Husky Ranch BC
British Columbia, Canada$1795.00
This Project is for those who always wanted to explore the world of dog sledding and the unique way of living the ‘bush life! This volunteer abroad project will give you the unique experience to help out a small family run husky ranch. Dogsled and snow scooter in the winter and hike, bike, fish and wildlife watch in the summer!
Did you ever want to explore the world of dog sledding and the unique way of living the ‘bush life’? The ranch is located deep in the interior of British Columbia far away from any town. This ranch is extremely popular with young volunteers from around the globe, wishing to experience time with Siberian Huskies. They are in need for volunteers year round. The work with the dogs and on the ranch is physically demanding and it is by no means an’ easy holiday option’! The minimum duration of stay is 4 weeks with a maximum duration of 6 weeks. Please consider that you will be surrounded by nature & wildlife (no bars and shopping malls here). There is plenty of time to play with the dogs and if you like to bike and hike, there are endless trails!
This Is Why
- Take care of Siberian huskies and train them for the dogsled season!
- Have the opportunity to learn how to dogsled!
- Work in one of the most beautiful sceneries in beautiful British Columbia.
- Opportunities for Wildlife viewing in the surroundings of the ranch
- Key Start Dates
Year round (however try to book early in advance to be assured of a volunteer placement)
- Package Price
4 weeks: $1,795 US
6 weeks: $1,995 US
- Volunteer duration
4 - 6 weeks
- Average Work hours
As a volunteer, you will be required to participate 4 to 5 days a week, for 4 to 6 hrs per day, depending on the time of year. Evenings are free.
- Number of Volunteers
- Volunteer accommodation
- Housing Type
Private room & washroom
- Internet Access
Yes, but limited
- 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
3 meals a day included
- Aiport pick up Service
We will be waiting for you at the airport and transfer you to your hostel in Vancouver
- Hostel Package
2 nights of hostel in Vancouver upon arrival
- In-Country Transfer
Includes round trip (Vancouver /volunteer station)
- Pick up & drop off
An employee of the volunteer project will pick you up from the nearest bus station. On your way back they will drop you off at the nearest bus station.
- 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
4 weeks: $1,795 US
6 weeks: $1,995 US
Volunteers and Interns are the backbone of the organization. Compared to other sled dog kennels they are considered a micro – mushing kennel. All of the dogs live together in large free running enclosures. Set in amongst a pristine forest, surrounded by lush meadows the huskies have the use of their own 280 sq ft “ Doggy Cabin”. The fresh straw inside keeps them safe and warm from severe winter temperatures.
- Feed, groom and walk the dogs
- Helping with maintenance around the ranch
- Dogsledding and snowmobiling
- Clearing and preparing the dogsled tracks
- Cleaning and other household chores
Keep in mind that working at a the ranch er can be very intense due to the weather condidations.
- TASKS AND DUTIES
Duties include general care of all dogs, ( sleddogs, boarders, and dogs here for therapy ) - that includes cleaning, watering, feeding, handling, and working with them as directed - duties also include things that are involved with having a large number of dogs and the lifestyle we have, such as the building or repair of dog houses and dog kennels, clearing bush from trails and dog yard - it can mean bringing in an armload of firewood, or sweeping the floor - sometimes it means preparing a meal or scrubbing a bath tub, etc and generally contributing to the way of life enjoyed here - volunteers are expected to show initiative and are encouraged to look for things that need doing ( perhaps a dog needs a new water dish, or a piece of wire or wood has found it's way to somewhere it doesn't belong, etc ) - volunteers are encouraged to `scratch ears` and show affection to the dogs - some days are long and include sweat, other days are short and quite idyllic - full time volunteers get an experience not to be forgotten and for some it is a life changing experience.
- Requirements, Guidelines & Policies
- Required to commit to a minimum of 4 weeks
- NO SMOKING is allowed on the property.
- Strong work ethics are required: reliable, responsible, honest, good sense of humour, dependable, physically and mentally fit.
- Age: 18-30
- No animal allergies
- Extreme Weather (heat & cold), dirt and living in a remote area must be something you can handle.
- A love for animals and some general experience of caring for an animal is a must!
- Must read and agree to abide by guidelines and ethics
- Good communication skills and the ability to work alone
- Fluent knowledge of the English
- A valid driver’s license would be an asset, but is not required
- Volunteer Benefits
- Have the opportunity to care for real Siberian Huskies!
- In the winter have the opportunity to dogsled and ride snow scooters!
- Affordable Accommodation and meals included in the placement including the use of wireless internet.
- Fast Facts
- Project location
Interior of British Columbia, Western Canada
- Area Famous For
Dogsledding, Wineries, lakes, nature, wildlife viewing, hiking, biking, ranches
- When to visit
All year round the project is great place to volunteer at. In summer for taking the huskies for a bike ride and view wildlife and in the winter to go dog sledding!
