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.
The subjects of your Wilderness Experience course are:
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.