Take your adventures to the next level with Outdoor Explore. We offer Duke of Edinburgh Bronze, Silver and Gold Practice and Qualifying Journeys in South/West B.C. Locations include Squamish, Whistler, Pemberton and the Sunshine Coast. Find out more about the Duke of Edinburgh Program.
We offer hiking and canoeing programs designed to be both challenging and educational, while empowering youth to create their own route plan, food plan and itinerary. Our guides are able to teach valuable wilderness and leadership skills that will ensure a safe and memorable experience. Teamwork is a huge part of the Duke of Edinburgh program and is a great way for youth to learn important life skills that they can use in future education or work.
Safety is our highest priority; our guides are trained to a high level in wilderness first aid, risk management and evacuation protocols. We also ensure all guides have previous experience working with youth, and have passed a criminal record check.
Learn the skills required to safely complete your Qualifying Journey! The Practice Journey is the perfect time to practice all the different elements of backcountry travel, from packing your bag in the morning, to cooking dinner by a campfire, and everything in between. Our guides are on hand to teach and help when necessary while encouraging the youth to be independent and gain confidence in the skills that will carry them through the Qualifying Journey.
We include a 4-hour Preliminary Training session to help our participants get ready for their Practice and Qualifying Journeys. The practice session allows us to cover important topics that will give you confidence in preparing for the trip. Topics include: trip planning, leave no trace ethics, navigation basics, equipment, meal planning, and how to pack a bag.
Evening training session location, date and times will be confirmed after booking.
Our Qualifying Journeys involve either trekking in the backcountry around Whistler and Pemberton, or canoeing on lakes and ocean inlets on the Sunshine Coast. We aim to make access as easy as possible for all participants.
We expect that all youth participating in the Qualifying Journey should have the basic skills required to plan and execute their own adventure. While our guides will provide supervision throughout the trip, we encourage youth to be self-reliant and share responsibilities between the group. Leadership and teambuilding skills are an integral part of the Duke of Edinburgh Program and we ensure that all youth have the opportunity to practice these skills.
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
We require a minimum of 4 participants for Duke of Edinburgh programs. If you have a group of 4+ participants, you are free to choose dates that work for your group.
Youth must have completed the Preliminary Training and Practice Journey prior to participating in a Qualifying Journey. If you completed the Practice Journey with a different organization, please let us know when and where.
Participants who complete their Practice Journey with us will receive a 10% discount on their Qualifying Journey (please contact us for a discount code)
You must register with Duke of Edinburgh before you signing up with Outdoor Explore.
Get in touch to discuss Duke of Edinburgh Adventurous Journeys.