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We run a variety of events throughout the year. Non-members can join events at our non-member price. Our events are exclusively for adults (ages 18+) and include women as well as individuals who identify as transgender, femme/feminine, genderqueer and non-binary. To learn more about us visit our Who We Are page and if you're interested in building an outdoor based organization that represents community diversity, learn more about how we would like to support this under the "Information About Backcountry Women" section on our FAQ page here

PLEASE NOTE: our events listed on this page are updated regularly, so be sure to keep checking back for more upcoming events!


Interested in our 2024 courses? Click to join our course waitlist to get notified.


Upcoming events

    • Sat, March 02, 2024
    • 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Winnipeg, MB
    • 0
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    Please review our full COVID-19 policy and safety practices here

    PLEASE READ THE REQUIREMENTS AND ALL DETAILS BELOW PRIOR TO REGISTRATION

    DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, ONE DAY BEFORE THE EVENT (MARCH 1

    Our Escaladies Night Ice Tower Climb is BACK in collaboration with The Club d’escalade de Saint-Boniface (CESB), which is the Saint Boniface section of the Alpine Club of Canada! Join us as we climb the 60 foot tall outdoor ice tower with scenic views.

    This event is beginner friendly with no previous climbing experience necessary, so don’t let your fears hold you back! We will have volunteers on site helping us with instruction and support. This event is a truly unique experience and we can't wait to have you join us!

    All equipment (harnesses, ice axes, crampons, boots and helmets) and instruction is provided; if you have your own harness or helmet you are also encouraged to bring it. All you need to bring is yourself, warm clothing, and an adventurous attitude. Specific do's and don'ts for clothing will be sent to registered participants via email prior to the event.

    NOTE: DUE TO THIS BEING A PRIVATE BACKCOUNTRY WOMEN EVENT CREATED FOR MEMBERS OF THE BACKCOUNTRY WOMEN COMMUNITY, YOU CANNOT APPLY CESB MEMBERSHIPS OR PASSES TO THIS EVENT.

    Event leaders: Backcountry Women's Founder, Ashley Moore - Click for more information

    Arrival Time: 4:30 PM. Please be on time - we need everyone present for gearing up, CESB waivers, intros and orientations.

    Location: CESB - Ice Climbing Tower


    In the spirit of reconciliation, we acknowledge that we live, work, and play on the ancestral lands of the Ininiw, Anishinaabe, and Dakota Nations, and the homeland of the Metis Nation.  Our organization, Backcountry Women, is based on Treaty No. 1 Territory, and we appreciate that this event takes place on Treaty No 1. Territory.

    Average Difficulty Rating: 4/5. 

    DurationApproximately 2.5 hours which includes set up/activity introduction time
    Experience: All skill levels welcome & encouraged. 

    Further details will be provided to registered participants. Participants 
    are responsible for having a valid e-mail address, communicating with the event organizer regarding any changes in attendance, and for checking e-mail prior to an event.


    This event allows cancellation no less than 7 days before start of event. If you are no longer able to attend, please see our Cancellation Policy.

    • Fri, March 08, 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Big Sky Run Co / Online Participation Available
    • 82
    Register

    DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY 6:30 PM MARCH 8

    PLEASE READ THE REQUIREMENTS AND ALL DETAILS BELOW PRIOR TO REGISTRATION

    NOTE THAT ALL THE IN-PERSON EVENT TICKETS ARE NOW SOLD! PLEASE CONSIDER AN ONLINE SCREENING TICKET TO WATCH THE AMAZING FILMS WHILE SUPPORTING A WORTHY CAUSE. Join Backcountry Women and Big Sky Run Co for a fun event including adventure films and prize raffles! This event is a continued effort from our crowdfunding campaign to gain important funding to support our continued efforts. We are so excited to have you join this event!

    We are screening No Man's Land Film Festival - a celebration of women, transgender, and gender-nonconforming voices in adventure and sport through film.

    WATCH THE TRAILER HERE AND GET EXCITED WITH US!

    There will be an option to watch the film online for those who can't attend in personNote - all are welcome to attend!

    What To Expect at the Event:

    • time for connecting with the outdoors community
    • 1 door prize ticket for attending in person
    • approximately 90 minutes of watching a collection of amazing outdoor adventure related short films with an intermission in the middle. These films feature diverse women and gender non-conforming athletes and storytellers.
    • the option to purchase tickets to enter our raffles and win more awesome prizes, as well as a 50/50 draw!
    • going home inspired to get out and do fun things outside!

    NOTE: there may be photos / videos taken at the event to share on social media


    Time & location:

    Big Sky Run Co., 194 Taché Avenue Winnipeg, MB. The films begins promptly at 7:30 PM CST and we ask you to begin arriving at 7:00 when the doors open. Please be seated on time for us to begin promptly.

    All participants will receive an email 2 days prior to the event date. All registered participants will receive access to the virtual screening, so even if you buy a ticket and then cannot attend live, you will get access to see the films starting at 7 pm on March 8 up until March 10 (more details to come in your event reminder email - make sure it isn't in your spam!) TICKETS ARE NON REFUNDABLE. PLEASE BE SURE TO LET US KNOW IF YOU BOUGHT AN IN PERSON TICKET BUT THEN CAN'T ATTEND.

      Further details will be provided to registered participants. Participants are responsible for having a valid e-mail address, and for checking e-mail prior to an event.

      Registering for this event secures you a spot and fees are non-refundable and no credits will be issued, unless under exceptional circumstances. If you are no longer able to attend, please see our Cancellation Policy.

