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Hiking Guide Training Course in British Columbia

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Become a pro at guiding wilderness hiking trips in Canada


Transform yourself into a professional hiking tour guide, with the skills and confidence to match your expertise, in British Columbia’s wild Chilcotin Mountains!


  • Practice-based training
  • Camping in South Chilcotin Mountains
  • Professional instructors
  • Focus on personal development

Our seven-day hiking guide training program is the perfect choice for outdoor enthusiasts looking to gain new skills, further their careers or start their own guide business!

During the course, you’ll learn all about the Canadian travel industry, horse care, wilderness survival, and everything it takes to lead an exceptional hiking tour. Explore the stunning South Chilcotin Mountains and get closer to nature than ever before.

This course is not just a week at a hiking school. We focus on your personal development and leadership skills. Our experienced instructors will make sure that you make the most of your time in Canada’s unique wilderness.

On the successful completion of the program, you’ll be awarded a Wilderness Hiking Guide certificate. 

The tour takes place in the Chilcotin Mountains. Accommodation is a combination of ranch, tent cabins and alpine camps.

Pickup information: Transfers from Vancouver to the ranch and back are available for an additional charge.


  • Personal Experience
  • Trusted Tour Operator
  • Small group
  • Expert guides
Availability July
Duration 7 days
Difficulty Moderate
Group maximum 12 people
Minimum age 19 years
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up No


1 425
  • Best Price Guarantee
  • International number: +1 778 348 1676

Availability (2024):
July 14-20

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What's Included


  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Equipment

What to bring

  • Appropriate clothing
  • Comfortable footwear

Not Included

  • 5% Wilderness Stewardship Contribution Surcharge
  • Transport from Vancouver to the ranch and back is available for an additional cost

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Find out more details about the tour and its highlights


group if hikers on a mountain ridge in summer

This training course is unlike any other wilderness guide training program. Get out of the boring classroom and put your newly acquired skills into practice straight away. Our course is a journey of personal development designed to give you the confidence to step out of your comfort zone. On top of that, you’ll also discover the uncharted lands of the Canadian wilderness!

Our seven-day training program is a fun and effective way to become a professional wilderness hiking guide. If you’re looking to start a new career, this training program will provide you with everything you need! After graduating, you’ll be a qualified mountain leader, able to organize backpacking trips and long hikes. During this week, you’ll learn from experienced backpacking guides, who’ll put together an effective training plan for you. You’ll learn about horse care, wilderness survival, and professional hiking.  

South Chilcotin Mountains charm visitors with their natural beauty. Evergreen forests, vast alpine meadows, and impressive old growth trees are truly breathtaking. Herds of mountain goats, majestic moose, and even grizzly bears are not a rare sight in the woody area. These mountains are made up of rugged peaks and switchbacks ideal for stretching your legs. We’ll be planning our hikes in advance and taking different trails each day, so you’ll be able to enjoy the beautiful range from different perspectives.

The training course is split into two parts. During the first part, we’ll be staying at our guest ranch, where you can familiarize yourself with the local topography and prepare for hikes. Afterward, we’ll hike up to our picturesque mountain camp and settle in there.

looking at mountain landscape far away

Today you’ll learn more about British Columbia’s wilderness tourism industry. We’ll go over the hiking guide training program and map the key trails throughout the territory. This will make it easy for you to find your way around the large area and get more comfortable in the wild.

We’ll practice on-the-trail care of horses, including staking, hobbling and belling. We’ll go through trail etiquette, bears and cougars safety, and discuss what equipment is needed for long distance and day hikes. Our experienced guides will gladly share their knowledge and you’ll be able to ask any questions.

After dinner, we’ll have a short hike to warm up before the upcoming training days.

Care for a horse

Today we’ll cover two major topics. During the first half of the day, we’ll meet our trusty steeds and learn all the essentials of horse care.

Our experienced instructors will demonstrate how to shoe horses, including hoof preparation and fitting horseshoes. You’ll practice how to lead a pack horse. Equine care is an important job for wilderness guides, as steeds are one of the main work tools as well as companions throughout long journeys.

After lunch, we’ll focus on your professional development by discussing effective leadership tactics, as well as guide and guest relations. The relationship between the guide and clients is one of the key aspects for a successful guiding business, but one that often gets overlooked by less experienced professionals.

As we get ready for our upcoming camping trip, continue to hone your horsemanship skills at the ranch. You’ll be introduced to basic horse training methods and backcountry veterinary techniques. Nature provides many natural medicinals, so it’s important to be able to recognize and use them properly.

We’ll also cover food-related topics, such as food and supply inventory procedures, meal planning and cooking in the wild. As a wilderness guide, you might have to prepare food for groups of travelers, so it’s a good idea to know some tricks for making tasty and nutritious meals using products found in nature.

You’ll have brief tests on your newly acquired horseshoeing and packing skills, then we’ll start packing for the ride to our mountain camp.

hiking with a backpack and walking poles

Today is hiking day! We’ll hike to our mountain camp via amazing mountain trails. The hiking track leads through evergreen forests and blooming alpine meadows. The rugged South Chilcotin Mountains never fail to surprise travelers with picturesque and breathtaking sights.

We’ll set up camp and prepare food. After a hearty dinner, we’ll wrap up the day with discussions around a cozy campfire. We’ll review the camp layout and location, and learn the difference between traditional and spike camps. Our lovely guides will share some fun and entertaining stories from their camping experiences.

group of hikers in a forest on a trail

We’ll wake up bright and early to continue with our training schedule. We’ll gear up and climb up to higher altitudes. During the hike, we’ll likely encounter local wildlife and learn about the wild plants that flourish in the South Chilcotin Mountains. Enjoy the sights of extensive stands of whitebark pine forests fringing the timberline in the picturesque mountain valleys.

Back at the campsite, gathered around a campfire, we’ll discuss basic wilderness first aid and survival strategies. We’ll also look into the best practices of marking paths, as well as talk about the rules and regulations for hiking guides. We’ll also talk about professional relations and discuss how they should be maintained.

We’ll prepare our last breakfast at the campsite, pack up and begin hiking back to the ranch.

Before departure, we’ll have a lovely graduation ceremony to celebrate your accomplishments during the hiking guide training course.

Pickup information

Transfers from Vancouver to the ranch and back are available for an additional charge.

Practical information

You’ll receive a detailed list of what to bring before the start of the training.

Please note

The itinerary might change according to the weather conditions.

Payment Details

Deposit and Taxes

  • Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST. 
  • A 50% deposit is required to hold your reservation.
  • Balance of payment is due 90 days before trip commencement.



Deposits are non-refundable.

90 day cancellation policy.