School’s in session? Thompson Rivers University is exploring offering a university-level snowmobile and ATV adventure tourism program in Revelstoke.

Revelstoke candidate for first university pro sled/ATV guide program

Bachelor of Braaap!: TRU studies taking higher learning into the alpine with a university-level snowmobile/ATV tourism program

Thompson Rivers University is considering offering a university-level snowmobile and ATV adventure tourism training program in Revelstoke. Although there are snowmobile and ATV safety courses available, the TRU ‘mechanized adventure tourism training program’ is thought to be the first university-level certificate program of its kind in Canada. Students would graduate as certified snowmobile or ATV guides, and would also study the tourism business.

Iain Stewart-Patterson is a senior lecturer in the Adventure Studies Department at Thompson Rivers University. He said the idea came about as part of TRU’s efforts to develop an adventure tourism training program in Revelstoke. That effort has been covered in past Times Review stories, but the snowmobiling and ATV elements are new.

Stewart-Patterson said Revelstoke was the natural choice: “There’s nothing else out there. There appears to be the need within the snowmobile industry.” he said.

When people think of Revelstoke, “we think ski touring, we think snowmobiling,” he added.

The target start date is September of 2014, with an intake of about 18–20 students in Revelstoke. But it’s not for sure yet. TRU is doing a market survey, finding out if there’s a demand for the certified adventure tourism guides.

He said the snowmobile guiding industry is already somewhat established, so the market survey seeks to determine how their program will fit in.

He said the TRU Adventure Studies Department already offers traditional guiding programs, so it’s a matter of adapting the program.

“We have a level of expertise, and we’re looking at how to transfer that into a new market,” Stewart-Patterson said.

Students would study things like riding skills, chainsaw falling, trail maintenance, business development, marketing, resource management, avalanche safety and more.

In addition to the snowmobile/ATV course, TRU is also exploring a more traditional adventure tourism program that teaches things like ski touring and hiking – in addition to the tourism business side of the program.

City of Revelstoke economic development director Alan Mason has worked to bring the adventure tourism program to Revelstoke.

He remains excited about the program, saying it would bring students, teachers and other staff into the community, all generating economic activity. In addition, the trainees may go into business here. “If there is opportunity for people to develop business in the snow then that would be positive,” he said.

Another side benefit is the availability of university-level courses for community members. It could open courses in administration, accounting and more to Revelstoke residents.

 

 

Just Posted

Advance Voting in Revelstoke a success

The municiple election season is well underway with advance voting held on Oct. 10 and Oct. 17

Revelstoke peewee Grizzlies lose to Vernon

The Revelstoke Grizzlies Peewee Tier 3 team played Vernon on Saturday, losing… Continue reading

Fred Penner is coming to Revelstoke

The iconic children’s entertainer will be at the Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre Oct. 20

VIDEO: This is what buying legal pot in B.C. looks like

Take a look inside B.C.’s first and only legal pot shop located in Kamloops

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for Oct. 14

125 Years Ago: Kootenay Star, October 21, 1893 Revelstoke Station is rapidly… Continue reading

Fashion Fridays: You can never have enough shoes

Kim XO, lets you know the best online shopping tips during Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Vancouver Island homeowners buy more earthquake insurance than the rest of B.C.

Insurance Bureau of Canada says that’s because the perception of risk is greater on the Island

Man shot to death while using Lower Mainland ATM

Police believe incident on Thursday night to be targeted

Jets score 3 late goals to beat Canucks 4-1

Winnipeg ends three-game Vancouver win streak

Okanagan water conference builds connections

Experts gathered to discuss water and fisherie sustainability objectives

Two B.C. cannabis dispensaries raided on legalization day

Port Alberni dispensaries ticketed for “unlawful sale” of cannabis

Canada not sending anyone to Saudi business summit

Sources insist Ottawa never intended to dispatch a delegation this time around

Earthquake early-warning sensors installed off coast of B.C.

The first-of-its kind warning sensors are developed by Ocean Networks Canada

VPD ordered to co-operate with B.C. police watchdog probe

According to the IIO, a court is ordering Vancouver police to co-operate with an investigation into a fatal shooting

Most Read