      • Sat, March 16, 2024
      • 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
      • Whiteshell Provincial Park
      • 13
      Register

      Regarding Covid-19: Please review our full Covid-19 policy and safety practices here.

      PLEASE READ THE REQUIREMENTS AND ALL DETAILS BELOW PRIOR TO REGISTRATION

      DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, ONE DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT (MARCH 15)

      Join us for a Backcountry Women Adventure Women hike on Falcon Lake. Here's a great chance to join a chill paced and relaxing hike while enjoying good companyBe rewarded by a gorgeous elevated view at the Top of the World Viewpoint, and finish the day with a visit to the Owl Wing Cafe at Falcon Trails Resort for some post-hike goodies. (Note: you are responsible for your own purchases at Owl Wing.) The hike has moderate challenges with some ups and downs with some rugged and rocky terrain that is characteristic of the beautiful Whiteshell region. 


      Falcon Trails Resort / Falcon Ridge also offers rentals such as fat tire bikes, snowshoes and has snow tubing available should you wish to stay after the event and make a full day of fun out of it!


      If you wish to carpool to this event, please see details under the carpools section below.


      Event Leaders: Ashley Moore and Brittany Thiessen

      Arrival Time: Arrive by 9:30AM. We will begin the hike no later than 10:00 AM. The time arranged allows for you to attend to personal needs such as organizing your gear and for leaders to share information with the group. 


      Location: Top of the World trail in Whiteshell Provincial Park. Exact meeting location will be shared with registered participants. valid Manitoba Parks pass is required and can be purchased online.


      In the spirit of reconciliation, we acknowledge that we live, work, and play on the ancestral lands of the Ininiw, Anishinaabe, and Dakota Nations, and the homeland of the Metis Nation. Our organization, Backcountry Women, is based on Treaty No. 1 Territory, and we appreciate that this event takes place on Treaty No 3. Territory



      Overall Difficulty Rating:
       due to the factors mentioned below, this activity is rated a 2/5This rating is subject to change based on prevailing conditions at the time of the activity, including but not limited to weather.

      Activity Category: Adventure Women hike - click for more info.
      Duration/Distance: 3.4 KM
      Experience: This event is open to participants with an average level of fitness who have some hiking experience. You must have the ability to walk with the group at a moderate pace for the duration of the activity and come to the activity with appropriate footwear, gear and outerwear. If you need a rain shell or insulating layer for this event there is an opportunity to borrow these items - please reach out to your event leader!

      Terrain: Rocky and forested terrain with some ups and downs. Due to melting/freezing at this time of year, traction aids like microspikes and hiking poles are advised.

      Pace: Easy pace with breaks for water, taking in the viewpoint stops, and snacks. 


      Please keep dogs at home. 

      Carpools: If you are interested in carpooling to this event go to the Backcountry Women - Community Forum group on Facebook. Select Chats near the top of the page (from a mobile device) or in a box on the right of the page (from a computer) and select the BCW Event Carpools chat. The Carpool Chat Guidelines are displayed as a Featured Post in the group for your convenience. Please be sure you are familiar with the guidelines prior to use of this chat!


      Further details will be provided to registered participants. Participants are responsible for having a valid e-mail address, communicating with the event organizer regarding any changes in attendance, and for checking e-mail prior to an event.

      Registering for this event secures you a spot and fees are non-refundable and no credits will be issued, unless under exceptional circumstances. If you are no longer able to attend, please see our Cancellation Policy.

      • Thu, March 21, 2024
      • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
      • Half Pints Brewing Co.
      • 14
      Register

      Regarding COVID-19: Please review our full COVID-19 policy and safety practices here

      PLEASE READ THE REQUIREMENTS AND ALL DETAILS BELOW PRIOR TO REGISTRATION

      DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, ONE DAY BEFORE THE EVENT (March 20)

      Event Leaders: Kate Rudge, Lead Educator CLICK FOR MORE INFORMATION


      Come and join Backcountry Women for fun evening with an enlightening workshop where we will delve into the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace. While many may think of Leave No Trace (LNT) as simply 'take only pictures, leave only footprints,' it encompasses much more than that! LNT serves as a comprehensive guide for minimizing our impact on the environment during any outdoor pursuit. As a special benefit for our Backcountry Women members, we are pleased to offer this workshop free of charge. However, we kindly request that you only register if you are truly dedicated to attending, as a considerable amount of effort is being put into providing this valuable opportunity for our members.


      Non members are welcome to join our workshop by registering at the non-member price. You will receive a lot of value for attending this session plus support the work we do.


      In this workshop we will do some hands-on learning of the 7 Principles of Leave No Trace.

      - Plan Ahead and Prepare

      - Travel & Camp on Durable Surfaces

      - Dispose of Waste Properly

      - Leave What you Find

      - Minimize Campfire Impacts

      - Respect Wildlife

      - Be Considerate of Others


      At the end of this workshop, you will be equipped with meaningful and achievable ways of integrating LNT into your outdoor adventures, and you will be awarded with a Leave No Trace Awareness Workshop certificate.


      Location: Half Pints Brewing Co. Details will be sent out in a reminder email. Beer will not be available for purchase, but tea and coffee will be available.  

      Time: Please arrive at 6:45pm. We will begin promptly at 7:00pm

      Bring: 

      • Notebook + pen - you’ll want to take notes!


