|Tuition||$4,990 Learn about Financial Aid|
|Fly in/out||Whitehorse, Yukon|
High School Credit
“I was able to realize my strengths and weaknesses and will be able to take experiences and challenges into the next chapter of my life and reflect further.”
There’s nothing quite like seeing the remote wilderness on your own two feet, carrying all your own gear on your back while gaining the tools necessary to become a great leader in the backcountry and at home.
Backpacking courses often hike three out of every four days. You’ll travel in small hiking groups so you have more opportunities to lead, make decisions, and map read as you move through beautiful wilderness. Hiking days begin early when you light your stove, cook and enjoy breakfast, and then organize and pack your pack.
You’re usually hiking by mid-morning. Lunch on the trail might be bread you baked the day before, or a trail mix of nuts and dried fruits. You may stop for a short class on natural history, or to learn how to cross a river, travel through boulders or snow, or move over a high pass. When you arrive at your new camp location, you'll first spend time choosing a Leave No Trace site and organizing camp, then you’ll prepare a well-deserved dinner. If the day was long, a short evening meeting may wrap up the day. If the hike was short, there may be a class or discussion.
NOLS courses travel on the world’s best rivers and oceans for learning paddling skills, from the wild whitewater of the Salmon River to the Yukon’s pristine Hess River, all the way to the Kimberley coastline of Australia. You'll scout rapids and practice rescue techniques and learn lining and portaging skills as well.
“This course taught me to appreciate everything, even more. The hopes is that you hold on to that...and that you take that with you into everyday life.”
The Yukon Territory is an undiscovered wilderness paradise with little development, few people, and pristine backcountry.
Located in the far northwest of Canada, this territory encompasses almost 500,000 square kilometers of pure, untouched wilderness, and you’ll have access to it from our base in Whitehorse, dubbed “The Wilderness City” and capital of the Yukon.
This northern paradise of wild, technical rivers and sweeping tundra begs exploration. During the summer, the land explodes from its winter months of darkness for a season of continuous daylight. In this Land of the Midnight Sun, you’ll share the wilderness with caribou, bear, wolf, moose, and migrating birds.
The only trails you’ll follow are those made by the wildlife, and likely the only people you’ll see are your fellow coursemates. Whether you call Canada home or you’re traveling from abroad, the Yukon’s stunning rivers and little-used mountain ranges provide the ideal setting for a wilderness adventure. The NOLS Yukon experience is one you won’t want to miss.
“The North-country is beautiful from the highest, open peaks we climbed to the lowest, mosquito infested valleys we slid through on canoes. And to learn both, to experience both methods of travel in both environments and so much more, twas incredible.”