Backpacking and Canoeing | Voyages

Experience the Northwest on land and water! Start out by throwing on a backpack and hiking through gorgeous Central Oregon. While trekking along this stunning stretch of scenic trail, you will gain valuable skills using a map and compass, cooking delicious meals together, and sleeping under the stars.

Next, canoe down the upper Deschutes River, and learn the paddle skills necessary to navigate the windy waterway. This trip takes place in the Deschutes National Forest and is roughly half backpacking and half canoeing.

Friday, August 20: Arrive at Pacific for Voyages


Marsh West Lawn
Check in on the West Lawn with Voyage Coordinators and be welcomed by Orientation Staff. Participate in Pacific’s traditional Sign, Shake, and Ring ceremony— a time honored tradition signing the book of enrollment, shaking the president’s hand, and ringing the bell to signify your entry into Pacific.


| Residence Halls
Move-in to residence hall. Students with late night flights may fly in August 21 and have a midnight check-in. Please let us know ASAP if you need to do this.

Welcome Dinner

| Marsh West Lawn
Welcome dinner for students and parents! (on Marsh West Lawn)

Student Orientation & Pre-trip Meeting

| Location TBA
Get to know your Voyage leaders and fellow participants before you depart on your adventures (students only). 

Parent and Family Orientation

| Location TBA
Parent and Family Orientation (parents and family members only).

Saturday, August 21: All Voyages depart in the morning (5-days).

Wednesday, August 25: All Voyages return to campus in the afternoon.

Thursday, August 26: Freshman Orientation begins.


National Forest Non-Discrimination Policy

Pacific University is a permitee of the Deschutes National Forest. In accordance with the Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, Pacific University is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of ancestry, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint, write, USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.