      In the spirit of reconciliation, we acknowledge that we live, work, and play on the ancestral lands of the Ininiw, Anishinaabe, and Dakota Nations, and the homeland of the Metis Nation.  Our organization, Backcountry Women, is based on Treaty No. 1 Territory, and we appreciate that this event takes place on
       Treaty No 1. Territory.

      Further details will be provided to registered participants. Participants are responsible for having a valid e-mail address, communicating with the event organizer regarding any changes in attendance, and for checking e-mails prior to an event.

      This event allows cancellation no less than 5 before start of event. If you are no longer able to attend, please see our Cancellation Policy.

      • Sun, March 24, 2024
      • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
      • Winnipeg, MB
      • 24
      Register

      Please review our full COVID-19 policy and safety practices here

      PLEASE READ THE REQUIREMENTS AND ALL DETAILS BELOW PRIOR TO REGISTRATION

      DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, ONE DAY BEFORE THE EVENT (March 23

      Backcountry Women's Sunday Send Sessions are a great way to enjoy movement and meet great people! To “send” means successfully reaching the top and finishing a climb.

      Join us for a fun and supportive way to improve your physical and mental well being through indoor rock climbing. We have this space privately booked for us, so don’t fear – just join us! If you have doubts about your fitness level or fears in general when it comes to climbing, we are here to help you step outside your comfort zone safely and try this amazing sport. We are excited to help build your confidence up and introduce you to an awesome community of people.

      This event is open to all experience levels, including beginners who will receive an orientation to the gym at the beginning of this event. There will be additional opportunities for those beyond the beginner stage at each of our Sunday Send Sessions to build your climbing skills.

      Equipment is included for anyone requiring it (harnesses, shoes) or you are free to bring equipment you own. Short fingernails are recommended. Please wear comfortable athletic clothing, indoor running shoes and bring a water bottle.

      NOTE: DUE TO THIS BEING A PRIVATE BACKCOUNTRY WOMEN EVENT CREATED FOR MEMBERS OF THE BACKCOUNTRY WOMEN COMMUNITY, YOU CANNOT APPLY ANY PASSES YOU HAVE PURCHASED FROM VERTICAL ADVENTURES TO THIS EVENT.

      Event leaders: Backcountry Women's Founder, Ashley Moore - Click for more information

      Arrival Time: 10:00 AM. Please be on time. We will begin the activity promptly with introductions and an orientation to the gym for any beginners or new climbers.

      Location: Vertical Adventures (Winnipeg)


      In the spirit of reconciliation, we acknowledge that we live, work, and play on the ancestral lands of the Ininiw, Anishinaabe, and Dakota Nations, and the homeland of the Metis Nation.  Our organization, Backcountry Women, is based on Treaty No. 1 Territory, and we appreciate that this event takes place on Treaty No 1. Territory.

      Average Difficulty Rating: 3/5. 

      DurationApproximately 2 hours
      Experience: All skill levels welcome. 

      Further details will be provided to registered participants. Participants 
      are responsible for having a valid e-mail address, communicating with the event organizer regarding any changes in attendance, and for checking e-mail prior to an event.


      This event allows cancellation no less than 7 days before start of event. If you are no longer able to attend, please see our Cancellation Policy.

      • Thu, April 04, 2024
      • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
      • Half Pints Brewing Co.
      • 13
      Register

      Regarding COVID-19: Please review our full COVID-19 policy and safety practices here

      PLEASE READ THE REQUIREMENTS AND ALL DETAILS BELOW PRIOR TO REGISTRATION

      DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, ONE DAY BEFORE THE EVENT (APRIL 3)

      Registration opens February 21!

      Event Leaders: Kate Rudge, Lead Educator CLICK FOR MORE INFORMATION


      Join Backcountry Women for a workshop to help prep you for exploring trails. It's easy to go hiking with a group of friends who "know the way" or hike on a well-beaten path, but we all need to know the basics to be more self-sufficient when we head out for a hike.


      In this workshop we will learn:

      • basic skills to get you started with navigation
      • how to use a variety of tools to add into your kit for navigating
      • identifying map features to help to know where you are
      • implementing use of basic paper maps and being able to use a legend to describe the most common items on topographic maps
      • learn about the advantages of different types of navigation tools
      • a basic understanding of GPS based technology including demos of the AllTrails app and satellite communication devices

      We will provide a variety printed map examples to work off of during the workshop.


      Note: this course will NOT teach navigation skills using a map and compass.


      Location: Half Pints Brewing Co. Details will be sent out in a reminder email. Beer will not be available for purchase, but tea and coffee will be available.  

      Time: Please arrive at 6:45pm. We will begin promptly at 7:00pm

      Bring: 

      • Notebook + pen - you’ll want to take notes!

      • Your smartphone

      In the spirit of reconciliation, we acknowledge that we live, work, and play on the ancestral lands of the Ininiw, Anishinaabe, and Dakota Nations, and the homeland of the Metis Nation.  Our organization, Backcountry Women, is based on Treaty No. 1 Territory, and we appreciate that this event takes place on Treaty No 1. Territory.

      Further details will be provided to registered participants. Participants are responsible for having a valid e-mail address, communicating with the event organizer regarding any changes in attendance, and for checking e-mails prior to an event.

      This event allows cancellation no less than 5 before start of event. If you are no longer able to attend, please see our Cancellation Policy.

