Top of the World

The Top of the World Provincial Park is located in the Kootney Ranges of the Rocky Mountains. It is a beautiful location that provides panoramic views and an amazing mountain lake. This park is home to various different mammals such as: moose, elk, white-tailed deer, wolverine, bear and porcupine. Mule deer, bighorn sheep, and mountain goats can also be seen on the ridges of the park. There are a large variety of birds throughout the region including lark’s nutcrackers, steller’s jays, grey jays, varied thrushes and pine grosbeaks, scaups, loons, bald eagles, and ospreys. The majority of the park is part of the Top of the World Plateau and sits at 2,200 meters. This park is quite remote, but offers recreational activities for a wide array of outdoor enthusiasts. For more information about this park please check out this link.

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People joining us on this trip will experience panoramic views, and a beautiful natural lake. Lakeside camping helps to make this trip unique and demonstrates the wonders of the wilderness. People attending this trip have the opportunity to explore a variety of different trail systems making each excursion unique. Adaptive Hiking is remarkable and demonstrates what is possible through the power of people. Challenge yourself to do something that you will never forget. Come trek to the Top of the World with us!

[wptab name=’Itinerary’] Please contact the office for details ( or 250 979 3941). Information is available, but yet to be updated to our website.[/wptab]

[wptab name=’Trails’] Trail Options (will be decided upon based on group specifications, park requirements, weather and feasibility)

Parking area to Fish Lake: Suitable for family hiking, the trail is through dense forest along the river and colorful flowers are all around. Both fungi and mushrooms are plentiful here. The subterranean drainage bubbling out of the ground has formed both Crazy River and Crazy Creek. See this wonder on the Horse/Ski trail that is close to the main hiking trail. This section is only 6.7 km ( 4 mi.) in length and will take about two hours to reach Fish Lake.

Lakeshore Trail: This trail offers a leisurely walk around Fish Lake. Enjoy many excellent views of the lake and mountains. Complete this short 2 km (1.2 mi.) hike in an hour or less. It is a great walk for the whole family.


Fish Lake to Summer Pass: The trail, moderate too difficult in spots, is 4 km (2.5 mi.) in length and should take from two to four hours of hiking. Trail-head is found at the north end of Fish Lake off the Lakeshore trail. Hike through flowered alpine meadows to the pass.

Fish Lake to Coyote Creek Campsite and the Sugarloaf: Look for the signs at the trail-head north of Fish Lake. Sugarloaf trail branches to the left at kilometer 5.6 (mile 3.5) and the main trail continues to Coyote Creek and the campsite. This hike of 7 km (4.4 mi.) is quite vigorous, with a hiking time of two to four hours.

Coyote Creek Campsite to Sugarloaf: An easy trail leads from the campsite to the summit and a fantastic view of the surrounding country side. This half hour trail starts near the campsite.

Fish Lake to Wildhorse Ridge: Trail-head is found west of Fish Lake at the bottom of the slide area. It is uphill all the way and hiking time is approximately 4 to 5 hours. From the start, the trail switchbacks steeply on the north side of the creek, then it levels out and follows the creek. Make your way over the small ravine and rock slide. Switchback up the south slope to the ridge. Wildhorse Ridge offers excellent views of the surrounding country, including Dolomite Lake and Mount Doolan. The excellent scenery and wild alpine flowers make this uphill hike worth your efforts.


Fish Lake to Sparkle Lake: Suggested time for this 2.8 km (1.7 mi.) hike is one to two hours. Follow the Wildhorse Ridge Trail for the first section, on reaching the top of the first steep pitch it branches across the creek. Continue through the trees to a rock slide, it slowly gains elevation till the southern edge is reached. Head through the trees to a large slide, Sparkle Lake is just ahead. From this point on, be careful not to damage the vegetation, walk on the rocks. The ridges offer magnificent viewpoints. They do not permit overnight camping at Sparkle Lake.

Fish Lake to Alpine Viewpoint: North of Fish Lake is the start of this 3.2 km (2 mi.) hike that should take about two to three hours. It ends at a large slide path, carefully pick your way through to the ridge. Going up and coming down, use caution, try not to dislodge any rocks. The views from the ridge are unsurpassed. Fish Lake, Lussier Valley, Mount Morro and the alpine meadows can be seen from up here.

All Trail information has been provided by:  Interactive Broadcasting Corporation. (2013). Top of the World Provincial Park. Retrieved March 13, 2014, from British Columbia’s Travel Guide:

Follow this link to view the map of the Top of the World Provincial Park. [/wptab]

[wptab name=’Logistics’] When: This trip will be offered in August of 2014. The Top of the World trip will span 4 days and 3 nights, creating memories impossible to forget.

