Western Educational Adventures Wilderness Navigation Course, Victoria, B.C.
Western Educational Adventures

West Coast Wilderness Navigation Course

exploring the Sooke Hills
Vancouver Island Wilderness
Vancouver Island backcountry route finding skills


The Sooke Hills surrounding Victoria BC and other wilderness areas on Vancouver Island can be incredibly daunting to explore. To help get people into the wilderness, but more importantly back home safely, WEA offers wilderness navigation training courses to help navigate the complex trail networks and wilderness areas on Vancouver Island. Learn how to to find your way on poorly marked trails or off-traill all together with experienced profressional instructors in a challenging but not too challenging wilderness area. Some of the skills covered included risk managment, topographic map reading, reading the terrain, compass use, GPS operation & more. For a very basic introduction, this program can be as short as a single day or as long as 3 days or more for a more comprehensive learning experience. Food and some equipment can be included depending on the option chosen. Enjoy hiking, skiing, climbing or other adventures without having to worry about getting lost! Sign up for our West Coast Wilderness Navigation skills program.

West Coast Wilderness Navigation Course

Sooke BC, Victoria & Vancouver Island

10 - 65 years 4 - 12 1 - 3 days
*$100 - $600 + 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 West Coast Naviation Wilderness Navigation 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 the Sooke Potholes, Sooke BC, just 35 min outside of Victoria BC

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 travel through varying types of terrain including dense forests and open mountain tops. You will learn how to use a map, compass and GPS and how to read terrain features and hzards. Multi-day courses typically inlcude overnight wilderness camping!

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

• Leadership • Decision Making • Group Management • Route Planning • Navigation • GPS Navigtaion • Compass Use • Triangulation • Pacing • Map Reading • Distance Units • Wilderness Camping Skills

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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