CNA Presents:

Winter Wilderness Leadership Experience

Three Day Skiing/Snowboarding Adventure

March 1 - 3 in Gros Morne National Park



Do you like skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and outdoor adventures? Do you have plans for Reading Week (March 1-3)?

Due to the overwhelming success of last winters event , College of the North Atlantic (CNA) aims to continue using experiential learning to help make the transition to college life easier.

Once again we are sponsoring a 3 day/2 night backcountry skiing/snowboarding winter adventure during the 2020 Reading Week break.
This winter adventure getaway is designed to promote leadership and team building and includes accommodations and transportation, all you are required to do is pay for your meals. The trip will begin Sunday, March 1st at the Corner Brook Campus where all participants will be shuttled to Gros Morne National Park, and finish up on Tuesday, March 3rd.


10 Participants MAX

This experience is open to CNA students with a cumulative GPA of 2.0. Students must be enrolled in full time studies at one of CNA's 17 campuses in Newfoundland and Labrador. Participants will be selected at random.

$60.00 CAD

Registration cost is per person and includes all meals, transportation to and from Corner Brook and hotels before and after the experience. Transportation will be provided by CNA staff in college vehicles where applicable.

February 13, 2020 Deadline

Complete the registration form and return it to before 4:00pm on February 13, 2020!


Gros Morne National Park - Shuttled via CNA Corner Brook Campus

Travel: Students will meet at the Corner Brook Campus where they will be shuttled to Gros Morne National Park. Arrangement and costs for travel will be covered by CNA.

Accommodations: Saturday, February 29th, 2020 and Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020 in Corner Brook will be covered for all students (shared rooms - 2 per/room).


College of the North Atlantic has been running this experience since 2016.

The program is designed to help students to make connections with their peers, develop leadership skills such as communication, problem-solving and personal reflection habits in a rugged winter environment.


It has been noted that experiences in nature can provide a solid foundation for success in personal, academic and professional realms due to the direct transferability of skills and attitudes that are required to travel comfortably and safely.
Below you will find what others have had to say about their experience...



One of the best experiences I've had to date. It provided with new team and leadership experiences as well as lifelong friends. It allowed me to learn many new things about myself and it challenged me mentally and physically. No words can describe how thankful I am to have been given this amazing opportunity.



The opportunity for participation in WLE is one I definitely won't let slip my mind. This experience was so enjoyable and eye opening and it affects me every day to continue to become a better person and a better leader.



As someone with social anxiety going into a situation that had me camping with complete strangers for three nights, I can honestly say we all became friends so quickly and it definitely helped me be more social when college started and I'm definitely most likely to be yelling answers out in class and communicating with my instructors.


Click on the registration icon to download the application form.

The registration cost is $60.00 per person and includes all meals, transportation to and from Corner Brook and hotels before and after the experience. Meals are provided on the adventure trip only (March 1st to March 3rd). All other meals and snacks are the participants responsibility. Transportation will be provided by CNA staff in college vehicles where applicable. Participants will be selected at random. Application Deadline is February 13, 2020 @ 4pm.

Students are asked to review the checklist to ensure that they have the required clothing and equipment to participate.

Applicants will be accepted on a first come first served basis until all spots are filled.


Return the completed application form to before the deadline (February 13th, 2020 @ 4pm).


Gros Morne National Park is known for its descents and ascents following the coastline and fjording two brooks. Expect periodic climbs interlaced with downhill and flat terrain. Participants will be expected to carry their share of group gear, water for the day, and 3-days of food in addition to their personal gear.

The following list is what we suggest you bring for your trip. Please ask us if you have any questions about the following list (why or why not to bring something). Also, keep in mind that you will have to carry some group gear and food in addition to your personal items, so do not bring things that are not included on the list.

  • 1 waterproof jacket
  • 1 waterproof pants
  • 1 Insulated jacket
  • 1 warm wool or fleece sweater
  • 1 pair of synthetic* long pants
  • 1 pair of synthetic shorts
  • 2 synthetic T-shirts
  • 3-4 changes of underwear/1-2 bras
  • 1 lightweight long underwear top
  • 1 lightweight long underwear bottom
  • 1 pair of broken-in winter hiking boots*
  • 4 pairs wool/synthetic socks
  • 1 pair of closed-toed camp shoes for the hut (slippers or old sneakers will do)
  • 2 pairs synthetic liner socks (optional)
  • 1 warm weather hat with brim (baseball hat)
  • 1 cold weather hat/beanie
  • 1 pair of warm waterproof gloves
  • ID, insurance card, and $20 cash
  • 2, 1-liter water bottles*
  • 1 internal frame backpack, 4500-6000+ cubic inches(70-75 L) or a large duffle bag**
  • 1 30-40o F sleeping bag**
  • 1 sleeping pad **
  • 1 headlamp
  • Extra batteries for your headlamp
  • Small notebook and pen
  • 2-3 Contractor garbage bags for waterproofing gear in backpack or duffle bag
  • Duct tape (small amount, optional)
  • 1 Small personal first aid kit with band aids
  • 1 pocketknife with can opener
  • 1 pack rain cover sized to fit over your backpack (optional)
  • Camera (small digital or disposable are easy to carry)
  • Sunglasses
  • Travel sized toothbrush
  • Travel sized toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Extra glasses/contacts
  • Medications in waterproof bags (Inhalers, Epipens, etc.)
  • Travel sized pack of Wet Wipes
  • Travel sized hand sanitizer
  • Shampoo, body wash, etc. Makeup, nail polish, hair spray etc.
  • Hairdryers, straighteners, etc.
  • Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco - These substances are not allowed on the Winter Leadership Experience program. Use of any of these substances may result in removal from the course without refund.


