Wilderness Pursuits Program

Wilderness Pursuits (WP) is an elective grade 10 course developed by WPGA's senior school outdoor environmental education department. The full-year multidisciplinary program includes both in-school learning and backcountry expeditions throughout the year, and integrates academic curriculum in highly experiential ways. For example, students discuss British Columbia and First Nations history, geography, environmental sustainability and culture with First Nations elders in Stein Valley. WP also weaves core desired skills, such as leadership, team-building, critical thinking and self-reflection, into all trip activities, which include camping, rock climbing, snowshoeing, avalanche awareness, sea kayaking and navigation training. 

Wilderness Pursuits Extras   
  • WP participants can qualify for The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Program (Adventurous Journey silver and gold awards). 
  • WP students typically receive numerous certifications and advanced skills training, such as in basic first aid, indoor rock climbing, sea kayaking, and avalanche skills training similar to AST1 certification.
All grade 9 students are encouraged to apply for enrollment in WP. Whether you're a avid outdoorsperson or a camping novice, we guarantee WP will enrich your life. For more information on WP, contact Mr. Cameron Johnston, WP teacher, or review the WP brochure.
"Wilderness Pursuits has been the single most valuable course I've taken in my high school career. It is unique to any other classroom course and taught me skills I wouldn't have learned otherwise, including teamwork, responsibility, perseverance and cooperation."
- WP Graduate