FAQ's

We've created this FAQ section to help answer some of your questions. If you need to contact us for any further clarification, please go to our Contact page.

Memberships

  • Q: Do I need a membership to join events?
    A: No! While our memberships offer many added benefits and value, you are absolutely able to join us for events without one. Our events often have limited space available, and registration is advertised to members first. Non-members can join events we advertise, at our non-member price.

    DID YOU KNOW that by purchasing a Backcountry Women Membership, you receive discounted or free pricing for our events, activities, and workshops which can work out to be an average savings of $150+ annually compared to non-members that pay $15+ per registration?
    Memberships provide benefits and savings for a low cost and in return, you're supporting our offerings, growth and potential! 
    We rely on memberships to help sustain what we do - thanks for your support!


  • Q: Who are Backcountry Women events for/who can participate?
    A: Our events are exclusively for adult women 18+ (and define “women” broadly to include individuals who identify as cisgender, transgender, femme/feminine, genderqueer and non-binary). We provide the opportunity for women connect with fellow like-minded outdoors women while leaving other roles behind for a little while. Connecting with community and your surroundings outdoors is a great way to practice self-care, and our activities provide this opportunity.

  • Q: What do I do if I don't wish to renew my membership?
    A: We don't want to see you go, but if you no longer wish to be a Backcountry Women member, please be sure to log into our website and visit your profile, then suspend your renewal prior to the renewal date (the renewal date information is in your profile). You will receive reminder notices via email to remind you of membership is approaching its renewal date. These emails will include instructions on how to cancel if you wish to. Please be sure our emails are not going into your spam.

    You must cancel prior to your renewal date. We are unable to refund membership fees once paid.

  • Q: Why would I pay for something offered by Backcountry Women when I could just go do an activity on my own for free?
    A: When you are paying for a membership or event registration, you are receiving so much more than just a hike or activity - you are allowing us to provide valuable content, activities, and workshops both on our social platforms and in-person. We provide opportunities to connect with a community, as well as learn, grow, achieve personal goals, and participate in activities being planned and carefully organized for you that you may not try on your own.

    It's important to remember that it costs money to run and grow an organization, so thank you to everyone who joins in on our events and purchases memberships. Without you, our community and offerings wouldn't be where they are today and we are so grateful to have the opportunity to connect with each and every one of you!

EVENT PARTICIPATION 

  • Q: What do I do when I register for an event and can no longer make it?
    A: Upon registering for an event, please check your email for a registration confirmation email, and save this email in a dedicated folder for Backcountry Women events so that you can refer back to it later. Your registration confirmation email will include your event contact's information.

    You must communicate with the event organizer contact via email regarding any changes in your attendance. Our no show/cancellation policy is stated when signing up for an activity which participants confirm and agree to during registration.

  • Q: Can I bring my dog to an activity/event?
    A: It depends! We asses the appropriateness of having a dog join an activity based on a number of factors and will state in the event description if we are allowing dogs to join. Our activities are participant focused and we want the best experience for everyone. If a participant does not want a dog(s) to attend due to fear or allergies, Backcounty Women will respect that request and ask that participants keep their dog(s) at home.

    When dogs are allowed to join, there are rules that we enforce. For example, dog(s) must be kept on a leash and in the participant’s control at all times, unless in a designated off-leash area in a dog park — and then only if the dog reliably responds under voice commands; this is to ensure the safety of all participants, dogs and the general public. We reserve the right, at the group leader’s sole discretion, to request owners of dogs who show behavior of concern to refrain from attending.

    Contacting Event Organizers & checking your email after registration

    • Q: How can I communicate with event organizers/leaders?
      A: If you are registered or waitlisted for an event, or have a question for an event leader prior to registering for that event, and need to get a hold of the organizer you can find their contact information on our Who We Are webpage. Please do not use a Facebook message or other social media channels to contact an organizer. You must reach out to us via email.

    • Q: After registering for an event what further information do I need?
    • A: Event attendees are responsible for having a valid e-mail address and for checking e-mail prior to an event. After registering for an event, you will automatically receive an email confirmation and reminders with any further details (be sure to check your spam!). 

    Why does Backcountry Women make a land acknowledgement?

    The Backcountry Women community has the privilege of spending recreational time in nature in this great land we call home. We strive to be good stewards of the land we live, work and play on by following and educating on Leave No Trace principles. But we acknowledge that this land is the ancestral and traditional homeland of the Indigenous peoples who were here before us; it came to us through broken treaties, widespread massacre and cultural genocide. 

    We aim to honour and recognize Indigenous peoples as the historical and traditional stewards of the land, and to cast light on the history of how we came to have access to the land; and therefore we make a land acknowledgement ahead of each of our activities.
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