Trip Dates

mid-May to early October
*available daily on demand


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Group Size

Maximum of 8

Skill Level

Beginner to Advanced

Related Trips

Overnight Alpine Hikes
Daily Guided Hikes
Natural History Course

Guided Ecology Hikes

Stretch your legs and your knowledge of the forest and mountain ecosystems, hike with a interpretive guide…

For those that are new to hiking or just warming up their calf muscles, an interpretive program may be perfect for you! Enjoy learning the mysteries behind the ecology and geology of the area.

Discover the stories behind the scenery; walk in the valley bottom, the depth of the interior forest or the high alpine.  Choose an interpretive theme that peaks your interest; we will find the best trail to suit it. 


We will choose an area and interpretive theme that best meets your experience and interest. Full day alpine hikes leave town early and return by supper; our interpretive nature walks and easy strolls begin at 8am and return just after lunch. Contact your guide by phone or email the evening before for trail options.

  • Meet your guide between 7-8am am at predetermined location, sign waivers and check gear
  • Drive up to hiking trail head, return time based on distance from Nelson or Kaslo.



Programs are very easy to advanced.  Guests are responsible to self evaluate their skills as groups need to be matched together based on prior experience and ability. 

Please contact us to discuss your background and what kind of walking or hiking full day program or half day tour would suit you best.


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Kootenay weather can vary drastically.  In summer you expect temperatures to be from 8 C to 28C in the day while overnight temperature can drop dramatically in the high alpine, even below zero.  Visibility could be poor or whiteout conditions when raining heavily or snowing or clear on bluebird days.  Ensure you are dressed for all variations as temperatures, wind, precipitation can change within the day. 


Contact your guide by phone or email the evening before for meeting location.

Services Included

  • Pre-trip planning support
  • Fully certified ACMG guide service
  • Group safety equipment (communication device, rescue kit, first aid supplies, GPS, maps)

Not included in price:

  • Lunch, snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Transportation costs
  • Trip cancellation, adventure travel insurance, medical insurance


Where can I purchase personal and safety equipment?

We have some equipment available for rent, contact us.  If you’d like to buy gear consider outdoor stores in Nelson that supply good service and quality outdoor equipment and gear rental, please ensure you rent/buy gear well in advance.

Rivers Oceans and Mountains 354-2056
Valhalla Pure Outfitters 354-1006