Age 13 - Age 17
Jul 17, 2018 - Jul 26, 2018
1:00 pm

Youth choose two adventures from the following: Back country exploration, Cycling, Backpacking, Horseback riding, Kayaking, and Canoeing. These are filled on a first come, first serve basis. In these adventure programs, teens will have the opportunity to learn, lead, and develop an assortment of outdoor and adventure specific skills while in the heart of David Thompson country.

  • Where: Camp Alexo
  • Location: Nordegg
  • When: 1:00 pm
  • Summer Camp outdoor adventure program
  • Camp location is near Nordegg, AB
  • Choose two of the seven options
  • 10 day session in total
  • Pick Up/Drop off available in Red Deer, Innisfail, and Rocky Mountain House

Phoenix Adventure Camp is designed for teens looking to try new things, gain skills in outdoor pursuits, and build friendships that will last a lifetime. Each youth will get to choose (dependent on availability) two expeditions of interest, each lasting 4 days in length. Phoenix is a highly popular program so ensure you register early to guarantee your spot.

Cycling – Riders will be transported via bus to their start point on the beautiful HWY 93 in Banff National Park. The group will cycle between 25 and 60 km per day, cycling back down HWY 93 and HWY 11 until they return to their destination at Camp Alexo. While camping at stunning locations within Banff National Park and the Heart of David Thompson Country.

Horseback Riding – We travel down into the heart of the West Country to reach our Horse Camp. Located approximately 80 km south of Nordegg, our riders will truly experience nature at its finest. Learning to care for, saddle, and ride horses through breathtaking scenery. Youth will camp alongside the horse camp for three nights.

Canoeing – This is an introduction to river canoeing. It includes one day of lake instruction, a half day on a still section of the river, 1 night camping on the river, a safety orientation, river orientation, and other various educational pieces. Also, all participants will take part in safety drills on the lake where they will tip the canoe and learn skills to deal with a tipped canoe with leader assistance. Two certified Canoe Instructors will accompany the youth on the trip.

Back Country Exploration – This is a fun filled backwoods adventure that incorporates wilderness survival, fishing, rock climbing/repelling, trekking and nature discovery. Participants will learn the basics of how to survive in a backcountry setting while exploring the vast rocky mountain wilderness with an experienced and knowledgeable leader. This excursion focuses primarily on exposing teens to the beauty of the Canadian Rockies by taking a 3 day overnight trek west of Nordegg and a one day rock climbing challenge. This excursion is incredibly safe as all guides and instructors are highly trained professionals.

Backpacking – This is an introduction to backpacking. Participants will take part in hiking one large trail or two different smaller trails in the west country. Participants will learn about properly packing their pack, set-up and takedown of camps, “No Trace” Camping philosophy, and various other skills. Participants will need to be prepared for various weather conditions as it can be scorching hot to snowing even in the summer in this area.

Kayaking – Youth will participate in 4 days of kayaking. Day 1 will be spent learning all applicable skills on the lake. Days 2-4 are all spent applying those skills on the river. All participants will be given instructions on basic kayaking techniques and given an orientation on the first day. Please be prepared for all sorts of weather conditions.

Outback Fishing Expedition – For the first two days teens will learn the art of Fly fishing while spending the night on the beautiful Ram River Alberta.  At this unique location they will be taught:

  • About the different fly equipment and how to use it.
  • Learn about the different breeds of trout in the area.
  • Learn Proper Catch and Release methods.
  • River Fishing Safety, and River Crossing safety.


They will then Spend the afternoon/evening fly fishing the river for Cutthroat Trout while exploring this breath-taking location.  The evening will consist of a dinner cooked over the fire and lessen on filleting and cooking trout at the camp site.

During this leg of the journey teens will get to hike the lush trail up to allstones lake where they will get to fishing an amazing mountain lake for Brook Trout. At this location they will learn:

  • About spin casting gear and technique
  • Mountain fishing safety


They will then Spend the evening fishing the beautiful mountain lake, which will consist of an optional fishing competition with Fishing Rod Prize. The following morning, we will have breakfast by the lake as well as early morning fishing. We will then pack up camp (during this time we will learn about having a low impact on our environment) and hike our way out and return to camp.

Cost per Non-Member Camper: $690
Cost per Member Camper: $620

Save $30.00 by registering before March 30, 2018

Campers enrolled and participating in other programs offered by Youth HQ, including returning campers, are considered Youth HQ members. For these campers we offer a discounted rate of $620.


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Phone: 403-342-6500