British Columbia Adventure

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British Columbia Adventure

Destination

British Columbia

Grade Range

8th-9th

length

21 Days

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Meeting Place

​Arrive: Seattle, WA (SEA)
Depart: Seattle, WA (SEA)

Surround yourself with the splendor of Super, Natural British Columbia. Backpack (and have a snowball fight!) in E.C. Manning Provincial Park among lush rolling hills and alpine meadows. Head to the dry, warm Okanagan Valley to rock climb at Skaha Bluffs, one of Canada’s best climbing destinations. Learn the meaning of teamwork as you navigate class III and IV rapids on Clearwater River, and then spend some bonding time canoeing on the most pristine lake you’ve ever seen: Clearwater Lake. Take your backpacks out again for hiking in Wells Gray Provincial Park, and then hone your paddling skills on the Nahatlatch River!

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British Columbia Adventure Itinerary

Backpack in E.C. Manning Provincial Park

Spend three days exploring the diverse landscape of Manning Provincial Park in the heart of the Canadian Cascades. Rocky peaks, high-mountain meadows, and wildflowers dominate this beautiful landscape. Atop Mt. Frosty, the highest mountain the park at 7,950 feet, marvel at a 360-degree view; you can even see the United States!

Rock climb at Skaha Bluffs

In British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley sits the soaring Skaha Bluffs, whose gneiss cliffs can reach 250 feet! For two days, learn the basics of tying knots, belaying, and climbing, and progress to more difficult routes as you feel ready. People come from all over North America to ascend these beautiful walls, and there are an abundance of routes for every level. You may even get to rappel into a cave or try a Tyrolean traverse!

Whitewater raft Clearwater River

Get your feet wet on the big and wild Clearwater River. Fed by glaciers and shaped by lava flows, the Clearwater’s class III and IV rapids make for thrilling descents and lots of laughter. Determine the king or queen of your raft with fun splash wars. A side hike to the 115-foot-tall Moul Falls makes for a great photo op!

Canoe Clearwater Lake

Spend four days exploring the unspoiled waters of Clearwater Lake. Try to spot the ospreys and eagles as you practice your paddling strokes—you may even see a caribou swimming! After relaxing next to a fire with your crew, gaze at the brightest stars you’ve ever seen.

Backpack in Wells Gray Provincial Park

For four days, surround yourself with some of the most beautiful and rugged terrain in North America. Sharpen your backpacking skills and take turns being “leader of the day” as you meander through wildflower fields, around snowfields, past one of the park’s dozens of waterfalls, and beneath the jagged, snowy peaks of the Cariboo Mountains. Photo ops with your friends are endless with the lush fields of vivid flowers!

Whitewater raft the Nahatlatch River

What better way to end your trip than heading down some of British Columbia’s most continuous rapids? The Nahatlatch is so fast, so fun, and so non-stop that we actually do it twice!

Dates and Prices

Departure 1
  • Departure Day
    24/06/17
  • Return Day
    14/07/17
  • Price
    $4,095
  • Availability
    Closed
Departure 2
  • Departure Day
    21/07/17
  • Return Day
    10/08/17
  • Price
    $4,095
  • Availability
    Closed
Departure Day Return Day Price Availability
06/24/17
07/14/17
$4,095
closed
07/21/17
08/10/17
$4,095
closed
Included in Tuition:
  • All meals
  • Tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, backpack, and all group gear
  • Guided activities
Not Included in Tuition:
  • Airfare to and from
  • Trip insurance
  • Personal clothing and items (see our packing list here)

Activities

​Backpacking

Canoeing

Rock Climbing

Whitewater Rafting

Reviews

Robbie Bent, Bronx, NY

The British Columbia trip was full of adventure: stunning natural beauty, variety, and challenges, and our son made great new friends and reconnected with friends from the previous summer’s Colorado trip. The leaders were fun and supportive and helped create a strong community. Addison was able to develop leadership skills under challenging but safe conditions. It was a wonderful second summer with AT!

Dena Schoenfeld, Potomac, MD

Living in a world where athleticism is based on success in ball sports, AT proved to Brandon that he too is strong and athletic and that there are sports/activities where he can excel. He said, “After 7 years of sleepaway camp, I finally understand why people cry when they say goodbye.” AT definitely gave him more confidence and a sense of strength (physical and emotional) he didn’t have before.

Daphne Hildebolt, Manhasset, NY

Hazen said everyone was friendly and  welcoming. He expressed surprise at how “community-focused” the entire experience was, and how that made everything so much more fun than more independent activities. I assume that was a positive, because the next sentence out of his mouth was “So, for next year I’m debating about two different trips…” I must believe that your instructors told the kids they should be nicer to their parents, because it started with him carrying his own luggage from the airport, to a ton of gratitude for things he took for granted previously. I’m just crossing my fingers that it doesn’t wear off until next June’s trip!

Michelle Eichhorn, Ely, IA

Audi returned for British Columbia because she loved her Colorado adventure last year, and she was anxious to get back this year. It was 3 weeks unplugged from her phone, in the wilderness, with kids her own age. She was able to build on the fundamentals that we hold high at home: responsibility, accountability, moving out her comfort zone, being part of a community and team. She had a great group of kids from all different backgrounds.

Frank Elfering, Eagle, ID

I would highly recommend Adventure Treks. The level of professionalism, planning, and execution of the trip made for a fantastic experience for Emily. She can’t wait to take me backpacking to show me her newfound skills. She has been full of laughs and happiness since she has returned.

Bo Lane, Boca Raton, FL

Kau’i said that Adventure Treks was the most fun she has ever had in her entire life! She described the Adventure Treks community as a friendly group of guys and girls, and that it was easy to have a conversation with both the students and instructors. Her favorite part of the trip was the two days climbing at the Skaha Bluffs: belaying and climbing, the Tyrolean traverse across a canyon, the 100 foot repel that lead down into a cave, as well as the zip line. She really enjoyed the challenges and the thrills of each activity, especially monkeying up difficult climbs.

Irene Tagaris, New City, NY

Adventure Treks provides the opportunity for friendships, community, growth and maturity as a young adult, and learning to appreciate nature and one’s own abilities, especially to push oneself to try new things. Hailey described her community as being her “family.”

Renee Traad, Homestead, FL

The Adventure Treks experience was better than Sam or I could have imagined. She described particular days as “being from a fairy tale.” When a 15-year-old tells your the views were breathtaking… you know this trip was spectacular! Her community was wonderful, and she adored her instructors and how they brought the entire group together. Keep doing what you’re doing; you have a great formula!

Shelley McLay, Franklin, TN

Aidan loves the time away from home. He is very social and truly enjoys creating and nourishing relationships with new friends. Additionally, Aidan really appreciates the break from electronics and the chance to become fitter and healthier. He loves being active.\n\nThis summer Aidan really leaned on his instructors and his community. As he is entering high school this fall, he is very anxious about the future. He found a supportive and caring community to help alleviate some of his fears. Aidan is returning to school as a more confident kid. There is a confidence that comes from knowing your friendship net is wide and not restricted to your school community.