The Boundless School

The goal of the mental health program is to use social rehabilitation to build resiliency and the autonomy of participants who experience persistent mental illness. We engage these adults, aged 18 and older, to challenge their perceived limitations so they can emerge from Boundless proud, less isolated and more inclined towards independence and healthy living.

Mental Health groups participate in whitewater canoeing and rafting, climbing, ropes courses, environmental initiatives, team building workshops and leadership development.

At Boundless we use a wide variety of activities to challenge individuals and stretch their personal limits. These challenges depend on the weather and on the ability of each participant and group. The challenges are presented as metaphors for facing the tests of everyday life.

The river is our principal challenge during the peak summer season. Groups acquire canoeing, camping, communication and safety skills that prepare them for a whitewater adventure. When appropriate, flat-water routes are used. We travel the wondrous rivers of the Ottawa Valley - the Madawaska, Petawawa, Dumoine and Ottawa. While we usually use 2-person whitewater canoes, we can often be seen rafting the Ottawa.

Cliffs around the Boundless property present rappelling opportunities. Climbing walls in our rustic barn provide both rudimentary and advanced teaching facilities for climbers.

Day-long eco-challenges motivate groups to rally their energy and skills in a team adventure requiring inspired leadership and dedicated teamwork.

A ten-element-high ropes course provides an exhilarating sense of accomplishment. This course, along with nature hikes and orienteering programs, are available year–round.

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For all inquiries and to register please contact Steven Gottlieb at:

steven [at] theboundlessschool [dot] com or 416-658-7059


Our Camp Location: The Boundless School
7513 River Road, RR#1
Palmer Rapids, ON K0J 2E0
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