Option plein air: outdoor adventures

L’aventure de l’option plein air

Louis Jobin High School in St. Raymond has developed a school program with an outdoors concentration that leverages the wealth of St-Raymond’s territory and surrounding areas. It was built in collaboration with Vallée Bras-du-Nord’s coop, whose expertise in education through adventure and nature has been successfully used. The school offers this program to students of 4th and 5th secondary level.

The project

Members of the team, consisting of school staff and cooperative, provide training and technical workshops according to their fields of expertise. They also guide field trips and expeditions, which encourages students to develop their teamwork, leadership skills and social skills.
This unique program generates significant benefits for both young people and the community in general. It allows them to discover the variety and richness of St-Raymond’s and Portneuf’s territories, and promoted a reappropriation of these lands. Young people have changed their outlook on their own part of the country, and now know several new activities to practice on it. With skills of a technical nature and a greater awareness of their environment, these young people are now ambassadors of their region, the outdoors, and sustainable development.
Youth now emerge grown up and rich of a baggage that will follow for life: better understanding of self and others, a spirit of resilience, courage, perseverance, greater self-confidence, overcoming personal limitations, openness and awareness for the maintenance of good health.

Finally, several young people have mentioned that this rich experience had stimulated  them enough to want to continue school. With such an amazing experience, many of our students have continued to work in the outdoor field, especially among us at Vallée Bras-du-Nord. Proud of this unique expertise, Vallée Bras-du-Nord can boast of being the outdoors cooperative which has the largest number of graduates in outdoors studies from Université du Québec à Chicoutimi. For more information, or to read the contents of the conference we give about this collaboration, please visit our Conferences section

Conferences section.



Nous sommes fiers de vous présenter cette courte vidéo sur nos «Projets En Marche». Près de 175 jeunes sont passés dans ses projets depuis les débuts de la coopérative. Ils sont non seulement nos bâtisseurs de sentiers, ils sont l'incarnation de notre mission auprès de la jeunesse, de l'environnement et de la mise en valeur de la nature. Cette vidéo se veut également un aperçu d'un documentaire à venir sur notre mission "jeunesse" et ses bénéfices. Autant une façon de faire connaître aux gens ces merveilleux projets, ce sera également une façon de sensibiliser les gens à être partie prenante de cette aventure et de nous soutenir afin de pérenniser notre approche et ses nombreuses retombées pour la collectivité. Suivez nous pour plus d'info.  Merci à nos précieux partenaires; La Fondation ALCOA, Emploi Québec via le Centre Local d'Emploi de Portneuf et la Table d'Action préventive jeunesse de Portneuf. 


This project would not be possible without the financial participation of key partners who believe in us. In order to renew Option plein-air, we are constantly looking for other partners who would like to get involved. We would like to thank the organizations that support and make this project possible :

  • École secondaire Louis-Jobin, Saint-Raymond
  • Ville de Saint-Raymond
  • Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC)
  • Table d’action préventive jeunesse
  • NAQ (Intervention Nature Aventure Québec)
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Our cooperative model is a tangible, living and inspiring sustainable development. It's a park where outdoor enthusiasts coexists, whether they're tourists, residents, farmers, cottagers, forest workers, tourism businesses and local organizations. This cohabitation promotes dialogue and real and continuous dialogue to reconcile economic, social and environmental requirements of the Vallée Bras-du-Nord. Read more

Who we are

Vallée Bras-du-Nord is a solidarity cooperative based on an innovative model of cooperative management. Many awards over the years attest the success of our model, since the founding of the coop in 2002. This model combines the employees (workers), the producers of tourism services (producer members) and landowners providing rights of access (support members)..Read more

A model of sustainable tourism

To give our ambitions a chance to avoid uncontrolled exploitation of the territory, the Vallée Bras-du-Nord coop adopted since its inception the principles of sustainable tourism development. Not only is it our philosophy, but also a duty and above all, a responsibility. Read more

Our success stories!

Vallée Bras-du-Nord is the recipient of numerous awards. We are cited as an example throughout Quebec and internationally as a model of sustainable tourism integrating both young, local people and local stakeholders. Read more

Our social and job reintegration projects

Every year since 2002, Vallée Bras-du-Nord coop hires a dozen youth from Portneuf region who went through various issues of life (dropping out of school, substance abuse, delinquency, etc.) We offer them a few months in a different kind of school, the forest. Here, they work to build and maintain our trail system. This unusual approach forces them to confront a hostile environment that teaches patience, tolerance, discipline, teamwork, determination and perseverance. Read more

Conference offers

Many successes in recent years and multiple benefits generated by Vallée Bras-du-Nord’s model of cooperative solidarity attract curiosity. This model shines throughout Quebec and beyond its borders. Read more


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