Program Goals:

The TREK program goals meet the curricular and core competencies outlined in the revised BC curriculum. We are a fully integrated, place-based program that has the flexibility to create an enriched learning environment.

In addition to meeting all of the curricular requirements of Grade 10, TREK:

  • Introduces each student to a variety of outdoor activities;

  • Provides instruction in the safe and proper means of participating in these activities;

  • Helps students develop a greater understanding of the natural world;

  • Provides positive personal growth experiences that help students develop character.

    Program Objectives:

Adventure and Challenge

The TREK Program introduces each student to a variety of outdoor activities including:

  • hiking and backpacking

  • ocean kayaking

  • canoeing

  • rock climbing

  • cycle touring

  • back-country (Telemark) skiing

  • cross-country (Nordic) skiing

  • snowshoeing

  • essential outdoor skills (minimum impact camping, outdoor cooking, first aid, navigation, weather interpretation, snow shelter construction, avalanche assessment & risk reduction)

Place Based Education

Developing an understanding of the natural world has always been a key component of TREK. Students are provided with direct experiences that enable them to integrate their learning into the wider world and to make personal connections.

Emphasizing hands-on, real-world learning experiences, this approach to education [place-based learning] increases academic achievement, helps students develop stronger ties to their community, enhances students’ appreciation for the natural world, and creates a heightened commitment to serving as active contributing citizens. (David Sobel)


Core Competencies

The underlying purpose of the TREK program is to provide experiences that help students learn about themselves. We create a physical and social environment that supports the development of the Core Competencies. Core competencies are sets of intellectual, personal, and social and emotional proficiencies that all students need to develop in order to engage in life-long, in-depth learning. 

Building Relationships

A unique component of TREK is that it brings together students from across the city. The friendships that are formed between the TREK students last a lifetime.