Venture to the Northern most territories of Canada for the adventure of a lifetime. Have the opportunity to dog sled and gaze at the amazing northern lights. When volunteering for more then 4 weeks you will require a working holiday visa as this program is not with a registered charity!
This ranch needs volunteers all year round and has many great opportunities! This project is a very remote area and your accommodation will be in style without the luxury comforts of the modern world. That means no electricity, but what is there cozier then a crispy and warm fire place? This ranch is extremely popular volunteer abroad project and is great place to experience the bush. Have many opportunities to dogsled during the long winter and of course play with the huskies! This project has excellent opportunities in winter however summer has great long warm days and many opportunities to hike, bike and is a great place for wildlife viewing. The work on the ranch is physically demanding and it is by no means an’ easy holiday option’! The duration of stay for this project is 12 weeks. 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.
This Is Why
- Play with huskies and go dog sledding!
- Live of the grid in a cozy cabin without elecitricity for the ultimate northern experience!
- Volunteer in one of the most beautiful sceneries in the worlds and see the northern lights.
- Opportunities for Wildlife viewing in the surrounding the property.
- Key Start Dates
January, April, July, October (book early in advance to be assured of a volunteer placement)
- Volunteer duration
12 weeks (3 Months for US$1,345)
- Average Work hours
5,5 days per week starting at 7-8 AM to 6-7 PM (with enough break time in between)
- Number of Volunteers
- Volunteer accommodation
- Housing Type
Shared rooms – usually two to a room.
- Internet Access
No. However, there are opportunities to catch rides into town with the shuttle to use Wi-Fi and explore. The project no longer offers public Wi-Fi.
- 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? 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
- Airport Pick up
You will be picked from the airport and transferred straigth to your accommodation at the project.
A Shared room in a cabin for the entire placement duration at volunteer project (no electricity in the cabins and the showers are at the main lodge)
Meals included but you will need to prepare your own meals. Volunteers receive a weekly food allowance and are taken shopping to get what they would like for the 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: Flights, Insurance
12 weeks: $ 1345 US
Volunteers and Interns are the backbone of the organization. This is a large kennel with over a 100 dogs.
The dogs are a breed of Northern dog called Alaskan Huskies, which are mainly a mixture of Siberian husky and Labrador. 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.
The project does not cull their kennel, and keeps all their dogs, even if they are not working anymore. At the moment they have around 20 retired dogs. Also, they do not sell puppies. There are already too many dogs, often unwanted, that end up in animal shelters. The projects make a life-long commitment to the dogs, and make operational decisions based on that commitment.
Pre arrival you will assigned to one of the following tasks:
- Construction/maintenance (guys mainly)
- Dog yard (what most people will like to do)
- Greenhouse (working with herbs)
No matter what tasks you will do you will have a great time working in great team while dog sledding in your spare time!!!
- 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 the puppies!
You will have one and a half day off every week and there’s lots of things to do! Catch a ride in to town and go shopping or to the sport center. You can also go hiking and there’s hot springs and a wildlife park close to the site. The nature around the husky lodge is also beautiful and there is a River is right by the main lodge!
If you wish, you may take a dog to the cabin at night – provided you consult and get agreement from your room/cabin mates first. The dog must be out of the yard by 9:00 pm and returned before feeding in the morning. Ask which dogs you can take to your cabin, especially if you have more than one dog at the time. Those who take dogs are responsible for poop scooping around their cabins. Please do this regularly.
- Requirements, Guidelines & Policies
- Required to commit to a duration of 12 weeks
- NO SMOKING 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.
- Pay 50 CA$ damage deposit upon arrival
- Do not leave anything hazardous or any personal items around the dogs – out of curiosity, they may consume something toxic or harmful.
- To make sure you complete your work to the appropriate standard
- To speak up if you do not feel comfortable completing a task
- To keep all personal belongings outside of client areas
- Age: 18+
- No animal allergies
- Volunteer Benefits
- Go dog sledding!
- Play with the dogs!
- Enjoy the amazing nature of Northern Canada!
- Fast Facts
- Project location
- Area Famous For
Tundra, dogsledding, snow shoeing, rafting, Kayaking, wolves, bears, reindeer
- When to visit
All year round!
- Wildlife viewing
You can view an abundance of wildlife. Wolf, Elk, Moose, Bear & Lynx often travel the path through this pristine land.
- Project location
- Itinerary & Details
Day 1 - Arrive in Northern Canada;
You will arrive at the Whitehorse International Airport where someone from the project will be waiting for you to take you to the project.
For 12 weeks – volunteer, dogsled and play with Huskies!
For the coming 3 months you will have a great time working volunteering while 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.
Two cabins for staff and or volunteers, it is shared accommodation. We have one cabin with two bedrooms, one bedroom holds 2 beds the other one 3. The other cabin has 4 bedrooms. Three rooms with a single bed and one room with two beds. Beds get assigned depending on your duration. The cabins are off the grid, no pluming no electricity for a great outdoors expectation. There is a wood stove for heat in the cabin, and kerosene lamps for light.
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.
All meals are included but you will need to prepare your own meals. Volunteers receive a weekly food allowance and are taken shopping to get what they would like for the week. Volunteers have their own kitchen in their cabins to make their own meals. On Sundays, volunteers are usually invited for a “family Sunday dinner.”
The project is located in the northern territory the Yukon. The closest town is approx. 25km from the project. This is also where you will be picked up from the airport. If you are searching for lots of contact with other people, night life or coffee bars, then this is not the place for you. Surrounded completely by nature and wildlife this a paradise for outdoors lovers!
From Hiking to biking, to dog sledding and wildlife viewing this is the place to be for all outdoors lovers! Please note there is no special day where they do activities int own. Sometimes, the staff/owners like to go to town and take volunteers for dinner, or if a special event is happening but it not a weekly occurrence.
I had an amazing bus travelling with the greyhound. We see a lots of bisons and wild horses and one black bear. pretty cool. This was my second working day and now i am waiting for the dinner. I felt here very welcome. Thank you for for placing me at this wonderfull Husky ranch.
Best regards from the husky adventure and dogsledding ranch!
Andy from Germany (Andy's mesage after arrival)
I am sorry that i am writing so late. i would like to say thank you for the chance at the husky adventure ranh. i had a wonderfull time there. my whole trip was a great experience. you guys are doing a great job in your organization. you can watch my pictures from canada in facebook.
i hope you are doing well? enjoy your future and your life
andy (after his return back to Germany)