Develop your lake and river skills, or go beyond with guiding, instructor, playboating or rescue skills.


Become a leader or create a leadership based course for your group.

Pursue your passion for nature, fishing, photography or birding with a flat or moving water guided trip.



The second annual Columbia River Field School, August 15-29th, was an amazing success. It is probably the first high school credit canoe based learning opportunity in BC. For 14 days, 16 students and 4 leaders a researcher traveled mostly by canoe on the Columbia River, engaging in a wide variety of learning activities including...

  • exploring the natural ecosystem
  • studying the complex issues surrounding damming a river and displacing it's people and habitat
  • learning canoeing, camping and safety and risk management skills
  • learning the function of dams for water storage, flood control and electricity generation
  • understanding the impact on indigenous culture
  • exploring the Columbia River Treaty international agreement
  • meeting a wide variety of experts and guest speakers on everything from restoring salmon to the watershed to flood control in the United States to what it feels like to be flooded out of a home.

I feel very proud of what the students learned and accomplished and a huge shout out to Wildsight, Columbia Basin Trust and Monica Nissen, Graeme Rowlands, Grace Broadfoot and all the others that contributed to creating an amazing program!! And special mention of Ali Giesbrecht and Sarah Wensink for their leadership in working towards the RCABC Canoe Tripping Leader Certification.

Please spread the word about the Wildsight 2020 CRFS in August to help another 16 youth 15-18yrs experience this amazing opportunity. For more information use this link to the Wildsight CRFS Page.

I was very honoured to receive this Sturgeon Nose Canoe from the Aq'am Band while doing some canoe training on Revelstoke Lake. It is one of the coolest gifts I've ever received, from a wonderful group of people. The canoe is made from White Pine bark, Bitter Cherry bark and Cedar root, by Wayne Louie of Yaqan Nukiy (Creston). Check out his website at for some great history, photos and videos.

2020 Canoeing and Leadership Courses

Spring 2020 courses are postponed or cancelled for now. If you are interested in developing a course in your area or with your group of students or peers, contact Roger, as the summer and fall schedule is may fill up quickly. There will also be lots of opportunity for development of leadership, instructing and guiding skills through mentoring.

Photo Highlights

Test of Loaded Canoe Stability

Oldman River, AB

Pedley Falls, Exp Guide Course

Kootenay River

Catamarans on a Windy Day

Aq'am Youth Governance, Kootenay River

Oldman R Exp. Guide Course

College of the Rockies MAST Program

Sturgeon Nose Canoe

Sinixt Canoe, White Bark Pine hull, on Arrow L.

Tripping with Aq'am Youth

Lower Kootenay River, Wardner

Seal Launches in Fernie

Elk River, College of the Rockies, MAST Program

This Happens Every Year!

Spring Snow in the Kootenays

Exp. Guide Course

Thompson River, near Ashcroft, BC

Great Food on the River

CoTR, Mountain Adventure Skills Training

Columbia Lake

Kimberley Independent School

Columbia River Wetlands

Wildsight Columbia River Field School

Endangered Western Painted Turtle

Campbell Myer Lake, near Fort Steele

Kootenay River

Near Canal Flats

A Windy Day on Columbia Lk.

Kimberley Independent School

Girl Guides Practice Rescues

Campbell Myer Lake, near Fort Steele

Exp Guide Course

Kamloops Lake & Thompson River, Savona

Elk River in April

A big snow year in Fernie!

Rocks on the Kootenay R.

Settler's Crossing to Horseshoe Rapids

Cliffs and Undercuts

Kootenay River

Geography Field Studies

Kimberley, Selkirk High School

Cliffs on the White

White River, Kootenays