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Come Sail with Us this Summer

📣 Our Mission: To engage under-represented youth in the development of knowledge, skills and social belonging through sailing.

Broad Reach’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 7th at 6:30pm online over Google Meet. All may attend but you must be a member in good standing to vote.

Celebrating 25 years of impact.

Inspiring Youth Through Sailing Since 1998

Canada’s youth face a host of grim obstacles. None more-so than potentially vulnerable young people like newcomers, kids from disadvantaged families, and oppressed minorities.

The marine employment sector and sailing community have traditionally been inaccessible to youth of low socio-economic status. Broad Reach Canada is committed to fostering greater equity and inclusion within these communities, and positively influencing the personal growth of youth from various backgrounds.

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Spark Confidence

Use the transformative power of sail to spark confidence in the next generation of leaders — across Canada and from vulnerable and at-risk backgrounds.


Workforce Development

Equip kids with the skills and knowledge to get good jobs.

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Getting Along

Being a crew-member aboard a sailing ship is the ultimate training to become a collaborative team player

Message In a Bottle

Boats are Cool

Seriously. They've got these huge sails and they go fast when the wind blows. This speaks to kids.

Make a Change.

Featured Programs

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Ships 2 Shores

A youth-led discovery of Canadian waters and the ships that sail them.

Share your views and experiences with thousands of youth across the country and act on our collective responsibility to our oceans, lakes and rivers. Participate in arts projects, social media challenges and online events.

Summer A-Float

Each of our sailboats offers a different level of operational complexities providing youth with continuity of challenges to learn, to apply new knowledge and skills, and to embrace unique opportunities for development.

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Winter A-Shore

Classroom based activities that include S.T.E.A.M. related subjects: sailing and navigational theory workshops; understanding of all aspects of vessel maintenance; study & examination for the Pleasure Craft Operators Card with professional certification, following the successful completion of the examination; exploration of marine art and history; the design, construction, and sailing of a cardboard sailboat in the school’s swimming pool: the first one to stay afloat and reach the end of the swimming pool wins!
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Lives Transformed


People of Colour

First Nations, Inuit, or Métis

22% Members of the 2SLGBTQI+ Community

Live in Rural or Remote Areas

French Speakers

*Demographics are self-reported by 2023 program participants.

How Your Support is Making a Difference


A commitment to anti-racism, diversity, equity and inclusion

We promote a world without systemic structures that create fear, are unjust, and uphold racial oppression. We commit to examining real ways that we can help to dismantle systemic racism in our society. We also commit to be transparent in this process; to listen, learn, and move forward together in shared understanding.

Whitecap is Canada’s premiere monthly sailing podcast of record.  Broad Reach CEO Marguerite Pyron and participant Elia Cai sat down with host David Cripton to discuss growing the sport into new populations, working in the marine sector, tall ships and some great songs about sailing, including sea shanties!

The posdcast officially announced Broad Reach Canada as the winner of the 2023 Whitecap Cup for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion!