British Columbia

British Columbia

High Trails Adventure - Grades 9-12

Join our action-packed adventure in the Sea To Sky Corridor of British Columbia. Hike spectacular trails surrounded by snowcapped peaks. Descend the Cheakamus River while learning to whitewater kayak. Learn to rock climb and enjoy a spectacular summit climb of the famous Stawamus Chief peak. Top off your adventure sea kayaking with whales in the San Juan Islands.

21 Days

$4,995

  • June 22nd - July 12th
  • July 15th - August 4th
  • Seattle, WA

Day 1

Landing at the Sea Tac international airport, you’ll gather your bags and meet as a group for the first time! From the airport, you and your group will take the short and scenic drive to your first campsite on Padilla Bay. That first night is always a special one. You will set up your tent for the first time, play games to get to know the other members of your group, and learn about the adventures to come. With a warm fire at hand, you’ll get a good night’s rest to prepare for the days of adventure to come. You’ll be one step closer to the pristine beauty of British Columbia’s mountainous region.

Day 2-4

You will wake up on your second day and begin the journey to Whistler in British Columbia. As we enter the Whistler valley north of Vancouver, you will have trouble containing your excitement and eagerness to explore the surrounding mountains. Using the peaceful riverside campsite of Paradise Valley as a home base each night, you will spend the next days challenging your own vertical limits through hiking, swimming, and zip-lining. You will experience the Peak-2-Peak Gondola that connects Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. You will hike around the breathtakingly beautiful trails of the resort and then begin preparing for you next big adventure – learning to whitewater kayak on the Cheakamus River!

Day 5-8

One of the most exciting ways to explore the westernmost province of Canada is on one of it’s most famous rivers. The river current that slowly rocked you to sleep every night in Paradise Valley will now be your stomping grounds. Expert paddling instructors will teach you and your trip mates the essential skills for success on the river: how to read the river, how to roll your kayak, how to maneuver in and out of eddy lines, and more. You will start on a calm, shallow lake to cover the basics, and work your way to the exciting whitewater of the Cheakamus River as your skills improve. As you navigate through rapids and camp along the river for the next four days, you will have the opportunity to admire the lush British Columbian landscape of old growth forests and learn about the flora and fauna of this primitive landscape.

Day 9-12

After four days on the water, you will trade your spray skirts, lifejackets, and paddles for harnesses, ropes, and carabiners.  Before beginning your next adventure of rock climbing, you will take a day to explore Pemberton Valley area and the renowned glacier-fed lakes of Joffre Lakes Provincial Park. From there, you’ll head to the climbing mecca around Squamish and Howe Sound.

Expert climbing guides will teach you the essential rock climbing and mountaineering skills need to succeed on the granite cliffs and bluffs of British Columbia. You’ll learn the ropes of knot tying and belaying. While improving your skills and becoming comfortable maneuvering low angle climbing routes, you will prepare for your ascent of the famous Stawamus Chief, the world’s second largest granite monolith. The multi-pitch climb leading to the summit of the 93,000,000-year-old granite dome is sure to be an exhilarating highlight of this trip of a lifetime. As you sit atop the Chief, you can witness the same breathtaking view the Squamish tribes enjoyed hundreds of years ago.

Day 13

Catching a breather from your adrenaline-packed adventure in the wilderness, you will kick the mud off your shoes and hit the town with a day of sightseeing in Vancouver. The bustling coastal city of over 2,000,000 boasts many attractions such as the Vancouver Aquarium, the Maritime Museum, and the Capilano Suspension Bridge, all of which you will visit, time permitting.

Day 14-18

Setting your sites south, you and your group will cross the international border back into the US and then board a ferry that will take you into the far reaches of the Puget Sound. Your next stop: the small island chain of the San Juan Islands. These islands, which are actually the summits of an ancient mountain range, are location to some of the most exceptional sea kayaking in the world. Home to an abundant amount of aquatic wildlife including Orca whales, and other wildlife such as bald eagles, deer, and sea lions, the San Juan Islands are sure to impress. Here, you’ll paddle your way through the string of islands, camping somewhere new each night. After your backcountry adventure, you will board a ferry yet again to the calm and scenic Lopez Island to explore the countryside by bike for the day.

Day 19-21

You will take your last ferry to the beautiful waterfront city of Anacortes on Fidalgo Island and then make your way back to Seattle. It’ll be time to clean up gear and prepare for the traditional Wilderness Adventures end-of-summer-banquet. But first, before saying goodbye, you’ll take the time to visit the iconographic sites of Seattle, such as Pike Place Market and the famous Space Needle. You will have your final meal together at an authentic local restaurant. The next day, it will be time to head back to the Seattle airport and board your plane – taking your lifelong friendships and outdoor adventure knowledge with you.