      • Thu, May 16, 2024
      • 6:15 PM - 9:00 PM
      • Winnipeg area
      • 13
      Registration is closed

      Please review our full COVID-19 policy and safety practices here

      DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, ONE DAY BEFORE THE EVENT (May 15)

      PLEASE READ THE REQUIREMENTS AND ALL DETAILS BELOW PRIOR TO REGISTRATION

      Join us for Cameras and Coffee, a lively 3-hour outdoors photography class amidst nature. Sip on your favourite beverage, explore a diverse range of camera and phone photography gear and embark on a fun photo scavenger hunt to learn tricks of the trade. Learn expert tips on capturing summer's beauty while on outdoor adventures, from subjects to sunsets, friends, tent views and more. Enjoy a casual Q+A conversation with an experienced Manitoba content creator, photographer, and lover of the outdoors. Unleash your creativity and capture memories! All interests and skill sets are welcome.

      NOTES:

      • Participants are responsible for bringing their own travel mugs, lawn chair, and dressing appropriately for conditions. We are providing ground coffee (decafe) and brewing supplies, and will prepare it fresh on site. We'll include dairy free creamer, hot chocolate, and tea as well. We'll have a couple spare travel mugs and chairs just in case you have forgotten yours!
      • You are welcome to bring any photo and video equipment you have, from large cameras, to cell phones, selfie sticks, camera lenses, and tripods. Don't forget to have charged batteries!

      Event Leader: Ashley Moore, Founder of Backcountry Women, alongside an experienced photographer and creator.


      Arrival time: by 6:15pm.  We will kick off our workshop and this time, so please don't be late. 


      Location: TBA - will be based on Spring conditions. Expect it to be within Winnipeg, or in proximity to Winnipeg in a Provincial Park.

      In the spirit of reconciliation, we acknowledge that we live, work, and play on the ancestral lands of the Ininiw, Anishinaabe, and Dakota Nations, and the homeland of the Metis Nation.  Our organization, Backcountry Women, is based on Treaty No. 1 Territory, and we appreciate that this event takes place on Treaty No 1. Territory.

      Overall Difficulty Rating: Due to the factors mentioned below, this activity is rated a 1/5. This rating is subject to change based on prevailing conditions at the time of the activity, including but not limited to weather.

      Duration/Distance: Total duration is approximately 3 hours.  
      Experience: All skill levels welcome. You should have the ability to walk at a relaxed pace for the duration of the activity. Appropriate footwear and layered clothing is required. 
      Terrain: Gravel and dirt.

      Pace: This event will be at a relaxed pace.

      Please leave your dog(s) at home. 

      Further details will be provided to registered participants. Participants are responsible for having a valid e-mail address, communicating with the event organizer regarding any changes in attendance, and for checking e-mail prior to an event.

      This event allows cancellation no less than 7 before start of event. If you are no longer able to attend, please see our Cancellation Policy.

      • Sat, May 25, 2024
      • 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
      • Birds Hill Provincial Park
      • 11
      Registration is closed

      DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, 2 DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT (MAY 23)

      PLEASE READ THE REQUIREMENTS AND ALL DETAILS BELOW PRIOR TO REGISTRATION

      Registration opens April 7! *CLICK HERE TO JOIN OUR COURSE WAITLIST TO RECEIVE MORE INFO*

      Looking to get out multi-day backpacking but not sure where to start, or how to build skills to get on the trails confidently? Backpacking with Confidence empowers you to learn all about getting into the backcountry safely and responsibly, while in a welcoming environment with other like minded individuals from the Backcountry Women community through a full day course. For newer backpackers and also those who want to upgrade their foundation of skills, our courses offer the opportunity to build up essential knowledge for your journey into self-sufficiency in the outdoors.

      Backcountry Women is here to support your journey starting where you're at so that you can build towards being be the most prepared and confident hiker you can be. Our course is being delivered by Backcountry Women's Founder Ashley Moore (an Outdoor Council of Canada certified Field Leader) and certified members of our Advocate team! We are excited to offer this course to be able to share our wealth of hiking and backcountry experience with everyone. 

      This course will dive into topics including preparedness, planning, safety, goals and motivations, leaving no trace, gear choices and selection, as well as provide our own tips and tricks. It provides the opportunity for engaging discussions where participants can share their personal experiences. We provide a variety of hands-on learning opportunities geared to backpackers (such as packing your bag, basic map use, backcountry stoves, water purification, sleep systems and set up; topics covered are based on available timeframe). Expect to go on a short hike to round out the day.

      Course notes - Some overlapping topics are involved in our Hiking and Backpacking courses. We recommend you take one or the other, depending on your interests and experience level relative to the outdoors. Reach out if you would like to discuss!

      - Participants joining any Backpacking with Confidence course may have priority to register for any overnight "alumni" trip events this summer designed to take the skills you'll be learning in the course to the next level. *REACH OUT WITH ANY QUESTIONS / INTEREST IN TAKING PART!

      Please read on for full details!

      Time & location:

      • The course begins promptly at 8:00 am. The duration is approximately 9-10 hours - but it's important to note that the time allocated needs to be flexible in order to cover course content, and can be unpredictable due to factors such as weather and group dynamics
      • Birds Hill Provincial Park - check your emails for confirmation of exact location details.

      Further instructions and important information will be emailed out to participants. Check your confirmation and reminder emails.

      Participant Expectations: Students are expected to participate 100% in this course. Students are responsible for their transportation, and personal items including food, park pass and equipment throughout the course.

      NOTE: You do not need to own the best gear so all you're required to bring is what you have. We do not encourage you go out and buy stuff unnecessarily (new or used). We will discuss a variety of options that you can try and ask about. This information will be useful to inform any of your potential future purchasing decisions related to gear.

