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A visit to the Northern Edge Algonquin presents students and teachers with a wide variety of curriculum and co-curriculum opportunities for experiential learning.  We carefully review course content for each student group, creating unique experiences that directly link to learning outcomes.  The unique natural setting at the Edge is perfect for combining theory with hands-on experiences in science, environmental geography, tourism, art, leadership and peer support, outdoor and physical education.

Our one-of-a-kind customized experiences are tailored to your curriculum needs and ensure that students will remember their visit to the Edge for a lifetime.  

The New Ontario High School Curriculum at the EDGE


Science 11 Chemistry

Chemistry and the Environment.  Our Acid Rain program, Quest for Neutrality takes students on a journey of discovery on "E" mission excursions looking for signs and symptoms of Acid Rain and its negative impact on plants and water based ecosystems.  Learning pHun pHacts about pH and role playing solutions with regard to the needs of a variety of interest groups helps Balance the Equation

Science SNC4M SNC4E

Gain a deeper understanding of science and its technological applications.  Learn about our unique energy alternatives at our off the Grid facility.  Design and create alternative life-sustaining environments.  Learn how to develop policies and procedures that respect human impact on the environment.   

Guidance and Career Education

Leadership and Peer Support GPP30

develop skills in communication, interpersonal relations, leadership, teamwork, conflict management by participating in Quest for the Golden Compass.  Team building challenges, role playing and seeking out the needs of survival, and outdoor adventures empower individuals to learn about themselves and others in a truly one-of-a-kind learning experience.    

Social Sciences and Humanities

living spaces and shelter HLS30

Learn how we create natural living spaces that meet social, emotional, cultural needs and make practical decisions about designing and creating functional pleasing environments.

philosophy: the big question HZB30
hilosophy: questions and theories HZT4U

what is a meaningful life?  retreat experiences at the Edge provide opportunities for introspection, creative projects inspire personal expression, and facilitated dialogue engenders a shared understanding of issues and concerns for people living in the 21st century.

Technological Education

hospitality and tourism TFH3E
ourism TFT4C

what are the principles and procedures that distinquish an eco-tourism experience?  assess and design facilities, programs and activities that attract tourists.           

Canadian and World Studies - Geography

environment and resource management CGR4E CGR4M
egional geography: travel and tourism CGG30
Canadian and World issues: a geographic analysis
nvironment and resource management CGR4M CGR4E

Develop principles of sustainability and resource management in eco-tourism that lead to a more sustainable relationship between environment, society and economy.

study the ecological impact of human activities in forestry and tourism, discover how these impacts are mitigated.

develop practical solutions to environmental and resource management issues by participating in partnership projects between local tourism industry and forestry.

Health and Physical Education

Healthy Active Living Education PPL30 PPL40
ecreation and fitness leadership PLF4C5

Participate in lifelong activities that lead to health and vitality: mountain biking, hiking, paddling canoe and kayak, cross country skiing, snowshoeing.   Learn the essentials to properly planning and participating safely in active outdoor experiences.   Develop leadership skills by planning and participating in canoe tripping and camping experiences.