Wilderness Navigation 1 is a one-day introduction to using and understanding topographic maps and compasses. This course provides fundamental skills that anyone who explores outdoors should have. A solid knowledge of the map and compass will not only benefit trip planning and inform GPS navigation, it also remains an essential skill to have to find your way through terrain, particularly if exploring new areas or in poor visibility. Each course will cover the curriculum below, but we will also tailor to each group’s needs and experience level.

We recommend our one-day Wilderness Navigation 2 as a follow-up course. Take both courses at once to receive a 10% discount


  • Interpreting features on topographical maps
  • Compass use and features
  • Scale, grid reference and latitude and longitude
  • Relating features on a map to features on the ground
  • Taking bearings in the field and on the map
  • Resectioning to determine location
  • Travelling on bearings through terrain


  • Participants must be prepared to travel approximately 3-4km, including sections through bush and over rough terrain
  • If there is snow on the ground, it could also include use of snowshoes which participants must provide for themselves

Please read the pre-trip information package located at the bottom of the booking page for more details

Questions? Check out our FAQ page for details about our booking and cancellation policy, and other commonly asked questions.


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 waiver as part of the registration process. You will also be required to sign the waiver 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.

Included in the price:

  • 1 day of instruction

Not included in the price:

  • Transport to and from the meeting point
  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Personal equipment (including snowshoes if there is snow on the ground at the time of your course)


  • Navigation Kit $10.00

    Includes a map and compass

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Christine was very professional, knowledgeable, empathetic and caring. Full marks for her guidance! Michael K.,
Thank you for leading such a great course today. We really enjoyed ourselves and got a lot out of it. We'd both be very interested in an advanced version to build on these new skills. Silas and Irini Sandham, Nanaimo, BC
Mattias was an excellent teacher. He was adaptable and able to keep the course interesting and fun throughout the day. His passion for navigation really shone through and both Robbie and I left feeling inspired to learn more. As well as being clear and organized, he was also very engaging and fun to talk to. All in all, it was an excellent experience- and we would be excited to take more classes in the future, and would strongly recommend them to our friends. Katelyn Kennedy and Robbie Young, Powell River, BC
Brianna is incredibly knowledgeable and was able to answer all of our questions. Great day of learning!! Patricia D, Campbell River, BC
The course was great, exactly what I was looking for! Our instructor did a great job explaining maps, compass use, and how to apply them in the field. She was very patient with us when reminding us how to find our position. Our group had quite a few questions, which she had no problem answering! I would definitely recommend this course to others. Ian Scott, Victoria, BC
My friends and I just completed Wilderness Navigation One with Brianna and it was an awesome day. She was extremely knowledgeable and we are anxious to do another course with this outfit. Highly recommend this company and Brianna to anyone wanting to expand their knowledge base. Sherry M, Comox, BC
I really enjoyed the Navigation course. Nate was an excellent instructor who was very engaging, knowledgeable and responsive. The course was well paced and just what I was looking for. Can't wait to go out and try my new skills with my newly purchased compass. Thank you! Lisa Booth, Esquimalt, BC