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Canada Arctic Husky Ranch Adventure

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

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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