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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!

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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.

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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.

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).

 

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Membership

 

1 Year Regular Membership

30$

1 YEAR STUDENT MEMBERSHIP

20$

1 YEAR Family MEMBERSHIP

30$

SUMMER (MAY - AUGUST) MEMBERSHIP

10$

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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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 

 

Office Hours

Monday 9-11
Tuesday 2-4
Thursday 11-1
Friday 10-12

 

21 Sussex Avenue, Room 422

Toronto, Ontario M5S 1J6