Spring Outward Bound Canada canoe trip

From May 5th – 11th, males from the Portage Elora program participated in an extended Outward Bound Canada expedition. Over the course of a 7 day long canoe trip in the beautiful Algonquin Provincial Park, 9 youth were able to test the skills they have learned at Portage in the Canadian wilderness. 

“The best part of my Outward Bound experience was seeing the end result to all my hard work and being able to share it with the ones beside me. It’s definitely life changing. I would do it again.”
– K. W.

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Discovering Elora’s new Therapeutic Vegetable Garden 

WEB_PortageEloraGarden1With the support of The Home Depot Canada Foundation, the Portage Elora Youth Garden Project is one of several recreational activities youth will have the opportunity to participate in this summer.  

Youth will cultivate, nurture and grow the vegetable garden with the help of staff in Elora. They will also be responsible for building a fence, planting and maintaining the garden and for ensuring that it thrives and produces edible vegetables. 

“It has taught me about having a routine. It takes discipline that some people may not have. It helps to build a new skill which is relatable in my program, as we see the plants grow so do we in our own lives.”

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Elora Staff take part in a CPR Workshop

On Friday July 24, the Elora staff took part in a CPR workshop where they learned how to apply bandages and first-aid techniques. A great team-building experience for all.

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Portage Elora’s
30th Anniversary

This year, Portage is celebrating a milestone anniversary; its 30th year in Elora!

That’s three decades of helping youth gain freedom from addiction and getting their life back on track.

A special anniversary will take place this fall and will kick off a busy year for Portage Elora, as new projects are in the air.

Stay informed with the upcoming special activities on our Facebook page!


August 3 to 6 – Youth from Portage Elora will join their peers from New-Brunswick and Québec during the 17th edition of the Portage Olympics in Saint-Malachie, Québec.

August 4 to 10 – Boys’ Camping Trip  Outward Bound in Elora

Aug 8 to 14 – Girls’ Camping Trip Outward Bound in Elora

Aug. 30 – Girls’ late summer trip Outward Bound in Elora

September 26 –  Boys’ Fall Trip  Outward Bound in Elora

September 27 – Recognition Ceremony at Elora


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Portage Québec

For admissions information:
Tel. 519-846-0945


For the Portage Ontario Board, campaign, events, and volunteer activities, please contact:

Jennifer Blunt
Director of Corporate Affairs and Development, Portage Ontario

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About Portage

Portage is a non-profit organisation dedicated to helping people overcome their dependencies in order to be able to live healthy, happy, and productive lives.  With service centres in Québec, New Brunswick, and Ontario, Portage helps clients to develop their self-esteem, confidence, and the competencies necessary to overcome addiction. For more information, click here.

 Portage Ontario was established in 1985.