|Tuition||$4,225 Learn about Financial Aid|
|Fly in/out||Whitehorse, Yukon|
“The large open wilderness allowed time for reflection, learning, and making new friends. I learnt many new skills, leadership and learnt a lot about myself. I feel a lot more confident in myself now, not just in backpacking but in everything I do.”
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.
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.