19 to 29 years old | In remission

Grand Expedition Summer 2018 – Trekking in the Canadian Rockies

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This expedition will offer 14 young adults in remission of cancer a chance to live a unique trekking expedition with other participants the same age and living similar reality.

Description

This group is currently full. However, it’s always possible to register on our recall list. We’ll contact you in the recruitment phase for the next expedition. Thank you for your interest!

After a flight to Calgary, we’ll be spending our two first days at the Alpine Club of Canada Clubhouse in Canmore. We’ll get to know each other and familiarize ourselves with the equipment. Our guide will initiate us into rock climbing, and we’ll test our backpacks during a short hike into the surrounding paths.

Then, we’ll be flying by helicopter to the Assiniboine Provincial Park in British Colombia. We’ll carry our equipment hiking to the site that will be the basecamp for our exploration of the Rockies for the next three days. Each day, we’ll be exploring a new sector of the park hiking with light backpacks. We’ll discover breathtaking summits, of which the famous Mount Assiniboine. Glaciers, steep cliffs, snowy peaks and wild flowers will be part of the scenery. If we’re lucky, we might even get the chance to observe local fauna, such as mountain goats, mouflons and wapitis.

On the 8th day, we’ll fill in our backpacks and leave for a three-days autonomous trek. We’ll make a quick incursion into the Albertan section of Banff National Park. Finally, we’ll finish our expedition at Sunshine ski resort by a panoramic gondola ride.

Members of the expedition

We will be accompanied by a professional medical team – comprised of a physician, a nurse and a social worker – that oversees the health of all participants in the expedition. Seasoned “On the Tip of the Toes” facilitators ensure the smooth functioning of the expedition along with experienced adventure guides who are thoroughly familiar with the territory to be explored. We will also have a blogger who will take photos during the entire trip and write a daily blog.

Therapeutic adventure facilitators

Marie-Michelle Paradis Marie-Michelle Paradis
Mario Bilodeau Mario Bilodeau
Montagnes

Geography and History

Travelling across the Rockies is exploring a territory inhabited by the First Nations for more than ten thousand years. Long before the arrival of the Europeans, Peigan, Assiniboine, Blackfeet and Kootenai Nations crossed this imposing natural barrier to meet each other and proceed to exchanges. These first explorers developed a very strong attachment to their environment which was a source of food, but also the inspiration for a rich spiritual culture.

Nowadays, the Canadian Rocky mountain parks are part of UNESCO’s prestigious World Heritage List. On top of its fascinating geological composition, it forms a remarkable mountainous landscape. Assiniboine Provincial Park is still accessible only by foot or by helicopter. Thus, it’s going to be a real privilege to be able to admire it exceptional natural beauty.

Departure

Transport to Canmore, Alberta (lodging in a hostel)

Meeting and Introduction

Introduction to rock climbing (lodging in a hostel)

Preparation

Equipment preparation and half-day hike (lodging in a hostel)

Basecamp

Hiking (sleeping in tents at the basecamp)

Final Challenge

Autonomous trekking (sleeping in tents)

Return

Transport back home