Pineriver Institute

PIne River

Pine River Institute helps adolescents struggling with addictive behaviours and other mental health issues to reclaim their lives, their families, and their futures.

Pine River Institute is the only program of its kind in Canada – a live-in treatment centre and outdoor leadership experience for youth, ages 13 to 19. Located near Shelburne, Ontario, PRI combines therapy with a fully-accredited education program to reinforce the healthy life skills required for a successful future.


Pine River works. Four out of five graduates regain physical, mental, and emotional stability. Here, youth and families in crisis focus on personal development and growth.


If you think Pine River might be the right choice for your family, find out about our admissions process and fees.


View some FAQ's about the Pine River program and read testimonials from youth and families who have been through the program.

About Us

Pine River Institute offers adolescents and their families room for hope. Combining therapy with a fully-accredited education program, Pine River reinforces the healthy life skills required for long-term success. Simply put, teens in crisis regain their lives, their families and their futures.


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“This program is here to help you face your traumas and your anxieties with support for you to fall back on if you need it. PRI will always have a special place in my heart”

PRI Graduate


Pine River Institute is a proud member of the Central Ontario Specialized Health Network (COSH). COSH is a network of agencies, clients, families and care partners with expert knowledge, unique skills and experience in caring for people with highly complex needs with a lens of trauma, mental health and addictions, senior’s health and palliative care services. Learn more here: