Retreat Programs

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

2021 Programs – dates coming soon

Hiking 101

An introductory level program to get you up on your hiking boots and out on the trails. Topics include AdventureSmart’s 3 T’s of safe adventuring, animal safety, essential equipment, and navigation. You will get the opportunity to practice your skills on entry-level day hikes on the slopes of Brisco Mountain, and depending on group ability and preference, you may tackle a more challenging day hike into the Rockies or Purcell Mountains. Prerequisites: good physical condition, no hiking experience necessary.

Backpacking 101

The basics of backpacking, building on basic hiking skills. The program will begin at Back 40 basecamp, where you will learn backpacking skills, trip planning, meal planning, and navigation; and get a chance to practice your knowledge before heading into the nearby mountains for an overnight trip. Prerequisites: good physical condition, some hiking experience preferred.

Women, Woods & Water

Hike and paddle especially for mature ladies. Come and join some like-minded women while you learn to navigate the trails and paddle the world-famous (and incredibly scenic) Columbia Wetlands and Columbia River. Prerequisites: good physical condition, must identify as female, no prior hiking or paddling experience necessary.

Hike and Paddle

The best of two worlds – introductory level hiking in the Rockies combined with introductory paddling on the Columbia River. The program begins at Back 40 basecamp where you will learn and practice essential hiking skills. You will then relocate to nearby Lake Windermere for paddling instruction before enjoying a peaceful paddle on the Columbia River through the Columbia Wetlands between Invermere and Radium Hot Springs. Prerequisites: good physical condition, no experience necessary.

Wilderness Survival

You’re day three into a multi-day hiking trip and you’re hit with a late-season snowstorm. Or you’re on a day hike and you find yourself off-trail and in unfamiliar terrain. What now?
Find out how to manage emergency situations by joining our wilderness preparedness weekend where you’ll learn and practice wilderness emergency skills in a controlled environment. Includes one night of solo camping. Prerequisites: good physical condition, no previous experience necessary.

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

What’s included?
  • Accommodations (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 (boots, clothing, backpack)
  • Sleeping bag, pillow
  • Travel to/from Back 40 or to trailhead/docks
  • A full list of recommended gear will be provided upon registration
What are the accommodations like?
  • Shared accommodations in 3 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 stove)
  • Fire pits and firewood
  • Outdoor solar-heated shower facilities
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