Guide Course Canada: Advanced Horseback Guide
You have successfully completed the one- or two-week horseback training or participated in another course in which you’ve acquired essential horse and wilderness skills? Then you are ready to take your wilderness adventures to the next level! The advanced wilderness guide training enlarges your knowledge and skills concerning the handling of horses, leading guests in remote settings, and life in the wilderness even more. Just like the preceding course, the intensive training starts on the ranch and lets you use the newly acquired knowledge in the midst of remote nature areas a few days later.
- Spend seven day in Canada’s fascinating nature
- Broaden the horseback guide knowledge you have acquired so far
- Discover British Columbia’s pristine backcountry on horseback
- Spend the nights in the wilderness
- Meet people from all over the world
- Experience Canada’s beautiful diverse landscapes
Advanced horseback guiding in Canada
In this course you can broaden the horseback knowledge you could gather so far on a Western ranch in British Columbia and get to know breathtaking Canada on horseback.
Arrival and orientation in North America
First of all, you need to book a flight to Vancouver International Airport. After your arrival you spend the following night in a local hotel or hostel. The next morning an Express Shuttle takes you from Vancouver to your base station: a Western ranch a few hours north of Vancouver in the midst of the untouched wilderness of southwest British Columbia. After you received lunch on the ranch you will be introduced to the field of outdoor and adventure tourism and get a horse – your companion for the following days.
Topics of the advanced training as a horseback guide
You spend the following days acquiring essential skills about horse husbandry and horse care – a few days later you finally leave for your packtrip adventure for several days that leads you through forests, flower meadows, valleys and impressive mountain landscapes. The focus of your advanced training will be on horse management, wildlife identification and tracking, plant species identification and practical uses, wilderness survival skills, wilderness navigation, safety training as well as planning and leading complex wilderness trips.
After completing the course you possess the necessary knowledge and experience to be a second guide on wildlife tours, camping trips and other outdoor guest tours and work your way up to be a lead guide.
Accommodation during your stay abroad in Canada
During the course you and the other participants live on a horse and guest ranch amidst the wild nature of southwest British Columbia. Here you sleep in tents on the ranch grounds. You receive three meals each day.
After a couple of days you leave for the wilderness and sleep in different wilderness camp. These can range from big canvas tents to rustic mountain huts. You and your group carry all necessary food items with you and either prepare them in one of the camps or on the way.
Leisure time as a horseback guide student
As the focus of this course is on your advanced horseback guide training, leisure time is quite limited. Usually you can use the evening hours for own activities, though: there is a ranch library, and you can also use deck chairs to relax in the large garden.
Arrival in Canada
Course Day 1-2
Day 1 and 2 in the guide course: Your stay on a ranch in Canada
Course Day 3-6
Day 4 to 6 in the guide course: Pack trip in British Columbia’s wilderness
Return to ranch and departure
FAQ – Learn more about this trip
“I really recommend this programme. Natucate cared for me very well. I felt very comfortable and was sure I’m in good hands. I spent two unforgettable months in Florida.”
“In the end the volunteers and the ranch-staff was even like a little family to each other.”
As part of his gap year, Louis spent several weeks in the Seychelles and volunteered in conserving the unique ecosystem and protecting endangered sea turtles. Take a look at some fantastic impressions:
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 advanced horseback guide course
Thanks to its huge forests, picturesque fjords, numerous lakes, rough coasts, high glaciers, and a rich fauna, Canada is a perfect setting for an impressive nature experience. In this course you are at close quarters with Canada’s beautiful nature and discover the majestic mountain ranges and wide valleys of the second largest country in the world on horseback.
The goal of this course is to provide you with a greater understanding of the Canadian backcountry and its unique nature, which is especially important for living and surviving in the wild nature, and which makes you an even more confident outdoor guide. You not only get to extend your practical skills, but you also test your limits, gain new confidence, broaden your horizon and develop a deep bond with Canada’s flora and fauna.
Explore the behaviour of different primate species in the Amazon rainforest or learn about wildlife biology
Take part in our animal welfare project in Canada and help take care of formerly farmed horses in Alberta
Join the team of an animal shelter in the US, dedicated to ending the exploitation of farmed animals