      Students must be able to hike comfortably for a short distance to participate. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

      What is Provided: Students receive a pre-course email with a packing list to prepare you for the day, and any other relevant details. We also provide our Guidebook in print form which is a wealth of information for your reference. Your course instructors includes an Outdoor Council of Canada certified Field Leader (with Hiking, Winter, Paddling, and Overnight certifications). For education purposes during the course, we use a diverse set of equipment you can become familiar with (including tarps, fire starting materials, water filters, backcountry stoves, etc.).

      We very much look forward to spending the day together at our course! 

        Further details will be provided to registered participants. Participants are responsible for having a valid e-mail address, communicating with the event organizer regarding any changes in attendance, and for checking e-mail prior to an event.

        This event allows cancellation no less than 14 days before start of event. If you are no longer able to attend, please see our Cancellation Policy.

        • Sun, May 26, 2024
        • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
        • Birds Hill Provincial Park
        • 11
        Registration is closed

        DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, 2 DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT (MAY 24)

        PLEASE READ THE REQUIREMENTS AND ALL DETAILS BELOW PRIOR TO REGISTRATION

        Registration opens April 7! *CLICK HERE TO JOIN OUR COURSE WAITLIST TO RECEIVE MORE INFO*

        Hiking with Confidence empowers you to learn all about hiking safely and responsibly, while in a welcoming environment with other like minded individuals from the Backcountry Women community through a full day course. For newer hikers and also those who want to upgrade their foundation of skills, our courses offer the opportunity to build up essential knowledge for your journey into self-sufficiency in the outdoors.

        Backcountry Women is here to support your journey starting where you're at so that you can build towards being be the most prepared and confident hiker you can be. Our course is being delivered by Backcountry Women's Founder Ashley Moore (an Outdoor Council of Canada certified Field Leader) and members of our Advocate team! We are excited to offer this course to be able to share our wealth of hiking and backcountry experience with everyone. 

        This course will dive into topics including preparedness, planning, safety, goals and motivations, gear choices and selection, as well as provide our own tips and tricks. It provides the opportunity for engaging discussions where participants can share their personal experiences. We provide a variety of hands-on learning opportunities geared to day hikes (such as basic map use, fire building, water purification, shelter set up; topics covered are based on available timeframe). Expect to go on a short hike to round out the day.

        Course note - some overlapping topics are involved in our Hiking and Backpacking courses. We recommend you take one or the other, depending on your interests and experience level relative to the outdoors. Reach out if you would like to discuss!

        Please read on for full details!

        Time & location:

        • The course begins promptly at 8:30 am. The duration is approximately 8-9 hours - but it's important to note that the time allocated needs to be flexible in order to cover course content, and can be unpredictable due to factors such as weather and group dynamics
        • Birds Hill Provincial Park - check your emails for confirmation of exact location details.

        Further instructions and important information will be emailed out to participants. Check your confirmation and reminder emails.

        Participant Expectations: Students are expected to participate 100% in this course. Students are responsible for their transportation, and personal items including food, park pass and equipment throughout the course.

        NOTE: You do not need to own the best gear so all you're required to bring is what you have. We do not encourage you go out and buy stuff unnecessarily (new or used). We will discuss a variety of options that you can try and ask about. This information will be useful to inform any of your potential future purchasing decisions related to gear.

        Students must be able to hike comfortably for a short distance to participate. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

        What is Provided: Students receive a pre-course email with a packing list to prepare you for the day, and any other relevant details. We also provide our Guidebook in print form which is a wealth of information for your reference. Your course instructors includes an Outdoor Council of Canada certified Field Leader (with Hiking, Winter, Paddling, and Overnight certifications). For education purposes during the course, we use a diverse set of equipment you can become familiar with (including tarps, fire starting materials, water filters, backcountry stoves, etc.).

        We very much look forward to spending the day together at our course! 

          Further details will be provided to registered participants. Participants are responsible for having a valid e-mail address, communicating with the event organizer regarding any changes in attendance, and for checking e-mail prior to an event.

          This event allows cancellation no less than 14 days before start of event. If you are no longer able to attend, please see our Cancellation Policy.

          • Sat, June 08, 2024
          • 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
          • Birds Hill Provincial Park
          • 11
          Registration is closed

          DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, 2 DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT (JUNE 6)

          PLEASE READ THE REQUIREMENTS AND ALL DETAILS BELOW PRIOR TO REGISTRATION

          Registration opens April 7! *CLICK HERE TO JOIN OUR COURSE WAITLIST TO RECEIVE MORE INFO*

          Looking to get out multi-day backpacking but not sure where to start, or how to build skills to get on the trails confidently? Backpacking with Confidence empowers you to learn all about getting into the backcountry safely and responsibly, while in a welcoming environment with other like minded individuals from the Backcountry Women community through a full day course. For newer backpackers and also those who want to upgrade their foundation of skills, our courses offer the opportunity to build up essential knowledge for your journey into self-sufficiency in the outdoors.

          Backcountry Women is here to support your journey starting where you're at so that you can build towards being be the most prepared and confident hiker you can be. Our course is being delivered by Backcountry Women's Founder Ashley Moore (an Outdoor Council of Canada certified Field Leader) and certified members of our Advocate team! We are excited to offer this course to be able to share our wealth of hiking and backcountry experience with everyone. 

