Introduction to Backcountry Hiking and Navigation

Introduction to Backcountry Hiking and Navigation


What you’ll learn:

Build confidence, capacity, and knowledge while having fun! Get off the beaten track with our Introduction to Backcountry Hiking and Navigation Workshop Series!

Join us to learn the essential gear to bring while hiking in the wilderness, safety considerations while on the trail, and the fundamentals of navigation.

Everyone is welcome, no previous experience is necessary!

What you’ll need

Weekday class will be held indoors and will focus on choosing a hike based on terrain and timing, route planning, essential gear for day trips, and navigation theory.

Weekend classes will be mostly outdoors and be primarily field-based, providing opportunities for practical application, navigation in the field, and emergency preparedness. Participants should be prepared to spend the day outdoors.

Westcoast Adventure College provides instructors and safety equipment.

Gear List:

  • Waterproof outer layers (rain jacket and pants)
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Appropriate warm layers if it is cold/ rainy forecast (ex. mitts and toque)
  • Snacks and lunch
  • Water
  • Face mask
  • Personal hand sanitizer
  • Hat
  • Note-taking material
  • Compass
  • Binoculars

Course Schedule

This is a 3-day workshop held on:

  • Friday : 6PM – 8PM
  • Saturday : 9AM – 4PM
  • Sunday : 9AM – 4PM

Upcoming Course Dates

  • February  25 – 27, 2022
  • March 11 – 13, 2022

*Schedule is subject to change.


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Details about the course:

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In class:

  • Westcoast Adventure College campus
    5449 Sooke Rd., Sooke, BC V9Z 0C8

In Field:

Various South Island parks and wilderness areas including:

  • East Sooke Park
  • Sooke Hills
  • Goldstream Park

Please familiarize yourself with our Covid-19 Policies and Agreement.

About our workshops

Our ethos is built on the foundation of connecting people to their environment. Each workshop is designed to provide learning and practice to hone individual skills. Vancouver Island is one of the best locations for outdoor education in Canada and with our experienced instructors and the diverse outdoor classrooms, participants will explore their backyard with a fun and educational focus.

About Us

Westcoast Adventure College was started in 2002 and has graduated over 300 wilderness guides. We are British Columbia’s premier Adventure Tourism College and with accreditation, by the BC Private Training Institutions Branch, we ensure the highest level of experience and skills required for today’s Adventure Tourism industry. Over 20 years in wilderness education has proven to us that the benefits of outdoor learning on participant confidence and knowledge retention is unparalleled.

Our Instructors

All of our instructors are professionals in the field with years of experience across BC and the world.

See instructor bios here!