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Canada Arctic Husky Ranch Adventure

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Canada Arctic Husky Ranch Adventure

Discover life in the Canadian Arctic and live off the grid 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!  

Experience dog sledding in fresh blankets of snow amidst the beautiful wintery Arctic wilderness and see life unravel as the ice melts during spring surrounded the vast tundra, icy mountain caps, and lush forests. Encounter great bears, wolves and reindeer in their natural habitats. These are only some of the rewarding and amazing sights and activities awaiting you in the Arctic Circle. 

Your Arctic adventure will see you love and care for beautiful all white Siberian Huskies in a small family run ranch. The ranch is located in the most remote northern corner of mainland Canada, nestled amidst the frosty Beaufort Sea and thousands of icy Arctic lakes. Working on the ranch can be incredibly rewarding as you experience life in the Arctic wilderness. 

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Care for huskies and go dog sledding! 
  • Work in the Arctic and live in one of the most challenging environments on Earth
  • Opportunities for wildlife viewing in the surrounding the region. 
  • See the northern lights!

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age 18
  • Working holiday visa 
  • Applications need to be received at least 3 months before intended start date

FAST FACTS

Location Arctic Circle, Canada
Activities Playing with and taking care of awesome all white Siberian Huskies!
Enjoy the amazing natural environment of the Canadian Arctic
Dog sledding
Snowmobiling
Daily chores
Collecting and chopping firewood
Maintenance
Transport Airport pick-up & transfer to project location
Accommodation Shared dormitory style accommodation

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 Accommodation
Airport pick-up
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 Arctic Husky Ranch Adventure has been established for those who have always wanted to explore the world of dog sledding and the unique way of living in the Arctic! This volunteer programme will give you a unique experience as you help support a medium sized family run husky ranch. 

WHAT WILL I BE DOING? 

Throughout this volunteer placement, you will learn a great deal about training, racing and veterinary care of Siberian Huskies. 
 
Your detailed work schedule will depend on the focus of the ranch at the time of your visit but you can expect to be working 5 days a week, 8 hours a day but 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.  
 
While the work may be challenging it will also be extremely rewarding with lots of time for fun. You may have the opportunity to go dog sledding and you will surely have lots of fun hands on experience with the dogs. 

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will be met upon arrival at Inuvik airport and transferred to the ranch where you will begin your volunteer placement. 

Internal transfers can be made to Inuvik via White Horse International Airport for about $646 around. 

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

The ranch is located in the most northern part of the Canadian mainland where you will be staying in a basic shared cabin. At the cabin there is no running water however this should not be a problem as there is a bathhouse nearby where volunteers can take baths and showers. 
 
This back to basics, living off the grid lifestyle may take some time getting used to but ultimately it will also give you the chance to appreciate your natural surroundings. See the clear night sky, the milky-way and even the magnificent northern lights!
 

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

Food is not included as part of this program. You will therefore be responsible for sourcing your own food with your fellow volunteers.
 
The ranch is situated in a very remote area but regular supply runs are made to the nearest frontier town when needed. These town visits will also be a brilliant opportunity for you to mingle with the locals and try some of the local cuisines.
 
Canadian food is very varied and wide ranging and you will surely find something new and unique or something that is more akin to your taste. 

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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. You will have loads of free time to mingle with fellow volunteers and explore the surrounding area through a range of additional activities available through local providers such as mountain biking, hiking and kayaking. However please note that any additional activities may attract additional fees. 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

8 weeks $1,745

10 weeks $1,895

12 weeks $2,045

DEPARTURE DATES

Weekly. Please arrive on the Monday.

DURATION 

8 weeks, 10 weeks and 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
  • Airport pick-up 
  • 24-hour In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Inuvik (NT) (YEV), Whitehorse (YT) (YXY)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

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


LEGAL STATEMENT

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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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