          This course will dive into topics including preparedness, planning, safety, goals and motivations, leaving no trace, gear choices and selection, as well as provide our own tips and tricks. It provides the opportunity for engaging discussions where participants can share their personal experiences. We provide a variety of hands-on learning opportunities geared to backpackers (such as packing your bag, basic map use, backcountry stoves, water purification, sleep systems and set up; topics covered are based on available timeframe). Expect to go on a short hike to round out the day.

          Course notes - Some overlapping topics are involved in our Hiking and Backpacking courses. We recommend you take one or the other, depending on your interests and experience level relative to the outdoors. Reach out if you would like to discuss!

          - Participants joining any Backpacking with Confidence course may have priority to register for any overnight "alumni" trip events this summer designed to take the skills you'll be learning in the course to the next level. *REACH OUT WITH ANY QUESTIONS / INTEREST IN TAKING PART!

          Please read on for full details!

          Time & location:

          • The course begins promptly at 8:00 am. The duration is approximately 9-10 hours - but it's important to note that the time allocated needs to be flexible in order to cover course content, and can be unpredictable due to factors such as weather and group dynamics
          • Birds Hill Provincial Park - check your emails for confirmation of exact location details.

          Further instructions and important information will be emailed out to participants. Check your confirmation and reminder emails.

          Participant Expectations: Students are expected to participate 100% in this course. Students are responsible for their transportation, and personal items including food, park pass and equipment throughout the course.

          NOTE: You do not need to own the best gear so all you're required to bring is what you have. We do not encourage you go out and buy stuff unnecessarily (new or used). We will discuss a variety of options that you can try and ask about. This information will be useful to inform any of your potential future purchasing decisions related to gear.

          Students must be able to hike comfortably for a short distance to participate. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

          What is Provided: Students receive a pre-course email with a packing list to prepare you for the day, and any other relevant details. We also provide our Guidebook in print form which is a wealth of information for your reference. Your course instructors includes an Outdoor Council of Canada certified Field Leader (with Hiking, Winter, Paddling, and Overnight certifications). For education purposes during the course, we use a diverse set of equipment you can become familiar with (including tarps, fire starting materials, water filters, backcountry stoves, etc.).

          We very much look forward to spending the day together at our course! 

            Further details will be provided to registered participants. Participants are responsible for having a valid e-mail address, communicating with the event organizer regarding any changes in attendance, and for checking e-mail prior to an event.

            This event allows cancellation no less than 14 days before start of event. If you are no longer able to attend, please see our Cancellation Policy.

            • Sun, June 09, 2024
            • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
            • Birds Hill Provincial Park
            • 11
            Registration is closed

            DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, 2 DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT (JUNE 7)

            PLEASE READ THE REQUIREMENTS AND ALL DETAILS BELOW PRIOR TO REGISTRATION

            Registration opens April 7! *CLICK HERE TO JOIN OUR COURSE WAITLIST TO RECEIVE MORE INFO*

            Hiking with Confidence empowers you to learn all about hiking safely and responsibly, while in a welcoming environment with other like minded individuals from the Backcountry Women community through a full day course. For newer hikers and also those who want to upgrade their foundation of skills, our courses offer the opportunity to build up essential knowledge for your journey into self-sufficiency in the outdoors.

            Backcountry Women is here to support your journey starting where you're at so that you can build towards being be the most prepared and confident hiker you can be. Our course is being delivered by Backcountry Women's Founder Ashley Moore (an Outdoor Council of Canada certified Field Leader) and members of our Advocate team! We are excited to offer this course to be able to share our wealth of hiking and backcountry experience with everyone. 

            This course will dive into topics including preparedness, planning, safety, goals and motivations, gear choices and selection, as well as provide our own tips and tricks. It provides the opportunity for engaging discussions where participants can share their personal experiences. We provide a variety of hands-on learning opportunities geared to day hikes (such as basic map use, fire building, water purification, shelter set up; topics covered are based on available timeframe). Expect to go on a short hike to round out the day.

            Course note - some overlapping topics are involved in our Hiking and Backpacking courses. We recommend you take one or the other, depending on your interests and experience level relative to the outdoors. Reach out if you would like to discuss!

            Please read on for full details!

            Time & location:

            • The course begins promptly at 8:30 am. The duration is approximately 8-9 hours - but it's important to note that the time allocated needs to be flexible in order to cover course content, and can be unpredictable due to factors such as weather and group dynamics
            • Birds Hill Provincial Park - check your emails for confirmation of exact location details.

            Further instructions and important information will be emailed out to participants. Check your confirmation and reminder emails.

            Participant Expectations: Students are expected to participate 100% in this course. Students are responsible for their transportation, and personal items including food, park pass and equipment throughout the course.

            NOTE: You do not need to own the best gear so all you're required to bring is what you have. We do not encourage you go out and buy stuff unnecessarily (new or used). We will discuss a variety of options that you can try and ask about. This information will be useful to inform any of your potential future purchasing decisions related to gear.

            Students must be able to hike comfortably for a short distance to participate. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

            What is Provided: Students receive a pre-course email with a packing list to prepare you for the day, and any other relevant details. We also provide our Guidebook in print form which is a wealth of information for your reference. Your course instructors includes an Outdoor Council of Canada certified Field Leader (with Hiking, Winter, Paddling, and Overnight certifications). For education purposes during the course, we use a diverse set of equipment you can become familiar with (including tarps, fire starting materials, water filters, backcountry stoves, etc.).

            We very much look forward to spending the day together at our course! 

              Further details will be provided to registered participants. Participants are responsible for having a valid e-mail address, communicating with the event organizer regarding any changes in attendance, and for checking e-mail prior to an event.

