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A 3-day backpacking trip on the historic Hudson Bay Brigade Trail.

This program for women and girls (13-18 years) will provide instruction on the overall basics of backpacking such as food, cooking, clothing, backpack essentials, overnight gear choices, safety considerations and “Leave No Trace” principles. All this in a friendly, low-stress outdoor setting.

This should not be your first hike of the year! You will need to be able to carry a backpack containing gear described in the trip checklist for up to 2 km on the first and last day of the 3-day trip. The middle day will involve a moderate day hike. Pack weight should ideally not exceed ~14 kg (30 lbs) including food and water.

The class will include a day to get together for gear check, meal planning and a day hike before the backpacking weekend.

In addition to enjoying the beautiful mountain scenery and friendly company, you’ll experience the adventure of walking in the footsteps of history. You’ll be hiking and camping on a section of the Hudson Bay Heritage Trail, located in the majestic Tulameen River Valley. Blackeye’s Camp on the beautiful Tulameen Plateau and surrounding by wildflowers will be the destination on Day 2. Historian Kelley Cook will share her knowledge of the First Nations hunting trail that became one of the most historically significant routes in Canada.


  • Overnight at Horseguard Camp nestled on the sandy banks of the Tulameen River.
  • See wildflower meadows in peak summer bloom.
  • Enjoy beautiful views of Snass Peak and neighbouring mountains.
  • Hike sections of the historic HBC trail through the amazing Upper & Lower Defiles to the Tulameen Plateau, a beautiful sub alpine meadow which was known as the Garden of Eden by the fur traders.

Comments from previous Women’s Backpack programs:

“Amazing, knowledgeable, patient, inclusive… Leaders and volunteers. Beautiful people. Love their programs.”

“Thanks so much for all your encouragement & inspiration! You have many wonderful gifts. Thanks for sharing yourself & accepting each of us.”

“At first it feels like you’re the only one who’s ever gone through something painful. Then you discover you’re not alone. Each of us has a story. We just have to step out, grab onto a friend’s hand & jump! I have an army of friends, so proud of me for doing this trip. Expect a few more nurses signing up next year!”

“Amazing people! You will love the programs offered by these passionate leaders.”


$150 per adult
$25 per youth, aged 13 to 18, accompanied by a parent or guardian


Price includes:

  • Trail guide and historian
  • Plant and animal biologist
  • First aid backup and satellite phone
  • Training regarding gear and backcountry camping techniques


All participants must be in good health and have average physical fitness. Daily distances and elevation gain will be moderate, enabling beginners to enjoy their first backpacking experience.  See ITINERARY for a summary of distance and elevation gain/loss required each day.

This should not be your first hike this year!  You will need to be able to carry a backpack containing gear described in the trip checklist. Pack weight should ideally not exceed ~14 kg (30 lbs) including food and water.


Pre-Trip Meeting:

A pre-trip meeting and day hike is required, so we can go over gear and enjoy a hike together before the overnight trip. The pre-trip meeting hike will take place in Hope on Sunday, July 21nd — please mark it on your calendar. Start time: 10am, meeting place: Hope Recreation Centre.  Finished by 3pm.

Friday, July 26

9:00 AM – Meet at Hope Recreation Centre, organize into carpools.  Participants may leave personal vehicles parked at Hope Recreation Centre.  Vehicles drive  50 km via Highway-5 and the 30.2 km on the Tulameen Forest Service Road.

11:00AM – 1:00 PM – 1 km hike into Tulameen Falls for a lunch break and swim.

2:00 PM –  Arrive at parking area at 57 km Tulameen and leave vehicles here.

Begin hiking an old miners trail which leads to Horseguard Campsite.

Hiking distance: 2 km

Elevation loss: 100 m

Camp overnight at Horseguard Camp on the Tulameen River.

Saturday, July 27

After a leisurely breakfast, we’ll put on light day packs and hike a section of the HBC trail.

Hiking distance (1-way): 6.25 km

Elevation gain: 605m

Returning for dinner, we’ll spend a second night at Horseguard Camp.

Sunday, July 28

After breakfast, we can explore a bit more around camp, then begin packing up for the hike back to our vehicles.

