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Canada Husky Ranch Experience

Canada Husky Ranch Experience

Experience life in the Canadian wilderness working on a Siberian Husky ranch!

Prices from $1,745

Canada is considered to be one of the world’s last frontiers and for good reason. It boasts mile upon mile of untamed wonder and natural splendour from its beautiful white- capped mountains, mysterious, abundant waters, and lush fertile forests to the rich array of wildlife that they provide home to. Arriving in winter will also surely give you an extra treat as you marvel at the magnificence of the northern lights!  

Take on this soul-enriching and fun-filled experience providing love and care for Siberian Huskies in one of our remote Canadian ranches. These ranches vary in size and are located in remote areas of British Columbia, Ontario, Alberta and The Yukon. Working on the ranch can be incredibly rewarding as you experience life in the Canadian outdoors.

Working with the dogs will demand a lot of time and will not be an easy task. However, if you have a love for the outdoors, the rewards are unparalleled as you care and interact with the charming and lovable huskies and as you bask in the raw beauty of Canada’s natural environment. 

  

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Care for huskies and go dog sledding! 
  • Live in one of the last wilderness frontiers on Earth
  • Opportunities for wildlife viewing in the surrounding the region

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age 18
  • A driving license is desirable but not essential
  • Love of the outdoors and a passion for dogs is essential
  • Applications need to be received at least 3 months before intended start date

FAST FACTS

Location Canada
Activities Enjoy the amazing natural environment of Canada
Playing with and taking care of awesome Huskies
Go dog sledding regularly (Only possible from November to April)
Snowmobiling
Keeping up with daily tasks around the ranch such as chopping firewood, taking down dead trees and gardening.
Transport Pick up from pre-arranged meeting point
Accommodation Varies depending upon ranch. Shared accommodations. 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas and equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt (UK only)
In-country Food
Accommodation
In-country transfers
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO? 

The Frontier-Canada Husky Ranch Experience has been established for those who have always wanted to explore the world of dog sledding and the unique way of living in the North American wilderness! This volunteer programme will give you a unique experience as you help support a small family run husky ranch.

Frontier currently works with 10 different husky ranches in British Columbia, Ontario, Alberta and The Yukon. The location of your placement will be arranged by your Frontier Coordinator but please let us know if you have specific preferences.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING? 

Throughout this volunteer placement, you will learn a great deal about training, racing and veterinary care of the Huskies. 
 
Your detailed work schedule will depend upon the location of your placement and the focus of the ranch at the time of your visit. Volunteers are ideally required to work 5 days a week, 8 hours a day with enough breaks in between. You may have the opportunity to get involved with a range of tasks such as daily chores including feeding and watering the dogs and cleaning kennels. During the summer months you will be required to clean kennels twice a day. You will also groom the dogs and walk them during the spring and summer. You will also be required to maintain the kennels and the dog room, cleaning up straw and old logs from the kennel, repairing the kennels and keeping the dog room clean and tidy.  Harnesses and sleds will also need fixing if broken.
 
You may also take on additional daily tasks as part of your responsibilities which change with the seasons. During the winter months, tasks may include chopping and splitting firewood and breaking trails. During the summer months, fences need repairing; dead trees need to be felled to make safe and gardening duties need to be undertaken.  
 
If you are participating during the summer months (June to September), you will not have the opportunity to go dog sledding or training; however you will sure have lots of fun hands on experience with the dogs. Training on ATVs usually starts in October/November and dog sledding is possible from November to April so those could be an exciting activity for you to do if you choose to go in winter.  
Although it may seem overwhelming, it will definitely not be all work. You will have loads of free time to meet and mingle with fellow volunteers and do fun activities such as mountain biking, hiking, kayaking or simply just walking around and exploring, taking in the fresh air and looking out for a great wild life encounter. However please note that any additional activities may attract additional fees. 

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

Upon arrival to your allocated destination airport, you will make your way to the project meeting point where you will be met by a Frontier representative and transferred to the ranch where you will begin your volunteer placement. 

The meeting point will depend on which ranch you have been allocated. On some of the ranches, an airport pick- up may be a possibility.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

Accommodation on site is basic but comfortable where you will be staying in shared cabins with your fellow volunteers. this might vary slitghly depending on which site you are allocated to. You can give a preference of which destination you would prefer to volunteer at and we will do our best to cater for your request however, this cannot be guaranteed. 
 

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You will be provided with breakfast, lunch and dinner every day which you will definitely find delicious and filling after a hard days fun at work. The food may be standard and in accordance to local taste which is mostly akin to the European palate. 
The ranches are situated in remote areas but driving to the nearest town may be an option if you fancy eating out. Canadian food is very varied and wide ranging and you will have the opportunity to find something new and unique or something to your taste on your stay. 
Since you’re in the great outdoors, foraging may also be an option with the help of a local wilderness survival expert. 
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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Either before the beginning or after the end of your placement, why not take the chance to explore Canada further. If you should wish to take on this option, one of our in country staff will be more than happy to assist you with planning, finding and booking the right tour for you after you have finished your volunteer project. 

COSTS

12 weeks $1,745

DEPARTURE DATES

Weekly. Please arrive at the project meeting point on the Monday.

DURATION 

12 weeks

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas & equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt (UK only)

In-country

  • Accommodation
  • Food 
  • In-country transfers
  • 24- hour In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Calgary (AB) (YYC), Vancouver International Apt (BC) (YVR), Fort Yukon (AK) (FYU)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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