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Overnight Adventures for Schools

Rebels Against the Boring

Do you and your students want something unique? Do you want a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that blows your typical school overnight out of the water? Well, you’ve come to the right place!

From canoeing along the coastal rainforests of BC to dogsledding in the Yukon, we have 14 expeditions that can be tailored based on the time of year, number of participants, and preferred locations and experiences. No matter which adventure you choose, we guarantee you won’t be spending hours on buses or dragged into tourist traps.

No outdoor experiential education program? No problem! We can connect your core competencies with a guided, overnight outdoor experience while offering a fun and skill-centred school trip for your students. Our dynamic team is committed to providing exceptional outdoor educational services and activities for schools during the school year and beyond.

How do I organize an Overnight Adventure for my class?

1. Review our 2024–2025 Catalogue and decide on your favourite.

2. Contact us so we can learn more about you, your class, and your hopes for this experience.

3. Based on our conversation, we will put together a comprehensive plan for the experience.

4. Finalize student information, travel details, and payment.

5. Get outside and have an awesome outdoor learning experience with VOS!

Choose from 14 once-in-a-lifetime Overnight Adventures

We strive to bring valuable and meaningful leadership and outdoor-skill training to all our students. Our consistent approach, facilitated by our skilled instructors, encourages thoughtful discussion and positive self-reflection. Below are just a few of the many thrilling adventure that we have on offer. For a more comprehensive overview, check out our 2024–2025 Catalogue of trips!

Wild Within BC Learning Series

Welcome to “Wild Within”, where we explore British Columbia’s world of temperate rainforests, jagged mountain ranges, and ocean ecosystems. In this world of late-night stargazing, sunset canoe journeys, secret waterfall hikes, and meaningful friendships, everyone has their own place and their own leadership journey.

Watch this video to see just a portion of the incredible landscapes we’ll visit in our Wild Within BC Learning Series.

Sample Adventure: March 2025 Golden Ski and Paddle Experience (8-day)

Vancouver Outdoor School is now offering an 8-day epic adventure that offers a uniquely BC opportunity: ocean canoeing and downhill skiing in the same trip! Only offered in March thru Early April 2025, it's our premier “Wild Within BC” experience that showcases the best of Vancouver, Whistler, and the Sunshine Coast by allowing students to participate in both an ocean paddle experience and two days of skiing at two different mountains (Seymour and Whistler).

Click here to review all our offerings in our 2024–2025 Catalogue!

Larger Than Life Yukon Learning Series

The central character in thousands of years worth of stories, the Yukon is steeped in history and tradition. This larger-than-life creation of unique geology demands respect and attention, requiring every aspiring expedition leader and adventurer to “let go and lean in”. Our ‘Larger Than Life’ expeditions offer students the opportunity to see this indescribable landscape in its two grandest forms: summer and winter.

Watch this video to learn more about the Yukon and its one-of-a-kind beauty.

Sample Adventure: Yukon Snow Rush (5-day)

On this winter adventure, we'll experience Canada’s True North in it's truest form. Together, we’ll embark on a winter adventure across a landscape blanketed in sparkling snow, where the Northern Lights dance across the night sky. Brace yourselves for dog sledding through serene forests, skiing and snowboarding on snowy slopes, exploring the Yukon’s endless wilderness, and so much more!

Click here to review all our offerings in our 2024–2025 Catalogue!

Yukon dogsledding

Why Choose Us?

  • Commitment to Community: We are all about building long lasting and meaningful relationships with your students, staff and school community.
  • Bespoke Adventures: We can adjust our field study experience to best suit each individual learner in collaboration with their teachers.
  • Excellence in Leadership: Our instructors are skilled outdoor educators and aspiring teachers. We hire the best, and bring our best.
  • Never Boring: We are flexible, always fun, and 100% experiential as we take pride in wearing our ‘Rebels Against the Boring’ badge. We work within multiple lenses or frameworks of learning. This means that we are NOT a one-dimensional type of education service. We take into account the students’ age, level of interest and comfort, cultural background, and the core competencies that are in place at your institution.
  • Indigenous Perspectives: We integrate Indigenous knowledge and history into all our expeditions through our ties to the Squamish and Sechelt Nations in BC and the Selkirk and Champagne-Ajax Nations in the Yukon.
  • Climate Education: Climate change is a real and serious challenge that our kids will have to navigate. We incorporate age-appropriate discussions, ideas, and lessons about climate change into our activities from a point of hope, showing learners how to take action rather than drowning them in doom and gloom.

 Attention Teachers:

When you choose VOS, students are given an opportunity to build newfound skills, friendships, and independence. This is a side effect of unplugging from the digital/urban world and simply having fun in nature. Imagine your students preparing a fabulous dinner, hiking, exploring, dancing, building, creating, dreaming, laughing and just enjoying the precious moments of being a kid. Each of our Overnight Adventures is guaranteed to be full of Kodak moments!

It’s a life-changing experience.