Hiking distance: 2 km

Elevation gain: 100 m

3:30 PM – Return to vehicles and drive back to Hope.





Meet at Hope Recreation Centre
(1005 – 6th Avenue in Hope)



Participants will need their own vehicles to get to Hope and some will need to drive the 115 km from Hope to the trailhead.  The last 57 km are graded gravel road, accessible with any 2-wheel-drive vehicle.  Trucks or SUVs are recommended, as potholes, washboard, and road dust can be expected.  Participants are encouraged to carpool and share fuel costs. This will be discussed and organized on the pre-trip hike.


Participants will need the following items. Gear is available for rent at Mt. Waddington’s Outdoors in Chilliwack (604-846-1984) and Valhalla Pure in Abbotsford (604-850-5523).

* Sturdy hiking boots.  Should provide ankle support and be sealed against moisture.  Must also be broken in so they don’t blister you.
* Socks — A thin synthetic (not cotton) inner sock and a thick outer sock (preferably wool). Bring 1 extra pair of back-up socks
* Long pants and shorts or zip-off pants (no jeans)
* Nylon rain pants
* 2 undershirts (cotton or polypropyl)
* 1 sweater
* Rain-proof jacket
* 1 pair gloves
* 1 toque

* Sleeping bag — rated to -10 celsius
* Foamy — Thermarest or any closed-cell foamy
* 3-season tent or bivvy sac
* Stove, fuel, pots
* Cup, plate, cutlery
* Sun glasses
* Camera
* Chapstick
* Toilet paper and hand sanitizer
* Head lamp
* Utility knife
* Basic first aid and moleskin for blisters
* Matches/lighter
* 10 ft. of light cord or rope
* Hiking poles (highly recommended)
* Day pack for light hiking
* Bug repellent/head net

* 2 litres of water
* Hi-energy snack food (gorp or Power Bars)
* 3 lunches on the trail
* 2 dinners in camp
* 2 breakfasts in camp

Make sure to keep your Friday lunch separate as we will be eating at Jacobson Lake and don’t want to have to dig into our big packs.


Liability Waiver Form

Everyone age 19 & over must sign a liability waiver form in order to participate in this program. Please take the time to read this form because you must understand and agree to it when you sign it. By signing it you are waiving certain rights, including the right to sue. These forms will be available to sign when you check in. Please seek legal counsel if you have any questions.

Informed Consent Form

Everyone age 18 & under must have an informed consent form signed by their parent or legal guardian in order to participate. Please contact us if you need this form prior to arrival at this program.


If a registration is cancelled 14 days or more before a program starts, HMCOL will refund the program fee and equipment rental fees (as applicable) minus an administrative cost of $20 per person. Program and equipment rental fees will not be refunded if a cancellation is received less than 14 days before the start of a program. A program may be cancelled at the discretion of HMCOL. If a program is cancelled, participants will receive a full refund of program and equipment fees.

Please be aware that our programs run regardless of weather conditions, unless we determine that it will affect the safety of participants and/or equipment.

Our outdoor programs

Hope Mountain Centre maintains an excellent safety record. Due to the nature of outdoor programs, these events do involve some personal risk. Hope Mountain Centre assumes no responsibility for personal injury or damage to personal property. We will require each participant to sign a liability release and assumption of risk form before participating in this program. Please be aware that activities typical of this program involve many risks, dangers and hazards including, but not limited to: accidents which occur during transportation or travel to and from events; slips and falls; loss of balance; impact, cold water immersion; repetitive strain injuries; dislocated shoulders; hypothermia, frostbite, sunburn; changing and inclement weather conditions including storms, blizzards, whiteouts and high wind; steepness of terrain, tree wells, crevasses; avalanches, cornices, landslides and falling ice, snow and objects; encounters with domestic or wild animals; negligence on the part of releasees and other participants.

This is an inclusive program and we welcome all those who self identify as female.

While we love animals of all kinds, we ask that you please leave your pet at home.

This project was made possible by a grant from The North Face Canada Explore Fund.


Register now online. For more information call 604-869-1274 or email atyler@hopemountain.org