Upcoming Trips and Courses

  • Heli-Accessed Tour

    Enjoy an epic day of touring and riding in the Island Alps on one of our most coveted trips. A...

    Apr 6, 2023 (day trip)
  • Queer Outdoor Rock Skills Day

    This outdoor rock climbing course is designed to empower and support the 2SLGBTQ+
    community by...

    May 20, 2023 (day trip)
  • Queer Outdoor Rock Experience

    This outdoor rock climbing experience is designed to empower and support the 2SLGBTQ+
    community by...

    May 20, 2023 (day trip)

We have a new site!

Welcome back to our upgraded site! At a glance, it may not look like a lot has changed (we were pretty happy with the original look and simplicity of our site), but we’re very excited to have added functionality, ease of navigation, up-to-date content, and (drumroll) mobile compatibility! We hope that it will improve the user experience for both you, our customers, and our staff.

Over the years, our selection of courses and trips have grown, and our offerings have expanded beyond their original Island Alpine Guides' umbrella. Moving forward, all of our hiking related trips and backcountry fundamentals courses will have a home of their own.  In tandem with our website upgrade, we are pleased to announce the launch of our sister site, hikevancouverisland.com

With this new and more focussed site, we aim to feature all the great hiking opportunities our region has to offer, not only in the Island’s alpine, but also on our wonderful coastline and everywhere in between. Hike Vancouver Island is the same great team of professional guides you’ve come to know, trust and love, but with more focussed content towards those of you more interested in hiking than the more technical pursuits handled by Island Alpine Guides. 

On both sites, we’ve changed the layout of our trip and course pages. You’ll notice that all the information for your trip is now in one place under the tabs “About,” “Logistics,” “Requirements,” and “Gear list”. Along the right side of the trip and course pages we have our list of upcoming trips and courses including specific locations for each.  The booking process has changed slightly too, and will allow us to take multiple bookings from groups all at once in one seamless process.

Please have a look around and let us know what you think. We’d love to have your feedback as we work to continually improve our sites to make them more useful to you.

We look forward to seeing you outdoors on the island this summer and next winter!

-The Island Alpine Guides/Hike Vancouver Island​​ Team

Important - Please Read

All Island Alpine Guides courses and trips take place in an outdoor, wilderness environment. This means that as a participant you will be encountering various risks, dangers, and hazards, some of which include avalanches, cornices, crevasses, cliffs, trees, creeks, rockfall, difficult travel conditions, weather, illness, equipment failure, wild animals, becoming lost as well as the possibility of mistakes being made by IAG guides and instructors.

To participate in these activities you will be required to read and agree to our waivers as part of the registration process. You will also be required to sign the waivers at the start of the course or trip. In doing so you will waive or give up certain legal rights including the right to sue or to claim compensation following an accident.

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The course was first class and I feel much safer and confident in the alpine now thanks to it.
Chris Istace, Chemainus, BC. » Mountain Skills Fly-In
Jan presented an engaging and comprehensive presentation over zoom, which was easy to follow and well-paced for online learning. He was extremely knowledgeable and willing to answer any and all questions with an in-depth response! Joe was a...
Meg Rogers, » AST1 Washington
Thanks so much for a weekend full of knowledge and fun...you guys did a great job in helping us gain confidence in the backcountry... doing what you do saves lives and I appreciate it!! Great instructors, great group, great course! I took so much...
Kim Jordan, » AST1 Washington