Available during the summer and winter season, our Adventure Tourism Program will teach you new skills and techniques to help you to navigate the mountains while living in BC’s capital of outdoor adventure, Whistler. You will learn in small, interactive classes, with a flexible schedule to allow you to enjoy life and work in Whistler – it’s the ultimate adventure tourism course in Canada!
During the winter, you’ll learn skills in snow safety, skiing, snowboarding, guiding, leadership and survival, as well as winter camping. Over summer, skill sets include safety, downhill biking skills, entry-level climbing, backcountry leadership and wilderness first aid certification. Following their studies, students will then apply their skills in a co-op job placement to gain work experience in Canada’s tourism industry!
Study and work while enjoying the Whistler lifestyle of skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, hiking, and living close to nature!
Flights, medical insurance, study and/or work permit application fees, local transportation, food and rent.
Our adventure tourism courses in Canada are designed to give you the skills necessary to enter the outdoor tourism industry. You will learn technical skills and credentials of the adventure tourism industry, develop knowledge of personal and group safety and conscientious stewardship of the heritage and the environment.
You’ll also exhibit leadership in varied and diverse situations, demonstrate an understanding of basic business skills applied to adventure tourism and the ability to support adventure-based and nature-based outdoor recreation activities.
You may apply at any time of the year, however the earlier you start planning, the better, as the start dates will be limited, even more if you are interested in a winter or summer program.
Remember that the study and work permit can take some time to be approved!
To check if you are eligible, please check out our Am I Eligible? page to see if you can apply for a study and work permit visa.
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