|Tuition||$4,320 Learn about Financial Aid|
|Fly in/out||Whitehorse, Yukon|
“I've never felt more comfortable and happy learning! It taught me what kind of environment I would like to create should I become an outdoor educator. The positive leadership from the instructors and willingness to teach at all times made every single day an exciting opportunity. It would be impossible to list the myriad of things I learned on the course and the interpersonal and backcountry skills I get to share with others are such a wonderful reward.”
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.
“The Yukon is such a wide open place that has so much opportunity and so much to explore.”
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.