The Role of the Adventure Guide

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Guides play a key role in the adventures our guests get to experience. It’s a role that brings a lot of varied skills together, from teaching new activities and sharing stories to setting a safe environment and orchestrating the details that make the adventure happen.

This course is an introduction to the adventure tourism context, the adventure framework we use to craft and facilitate adventures, and how we approach lifelong learning as guides.

It is part of our Adventure Guide Training program and is to be completed prior to the in-person portion of that course to ensure that we are using a common language and starting point.

All of the training is specific to inbound commercial guiding but a lot of the content may be of interest to others who enjoy adventures or who lead outdoor adventures for school groups, hiking clubs or friends.


As part of the Adventure Guide Training Course, we will use the information presented in this course to discuss:

  • the adventure tourism context and how it impacts our approach to guiding;
  • the importance of the planning > facilitating > evaluating cycle;
  • the importance of the building blocks in leading successful adventures; and
  • the guide competencies and professional development model for adventure guides.

This session can also be offered on its own. Contact us at if you would like to find out more.


Nordegg Adventures has been offering guided activities, including hikes, ice walks, snowshoe tours, sightseeing tours, scenic floats and more, in the Nordegg & Abraham Lake region. This course is based on their experience facilitating those adventures.


This course is organized into modules and lessons. There is a short review quiz at the end of each module. These are meant to encourage reflection and you can redo them as many times as you need.

To get started, click on the first module in the course content table below. The course must be completed in order but you can go back at any time to previous topics by using the course content table on each page.