Wilderness North


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1883 Koshlong Lake Rd
Haliburton, ON
K0M 1S0
Communication, teamwork, critical thinking and problem-solving are essential skills for academic success.  At MD, we strive to build these key skills in our students for success both in high school and beyond in post-secondary destinations.  Wilderness North is a unique opportunity for all of our Grade 10 students that builds these key skills through an outdoor, active and relevant experiential curriculum which supports and reinforces the classroom learning.

Each year, our Grade 10 students spend four days at Camp Wanakita, near Peterborough, Ontario.  Students build their skills and make connections to classroom learning while experiencing canoeing, kayaking, ropes courses, participate in team building activities and an evening campfire.  Wanakita's motto is Challenge by Choice, so there is something for everyone.

Most importantly, the trip builds a strong community of Grade 10 students.  The sense of community helps to build better classrooms and stronger feelings of belonging and inclusiveness in the hallways of MD and builds lasting friendships and connections for the remainder of the students' high school experience.

Students who attend Wilderness North will not fall behind in their classes; our goal is for ALL Grade 10s to participate.

This annual trips takes place each September.  Payments are generally made in May prior to school closing for the summer as we need to confirm our details with Camp Wanakita prior to June 1st.

If you have any questions at all about our annual Widerness North trip, please call the school.  Our trip coordinators are:

Brad Hetherington, Ashley MacIntyre, Kit Mooney, Rod Whate