What does the trip fee cover?
Each trip fee includes all necessary group gear, experienced wilderness guide(s), delicious food, all park / camping fees.
All guests are responsible for personal clothing, appropriate footwear, hygiene products, and miscellaneous items. Guests are expected to travel to the base camp/trailhead or arrange transportation with us for an additional cost. A personal packing list will be sent out upon booking a trip with Wilderland Adventure Company.
Do I need to tip or give gratuity to my guides?
There is no rule to tip, though it is appreciated to give a 10-15% gratuity (from your trip fee) to your hardworking guides. We request that you bring cash as it is the easiest way to make sure your guides receive your offer, especially if they meet or exceed your expectations of your experience.
Do I need to have outdoor experience?
For our Heritage Expereinces you do not need any previous outdoor experience, though it would be an asset, especially for our Parkland Winter Camping Tour. We have a couple of trip offerings which require different minimum levels of outdoor experience within our custom trip offering.
All of our trips include a pre-trip session of outdoor activity training and skill refresher not matter the experience rating. This includes canoeing, packing for hiking, and winter trekking.
How physically fit do I need to be?
Our Heritage Experiences are a more low-key expectation level of physical fitness. We do encourage guests to get involved within their abilities and comfort level. For overnight canoe, hiking, and winter camping tours there is an increase in physical demand from each guest to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for the entire group.
For custom wilderness trips, expect them to be set at the minimum physical expectations for each guest:
Hiking - comfortably carrying up to 50lb backpacks for up to 4 hrs / 8kms per day.
Canoe Tripping - comfortably paddling up to 10kms per day with carrying 50lb packs up to 750 meters.
Winter Trekking - comfortably pulling a 50lb pulk sled for up to 4 hrs / 8kms per day.
Expect all of our Intermediate trips to be set at the minimum physical expectations:
Hiking - comfortably carrying up to 50lb backpacks for up to 6 hrs / 12kms per day.
Canoe Tripping - comfortably paddling up to 18kms per day with carrying 50lb packs up to 1000 meters.
Winter Trekking - comfortably pulling a 50lb pulk sled for up to 6 hrs / 12kms per day.
What is expected of participants on your trips?
Guests are expected to participate in the trip activities and group responsibilities. These include paddling (canoe trips), hiking, and snowshoeing (winter treks). Be courteous and engaging with your tour guides and local interpreters.
Our guides take care of the navigation, campsite management and upholding safety protocols and risk management and welcome help with preparing food and camp duties such as dishes and collecting firewood.
We love to share our love for the outdoors so we have an open policy to having guests ask questions and participate in order to learn camping skills and build up their self confidence. We often offer various skill training clinics on trips such as fire building, navigation, fishing, paddling skills, etc.
Do I need to be able to swim for canoe trips?
Flat water BEGINNER trips:
No! However, you do need to have the ability to remain calm and adhere to instructions from your guides while wearing a PFD (“lifejacket”) in the water. We require that ALL guides and guests wear PFD’s at all times while on the water.
Flatwater INTERMEDIATE and ADVANCED (Large Lakes & Whitewater) trips:
We expect every participant to have the ability to swim while wearing a life jacket (PFD). Due to the nature of the trips, we cannot guarantee that a participant won't have a swim at some point on the trip due to a canoe capsize or otherwise.
How many people are on your trips?
We operate out of the policies of parks and Leave No Trace principles for each of our trips. For park tours and day trips we have a maximum of 24 guests and 2 or 3 guides. However, our average is about 14 people for Heritage Experiences. Some group programs have increased spaces available due to specialized permits, increased campsite capacity, or permission from Parks staff.
For trips as part of the Youth Outdoors Project, we offer increased group sizes for some of our program options. These are dependant on factors such as location, activity type, and leadership needs. Contact us for details.
Can I take my children?
Canoe Trips - Guests must be 8 years and with a parent/guardian present for Beginner trips and 12 years old and with a parent/guardian present for Intermediate trips.
Hiking Trips - Guests must be 12 years and with a parent/guardian present for Beginner trips and 16 years old and with a parent/guardian present for Intermediate trips.
Winter Trips - Guests must be 12 years and with a parent/guardian present for Beginner trips and 14 years old and with a parent/guardian present for Intermediate trips.
What is the trip menu like?
We believe that wilderness tripping should be comfortable and so our menu reflects it. We create our trip menus based on fresh, flavourful, and nutritious meals that are simple to prepare and minimize our impact on the environment. We tend to avoid "ready meals" and not pack too many bulky and easily perishable foods. We find the balance between fresh food and quality rehydrated dishes making each meal something to look forward to.
Each trip activity is different and requires special care and preparation logistics. Contact us if you want to discuss this further.
Do you offer dietary options?
Yes! Please contact us with your specific dietary or health concern and we will do our best to accommodate. We cannot guarantee freedom from sensitive foods in our trip menu, though we do our best to minimize the risks (nuts, fish, gluten, etc) when sensitivities are present in our groups. We may ask guests to supplement their meals if we feel we can't provide the necessary
Can I bring alcohol or drugs on trips?
No! Absolutely no alcohol, illegal drugs, or impairment drugs are allowed on any Wilderland Adventure Company trips and programs. If you smoke, please disclose this with us prior to your trip as we have strict backcountry policies in regards to smoking as per Leave No Trace principles, wildlife safety, and the comfort of other guests.
Where are your trips?
Our Heritage Experiences are offered within the Whiteshell Provincial Park and Riding Mountain National Park. Our custom wilderness trips take you to various parks, forests, and natural areas in Manitoba, Northern Ontario and beyond.
These include: Whiteshell Provincial Park, Nopiming Provincial Park, Sandilands Provincial Forest, Manigotagan Provincial Park, Woodland Caribou Provincial Park, Winnange Provincial Park, Birds Hill Provincial Park, and Riding Mountain National Park.
Can I request a trip into a Park or areas not mentioned above?
Unfortunately we only have permits and permission to operate out of the fore mentioned Parks and Forests listed above. Due to local sustainability, there are restrictions on operations in various areas. We comply with these for legal and ethical (understanding our impact on the environment) reasons.
What training do the guides have?
Each wilderness guide has a minimum certification of Wilderness Advanced First Aid, Outdoor Council of Canada Field Leadership & Overnight, and activity specific certifications such as Paddle Canada (canoeing), OCC Winter (winter trekking), and successful completion of National Park guide training (Riding Mountain National Park).
What is your trip cancellation / Refund Policy?
We require fully paid registrations to reserve your spot 1 month (30 days) prior to trip. We discern if trips meet minimum enrolment (5 individuals) 1 month prior to trip start date.
We offer 50% refund for cancellations made at least 1 month (30 days) prior to trip start date. We cannot offer any refunds within the one month period.
If WE should cancel the trip for low registration or other circumstance, we will offer a FULL refund or transfer your credit to another similar trip.
We require a non-refundable $500 deposit to confirm your desired group trip or course. The remaining balance is due no later than 30 days prior to trip/course dates to confirm your registration.
After 1 month prior to your trip start date we cannot offer any refunds and cannot guarantee extra resources to accommodate increased group sizes from your original booking.
Individual Outdoor Leadership Course Bookings:
We require fully paid registrations to reserve your spot on our courses. After 1 month prior to your course date we cannot offer any refunds.
If WE should need to cancel a course due to low registrations we will offer to transfer your personal registration to another similar course OR offer a full refund.
We do not offer refunds for trips altered due to uncontrollable weather conditions, wildlife, or other unforeseen events prior to departure or while on trip.
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