to be an exhaustive list for all outdoor pursuits. You will learn about other items to bring as you plan each trip in your courses. Please contact the program coordinator if you have questions.


  • Water Bottle: 1 liter, metal or plastic (ie. Nalgene or Hydro Flask)
  • Hard hat: CSA Type 1/ANSI Type I, for Trails and Ecosystem Skills courses
  • Work Gloves: Leather palm is best, cotton is OK
  • Small Backpack: 15-35 Liters, for extra gear on a variety of trips
  • Hiking Footwear: Hiking shoes or boots that extend above the ankle bone, leather or synthetic, good rubber sole
  • Whistle
  • Compass: Must have sighting mirror and adjustable declination feature
  • Base Layers/ Long Underwear: Tops and bottoms (polypropylene, capilene, silk, Merino wool), ideally 2 of each, NO COTTON
  • Insulation Layers: Clothing to keep your core warm (ie. sweaters), Materials can be: fleece, wool, down, synthetic fill, NO COTTON
  • Rain Coat and Pants: Fabric should be waterproof and can be breathable or non-breathable (ie. Gore-tex), no ponchos
  • Flashlight: Headlamp is best, extra batteries
  • Knife: Ideal to have a folding knife/ multi-tool (ie. 3" blade) and a fixed blade/ bush craft knife (ie. 4 - 5" blade)
  • Sleeping Bag: 3 season, comfort rated to -1$°C, down or synthetic, with stuff sack
  • Personal Sleeping Pad: Inflatable or closed cell foam, 1 person size
  • Bathing Suit
  • Winter Boots: Must have removable insulation liners so they can be dried
  • Winter Outdoor Clothing


  • Wet suit/ Paddle jacket
  • Steel toed shoes/boots for Trails course
  • Bike helmet, biking gloves
  • Swim goggles
  • Canoe paddle
  • CSA approved PFD
  • Refillable coffee mug for camping and road trips
  • Tent
  • Snowshoes
  • Camelback or Hydration pack
  • Water shoes for white water kayaking

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