Arctic Husky Ranch!
Arctic (North Pole), Canada$1595.00
Join a Dog Sledding organization in the Canadian Arctic and take care of amazing White Huskies, assit with Dogsledding and help with the day to day operations at the lodge!
Venture to the Arctic North Pole of Canada for the experience of a lifetime. This is the ultimate husky ranch and dogsled experience for the real explorers among us who are looking for an adventurous volunteer abroad project! Have the opportunity to work with pure white huskies, dog sled and gaze at the amazing northern lights or the midnight sun! Or go summer dog mushing and get the experience of guiding tours and training dogs with all-terrain vehicles called 4-wheelers. This is fun and exciting and happens almost on a daily basis.
This ranch needs volunteers all year round and has many great opportunities! This project is located in the remotest northern corner of mainland Canada tucked between the icy Beaufort Sea and the mighty Mackenzie river delta. This great experience lets you relive the frontier days where your accommodation will be in style without some of the luxury comforts of the modern world. This ranch is an extremely popular volunteer abroad project and is a great place to experience the Canadian Arctic (North Pole). You will have many opportunities to dogsled during the extra-long winter and of course play /care for the huskies! This project has excellent opportunities in the winter however, summer has its own advantages with extra-long warm days and many opportunities to explore. When volunteering for more than 4 weeks it is important to keep in mind that the program is not with a registered charity therefore you will be required to apply for a working holiday visa. Also, The work on the ranch is physically demanding and it is by no means an’ easy holiday option’! Please consider that you are in a very remote area and this is not the place to be if you are solely interested in pubs and clubs and socializing with people in town. You will always have lots of time to spend with the dogs. Just cuddle or take them for a walk, brush them or take a husky to your room for the night! You will have one day off every week to relax and enjoy leisure time with the dogs or go canoeing or hiking.
This Is Why
- Play with huskies and go dog sledding!
- Drive ATV 4-wheelers with dogs pulling!
- Live off the grid in a cozy cabin for the ultimate northern experience! Volunteer in one of the most beautiful sceneries in the world and see the northern lights or midnight sun.
- Opportunities for travel to other Arctic Communities.
- Travel parts of the famous Dempster Highway and Discover Canada's Arctic by dogsled!
- Key Start Dates
All year round (book anytime)
- Package Price
08 weeks: $1595 US
10 weeks: $1795 US
12 weeks: $1995 US
- Volunteer duration
8, 10 or 12 weeks
- Average Work hours
6 days per week starting at 8 or 9 AM to 6 PM (with enough break time in between)
- Number of Volunteers
- Volunteer accommodation
- Housing Type
- Internet Access
Yes at the main lodge, access is limited and not meant for downloading as it is very costly in remote places. Please only use to email family and friends.
- Who Are They Looking For?
Love of the outdoors and a passion for wildlife is a priority. You should not be fussy, picky or hypersensitive about cleaning as this is one of the main chores. We will not tolerate smoking, alcohol or the use of drugs. Please remember that you are a guest, therefore, respecting the rules is essential.
Fast Facts: Canada
Where? North America, Canada
Country Size: 9,984,670 km2
3,854,085 sq mi
Population density? 3.41/km2
Country Famous for? Polar Bears, Root Beer, Rocky Mountains, Skiing, Niagara waterfalls, Pacific rainforest, friendly people
When to visit: All year round, skiing and dog sledding in winter and hiking and wildlife viewing in summer
- What's Included
Arctic Husky Ranch
- Airport Pick up & Transfer
You will be picked up from the small airport near the project and transferred straight to your accommodation at the project.
Room with heat and electricity – no running water.
You will be need to prepare your own meals. Groceries are included and transportation to the grocery store once a week.
- Mail-holding service
You can use FRONTEERINGS office as a reliable address to have your mail delivered
- Ongoing service
If there are any problems with your volunteer project we are always there to help you and mediate between yourself and the organization.
Through FRONTEERING you have the possibility to book tours in Canada after you have finished your volunteer project.
- 24/7 Emergency contact
If there are any problems during you stay in Vancouver you can reach us 24/7 to assist you.
What's not included: International flights, domestic Flights, Insurance
08 weeks: $1595 US
10 weeks: $1795 US
12 weeks: $1995 US
Volunteers and Interns are the backbone of the organization. This is a medium sized family run kennel with only pure white Siberian huskies.
Attitude is the first thing the project looks for in a dog. There dogs are really well-known for strength, will-power and determination as well as for their friendliness.
You will take part in one or more of the following tasks:
- Construction/maintenance/general labour
- Dog yard (working with the dogs)
- Garden or yard work
- Cleaning guest cabins and rental cars
Keep in mind that you will not be spending your whole day working with the dogs. You will be working a few hours per day with the dogs and your other time will be spend to help the lodge. There will be many tasks involved that might not be so interesting at times. It is good to keep in mind that this project is great because it allows you to live affordable in the Artic, while volunteering with huskies and getting the opportunity to dogsled!!!
- TASKS AND DUTIES
In all cases volunteers will always have lots of time to spend with the dogs. Just cuddle or take them for a walk, brush them or play with them!
You will have one and a half day off every week and there’s lots of things to do! Catch a ride in to the nearby frontier town. You can also go hiking, biking or canoeing. The nature around the husky lodge is very beautiful with thousands of lakes nearby.
- Requirements, Guidelines & Policies
- Required to commit to a minimum of 4 weeks – Preferably longer
- Be punctual - Show up on time for work. Remember there is NO SMOKING or DRINKING is allowed on the property.
- Bush and Forest Fires are an enormous concern during the hot dry summers!
- Strong work ethics are required: reliable, responsible, honest, good sense of humour, dependable, physically and mentally fit.
