Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Chilcotin Holidays

Living and working at Chilcotin Holidays - Learning how to become a guide by Berit

"For about a decade I harboured the idea to eventually run my own little eco-retreat in the wilderness, giving my guests guided tours and educate them about the critters and plants to help them reconnect with nature. My name is Berit, and I am a 33 year old German wildlife ecologist. After working on a few research projects in the African bush and recently finishing my PhD I decided to leave the academic lifestyle and move forwards with my little dream by learning how to become a guide. I love being in the outdoors, living and working in remote places and I felt that I wanted to make this passion of mine a way of earning a living. When I stumbled across Chilcotin Holidays during my internet searches for guide training courses, I felt that they offered exactly what I was looking for with their 2-week Wilderness Guide School.

So, I booked the course and packed my stuff for a year's adventure in Canada, a country I had only been to once before, about 20 years ago. Now, after my training as a guide, I feel even stronger about establishing myself in the nature tourism industry, and my time at Chilcotin Holidays has provided many opportunities to try out new activities as well as acquire new skills – some of which I never thought I would ever be doing, such as shoeing a horse or shooting a rifle. I learnt how to become a guide a lot easier than I thought it would be. And riding the horses in the flowery alpine meadows under snow-capped mountain peaks was simply amazing.



I also helped out with the Wilderness Stewardship Foundation, an organisation that conducts research projects into the conservation and restoration of wildlife habitat in the adjacent area. During this time I learnt a lot about the local flora and fauna, and especially realised the extent of the spread of invasive plants, which even occur in such remote areas as here, causing a threat to the health of the local ecosystems.



All in all my stay at Chilcotin Holidays was a real eye-opener to the possibilities offered by the nature tourism industry, and working in the stunning Canadian wilderness truly has set my mind to keep pursuing my plans to combine my ecology background with the outdoor tourism lifestyle. I found that my question of how to become a guide was truly answered."



Berit, Germany




Chilcotin Holidays

About Chilcotin Holidays

We are a licensed guide outfitter and we conduct guided wilderness adventures throughout our 5,000 square km operating area. This guide area has been operational since 1880, making it the oldest in British Columbia. More about us HERE.

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