Youth Outdoor Adventure (Enhanced)

Connections with Canadian Indigenous history | Ocean and river canoeing instruction | Leadership training

Dates: July 12 to August 01, 2018
Ages: 14 to 18 (Co-ed)
Price: Early Bird (until December 16, 2017) $4,549.00 CDN plus 5% tax. Regular $4,799.00 CDN plus 5% tax.

Deposit: $700.00 CAD

Includes instruction, food, accommodation, most camping gear, camping fees and transportation while on trip including return flight between Vancouver and Whitehorse, Yukon. Does not include international and national flights, visa/travel fees and some optional activities.

Locations: Vancouver, Yukon River, Whitehorse, Victoria and Whistler

Core Recreational and Educational Elements:
Cultural and global consciousness, Canadian’s own El Dorado history, connections with Canadian Indigenous history, ocean and river canoeing instruction, leadership training, post secondary planning and preparation, backpacking and outdoor skills, life and social competencies development.

Expedition Course Highlights:

  • 50% Canadian participants and 50% international participants
  • Intensive outdoor leadership and wilderness training
  • Multi day expedition paddling down the world famous Yukon River
  • Visit a minimum of FOUR Canadian top universities
  • Hike the incredible trails of Whistler and Grouse Mountain
  • Day trips to Victoria and Vancouver
  • Sleep under the stars in some of BC and Yukon’s most pristine wilderness areas and enjoy some peaceful rest in your tent
  • Experience the beauty of Whistler Village, the famous landmarks and beaches of Vancouver, and a chance to see the northern lights of the Yukon
  • Learn the basics of front and backcountry camping, river canoeing, orienteering, hiking and risk management
  • Youth will partake in our supportive group and individual workshops pertaining to post secondary preparation, mental wellness, career visioning and healthy choices. All through our “coaching and listening” approach of instruction.
  • Supported by experienced and skilled leadership instructors who will provide supervision for 24 hours a day for the entirety of the program
  • Participate in Fireside leadership and canoe certification
  • Letter of reference for post secondary and/or employment
  • Partake in language and cultural exchange experiences with Canadian youth
  • Participate in a half day community project
  • Unplugged from wifi, phones, computers, home and peer life.


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Whitehorse and Takhini Hot Springs Hostel

Whistler Village

Vancouver and Camp Capilano

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Tentative Trip Plan (subject to change)

July 12, 2018: Vancouver, Fireside Lodge (Whistler Village)

  • Arrivals (please connect with us directly to make alternative arrival times)
  • 9am to 2pm – Vancouver International Airport
  • 2pm – River Rock Casino (accessible by Canada Line)
  • Equipment and bag check
  • Overview of program, British Columbia and Canada
  • Welcome ceremony (Canadian Beach BBQ) with ice-breaker activities
  • Evening sunset view from the famous Creekside Olympic Sign
  • Evening swim test at Alta Lake
  • Introduction of video journaling

July 13, 2018: Whistler Village, Fireside Lodge

  • Morning yoga and light hike (breakfast in the forest)
  • Overview discussion: program goals and objectives, review safety and emergency procedures and group agreement. Supporting group members to continue to get to know each other
  • Evening sessions:
    Animal Aware – what to do when you see an animal such as bears, cougars and raccoons.
  • Meal preparations & cooking 101 activity – learning to cook with camp stove and over a fire at the beach.
  • Purchase items youth may have missed when in Whistler
  • Video journal recording

July 14, 2018: Whistler Village, Fireside Lodge

  • Up early and morning hike Rainbow Lake Trail
  • Basics of back packing and food management on expeditions
  • Continued leadership training
  • Tour of Whistler Village
  • Evening ice skating

July 15, 2018:  Whistler Village , Fireside Lodge

  • Morning leadership training workshop and review of Yukon expedition
  • Free time – half-day exploration of Whistler including options to participate in Peak to Peak or Zip Trek (not covered in registration fee)
  • Evening canoe paddle practice
  • Preparation for Yukon expedition including food, personal and group equipment
  • Laundry
  • Email home

July 16, 2018: Whitehorse, Takhini Hot Springs Hostel

  • Morning departure from Vancouver to purchase food
  • Depart from Vancouver International Airport to Whitehorse through Air North Airlines
  • Pick-up and drive to Takhini Hot Springs Hostel and soak your bones in the majestic all natural hot springs
  • River expedition orientation and gear check
  • Tour of Whitehorse

July 17, 2018: Whitehorse and Carmacks, Carmacks campsite

  • Outdoor cooking 102 learning module
  • Unpack personal gear (again) and group gear check
    Pack up food for expedition
  • Yukon River overview lesson including basic knots, expedition safety lesson and protocols
  • Half-day practice of paddle strokes in Whitehorse
  • Free time in Whitehorse
  • Evening departure to Carmacks and set up camp
  • Campfire ‘River Ceremony’

July 18-24, 2018: Yukon River

  • Up early and pack up gear
  • Practicing and fine tuning canoe strokes throughout the expedition
  • Paddle through Five Fingers and Rink Rapids sections
  • Visit Sam Magee’s ashes
  • Lesson – Campsite 101
  • Continued leadership training through the expedition including guiding principles of leading out-trips, weather reading, river navigation, map reading and orienteering
  • Yukon River history and geography – learning about the famous Yukon Gold Rush
  • Exploring and visiting old cabins
  • Visit to Fort Selkirk
  • Explore old ruins of towns during the gold rush days
  • Solo experience
  • Panning for gold – if you find it, you can keep it!

July 25, 2018: Dawson City, Gold Rush Campground

  • Shower up
  • Tour the town and visit historical places
  • Finalize all video journals
  • Program evaluation
  • River graduation dinner

July 26, 2018: Whitehorse, Takhini Hot Springs Hostel

  • Pack up & breakfast in Dawson City
  • Lunch on the road (6 hour road trip back to Whitehorse)
  • Set up, clean gear, bracelet ceremony and ice cream in Whitehorse
  • Soak your bones in the all natural hot springs

July 27, 2018: Vancouver, Camp Capilano

  • Depart for Vancouver and unpack at Camp Capilano
  • Rest day including laundry, movie night
  • Evening tour of Stanley Park

July 28, 2018: Vancouver, Camp Capilano

  • Up early with morning yoga in the forest
  • Tour and visiting popular areas in downtown Vancouver, Spanish Banks, Simon Fraser University and Deep Cove

July 29, 2018: Vancouver, Camp Capilano

  • Hike Grouse Grind (amazing view of the city and ocean from the top) – leadership challenge
  • Visit Granville Island (video journal)
  • Visit Emily Carr University
  • Afternoon swim
  • Evening visit to University of British Columbia

July 30, 2018: Vancouver, Camp Capilano

  • Full day tour of Victoria, BC (the Provincial Capital)
  • BC Royal Columbian Museum
  • Return back to Vancouver

July 31, 2018: Vancouver, Camp Capilano

  • Community Service Project (TBA)
  • Afternoon shopping and free time for group
  • Evening evaluations
  • Graduation dinner
  • Pack up

August 01, 2018

  • Full day tour of Victoria, BC (the Provincial Capital)
  • BC Royal Columbian Museum
  • Return back to Vancouver
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