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Our COVID-19 Response

The rivers continue to flow…

Our ability to run multi-day trips and courses during covid-times depends a lot on each participant’s ability to self-screen in advance, and then adhere to the physical distancing and hygiene rules set-out herein.  We have now successfully run a full season with these policies in place, and the hardest part is combating complacency.  Following these simple procedures isn’t all that difficult, but it is easy to forget them and just revert back to our pre-covid way of doing things.   Please read the appropriate section(s) below and do your part in helping to minimize the risk of transmitting this infectious disease to all trip members (and their families).

UPDATE ON VACCINES – JULY 2021

We strongly recommend that all our clients get vaccinated for Covid-19 to help protect the health and safety of all trip/course/program members.  It is also a great way to protect the investment you’ve made in your trip or course by reducing the chance of a last-minute cancellation.  Please also note that vaccination is not a requirement to participate in any course/trip/program, nor is it a requirement for our guides or instructors to work here.  We respect everyone’s choice and privacy around this matter.

While vaccinations may reduce the spread of covid-19 and offer some protection, we still require that all participants follow the protocols outlined below – vaccinated or not.

And while we’re on the subject of vaccinations – please consider updating your tetanus shot before an extended wilderness expedition!


COVID-19 PROTOCOL FOR COURSES

  • We will continue to follow the Provincial guidelines for group sizes and will adjust our course sizes accordingly.
  • We will follow current 2-meter physical distancing recommendations.
  • Participants will be required to drive their personal vehicle to the course location.
  • Participants are required to bring their own hand sanitizer and face mask to be used on shuttles or other situations where 2-meter distancing isn’t possible.
  • Each participant will be required to sanitize their hands and don a face mask before entering a shuttle vehicle.
  • Door handles and seat belts will be sanitized after each use.
  • We strive to have at least 1 empty space between each passenger/passenger ‘bubble’ in a shuttle vehicle.
  • Avoid coughing and sneezing! If you must, use your mask/ elbow pit..
  • Food will not be shared among participants.
  • No participants will be allowed to attend if they are showing or experiencing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or if any member of their household has experienced signs of illness in the previous 2 weeks.  Please view our cancellation policy here.

 

AT THIS TIME, EACH PARTICIPANT WILL NOT BE REQUIRED TO SIGN A DECLARATION AT THE START OF EACH COURSE, BUT WILL BE ASKED TO MAKE A VERBAL DECLARATION


COVID-19 PROTOCOL FOR TRIPS

  • Each participant is responsible for bringing the following items:
    1. Personal-sized hand-sanitizer
    2. Facemask
    3. 2 water bottles (min. 1L each) so that you only need to fill up twice per day
    4. Sealable container with lid (min. 700mL) and a few ziplock bags to eat out of and to carry your lunch and snacks for the day inside your day-bag
    5. Spoon, fork (or spork), and knife that ideally fit inside your eating container
  • Participants will be responsible for washing their own dishware in the 3-step dishwashing system set up by the guides (1. wash, 2. rinse, 3. bleach sanitize)
  • Opportunities to fill your two water bottles with drinking water will be provided in camp each morning and afternoon/evening.  Only the guides will be the ones to touch the filtration system and drinking-water containers after washing and sanitizing their hands, taking care that the water bottles don’t touch the communal jug.
  • All food and drinks will be prepared and served by the guides after they’ve donned masks and washed and sanitized their hands.  Even for second helpings and refills, please allow the guides to serve you, and refrain from touching any serving spoons or cooking/serving equipment. Clients are permitted to help in the ‘kitchen’, provided that they have washed and sanitized their hands and donned a face mask.
  • Please resist the temptation to share food, treats, drinks and other personal snacks.  We realize it is part of our nature to want to share a bar of chocolate or a cool drink, but this only undermines all the other efforts we have put in place to operate a covid-safe trip.  If you have brought something to share, please ask the guides if they can serve it to the group in a safe way.
  • The communal trowels (for digging personal cat-holes) will be rinsed in the river and sanitized after each use by the participants.
  • A hand-wash station will be set up in a central location in camp.  It will have a foot-pump so no one needs to touch a nozzle, soap is provided, and an additional hand-sanitizer will be there.
  • We will maintain a 2-meter distance between each other whenever possible (with the exception of families and guides).
  • Each day, a new person will be assigned as the ‘Covid Boss’.  This person will be responsible for issuing gentle reminders to the group about the covid procedures when they aren’t being followed, reminding people about physical distancing, and for sanitizing common surfaces such as tables, bin/barrel handles, door handles, etc.  In our previous trips, we’ve found that it is easy to become complacent with the covid procedures and so it is the Covid-Boss’ responsibility to bring renewed resolve to upholding ‘the law’ each day, and we encourage them to make it a fun part of our trip culture.
  • Other ways in which we will limit transmission vectors:
    1. Food will be served with serving spoons and tongs
    2. We will bring 3 tarps so we can maintain physical distancing even in rainy weather
    3. A communal hand-sanitizer will be available in camp.
  • A covid plan for extended shuttle rides will be made on a case-by-case basis.   Participants will be required to have a face mask with them, and sanitize their hands before entering a shuttle vehicle. 
  • Please ensure that you and everyone in your household are familiar with the signs and symptoms of Covid-19 and is free from these symptoms for at least 2 weeks prior to the trip. Covid testing is readily available in BC and takes 3 days to get results.  There is no financial penalty for cancelling if you have covid symptoms, as a full credit can be applied to a future trip or course(s).

 

EACH PARTICIPANT WILL NOT BE REQUIRED TO SIGN A DECLARATION AT THE START OF EACH TRIP, BUT WILL BE ASKED TO MAKE A VERBAL DECLARATION


Please contact us if you would like more information on our Covid-19 measures.  We continue to follow the recommendations from our local authorities and in the event of developments that may impact our ability to deliver courses and trips, we will endeavor to provide registered clients with as much notice as we are able.  See our cancellation policy here for details on credits and refunds.

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