Winter Survival in the Wild Hiking Experience

This hands-on program will teach bush craft skills on fire building, wild edibles and shelter building.

  • Fire is one of the most crucial bush craft skills to master in the winter, and is a combination of knowledge and practice. We will walk through all the different methods of fire starting from the early method of the bow drill, all the best wild materials to use and flints as we build fires.
  • Forging from food in the wild can be a fun hobby that is a necessary lifesaving skill. There is food all around us, so let’s take a walk and find some wild edibles that we can identify.
  • Finding a protective shelter is one of the first things you should do in an emergency. Have fun building a shelter, as we learn about different materials and natural areas that will make for the best winter shelter.

With all the skills learned in this program, you will be equipped with the techniques to survive in the winter!


Experience Details:

Join us in the Grand River Valley at the Five Oaks Centre, One Bethel Road, Paris, Ontario


We will gather for introductions and outline the itinerary of the program. Your guide will go through a safety talk and risk management. (10 minutes).

Fire Building

Our guides will walk you through a series of fire starters from dryer link, birch bark, cat tails, etc. and their origins, and a variety of ways to start the tinder. We will experiment with flint and steel to give an understanding of the importance of the techniques of starting your fire. We will break into groups of 4-5 for a team building exercise with the primitive bow drill fire starter. After the demonstration of fire starting techniques, you will be unleashed for a hands-on experience of building their own fire using the variety of fire starters shown and available. (30 minutes).


Our guides will lead you through the forest of Five Oaks, in an interactive way that will have you seeing the outdoors in a whole new light. The forest is alive in a different way, during the winter season, and we will investigate and discover what the winter woods has to offer. We will explore the trail by identifying tees, plants and birds along the way. Be treated to a taste of the abundance of winter wild edibles that nature has to offer. (one hour).

Shelter Building

Building shelters can be the most exciting part of the outdoor survival scenario. Our guides will explain the variety of structures and the materials to utilize when building a shelter. You will be released into the forest to rummage, collect and build the wild shelter of their dreams. (30 minutes).


We will all join around the fire for a learning circle where we pass the talking stick to share what we learned and enjoyed during the program. (20 minutes).

Hikes are 2.5 hours, 1 guide per every 20 people


Pricing, Per Person: (Based on 5 paying clients or more)

Adult: 25.00

Senior (60+): 20.00

Ages (13-17): 20.00

Ages (6-12): 10.00

Ages 5 and Under: FREE

1-4 Participants: 70.00 total for up to 4 people

2.5 Hour Experience, 1 Guide per every 20 people


Dress according to the weather and longer times spent in outside temperatures. Layers are recommend. Proper hiking footwear for the season is a must. Hats, mitts, gloves, scarf, snow pants, winter coat or parka, waterproof outer shell, etc.

Bring water, extra dry warm clothing, flashlight.


Contact us for availability, reservations and inquires to: You can also book by contacting Grand River Rafting at

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* Cancellation Policy: Programs cancelled 48 hours prior to day of program will receive a full refund. Programs cancelled later than 48 hours are subject to forfeit 25& of payment. Program cancelled on the day of the event are 100% non refundable. Programs cancelled by Grand River Outdoor Wilderness Education (G.R.O.W.E.), due to weather, can be re-scheduled or fully refunded.

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