Holistic Hiking & Education for Womxn

About Renew Retreats

5 years ago, our founder Danielle had a desire to hike but no idea where to start. She was fit, she was active, and she loved being outside. What she didn’t love was going in unprepared, sleeping on the ground, and going on trips with varied experienced levels.


Renew Retreats was created to provide womxn with a place to explore the outdoors - no matter your experience level and always with good food.



Danielle Leroux

Danielle grew up in Toronto and was far from an outdoors lover, let alone hiker. As a kid, you could find her playing the flute and piano, collecting Girl Guides badges, or creating a mess in the kitchen.

Since moving to British Columbia over 7 years ago, Danielle is now living that West Coast life and fallen in love with the mountains.

Now, you’re most likely to find her exploring the local trails, tracking down the best almond milk latte, running on the seawall, or enjoying some of Vancouver’s best eats.

She still remembers her very first hike in BC - a solo trip to Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver - and how she felt upon completing it: accomplished and incredibly proud.

Danielle has gone onto do things she never fathomed she would, like: climb to a glacier at sunrise on Vancouver Island, run 3 marathons and a 50 km trail race, hike to extinct volcanoes in BC’s backyard and among the wild buffalo in California, complete a 160 km trek through the Alps, and start a business to bring these experiences and the positive impacts of hiking to other womxn.

In 2019, Danielle became a Local Guide for Fjällräven North America and an Ambassador for Fjällräven Vancouver’s West Broadway Store.

Read more how Renew Retreats came to be here.

Danielle Leroux of Renew Retreats is looking in the camera smiling with Vancouver's Coal Harbour in the background