Wilderness Experience Hiking Guide Training in Canada

Your Outdoor Adventure in the Canadian Wilderness

Nature-oriented training in North America

During this exciting guide course amidst the untouched nature of Canada, you get to know the life and work of a competent hiking guide and get trained to lead multi-day guest tours in the wild backcountry. In the first days of your training adventure on a ranch in southwest British Columbia you learn all the skills that are necessary to live in the wilderness. After an extensive course on ranch grounds about outdoor safety rules, care and handling of pack horses, packing and shoeing, camp management, and interaction with guests, you test your new knowledge on a multi-day hiking tour in Canadian mountain landscape. While constantly accompanied by an experienced guide, you not only learn about the breathtaking flora and fauna of the country but also what you’re capable of! Participate in this impressive Wilderness Experience and experience nature-oriented training in the middle of Canada’s untouched backcountry!

Forests, meadows, fjords, lakes, coasts, glaciers, and a variety of wild animals: Canada’s scenery surely provides everybody with an impressive nature experience. On this Wilderness Experience you get really close to the beautiful nature and discover majestic mountain ranges, wide valleys, ancient forests, and alpine meadows on a multi-day hiking tour in the southwest of the country. The diverse flora and fauna is perfect for a breathtaking training adventure amidst the Canadian wilderness!

Services Our Services

Included

  • Placement in the course
  • All meals during the course
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Excursions
  • Assistance with selecting travel insurance
  • English speaking support by long-term experienced staff
  • Assistance with booking flights
  • 24/7 support throughout the course
  • Pre-departure information pack
  • Certificate
  • Accommodation during the course

Not included

  • Flights
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses and optional excursions
  • Visa fees

Canada | Hiking Guide Training

Start DateDurationCostNATUCATE-ID W.CAN-003
1 Week 1.375 €

The prices stated in euros are approximate values. Due to sharp fluctuations in the exchange rate of the Dollar, all prices will be calculated at the time of enquiry.

Requirements

Requirements

To participate in this Wilderness Experience you need to be at least 19 years old and have average knowledge of English in order to understand the instructions of the course supervisor. Special previous knowledge is not necessary for this course. You should rather be interested in nature and outdoor-life and be motivated to participate actively in the course. Furthermore, you should be physically fit, since you go on long day hikes in often rough terrain. This is also why we require a document concerning your state of health as well as a vaccination certificate is required from you. You also need travel health insurance before departing to Canada.

Details Your Hiking Adventure in Canada's Wild Nature

Details

Your hiking adventure in Canada

You first of all fly to Vancouver International Airport and spend a night in a local hotel or hostel. The next morning, an Express Shuttle brings you from Vancouver to your accommodation: a ranch a few hours north of Vancouver that serves as a base station. Once you’ve arrived there you get lunch and an introduction to your upcoming course program.

 

You spend your day of arrival as well as the two following days learning necessary skills about organizing hiking tours: you get accustomed to safety rules, especially wildlife safety. You also learn which equipment you need for these hiking tours and how to pack it on your horses. The care and handling of your packhorses is an important part of your training as well. You learn how to prepare them for the tours and how to lead them in rough terrain. Last but not least, you get taught in the interaction with guests and their supervision in remote areas. On the fourth day, you start on your hiking tour and follow paths that lead you to old forests and picturesque flowering meadows and finally to your camp. In the following days you hike to new mountain ridges while testing your newly acquired outdoor skills. You are constantly accompanied by a proficient guide who shares his experience and valuable knowledge about outdoor and nature with you. Next to building your knowledge you can enjoy unique nature, the view across breathtaking mountain landscapes, and exciting animal sightings. On the last day you hike back to the ranch to have a farewell lunch together, and you can leave with several new skills and impressions.

Every participant receives a certificate after successfully completing the course.


Course subjects

Course subjects

The subjects of your Wilderness Experience course are:

  • Navigation along wilderness trails
  • Camp preparation and management in remote wilderness locations
  • Range management in remote areas
  • Wilderness first-aid
  • Identification of local flora and fauna
  • Etiquette for interaction with guests
  • Wildlife safety
  • Care of pack horses and how tohandle and work with them
Accommodation

Accommodation

During the first half of the week of this Wilderness Experience course you and the other participants live together on a horse and guest ranch amidst the wild nature of southwest British Columbia where you sleep in tents. You get three meals every day: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The ranch has its own library, and you can use deck chairs to relax in the large garden. The ranch is surrounded by a 5000 square kilometer large wilderness area that sets the scene for your upcoming hiking tour.

On the fourth day you and your group start your hiking tour in the Canadian wilderness and spend every night in a wilderness camp. These are located in higher areas and often far away from the usual tourist tracks. The camps can be large canvas tents or also rustic mountain huts. You carry the food supplies that you need and prepare these in one of the camps or during your hikes together.

 

Everybody interested in a Wilderness Experience abroad should be able to adjust to entirely unfamiliar standards of living in their future host country. Therefore, we would like to point out the importance of being flexible and adaptable regarding the accommodation and sanitary facilities provided by the project. Those are very basic and – depending on the project – cannot be compared to European standards. The equipment and furnishings are limited to a minimum; air conditioning is not available. Depending on your host country occasional power blackouts or water outages are quite common. Please contact us if you have further questions about your accommodation. We are pleased to provide you with comprehensive information since we would like you to feel entirely prepared for your time abroad.

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