University Of Toronto

Outing Club

Doing It Outside Since 1957.





Who We Are


The University of Toronto Outing Club (UTOC) is a not-for-profit, non university-affiliated organization founded in 1957 by U of T students. Since our incorporation, we have expanded our membership and mandate to be as accessible and welcoming as possible to all outdoor enthusiasts from the Greater Toronto Area and Grey-Bruce County community, in addition to U of T students, alumni, and staff.

One of our core principles is to run trips and activities for people with any level of outdoor experience in an effort to make them enjoyable and accessible to everyone.

We pride ourselves in being a friendly, welcoming community offering frequent, inexpensive weekend and day trips to many parts of Ontario (and sometimes beyond), with longer trips involving camping and hiking in provincial/national parks. Our most  popular weekend trips are the group excursions to the cabin (located near the Georgian Bay - learn more in the next section), with trip sizes varying from 5-6 people to our occasional large trips of 30-35. The club also organizes regular social events within the city of Toronto for members and non-members alike, such as our monthly pub social. 

UTOC mandates to protect the ecological and historical significance of the natural areas surrounding our cabin of Grey-Bruce County by promoting conservation, maintaining the ski and hiking trails surrounding our property, as well as having founded the Kolapore Wilderness Trails Association.

Everyone and anyone that is a club member can organize an event or run a trip (See our Q&A section below for more information). Popular past trips have included:

The annual Gourmet Cabin Weekend

2013 Manitoulin Island and Killarney Provincial Park camping roadtrip

Day hikes in Toronto to the Leslie Spit, Rouge Park, Scarborough Bluffs, or the Humber River Valley

The annual curling bonspiel tournament


We look forward to seeing you on one of our trips soon,


Katya Smirnova

UTOC President, 2016-2017


Our Cabin


Our prized possession is our cabin in the woods, located just southwest of Collingwood, ON. The Cabin is owned and operated by our club, and was built by club members in 1968. It is located directly on the Bruce Trail, at the base of Metcalfe Rock, a gem on the escarpment boasting the province's best rock-climbing routes, explorable fissures and caves, and unbeatable views over Grey County. The Cabin is used to host a variety of club events, trips, and excursion weekends. Popular activities at the cabin include cross-country skiing on the over 45km of trails leading right away from the cabin's doorstep, mountain biking, hiking, caving, rock climbing, swimming, and canoeing.

We are proud to own a rustic cabin, and not a cottage. The cabin has no electricity, instead being lit by propane lamps, and heated by a propane furnace and a wood-burning oven, for that extra cozy feel. It also has no running water - instead we get our water from a stream we have tapped into directly from the depths of Metcalfe Rock. 

Check out the photo gallery further below to see more photos.

Contact our cabin officer (cabin@utoc.ca) for more information about the cabin.


UTOC Climbers


The U of T Rock Climbing Club (UTRCC) has recently merged with the U of T Outing Club (UTOC). As a sub-committee under UTOC, this climbing club will be a great way for you to connect with other climbers and lovers of the great outdoors! Becoming a member of UTOC gives you the following benefits:

  1. A membership to the Alpine Club of Canada* (normally 50$ for the year) which gives you access to half off climbing nights weekly at gyms across Toronto and discounts at climbing cabins across Canada, including:


  1. Access to the UTOC cabin at Blue Mountain which is home to the beautiful (and climbable!) Metcalfe rock, and Old Baldy
  2. Opportunities to attend other non-climbing UTOC events and outdoor trips
  3. Access to UTOC's gear library filled with sweet climbing and other outdoor equipment that you can rent

Even if you don't think that the UTOC membership is for you, you're still welcome to come out and climb with us or post in this group if you ever want to just go out for a casual last-minute climb with some cool people.

Contact the climbing committee (climbing@utoc.ca) if you would like more information, or would like to join the committee to plan future events.

Follow us on our facebook group to hear about some events!




* ACC student membership is applied for once a semester (Late September, February). Members who have joined between periods will have to wait until the next membership application process to obtain their ACC membership number.

* UTOC ACC student memberships expire every year on August 31, and membership must be renewed to obtain a new ACC membership.


Gear Library


To request a rental or to take something out, come to our office hours.

All equipment is stored in our UTOC office in 21 Sussex room 422 on the U of T campus and will have to be picked up during office hours (Mondays 3-6, Thursdays 12-4, Fridays 2-5)

We would like to thank the generous folks at MEC Outdoor Nation and MEC Toronto for donating outdoor equipment to us and helping kickstart this initiative. Also special thanks to UTOC executives Micheal Chahley and Jimmy Truong who have championed this initiative from the start. 

For any inquiries (long term rentals, special rates), to talk about donations, or ask about how to help out, feel free to email the equipment officer (equipment@utoc.ca).





1 Year Regular Membership








We accept Paypal, Credit (Amex, Visa, or MC), or Debit. Please fill in your information below, whereby you'll be redirected to a page to fill in your payment information. Once that's done, you'll be added to our list-serv and should receive a welcome email within the next couple of days!

Your membership won't be complete until you submit your payment AND your personal information!!

Feel free to email our membership officer (membership@utoc.ca) if you have any questions.

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Questions & Answers


How do I join a trip?

Being a member of the Club grants you access to our mailing list, which lets you know of upcoming events. Joining one is simple: you simply reply to the event email sent out by the organizer, and they do the rest and keep you up to date.

How do I organize a trip or event?

Any member can organize a trip or event! As a UTOCer you can access the listserv and send out an email about your next outdoor adventure. If you need any help, contact the exec team by dropping by the office, send us an email, or come out to our next pub night.

What if i'm only interested in one type of activity?

You should email one our committees (see our executives pages to get in touch) and relay your interest to them. They can help you plan an event, tell you what trips are coming up, and if you're really keen, you can join the committee to help with future plans!

Trip planning guides

Waiver form

General trip planning guide

General trip planning checklist


Still have questions on how to plan a trip? Email the activity officers (activities@utoc.ca) if you have any other questions or need help planning a trip.

I am losing precious days. I am degenerating into a machine for making money. I am learning nothing in this trivial world of men. I must break away and get out into the mountains to learn the news.
— John Muir

Contact Us


Please visit the executive page first if you would like to reach a specific member or committee.

General inquiries should contact: utoclub@gmail.com

Emails sent to the general inquiry email first may not be responded to right away.


Visit our Facebook group at facebook.com/groups/utoutingclub 



Feel free to stop by our office during office hours:

Monday: 3-6

Thursday: 12-4

Friday: 2-4

21 Sussex Avenue, Room 422

Toronto, Ontario M5S 1J6