Yellow Cedar Initiatives


Yellow cedar initiatives

Are the charitable programs of Chilko Basecamps and Ipsoot Journeys (Atna Adventures). These initiatives are driven by a need for sustainability and enacted through a reciprocating relationship between this nature-based tourism operation, and our environments, culture and communities. These programs give back at the expense of the company in an effort towards a bright future.

Values include:

  • Connecting to our environment and natural world
  • Community
  • Conservation
  • First Nation Culture , education and reconcilliation
  • Active healthy lifestyles 
  • Sustainable lifestyles
Donate Towards These Various Initiatives

Youth Outdoor Education


Getting outside and playing isn't only healthy for mind and body, it's a way to learn cool things about nature and ecology. For ages 5 to 14 these excursions outdoors are led by trained and qualified individuals in a manner that keeps kids and teens excited and interested. These trips are kept extremely affordable to offer equal opportunity in a 'no child left behind' manner. Read on to learn more.





The goal of this program is to offer children an opportunity to learn outside the traditional classroom, build connections with nature and foster an outdoor lifestyle. Studies show direct correlation between time spent outside and better mental health in children and adults; opportunities to foster an outdoor lifestyle will lead to long term benefits in that child's life.


Youth Overnight Camping

Ages 10-14

  • Overnight hiking and camping trip to Rohr Lake on the Duffey Lake Road
  • 3km distance +450m one-way
  • Parents welcome (fee applies)
  • 0800 Day 1 till 1700 o-clock Day 2
  • Max group size: 6 youths and 2 adults
  • $750 per trip


  • Trained guide
  • group gear
  • sleeping tents
  • Emergency communication & first aid equipment
  • Dinner & breakfast for group

Whats required

  • Trip specific gear (see info)
  • Parent or guardian signature
  • Lunch food

Reconciliation through

Rediscovery Camps







All of our backcountry adventures occur on Traditional First Nation Territory and as such, in addition to being respectful in our use of this Indigenous Lands, the goal of this program is to offer youth an an opportunity to get outside with elders and other community members.

Indigenous peoples in Canada have experienced the atrocities of colonialism and the process of reconciliation takes many steps. Ipsoot Journeys is committed to working with local First Nations peoples to revitalize culture and providing education towards that process of reconciliation between indigenous and western cultures. 

First started on Haida Gwaii, Rediscovery Camps, have been means of getting youth members outdoors and offering means of connecting to the land through cultural and traditional activities. Each camp is different and each experience is different.

We want to support these camps as best we can with our resources and experience. Work with us to design a camp tailored to your community.


  • Trained Guide
  • Dinner and Breakfast for group
  • Backcountry
  • Emergency First Aid and Communication
  • Sleeping Tents and potentially our basecamp tents
  • Cost subsidy by other other programs


Ages 10-18

  • 1-5 days
  • Overnight hiking and camping trip to a location of choice
  • Elders and parents welcome and encouraged as long as they don't exceed number of youth members involved.
  • Cost: to be determined. We hope to offer our services as affordably as possible.


Are you a First Nations band that would like to work with us to organize a CamP for your community?


Hut & Trail Upkeep




Have a trail, hut or other backcountry project that needs work on? Contact us and we may be able to provide some funding and labour.


Our funding should go towards:

  • supplying tools and fuel for work
  • feeding volunteer workers
  • stocking hut firewood supplies
  • hut and trail infrastructure repair (broken window, outhouse door replacement, etc.)
  • flying in firewood
  • hiring professionals required for talk
Donate towards hut and trail fund

Conservation & land management through

Environmental Initiatives




Nature is ever at work building and pulling down, creating and destroying, keeping everything whirling and flowing, allowing no rest but in rhythmical motion, chasing everything in endless song out of one beautiful form into another.
— John Muir

These initiatives are to support our conservation areas. Keep up with our blog to learn about the various ways that our Yellow Cedar Initiatives are involved conservation and land management. 

We must protect the forests for our children, grandchildren and children yet to be born. We must protect the forests for those who can’t speak for themselves such as the birds, animals, fish and trees.
— Chief Qwatsinas, Nuxalk Nation