experience the incredible
experience the incredible


Experience the thrill of adventure with Canadian Wilderness School and Expeditions.


Enjoy the serenity of nature


Go off the beaten path and discover breathtaking landscapes 


Create unforgettable memories and life-long connections on any one of our unique and amazing trips.


New for CWSX's 2015 season, this incredible full-day adventure takes you from the top of a mountain ridge to the bottom alongside several waterfalls. Our expert guides teach and assist you with all the necessary skills to rappel and descend safely over multiple drops inside this water-carved canyon.

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As a small touring and adventure company based out of Canmore Alberta, our focus at the C.W.S.X., is on creating incredible experiences through active, small group adventures. With group sizes of 2 - 14 participants, we specialize not only in unique adventure trips, but also in outdoor educational programs and extended expeditions.

At the C.W.S.X its anything but the ordinary! Our goal is always to go off the beaten path! So come discover breathtaking landscapes, hidden gems and the thrill of adventure on our unique and one of a kind programs.

What kinds of programs and trips do we offer?

We offer a wide variety of outdoor activities and trips set in the incredible natural backdrop of the Canadian outdoors, from two-day programs all the way up to three-week-long expeditions. We run canoeing, hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, orienteering, and outdoor survival programs. So whether you are a beginner or an outdoor expert, your sure to find an incredible experience with us.

We can also develop a custom trip just for you or your group.

The C.W.S.X. under the name C-W School has been creating once-in-a-lifetime experiences within Western and Northern Canada since 1972.

Our Commitment to Sustainability

By organizing trips and programs close to nature, our goal is for participants to attain a deeper level of genuine experience. To feel first hand the incredibly breathtaking landscape of western Canada and the Rockies. We uphold a high principal of sustainability and ecological commitment to the areas in which we undertake our trips. We partake in low impact tripping and camping practices, and a 1.5% portion of all bookings goes towards local conservation programs as well as carbon offsetting initiatives to minimize our companies carbon footprint.

What to Expect


In addition to providing an amazing experience, safety is our number one concern. Our team of guides and instructors are extensively trained and certified, and we pride ourselves on our strong safety record. Although guides may seem to be easy going, and humorous, they are knowledgeable and experienced, and all of our staff has a strong commitment for providing exceptional service.


Whenever transportation is included in a trip, it is provided by 15 seater vans. Equipment and luggage is transported in either trailers or roof racks. This includes any transportation between airports and hotels or youth-hostels.


The romantic atmosphere of the outdoors and a burning campfire is central to what we do. Accommodation is usually in the form of the highest quality four-season tents. Depending on the individual trip, accommodation can also include, hostels, lodges, or hotels. The type of accommodation is always outlined on the itinerary of each program.

Group Equipment and Outfitting

We use only the highest quality outdoor equipment. We realize that in the rugged and extreme conditions of the outdoors, only the best equipment will do. Our gear is selected according to each individual program, tour, or expedition, and it is suited and designed to keep you comfortable and safe. When required we also carry GPS and satellite phones in the improbable case of emergencies.


Throughout our trips and programs, meals are cooked by wood fire, or on a wood or gas stove. Meals are delicious and nutritious, and we strive to provide a diverse and abundant menu. Vegetarian options are also available.

Skill Level and Ability of Participant

Fun and having a great time is our number one priority. Most of our trips (unless otherwise specified) require no previous outdoor skills or experience. We provide all the necessary training.


Canadian Wilderness School and Expeditions

Lac Des Arcs, Alberta
Canada T1W 2W3


Toll free: 1-877-554-0116


Canadian Wilderness School & Expeditions

Lac Des Arcs, Alberta
Canada T1W 2W3

Toll Free: 1-877-554-0116