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About the Course

Expedition Canada is the ultimate adventure race experience. It will test your physical and mental limits over 4-6 days, non-stop without any support. 

 

The race will start around Kelowna, BC, in the heart of the world-famous Okanagan Valley. The end location will be announced closer to the event date. 

Novice teams are welcome to enter Expedition Canada, however must realise that it will be hard, technical and that you may not finish the whole race. However, novice teams have finished in the past. What we do guarantee is that you will have an unforgettable adventure. 

The course will be approximately 540 km long and includes a variety of disciplines.

Distances

The 2022 course will be approximately 540 km long and includes a variety of disciplines.

Format

To foster an adventurous spirit, and save some excitement and challenge for race day, the exact course will not be released until a couple of hours before the event. All teams will be given the course at the same time, at the same course briefing in a locked down room. 

The course outline and logistic diagram will be released approximately three weeks before the race.  

Race Disciplines

Expedition Canada will include the following disciplines. It is important for each team to be well practiced in these areas. Navigation can mean the difference between coming first or second, finishing or not finishing. Good route planning skills will be an advantage, and could definitely save your team many hours of hard work! 

Trekking or Trail Running

The Okanagan has some of the best trail system you can imagine. You can be expecting to travel in different terrain and elevation ranging from 300 to 2300m.

Orienteering

You can expect to all have to do some orienteering at some point during the course as there will be a little rogaine style section. It is recommended that all racers take part in a orienteering 101 course.

 

Mountain Biking

Mountain Bikes are compulsory. cyclo-cross, road bikes, e-bikes and all other bicycles will not be allowed. You will experience some of the best trails around western Canada, we guarantee you'll want a standard mountain bike for this. The riding legs will be a mix of technical single tracks, quad trails and some roads but expect to be on sweet single trails a lot more than you are used to during an expedition race.

 

Paddling

Most of the paddling will be on fast moving water in pack rafts. Some of the paddling will be in canoes. Canoes are provided by the Organization but Packrafts are the responsibility of the racers to bring their own.

Ropes

There will be rope sections which will include rappelling.

Cut Offs

We are expecting the winners to come in 4 days.

 

The course will be opened for just over 6 days in order to give less experienced team a chance to finish an Expedition race.

There will be no mandatory stops and no optional controls but there maybe a dark zone in the race.

Live Race Tracking

Each team will be giving a tracking device. Friends and family will be able to follow their progress live online.

Our media team will be on hand to capture the racers in action each day. You can expect to follow along on our social channels for daily updates. Make sure you follow us on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube to see all the action.