Becoming an Outdoors Woman® (BOW) is a non-profit, entry level, educational program offering outdoor related workshops to adult women. We encourage a supportive environment conducive to learning, making friends, and having fun. No experience is necessary.

We offer a variety of hands on, entry level educational workshops for participants in each of three areas: hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreation activities.

Originally started in the US in 1991, Nova Scotia began offering the program to women in 1997.  Offered internationally, you can find workshops in many Provinces and States at BOW International

BOW NS is a volunteer-led, all gender organization. Our instructors and administrative team are volunteers who give freely of their time and knowledge and many have been with the BOW program since it began.  We strive to have a respectful environment for all.

This workshop is for you if…..

  • you have never tried these activities, but have hoped for an opportunity to learn
  •  you are a beginner who hopes to improve your skills
  •  you know how to do some of these activities, but would like to try some new ones
  •  you are looking for the camaraderie of like-minded individuals

We hold an annual Fall workshop and a bi-annual Winter workshop. BOW workshops are generally held at camps, in an outdoors atmosphere. Participants will stay in shared accommodations – lodges, dormitories or cabins that may be rustic, but have modern basic amenities.  Participants are asked to bring their own bedding or sleeping bag/pillow and towels/facecloths.  Nutritious meals are provided and cooked by the camp staff. 

Most activities will take place outside and may involve a wide range of physical activity including bending, standing, carrying light weights (pack), arm movement (paddling), and walking (all classes) distances of up to 0.5 to 2 km through wooded areas. All classes are offered at an introductory level for those who have little or no experience.  All equipment is provided. Space is limited.

Check us out on FACEBOOK for pictures of past BOW Workshops and updates on upcoming workshops.  Registration opens in July for the Fall workshop, and in January for the Winter workshop.  Search for us on EVENTBRITE Becoming an Outdoors Woman® Nova Scotia. 

February 17-19, 2023 – Winter workshop in Cape Breton

September 15-17, 2023 – Fall BOW Brigadoon Village 


“I can only say the same about all four workshops (rifle shooting, map & compass navigation, archery, wilderness survival) the instructors are patient, take their time, respond individually when asked, are knowledgeable and the best teachers you could ask for!”

“All classes were very good with knowledgable instructors. I learned a lot and feel inspired to learn and experience more on my own.”