Western Educational Adventures Backcountry Camping Skills Intro, Victoria, B.C.
Western Educational Adventures

Vancouver Island Backcountry Camping Skills Course

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Looking to get outside hiking, backcountry camping, canoeing or kayaking in the wilderness of Vancouver Island BC but don't have the skills or knowledge to do it safely? Learn the basic skills necessary to explore the wilderness safely around Victoria BC or in other communiites on the Island. This outdoor camping skills course teaches students camp site selection, hiking safety, tent set-up, tarp set-up, knot tying, meal planning, outdoor cooking, camp stove lighting/maintenance, proper equipment choices, outdoor navigation & more. Want to push your skills past this program? WEA also covers the various types of outdoor training courses available for a variety of outdoor activities such as wilderness first aid, paddling, mountaineering & more. The course is taught by instructors/guides that have significant experience outdoors with adults, children and families. Food and some equipment is included.

Vancouver Island Backcountry Skills Course

Vancouver Island, Victoria & Sooke BC

6 - 70 years 1 - 6 3 days
*$1,400 + GST On Demand

*As this program is a custom program, costs may vary depending on location, timing, numbers and other factors.



In a Rush or Have Questions Before You Book our Vancover Island Backcountry Skills Course?

Call us now at 250-888-1622 and talk to a real person!! or, if you can't talk now, please click on the following button to take you to the contact information survey (takes 1 to 2 minutes to complete) and we will get back to you within 2-5 business days.


When, Where & What

We can run this program anywhere and at any time on Vancouver Island BC, near Victoria, Sooke, Campbell River, anywhere! A great location for this course is at Camp Barnard 3202 Young Lake Rd, Sooke, BC V9Z 0J6 from 16:00 on Friday to 16:00 on Sunday.

The Experience

An almost all-inclusive, fun event where you get to learn from experts about Vancouver Island BC backcountry basics. Enjoy having all the meals and organizing done for you! Just bring your gear and show up with your family or other group! This course has a mix of instruction, learning through experience and travel components. Students learn how to use backcountry cooking equipment, set-up tarps, tie knots, navigate in the wilderness, lead your friends or kids on a long hiking trail, read wilderness hazards, etc.

Some of the skills you, your family and/or your friends may learn

• Leadership • Decision Making • Conflict Management • Group Management • Cooking • Knots • How to light stoves • Site selection • Tarp/Tent set-up • Route Planning • Navigation • GPS Navigtaion • Compass Use • Triangulation • Pacing • Map reading • Distance units • Fire building

Safety and Food


Western Educational Adventures takes safety seriously. Not only do we want our participants to have an exceptional time, but just as importantly, we want them to return home safe and sound. All of Western Educational Adventures staff are certified in high level first aid and have years of experience managing risk in the outdoors. You won’t find a more qualified staff team anywhere else!

"Landon took our family on a sea kayak paddle starting out of Victoria. This was our first time sea kayaking but we felt confident in Landon keeping our trip safe and enjoyable. In little time we were safely paddling and navigating the water. It was a great day!"

-Alex Damjanovic

Food and Food Allergies

We believe that a good experience starts with good nutrition. Proper diet and eating habits are lacking in today’s society - a result of readily available fast foods, processed foods and a lack of nutritional education. We strive to provide quality, simple, wholesome meals with limited processed ingredients – in addition to the occasional smores and limited other tasty treats. This is part of why we include our participants in all meal planning, purchasing and cooking.

We are also very experienced in dealing with dietary restrictions and serious food allergies. Great care is taken to avoid serious participant food allergens whenever possible. Where this is not possible, we take great care to avoid cross contamination of ingredients.

"Landon guided an overnight trip for our family on the Juan de Fuca trail. Healthy eating is important to us. Landon helped our kids build an outdoor oven and they were soon baking an amazing dinner. It’s an incredible feeling knowing that you can look after yourself in the outdoors."

-Carole Damnjanovic

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