- Absolutely no smoking around the dogs; and never leave a cigarette on the ground because they are toxic to dogs.
- Never yell at dogs except to stop a fight.
- Do not put food between dogs – make sure that food is directly in front of the dog it is intended for.
- Do not cuddle a dog on a chain too far from it’s house. One of the neighbors might get jealous, and if they are too close together, they might get into a fight – and you would be in the middle.
- Working Holiday visa required (we can assist you with the application)
- Do not leave anything hazardous or any personal items around the dogs – out of curiosity, they may consume something toxic or harmful. Saftey is Top Priority!
- Make sure you complete your work to the appropriate standard
- Speak up if you do not feel comfortable completing a task
- Keep all personal belongings outside of client areas
- Age: 18-35
- No animal allergies
- Volunteer Benefits
- Accommodation included in the placement including the use of wireless internet.
- Go dog sledding!
- Play with the dogs!
- Enjoy the amazing nature of Canada's Arctic!
- Fast Facts
- Project location
Northwest Territories, Canada
- Area Famous For
Tundra, dogsledding, snow shoeing, rafting, Kayaking, wolves, Polar bears, reindeer
- When to visit
All year round!
- Wildlife viewing
You can view an abundance of wildlife. Wolf, reindeer, bears often travel the path through this pristine land.
- Project location
- Itinerary & Details
Day 1 - Arrive in Northern Canada;
You will arrive in Northern Canada by flight and you will be picked from the airport and transferred to the project
For 12 weeks – volunteer, dogsled and play with Huskies!
For the coming 2 - 3 months you will have a great time working volunteering hile being surrounded by beautiful mountain ranges and nature!
Your last day – you will transfer back to the airport to take a flight back home. Of course it is possible to extend your stay in Canada and travel around or visit Vancouver; we can help you with trips and/or accommodation you would like to arrange.
Volunteers will get cabins or rooms with heat & electricity but without running water. You may have to share the accommodation with other Volunteers but most likely, you will get your own private room. The washroom is in a bath house in a separate building and the staff kitchen is also separate from your room. Bedding and towels are supplied.
Things to bring from home
- Clothes for cold temperatures as well as for summer for warm temperatures. Make these clothes are allowed to get dirty. Make sure to bring gloves, a toque and warm socks with you.
- Comfortable walking shoes are essential, and you should also pack a raincoat and some sun block
- Linen and towels will be provided.
You will have to buy your own groceries in the local town once a week and prepare your meals at the lodge. At the end of your volunteer duration, the project will be giving you a food stipend for each week you volunteer with them. However, if you leave the project early, this food stipend will not apply.
The project is located in the most northern part of the Northwest Territory. There is a small frontier town located near the project. This is also where you will be picked up from the airport however you will first have to book an international flight to Whitehorse, Yukon. From there you will take a domestic flight (cost around 700 CA$ for a return ticket, however the flight is amazing). If you are searching for lots of contact with other people, night life or coffee bars, then this is not the place for you. You can enjoy a number of leisure activities on their days off. During the winter there are excellent opportunities to enjoy skiing, snowshoeing and walks on beautiful trails right from the!
I am having a great time volunteering at the Arctic Husky ranch. We have been very busy and everyday I learn something new. It also has been a good place to practice my English as I get to talk so much more English here compared to when I was with my friends in Vancouver.
Our schedule is in general like this:
Daily Schedule Sunday to Friday:
8 - 9 am - Dog souping or watering and pen cleaning
10 am - 1:30 pm - work at whatever needs to be done in housekeeping or other area.
2:30 pm - Work or go dog training/sledding
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm - Feed & clean at the kennels
Evening work - sometimes for an hour or so doing janitorial cleaning.
Saturdays - Day off regular work but staff do help feed/water dogs at mid-day & a quick basic cleaning of the dog pens. These duties can be done by all or rotated between staff members.
Thank you again for arranging this! I will drop by the office when I am back in Vancouver.
Tobias from Germany
You are amazing you know!! hehehe, thanks for everything :) the husky ranch Is amazing! :), i even meet a couple that I will travel more with afterwards. It has been a great week and we saw the northern lights and did some dogsledding.
Thanks for your time and understanding :), and for answering all my crazy questions hehehe
Have a nice day
Jenny from Guatamala
It really has been a while.. =) I actually wanted to write you an email but I was soo busy in the last few weeks :)!!
My stay here at the husky ranch is awesome!! I love it! For me it's like a dream came true! I love to work with the dogs.. and all the different things I could experience!! It's just great!
Also the people are all very nice and friendly! Our group is very international, I met an Australian, a Czech, a Dutchman, an Englishman and Canadians :P!!!
The family is also very helpful,
I really have no negative feedback!
Actually, I decided to stay a few days longer before I return to Vancouver :)!!
ohh I'm glad that the families were so happy with me :)!! I don't like to be a burden :P!!
I wanna thank you again for everything! Especially for answering all my questions :D!!!
Have a nice day,
Tabea from Switzerland
I volunteered at the Arctic husky ranch for 2 months. There is time every day to work with the dogs, around 2 hours per day. However, be prepared to spend the majority of work hours doing cleaning tasks, and maintenance around the chalet (usually 4-5 hours). In addition to working to clean the chalet's guest cabins, there is cleaning in Inuvik every night. Usually 45 minutes- 1 hour is spent every night cleaning in town, one day a week is a long clean, and one day a week there is an extra building to be cleaned. My experience at the Chalet, albeit different than I expected, was not negative. It is important however, to be well informed about what you are signing up for, and to know that time with the Huskies is no more a priority than the upkeep of buildings in town, as well as at the Chalet.
Molly from Canada