Adventure Tourism Business Operations

Take Your Education to New Heights!

The name says it all. Get out of the classroom for some real, hands-on experience in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.  This program is big on adventure but also focuses on those business skills you need to work in the tourism industry or to start your own tourism business, including entrepreneurship, marketing, sustainability and business training.

Your ATBO instructors are highly skilled guides in avalanche safety, rock climbing, mountaineering, whitewater kayaking, backcountry skiing, backpacking, canoeing, and sea kayaking.

Program Overview

Opt for the one-year certificate or add on another 10 months to earn the diploma. Both options provide credits toward a tourism degree and include classroom sturdy, lab work, field trip experiences and a six-week practicum.  No matter what option you choose, be ready for some serious fun.

This program starts in September each year. Part-time students applying in the Winter or Spring semester should select University General Studies as their program when applying.

Why Choose Adventure Tourism Business Operations as a Career?

  • The Kootenay region, a mountain playground which includes the Canadian Rocky Mountains, the Purcells, Selkirks and the Monashees, is surrounded by pristine lakes, whitewater rivers, world-class skiing, an abundance of mountain bike and hiking trails, and endless backcountry access, providing the ideal place to work in, or start your own, adventure tourism business.
  • Enjoy the lifestyle you love while working in your dream career.
  • The tourism industry is thriving, now is an ideal time to enter into this in-demand field.

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Adventure Tourism Business Operations: Create your own experience.

The ATBO program is an adventure itself. As a student, you’ll complete academic courses geared to prepare you for the business component of the industry, but you’ll also take part in several field courses that will challenge you and let you learn from your own real-life experiences. What will the field courses look like if you enroll in the program? Well, that’s part of the adventure. There are many variables that will impact your own experience, but you can expect to venture out in many different environments, in a variety of weather conditions, and be faced with an array of challenges, and different group situations. But don’t take our word for it. A few of our former students share some of their most memorable moments. Check out their stories.

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