              This event allows cancellation no less than 14 days before start of event. If you are no longer able to attend, please see our Cancellation Policy.

              • Sat, June 29, 2024
              • 8:00 AM
              • Sun, June 30, 2024
              • 6:00 PM
              • Spruce Woods Provincial Park
              • 10
              Registration is closed

              DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, 9 DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT (JUNE 20). 

              PRE-TRIP MEETING (MANDATORY): TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2023 @ 7:00 PM

              PLEASE READ THE REQUIREMENTS AND ALL DETAILS BELOW PRIOR TO REGISTRATION

              Registration opens April 7! *We will provide a waitlist sign up form soon!*

              Have you taken one of our Backpacking with Confidence courses? Then we invite you to join us as we head overnight into the backcountry for a shared experience, confidence building, and a continuation of hands on backpacking knowledge.

              This event will be an overnight Backpacking trip in Spruce Woods Provincial Park. This trip will include a MANDATORY pre trip meeting on TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2023 @ 7:00 PM.

              During this overnight trip we'll build on some of the skills taught in the Backpacking with Confidence course and provide more opportunities hands on with gear, all in a similar supportive environment. We want to make this trip accessible to as many as possible and aim to coordinate gear loaning among the group as much as possible. So, if you do not yet have all your gear for a backpacking trip, expect that we are going to do our best to help you join.

              There are a limited number of spaces available in this event. Please keep in mind you MUST be available for the pre trip meeting on Tuesday, June 25 to be able to attend. We are giving Backpacking course participants priority access to this trip using a special registration code provided once you've done the course (past participants can expect an email with this info - if you didn't receive it, please reach out). Those wanting to register will then be given a spot on a first come, first serve basis.

              Spots will be opened to other Backcountry Women members later on if we do not have enough participants from the group of people who have attended our Backpacking courses.

              This trip will proceed rain or shine; plans will be adjusted accordingly in the case of bad weather. We have access to outdoor shelters during this event. Full details will be provided to registered attendees.

              Event leaders: Ashley Moore and Kate Rudge. Please contact with any questions!

              To ensure an enjoyable and safe experience for all, any equipment you bring should have been tested previously to withstand poor weather conditions such as wind and rain. 

              A suggested gear and packing list will be provided upon registering so that you can adequately prepare for this weekend. (Please check the details in your registration confirmation email!) Gear and other details will be reviewed and coordinated together during our pre-trip meeting.

              Please note that this event's registration fees do not include gas, park entry/passes, meals, other misc / personal expenses. 

              MANDATORY Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, June 25 at 7:00 PM. An email will be sent to participants 1 week prior to our meeting with further details.

              IMPORTANT NOTE - These trips are a true team effort and are offered to individuals who are team players. You MUST attend the mandatory pre trip meeting with no exceptions. This is required since it is where leaders and participants come together to finalize all plans and details to make this trip possible. Everyone's participation makes these trips a success! Please review the pre trip meeting date to ensure you can attend prior to registering.

              Failure to do so may forfeit your registered spot and there will be no credit or refund available to you.

              Please leave dogs at home.

              What to expect:

              • You should have enough fitness to be able to comfortably join an extended hike where we may be facing a variety of conditions and varied terrain for extended distances, while also carrying the weight of overnight packs. If you have never carried the weight of a pack we strongly recommend trying it out before hand and doing some training that strengthens your lower body, as well as cardio abilities.
              • Day 1: We will meet at the trailhead in the morning and spend approx. 45-60 mins preparing to head out by packing and adjusting our bags. There will be small breaks for adjustments as we go, as well an extended lunch break when we arrive at "cabin 2" along the trail which is roughly 2 kms in. After lunch, we will carry on to hike the remaining 6 kms to "cabin 3" bringing us to a total of 8 km for the day. At cabin 3, we will go through the process of setting up camp: choosing tent sites and setting them up, setting up a kitchen area, collecting/chopping firewood, etc.
              • Day 2: Breakfast then camp pack up. Be on the trail by ~10. There will be similar lunch, adjustment and snack breaks as we head back to the parking lot. At the parking lot, we will unpack any shared gear to return it to its owner. Return to Winnipeg with an arrival of no later than 6 pm.
              • Epinette trail leads through some open grasslands with a mix of forested sections. There are some great views and lots of rolling hills along the way! This trail is quite exposed to the elements so ample sun protection and water is required.

              Overall Average Difficulty Rating: due to the factors mentioned above, this activity is rated a 3/5.

              Further details will be provided to registered participants. Participants are responsible for having a valid e-mail address, communicating with the event organizer regarding any changes in attendance, and for checking e-mails prior to an event.

              Regarding Covid-19: Please review our full Covid-19 policy and safety practices here.

              This event allows cancellation no less than 10 days before start of event (cancellations must be received in advance of our pre-trip meeting). If you are no longer able to attend, please see our Cancellation Policy.

              • Sat, August 10, 2024
              • 9:00 AM
              • Sun, August 11, 2024
              • 4:00 PM
              • Riding Mountain National Park
              • 8
              Registration is closed

              DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, 7 DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT (August 3rd).

              PRE-TRIP MEETING (MANDATORY): Tuesday, August 6th at 7:00 pm.

              PLEASE READ THE REQUIREMENTS AND ALL DETAILS BELOW PRIOR TO REGISTRATION:

              Member registration opens June 29!