Group Size: The group size for this trip is contingent upon the needs of participating individuals. Please contact the office at 250 979 3941 or email us at to determine the maximum number of people that can be accommodated to go with you on your journey to the  “Top of the World.”

Transportation: Transportation is not included  for this trip. All participants are responsible for getting themselves to and from the meeting point identified in the Itinerary. If transportation is an issue, we will work with you to find an alternative. Alternative transportation costs will be added to the price of the trip.  These costs will be determined based on individual and specific needs.

Meals and Accommodation: Tents will be provided for all participants and volunteers going on this trip. There is a cabin situated at Fish Lake that is available on a first-come first serve basis. If the cabin is available individuals will have the option of staying in a tent or the cabin. All meals while out on the trip will be provided. Meals will be modified to ensure that dietary restrictions and allergies are met. Alces-moose250x185[/wptab]

[wptab name=’Gear’]Attached is our recommended Individual Hiking Gear list. This is not intended to be a mandatory or all-inclusive list, but instead a guideline. Terrain, distance, location, time of year, objective of trip, etc. will all determine the need for certain items. CRIS owns a wide array of gear that participants can use throughout the duration of their trip. Whether you need something as big as a tent or as small as a rain jacket, CRIS has the gear that you will need. IMGP1646[/wptab]

[wptab name=’How’]CRIS’ AWA program enables any person regardless of ability or disability to access outdoor recreation through the use of innovative adaptive equipment. With the use of adaptive hiking equipment individuals can feel secure in all terrain that this trip has to offer. Please see our hiking equipment for more information on how this is all possible. This trip is perfectly suited for those who want to experience the thrill of hiking and breathtaking sites that the activity has to offer. As an added bonus participants get to tell their friends that they went to the Top of the World. If you are interested or have any questions please contact our Program Coordinator through email at or by phone at 250 979 3941 . 

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[wptab name=’Booking Info’] In order to book a trip participants must contact or call 250 979 3941. Trip planners will work one-on-one with you to determine exactly what is required and will be needed to ensure your safety and comfort throughout your experience. Once goals, expectations, and needs have been discussed participants will receive an estimate for the cost of their trip. A  50% down payment will be required at the time of booking. 20% of the 50% down payment is non-refundable as it is allocated towards trip planning. The remainder of payment will be required two weeks before the trips commence. Trips should be booked as early as possible as availability is limited. People who book before May 15th will be provided with a 10% discount.

Once a booking has been made participating individuals will be required to fill out a Waiver and Health and Medical [/wptab]

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troy in the bugs2Trip LeaderTroy Becker Is a full-time firefighter based out of West Kelowna, BC. To say he is a qualified expedition leader is a gross understatement. Troy founded CRIS in 2001 and ever since has been leading Adaptive Wilderness Adventures. He leads the majority of CRIS AWA trips and has almost every qualification you could want from the person in charge. Troy also spends his time as a volunteer Search & Rescue member. His may years of training and experience have prepared him to deal with challenging, dangerous, and emotional situations.

Sovereign Lake - January 2014 (10)Camp Coordinator and Logistics Manager: Eric Rampone Is a full-time employee of CRIS Adaptive Adventures. Ever since starting with the organization in 2010 he has continued to provide adaptive recreational experiences for various individuals. Eric has hundreds of hours worth of experience out on trips and has facilitated numerous Adaptive Wilderness Adventures. He provides an energetic atmosphere while maintaining safety and overall trip enjoyment.

Staff participating and facilitating specific trips may change based upon availability and specific qualifications required.[/wptab]

[wptab name=’Costs’] Costs for AWA Trips vary significantly dependent upon numerous factors. The severity of the disability a person has can influence the costs of the trips. For example a person needing full assistance (a TrailRider) will require more help than someone with a minor barrier. Participants are encouraged to bring friends, care support, or family with them on AWA trips. Group rates are available. Those who have preferences about whom they do the trip with may incur higher costs than individuals going as a large group. Please contact or call us at 250 979 3941 to receive a quote for your specific trip. An estimate of the minimum cost you can expect to pay is provided below. These costs are only estimates and can vary significantly based on specifications and needs (some of which were identified above). There may be more spaces available so please be sure to ask! This just provides a rough idea of what kind of costs you can expect to see.

Number of People                 1     2     3     4
Costs Per Person $3000 $2500 $2700 $2500


[wptab name=’Who’] Please contact the office for details ( or 250 979 3941). Information is available, but yet to be updated to our website.