Retreat Programs

A weekend of fun, inclusive and life-changing learning in the Canadian Rockies and Columbia Valley

2021 Programs

Women of Confidence Series

Want to get up to speed with the outdoors scene but feeling a little…out of place and intimidated?
Join us for a series of confidence-building programs geared especially for mature women.
At Back 40 we are mature (50+) adults who love the outdoors and are willing to take things at a different pace – quality over quantity, so to speak – as is befitting our more discerning station in life.

We are here to help you get out there. You’re never too old to play outside!

Larch Madness! Intro to Backpacking
September 17 – 19, 2021

Introductory backpacking for mature ladies. No hard and fast here! We go low & slow so you can grow your confidence level and earn that “Woman of Confidence” status on the backcountry trails. This will be a glorious fall hike that you won’t forget.

Minimum participants = 4

Maximum participants = 8

Women’s Wilderness Survival Weekend
September 24 – 26, 2001

Shit happens. Are you prepared to deal with it?

Put some essential tools in your outdoors-toolbox with this “Women of Confidence” course. Join us for a weekend of fun & informative confidence-building & learn essential survival and wilderness preparedness skills.

Minimum participants = 4

Maximum participants = 10

Want us to tailor a program especially for your group? Contact us!

What’s included?
  • Accommodations while at Back 40 basecamp (canvas bell tent, beds)
  • Meals – breakfasts, lunches, dinners during program
  • Program instruction & guides
  • Access to private trails
  • Watercraft & PFDs for paddle programs
What’s not included?
  • Personal hiking equipment
  • Sleeping bag, pillow, personal items
  • Travel to/from Back 40 or to trailhead/docks
  • A full list of recommended gear will be provided upon registration
What are the basecamp accommodations like?
  • Shared accommodations in 3 x 5m canvas bell tents which can accommodate 4 people each
  • Real beds and mattresses
  • Outhouse facilities with the best view of the Purcell Mountains
  • Non-potable water for washing
  • Bear-proof storage facilities and/or bear hang facilities
  • Cooking facilities (camp-style propane stoves)
  • Fire pits and firewood
  • Outdoor shower facilities (cold water)
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