Get outside and make the most of your summer with The West Coast Experience! We offer Duke of Edinburgh Bronze, Silver and Gold Practice Trips and Adventurous Journeys right here on Vancouver’s North Shore mountains.
Our hiking based program is designed to put youth in the driver’s seat, helping them to develop a range of outdoor and leadership skills. Our guides help facilitate an experience that is not only safe but also allows youth to make their own decisions as a group to help them create an experience that is their own.
Hone your skills and get ready for your adventurous journey! The practice journey is a great opportunity to figure out your systems and answer any questions you may have prior to your trip. Never been on a backpacking trip before? No problem! Our program is designed to take you from beginner to exemplary backcountry user.
We include a 4-hour classroom session to help our participants get ready for their trip. Those who have not been a part of a trip with The West Coast Experience are required to join a classroom session before coming on a trip with us. The classroom session allows us to cover important topics that will make your preparation easy and streamlined. These topics include: trip planning, leave no trace ethics, equipment, nutrition and food prep, how to pack a bag and tarp set up.
Practice Journey Pricing & Dates
Bronze (day hike & classroom session): $169.95 – July 22nd & July 29th (8 am – 4 pm)
Silver (overnight hike): $279.95 – August 1st – 2nd
Gold (overnight hike): $279.95 – August 1st – 2nd
Evening classroom session dates TBD
Adventurous Journeys – Bronze, Silver & Gold
We operate our Adventurous Journeys in the backcountry of Mt Seymour Provincial Park. This makes access for participants very easy and also allows us to push further back into the far reaches of the park.
This is your Adventurous Journey. We give youth the power to make their own decisions in the backcountry. Under the supervision of an experienced guide, participants will be given the opportunity to make decisions and really create their own adventure!
We cover a variety of topics on trip, such as navigation, wilderness first aid, leadership, leave no trace ethics, backcountry camping 101 and more. We aim to have our participants leave our programs with confidence in their abilities and the skills required to plan and safely implement their own hiking adventure.
Join us this summer for your Duke of Ed adventure!
Adventurous Journey Pricing & Dates
Bronze (2 days, 1 night): $279.95 – August 1st – 2nd
Silver (3 days, 2 nights): $379.95 – August 12th – 14th
Gold (4 days, 3 nights): $479.95 – August 20th – 23rd
Participants who complete their Practice Journey with us will receive a 10% discount on their Adventurous Journey
If you have any questions about our Duke of Edinburgh programs, get in touch for more information.