Day 1

Landing at the Sea Tac international airport, you’ll gather your bags and meet as a group for the first time! From the airport, you and your group will take the short and scenic drive to your first campsite on Padilla Bay. That first night is always a special one. You will set up your tent for the first time, play games to get to know the other members of your group, and learn about the adventures to come. With a warm fire at hand, you’ll get a good night’s rest to prepare for the days of adventure to come. You’ll be one step closer to the pristine beauty of British Columbia’s mountainous region.

Day 2-4

You will wake up on your second day and begin the journey to Whistler in British Columbia. As we enter the Whistler valley north of Vancouver, you will have trouble containing your excitement and eagerness to explore the surrounding mountains. Using the peaceful riverside campsite of Paradise Valley as a home base each night, you will spend the next days challenging your own vertical limits through hiking, swimming, and zip-lining. You will experience the Peak-2-Peak Gondola that connects Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. You will hike around the breathtakingly beautiful trails of the resort and then begin preparing for you next big adventure – learning to whitewater kayak on the Cheakamus River!

Day 5-8

One of the most exciting ways to explore the westernmost province of Canada is on one of it’s most famous rivers. The river current that slowly rocked you to sleep every night in Paradise Valley will now be your stomping grounds. Expert paddling instructors will teach you and your trip mates the essential skills for success on the river: how to read the river, how to roll your kayak, how to maneuver in and out of eddy lines, and more. You will start on a calm, shallow lake to cover the basics, and work your way to the exciting whitewater of the Cheakamus River as your skills improve. As you navigate through rapids and camp along the river for the next four days, you will have the opportunity to admire the lush British Columbian landscape of old growth forests and learn about the flora and fauna of this primitive landscape.

Day 9-12

After four days on the water, you will trade your spray skirts, lifejackets, and paddles for harnesses, ropes, and carabiners.  Before beginning your next adventure of rock climbing, you will take a day to explore Pemberton Valley area and the renowned glacier-fed lakes of Joffre Lakes Provincial Park. From there, you’ll head to the climbing mecca around Squamish and Howe Sound.

Expert climbing guides will teach you the essential rock climbing and mountaineering skills need to succeed on the granite cliffs and bluffs of British Columbia. You’ll learn the ropes of knot tying and belaying. While improving your skills and becoming comfortable maneuvering low angle climbing routes, you will prepare for your ascent of the famous Stawamus Chief, the world’s second largest granite monolith. The multi-pitch climb leading to the summit of the 93,000,000-year-old granite dome is sure to be an exhilarating highlight of this trip of a lifetime. As you sit atop the Chief, you can witness the same breathtaking view the Squamish tribes enjoyed hundreds of years ago.

Day 13

Catching a breather from your adrenaline-packed adventure in the wilderness, you will kick the mud off your shoes and hit the town with a day of sightseeing in Vancouver. The bustling coastal city of over 2,000,000 boasts many attractions such as the Vancouver Aquarium, the Maritime Museum, and the Capilano Suspension Bridge, all of which you will visit, time permitting.

Day 14-18

Setting your sites south, you and your group will cross the international border back into the US and then board a ferry that will take you into the far reaches of the Puget Sound. Your next stop: the small island chain of the San Juan Islands. These islands, which are actually the summits of an ancient mountain range, are location to some of the most exceptional sea kayaking in the world. Home to an abundant amount of aquatic wildlife including Orca whales, and other wildlife such as bald eagles, deer, and sea lions, the San Juan Islands are sure to impress. Here, you’ll paddle your way through the string of islands, camping somewhere new each night. After your backcountry adventure, you will board a ferry yet again to the calm and scenic Lopez Island to explore the countryside by bike for the day.

Day 19-21

You will take your last ferry to the beautiful waterfront city of Anacortes on Fidalgo Island and then make your way back to Seattle. It’ll be time to clean up gear and prepare for the traditional Wilderness Adventures end-of-summer-banquet. But first, before saying goodbye, you’ll take the time to visit the iconographic sites of Seattle, such as Pike Place Market and the famous Space Needle. You will have your final meal together at an authentic local restaurant. The next day, it will be time to head back to the Seattle airport and board your plane – taking your lifelong friendships and outdoor adventure knowledge with you.