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Canada Husky Ranch Experience

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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
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


LEGAL STATEMENT

Please read our legal statement regarding the running of NGO projects.

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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