Wilderness Medicine Course Location

"The Barn" in Gatineau Hills

Most of our open enrolement wilderness medicine courses are held in the heart of the Gatineau Hills in Quebec – just 30 minutes from downtown Ottawa and 8 minutes from the charming village of Wakefield.

The Barn

The course site, “The Barn”, sits on 75 acres of forest and meadows bordered by a lake, a river, and Gatineau Park. The main building is shelled in a barn that was built in 1936 and converted into a retreat facility in the 1970’s.

Exterior of 'The Barn' training location for wilderness medicine courses


The main floor contains our classroom, another ‘lounge’ room with a cozy fireplace, a dining room, and a fully equipped kitchen where students can store and prepare food. The upper floor has shared bedrooms and bathrooms for those staying on site. There’s also Wi-Fi available at the Barn to help you stay in touch or plan your travels. Please bring a pair of comfortable shoes to keep dry and wear indoors.

Kitchen of 'The Barn' in Gatineau Hills


For only $19 CAD per night students can stay on-site. The shared accommodations are comfortable and clean. The bedrooms are on the upper floor and each has between three and five beds. There are bathrooms and showers on the upper floor as well as the main floor.

Typical bedroom in 'The Barn'

The kitchen, dining room, ‘lounge’ room, and classroom provide comfortable areas to study, hang out, and relax during downtime. There are two fridges and multiple cupboards to store groceries with supermarkets and stores nearby to resupply.

Students staying on-site should bring their own bedding, pillow, and towel.

Wakefield, Quebec

Wakefield is a charming and fun village on the banks of the Gatineau River. It is known for its great restaurants, shops, bakeries, the famous live music venue ‘The Black Sheep Inn’, and its easy access to Gatineau park for cross country skiing in the winter and bicycling and hiking in the summer.