The following are some commonly asked questions regarding this experience. Many of the questions revolve around the gear we are asking you to bring for your adventure experience. We ask that you have these items to make sure your experience is as safe and enjoyable as possible. Trust us - you will not have nearly as much fun if you are wet and cold the entire week. If you have any questions regarding what to buy, where to buy it or anything else please feel free to ask us.

  • February 13, 2020 - Deadline to apply is 4:00PM on this date. Make sure to register before this date
  • February 29, 2020 - Travel day to Corner Brook & Meet at the Corner Brook Campus to spend one night in a local hotel
  • March 1, 2020 - Travel day & Program/Adventure starts
  • March 3, 2020 - Program/Adventure ends
  • March 4, 2020 - Travel day & return home

The following requirements must be met in order to be considered for this event:

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Enrolled in full time studies at CNA
  • Must be attending a program at one of our 17 campuses

Our Winter Adventure Leadership Experience aims to provide new students with opportunity to develop strengths and characteristics critical to being successful in college.
Our Goal:

  1. To provide students with a fun, safe, and memorable experience in a remote wilderness setting during the pre-orientation phase of orientation.
  2. To provide students with opportunities for leadership development through Leader of the Day activities.
  3. To provide opportunities for students to demonstrate outdoor safety through group decision making and teamwork.
  4. To educate students on expedition behaviour and how it can be transferred to real life circumstances.
  5. To provide opportunities for students to develop as a group through education of group development principles.
  6. To provide students with opportunities to develop a wilderness safety ethic for future outings.
  7. To provide students with the opportunity to develop critical life skills such as self-reliance, accountability, communication, leadership and self-efficacy.
  8. To provide a safe atmosphere for students to engage in social development activities.

For this trip you will need a day pack that has enough room to carry a change of clothes, extra layers, food and water.  Our gear will be shuttled to the backcountry hut by snowmobile, so you use a large duffle bag or large pack with a volume of 4500-6000 cubic inches (70-75 L). Please ensure that all your items are waterproofed as the conditions may be damp or wet with snow.  They come in internal frame or external frame models; either is fine as long as they have the correct volume.
If you would rather not purchase or borrow a pack (friends and family are great people to ask), you can borrow one from us for the week.

We will be staying in a heated cabin so a light duty sleeping bag will work just fine. A sleeping pad is also a good idea, but there are bunks provided with foam pads as cushion.
If you are thinking about purchasing a new sleeping bag just for Winter Leadership Experience keep in mind that though Newfoundland in the winter is cold, the coastal and mountain areas are a bit cooler. A synthetic fill sleeping bag in the 30-40o F temperature range will be ideal. The wet weather here can wreak havoc on down sleeping bags. Your sleeping bag should be able to fit in the bottom of your backpack. Sleeping pads come in inflatable and closed cell foam varieties and both will work well.

There are many different styles of winter hiking boots on the market. Footwear should be comfortable, warm, waterproof and provide good support. If you like the stiff high-cut variety that is fine, if not that is ok too. The important thing to remember is to have something that will give your feet good support and keep you warm and dry. You must break in your boots... trust us!

Synthetic fabrics dry quickly if they get wet. In addition, you will stay warmer in a wet synthetic fabric compared to wet cotton. 100% polyester shirts are great and are generally inexpensive. Nylon pants/shorts are good too. In addition, insulated jackets and pants are a good idea, as is something waterproof and breathable. Synthetic or wool socks will keep your feet happy in almost any weather, rain, snow and/or shine. Be sure your socks fit comfortably in your boots and you’re able to layer your clothing.

We want you to be comfortable in the snow. Having good winter gear to keep you dry is an excellent investment. Acceptable materials include: coated nylon, PVC, or Gore-Tex (or other waterproof/breathable material). Gore-Tex is more expensive and is not necessary; the other materials will work just as well.