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Spirit Walker Nature Week - Kootenay National Park, BC

The Native North American culture and their rich history in the Canadian Rocky Mountains are inseparable from the natural environment that surrounds us. This unique package was created to give you an exciting wilderness adventure, including hiking, backpacking, exploring, and river rafting, alongside the opportunity to experience the wilderness through native eyes. Connecting with the natural world in this way will be an enlightening and refreshing experience that will also help you relax in your new remote surroundings as you partake in some native ceremonies at the end of the week. The early ancestors of the Kootenay River valley and surrounding areas become your spiritual guides this week as you have fun digging down into the essence of the Canadian Rocky Mountains and beyond.

Day 1 Kootenay National Park

Monday. Your arrival day at Cross River Cabins wilderness retreat. A hot evening meal will be served over some friendly introductions, followed by some final preparations and orientation before settling in to a relaxing night at the cabins.

Day 2 Kootenay National Park White Man Pass

Tuesday. Bright and early, gather for breakfast and then set out for the historic White Man Pass. The ascent takes you up through dense forest, over river beds, and through open marshlands to the top of the pass, where you will camp for the first night. Wildlife, including bear, elk, and deer, often frequent the pass, and the views looking out over the Cross River, White Man Creek, and the nearby lakes are alone worth the trip.

Day 3 White Man Pass – Albert Pass

Wednesday.Today head out over Albert Pass, cross through the meadows below White Man Mountain, and then up above the tree line to some adjacent plateaus and alpine lakes, where you will camp for the second night. The wildflowers of the meadows will colourfully highlight your way to the second camp, and its comfortable setting amidst the marmots and surrounding peaks. Throughout the day, there may also be opportunities for identifying various tracks and plants and possibly other nature awareness activities based on native teachings.

Day 4 Albert Pass

Thursday. After a morning stroll around the surrounding ridges, return to Cross River Cabins for a delicious home-cooked meal, a relaxing soak in the outdoor, wood-fired, hot tub, and a relaxing evening at the cabins.

Day 5 Kootenay River Rafting

Friday. After an early breakfast head out on a river rafting trip down the Kootenay River. Depending on time of year, the waters may range from grade 1 to 3 with some sections of class 4 rapids to keep you smiling. The surrounding cliffs, characteristic waterfalls, and good stories along the way also make this trip a fun and unique way to enjoy the mountains.

Days 6-7 Kootenay National Park

Saturday - Sunday. The rest of the week is an empowering and unique opportunity to be in nature with a native elder. Participate in nature walks, nature awareness activities, and native ceremonies such as a traditional purification/healing lodge, and various thanksgiving and rising sun ceremonies. All will be an adventure in their own right that can open up our hearts and minds to new perspectives on our own lives. There will be no mystical/magical event, just an empowering opportunity to engage with tradition and learn about another culture and way of life in thanks and openness. It may even leave you with a renewed sense of possibility, respect, and connection with the landscape that could last a lifetime

Day 8 Departure

After one last breakfast together, part ways until next time.