Adventure Guide Training

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Adventure Guide Training

Share Your Love for Adventure

February 8 to 10, 2021 | 9 am to 5 pm

We have a few spots open for our upcoming adventure guide training course offered by Pursuit Adventures.

The course is an introduction to guiding, based on the national course standard developed by the Outdoor Council of Canada. Our focus is on adventure tourism but the information applies to multiple outdoor contexts, including for those leading hikes for clubs.

Successful completion of the course includes certification as a Field Leader (Hiking) and Field Leader (Winter) as well as a one-year membership with the Outdoor Council of Canada.

We're offering this one for the discounted rate of $100 as part of our effort to increase the number of certified guides in our community.

Guides on the Cline River Canyon trail

Guides on the Cline River Canyon trail

Course Details


No prior guiding experience is required but you must be comfortable hiking in winter conditions on established trails.


At the end of the course, you will have an understanding of:

  • the scope of practice, the role of the guide and the guide progression;
  • the adventure model and the importance of the components in facilitating moments that creating connections with place and people;
  • a guest centred model where the guest is the hero of the adventure;
  • the event cycle and the adventure development process; and
  • the four constraints and how they impact the role of the guide.


The course is three full days. We will be outdoors for the afternoon of day 1 and most of day 2 and 3. Come prepared for the weather and dress warm since we will be moving slowly.

The indoor sessions will be at the Nordegg Canteen. Masks are mandatory in addition to physical distancing.


  • Readings about the Outdoor Council of Canada, the guide progression and the adventure model.

Day 1

Adventure Tourism (indoors)

  • The different adventure and outdoor recreation contexts
  • The adventure tourism context
  • The role of the guide
  • The four constraints of adventure development

The Adventure Model (outdoors)

  • We'll discuss the adventure model as we hike to the Cline River Canyon, a 4 km hike.

Day 2

Risk Management

  • We'll start the day indoors as we discuss the legal requirements that apply to guiding.
  • We'll be on the ice at Abraham Lake for the rest of the day as we discuss risk management plans, risk factors related to the cold, group management and more.

Day 3

Facilitating the Adventure

  • We'll start the day indoors planning our adventure.
  • We'll be putting everything we've discussed into practice as we hike to Siffleur Falls, a 7 km hike.

What to Bring

  • Come dressed for the weather. Bring extra warm clothes since we will be moving slowly on the trail and stopping frequently to discuss guiding and adventure tourism.
  • Bring a pen and notebook.
  • Bring a water bottle, snacks and lunch for each day. Lunch will be on the trail.

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Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this is a self-driven tour.

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Plan Your Visit

Arts, Crafts & Photography

The natural beauty of our region draws in a number of artists, from painting with soil pigments to photographers and nature-inspired crafts.

Cabins, Cottages, Hostels & Motels

Your basecamp to explore the region. Make the most of your adventure by staying closer to the trails, lakes and places we love.


Spend a night under the stars. Camping is the perfect way to slow down and explore the region during the summer months.

Climbs, Scrambles & Via Ferrata

The region has always been popular for those reaching for summits.

Day Use & Picnic Areas

Take a break on your next adventure to explore Central Alberta's day use and picnic areas. Bring a lunch with your or plan a campfire cookout.


Enjoy a round of golf with great views at the Nordegg Historic Golf Course.

Hikes & Walks

Find trail guides and guided adventures to get hiking in the Nordegg and Abraham Lake Region, between Central Alberta and the Mountain Parks.

Historic Sites & Museums

The Nordegg historic site and museum are currently closed.

Paddles, Rafts & Scenic Floats

Get on the water this summer, whether you’re looking for the excitement of chasing rapids or to slow down to enjoy the views you just can’t get otherwise.

Restaurants & Groceries

Whether it's a lunch for the trail or a treat to celebrate your adventure, we've got you covered.

Scenic Flights

There's something special about taking flight and seeing familiar places like Abraham Lake from a different angle.