- Wildlife viewing
You can view an abundance of wildlife. Moose, Bear & Lynx often travel the path through this pristine land. Throughout the summer months there is a possibility to hike the 300 acre ranch. Here you can come into contact with an abundance of birds nesting in the wetlands and small lakes
- Project location
- Itinerary & Details
Day 1 - Arrive in Vancouver;
You will arrive in Vancouver city of the 2010 winter Olympics, you will be met at the airport and transferred to the hostel. For the 30 minute transfer to Downtown Vancouver you will be given information, folders and map to pass the time and get to know more about Vancouver and surroundings.
Day 2 – FRONTEERING orientation and enjoy Vancouver
Today you will have an orientation about Vancouver, Canada and about your volunteer experience. We will explain you the travel details for your trip to the volunteer station. This is also a great day to enjoy the number one voted best livable city in the world, go visit the beach or the mountains, the museums, restaurants, nightclubs or go hiking, whale watching and canoeing, there is something for everyone and it’s all within 30 minutes reach of Downtown.
Day 3 – transfer to volunteer project
You will travel through Beautiful British Columbia by bus to the nearest town of the Volunteer station. You will be picked at the nearest bust stop by one of the volunteer’s stations staff member.
For 4 - 6 weeks – Volunteer at a husky ranch!
For the coming 4-6 weeks you will have a great time working directly with the huskies of the ranch while being surrounded by beautiful mountain ranges and nature!
Your last day – you will transfer back to Vancouver 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.
- Itinerary & Details
You will have a bedroom with linen and towels, (please make sure that your room is cleaned before you leave, for the next volunteer) together with a bathroom with shower (this is also the laundry room). You are responsible to clean and tidy your own room, shower and toilet. Please do not keep any food in your room as this will attract mice! They will provide you with a small fridge for you to keep your particular food. There will be wireless internet service; this is a satellite system and not high speed. Nevertheless, you will need to have your own laptop. Please limit the use of the internet to one hour per day. There is also a TV room with comfortable chairs and also a huge collection of books. Please replace all books before taking another one. There is no landline telephone. All phone calls need to be made in town, we recommend that you buy an international phone card; this can be purchased in the town of 100Mile House. The satellite phone system is used for emergency use only. Please make sure that lights are out to conserve energy. The kitchen cannot be used after 9pm.
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.
The dogs are fed twice a day. Dogs always eat first! Dinner is eaten with the family. You may have to prepare your own breakfast and lunch once in a while. There is no specific catering for vegetarians, and they cannot accommodate picky eaters; however the meals are wholesome and nutritious. You will eat what everyone else eats. If you require additional food outside of the meal times, you will need to provide this yourself. You will be required to wash and dry dishes, this is not considered part of your work day. On the ranch they love to experience different foods, so if you would like to cook or bake, this would be just wonderful. There are no snacks, soda drinks or fresh fruit provided. Please keep in mind that the ranch is located in the north, therefore fresh fruit is expensive to buy, for that reason, and all fruit will be classified as a snack. You are more than welcome to travel with the family to town, if you need to do your own personal shopping.
The ranch is located in the interior of British Columbia. The closest town is approx. 25km from the Ranch. This is also where you will be picked up if you were to come by Greyhound Bus. Vancouver is almost a 6hr drive or Kamloops a 2hr drive. 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 crown land the 300 acre private property has access to some of the most exceptional and well groomed trails in BC. From Hiking to biking, to dog sledding and wildlife viewing this is the place to be for all outdoors lovers!
It's nearly three weeks ago since I arrived here in the bush, so it's time for some news!
I already saw quite a lot of new things. The wildlife is really great and I discover almost every day a new animal.
Here a little overview: a motherbear with 3 cubs, marmots, squirls, a lot of deers, snowrabbits (still with white paws, that looks funny), snowchickens, a snake (one bite and you've 3.5 min left), different eagles and an endless amount of birds, known and unknown, including hummingbirds (colibri).
On the other side, the plants also start to grow slowly up here. The first leafs at the trees are coming out and the grass becomes green.
And there are the first flowers in the grazing land which begin to bloom.
Down in the valley, the willows and daffodils are flourishing.
So I'll be really happy if it becomes warmer and I look forward to the summer.
In fact they say, that they have about 30° here in July!
The dogs behaviour is pretty good and I didn't have any troubles with them. I know them now by their names and I feed them every day twice and change the water. Another thing we're going to do soon, is brushing the dogs because they're changing their skin. Unfortunately I can't do a lot more with the dogs at this time because they have their summer break and are out of training.
But there's a lot of other work to do. We cut and split trees for firewood (for the next long winter), painted dog- and beeboxes and did other daily jobs around house and garden.
The couple I live with is also managing a camping resort with cabins besides their husky ranch. It's on a very nice lake and we spend there some days a week to cut dry grass, repair some facilities and get rid of old things, because the resort was absolutely disregarded in the last years.
And I can drive with a V8 7.2 l truck with 4 wheel drive on the worst road I've ever seen, that's not only a pleasure.
Living in the middle of this bush is great but sometimes it feels really strange if I like to buy something in a market, but the market is 25 km away and I know I don't get there for the next days. That means that we've to live with the goods on stock.
Furthermore I miss Swiss food, although they cook very well at the ranch.
Joel from Switzerland