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Middle school students can travel from sea to sky on our 14-day ultimate adventure through British Columbia and Alberta. Kayak across pristine alpine lakes, learn to climb on beautiful granite rocks, traverse through ponderosa pine forests, and experience Canada's most beautiful National Parks. Learn about the Native people of Canada and the cultural significance of the land at the Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum and Whyte Museum. Try classic Canadian treats like a Nanaimo Bar or tasty fry bread called Sweet Bannock – a staple of the Indigenous people of Canada. You won't want to miss this new Road Less Traveled adventure!
I made the most amazing friends that I will never forget. I never knew how close you could get with someone over the span of two weeks." -2019 RLT alum
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Kick off on an epic adventure rafting on the iconic Thompson River. Nestled within Lytton, British Columbia, you'll conquer 18 rapids along the desert-like wilderness.
Experience all the West Coast has to offer exploring sandy beaches, mountain landscapes, and temperate rainforest. Traverse the hidden treasures the park has to offer along the coastal Wild Pacific Trail.
Walk through lush West Coast rainforest to Lost Lake and conquer the Joffre Lakes Hike, capturing views of the mammoth Matier Glacier in the distance.
Take the fast track to the clouds on the Sea to Sky Gondola. Grand views of Howe Sound with Serratus Mountain and Mt Tantalus await you at the top.
Beautiful views of Howe Sound and easily accessible crags make Squamish a rock climbers dream destination. Beginners and experienced climbers will see what makes Squamish stand above the rest.
Hit the water and paddle your way around the southernmost Fjords of North America. Learn the history of the Squamish and Shishalh cultures while observing the indigenous plants and wildlife.
Learn from passionate biologists as we set sail in search of marine wildlife. We'll have the opportunity to see Orcas, Baleen Whales, Seals, & Sea Lions.
Whitewater Raft: Thompson River
Hike: Pacific Rim National Park, Garibaldi Provincial Park
Kayak: Howe Sound
Rock Climbing: Squamish
Explore: Stein Valley Nlaka'pamux Heritage Park
We sleep in tents, shower about every three to five days, and use latrines or flush toilets as bathrooms.
Tuition includes all activities and food while on the trip, along with a basic travel protection package. The Road Less Traveled has purchased the Group Protection plan post-departure benefits on behalf of all participants. If interested in the optional Cancel for Any Reason benefits please contact the RLT office for rates and information.
A leader-escorted round-trip flight will be available (but not required) for those travelers who wish to fly with a leader. Please contact our office for details.
This summer we successfully ran our Colorado Wolf Refuge program allowing students to get outside, socialize with their peers, and volunteer their time. After months of quarantine and increased exposure to technology, time in the outdoors has proven to be exactly what students needed. With an abundance of caution and well defined protocols, we were able to keep students safe, healthy, and happy. We are confident that we are able to continue offering life changing experiences in the outdoors, mitigating risk to keep students safe. We encourage you to learn more here about our policies related to COVID-19.
Arrive in Vancouver, British Columbia. Transfer to campground in Squamish.
We’ll kick off our adventure at sea level as we kayak across Howe Sound, one of North America’s southernmost fjords, as we get our first look at the rich plant and animal life of British Columbia. We'll learn to rock climb on the immense granite rock of Squamish Chief Mountain before exploring a few of the many hiking trails within Garibaldi Provincial Park and learning about the hitory and culture of the Squamish and Lil'wat people.
Our next camping location is the town of Lytton, founded during the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush. Raft the iconic Thompson River and hike in Stein Valley Nlaka’pamux Heritage Park.
We'll make our way back west on our quest to explore the many splendors of Vancouver Island. We'll trek across the majestic oceanfront trails of Pacific Rim National Park and set sail on a whale watching adventure. There's no better place to bring our program to a close and celebrate all we've accomplished together than on Vancouver Island under the stars.
We'll say our final goodbyes before boarding our flights home.
Please note that, given the unprecedented nature of travel currently, this itinerary is subject to change.
The Road Less Traveled requires an up-to-date tetanus shot or booster (within the last nine years). In addition, we require an RLT Physician's Form to be signed by the partcipant's physician, affirming they are healthy to travel on an RLT trip.
Prior to the trip, there are several requirements that we ask all participants to meet in order to mitigate COVID-19 exposure:
For an emailed copy of this program’s day-to-day calendar, please call our office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. CST at 773-342-5200 and we’ll happily send you one!
It is imperative that no one make any travel arrangements until RLT provides instructions for specific arrival and departure time windows. Those details are typically released in mid-spring.
Families are individually responsible for booking their own airfare to get their student from home to the starting destination on the first day of the trip, and from the ending destination back home on the last day of the trip.
This program offers an optional leader-escorted flight for those families who are interested.
If you wish to have your participant fly directly into the starting location, please call the office for details.