Guide Course Canada: Hiking Guide
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!
- Spend seven days in Canada’s breathtaking nature
- Hike through British Columbia’s wild backcountry for three days
- Acquire essential hiking guide knowledge
- Spend the nights in the Canadian wilderness
- Meet people from all over the world
- Experience Canada’s fascinating nature from up close
Nature training in Canada
As a participant in the midst of Canada’s pristine nature you get to know the work of a real hiking guide and, at the same time, the beautiful North American country in an incomparable way.
Arrival and orientation in British Columbia
First of all, you 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 programme.
Topics of the guide training in North America
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.
Accommodation as a hiking guide student
During the first half of the week of the 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 each day. 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.
Leisure time during your outdoor adventure
As the focus is on your hiking guide training, free time is quite limited. The evening hours can usually be used for relaxing and own activities, though.
Arrival in Canada
Days on the ranch in British Columbia
Hiking tour in the Canadian wilderness
Return to ranch and departure
FAQ – Learn more about this trip
“I have a new-found passion and love of all parts of the environment stemming from my much more thorough understanding of it.”
“After a few days in the house there it feels like my new home and I met a lot of nice people from all over the world. It’s a good experience to live and work with them [...].”
“I especially remember the great atmosphere of sharing these unique experiences with others and the moments when I held my breath and wondered if this was all a dream or reality.”
1. British Columbia
British Columbia is a Canadian province located on the Pacific coast between Canada's provinces of Yukon and Alberta and the United States. Vancouver is the largest city and at the same time the largest economic centre.
First and foremost, forests dominate the 944,735 km² of British Columbia. The abundance of species that can be found here attracts countless travellers every year. Bears, elks, bobcats, wolves, pumas and lots of other wildlife can be seen with a bit of luck in the midst of the breathtaking wilderness – the perfect destination for every nature and outdoor enthusiast.
British Columbia's pristine natural landscapes will be your home during your educational adventure in Canada.
Background of the hiking guide course in Canada
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.