              Get ready for a quick and fun backpacking trip in Riding Mountain National Park! Enjoy this relatively short hike (2.4km, less than 1 hour) into one of the Backcountry sites and tent under the stars. We plan to do an additional day hike once we've set up camp.

              Participants will need to bring appropriate gear that can be carried in by backpack including a tent, sleeping bag, food and water, flashlights, cooking equipment, layered clothing, appropriate gear for activities, and other items. Note that tents may be shared in order to conserve limited campsite space. A suggested gear and packing list will be provided upon registering so that you can adequately prepare for this weekend. (Please check the details in your registration confirmation email!)

              NOTE: Food, drink and scented items must be kept in bear-safe containers (there is a bear box at our site). We will discuss what this means at the pre-trip meeting. NO food inside tents and we will observe all LNT principles!

              This trip will proceed rain or shine!

              Event leaders: Lara Stregger and Ainsley Balcewich. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out prior to registering! 

              Costs not included in registration fees: optional equipment rentals, gas, park entry fees, additional group-planned activities, shared cost of firewood, meals, other misc. / personal expenses.

              MANDATORY Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday August 6th at 7:00 pm. An email will be sent to participants 1 week prior to our meeting with further details.

              IMPORTANT NOTE - These trips are a true team effort and are offered to individuals who are team players. You MUST attend the mandatory pre trip meeting with no exceptions. This is required since it is where leaders and participants come together to finalize all plans and details to make this trip possible. Everyone's participation makes these trips a success! Please review the pre trip meeting date to ensure you can attend prior to registering.

              If you do not end up attending this pre trip meeting, you may forfeit your registered spot and there will be no credit or refund available to you.

              What to expect:

              • Group hike into the Backcountry site 
              • Additional hike from camp
              • Evening fire and social activities
              • Optional group activities to be decided at pre-trip meeting
              • You should have enough experience and fitness to be able to carry your gear, including all food and water needed for the weekend while hiking at a moderate pace. 
              • This event is not pet friendly.

              Overall Average Difficulty Rating: due to the factors mentioned above, this activity is rated a 3/5.

              Further details will be provided to registered participants. Participants are responsible for having a valid e-mail address, communicating with the event organizer regarding any changes in attendance, and for checking e-mails prior to an event.

              Regarding Covid-19: Please review our full Covid-19 policy and safety practices here.

              This event allows cancellation no less than 14 days before start of event. If you are no longer able to attend, please see our Cancellation Policy.

              • Fri, September 13, 2024
              • 4:00 PM
              • Sun, September 15, 2024
              • 4:00 PM
              • Nopiming Provincial Park
              • 8
              Registration is closed

              DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, 5 DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT (September 8th).

              PRE-TRIP MEETING (MANDATORY): Tuesday, September 10th at 7:00 pm.

              PLEASE READ THE REQUIREMENTS AND ALL DETAILS BELOW PRIOR TO REGISTRATION: 

              Member registration opens August 7!

              Get ready for a fun backpacking trip to waterfront sites in the stunning gem Nopiming Provincial Park! Enjoy this relatively short hike (1.5 km, less than 1 hour) into backcountry sites and tent under the stars. We plan to do an additional day hike once we've set up camp. We will also have the option to do water activities since we are camped right on the lake!

              Participants will need to bring appropriate gear that can be carried in by backpack including a tent, sleeping bag, food and water, flashlights, cooking equipment, layered clothing, appropriate gear for activities, and other items. A suggested gear and packing list will be provided upon registering so that you can adequately prepare for this weekend. (Please check the details in your registration confirmation email!)

              NOTE: Food, drink and scented items must be kept in bear-safe containers (there is a bear box at our site). We will discuss what this means at the pre-trip meeting. NO food / scented items inside tents and we will observe all LNT principles!

              This trip will proceed rain or shine! We have a selection of quality rain shells available in our gear library for those that need to borrow one.

              Event leaders: Lara Stregger and Ashley Moore. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out prior to registering! 

              Costs not included in registration fees: optional equipment rentals, gas, park entry fees, additional group-planned activities, shared cost of firewood, meals, other misc. / personal expenses.

              MANDATORY Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday September 10th at 7:00 pm. An email will be sent to participants 1 week prior to our meeting with further details.

              IMPORTANT NOTE - These trips are a true team effort and are offered to individuals who are team players. You MUST attend the mandatory pre trip meeting with no exceptions. This is required since it is where leaders and participants come together to finalize all plans and details to make this trip possible. Everyone's participation makes these trips a success! Please review the pre trip meeting date to ensure you can attend prior to registering.

              If you do not end up attending this pre trip meeting, you may forfeit your registered spot and there will be no credit or refund available to you.

              What to expect:

              • Supportive leaders to help build your backcountry confidence
              • Group hike into the backcountry sites
              • Additional hike from camp
              • Evening fire and social activities
              • Optional swimming and other water-based activities (weather dependent) 
              • Optional group activities to be decided at pre-trip meeting
              • You should have enough experience and fitness to be able to carry your gear, including all food needed for the weekend while hiking at a moderate pace. 
              • This event is not pet friendly.

              Overall Average Difficulty Rating: due to the factors mentioned above, this activity is rated a 3/5.

              Further details will be provided to registered participants. Participants are responsible for having a valid e-mail address, communicating with the event organizer regarding any changes in attendance, and for checking e-mails prior to an event.

              Regarding Covid-19: Please review our full Covid-19 policy and safety practices here.

              This event allows cancellation no less than 14 days before start of event. If you are no longer able to attend, please see our Cancellation Policy.

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