Field Course Canada: Basic Bushcraft and Survival
Become one with Canada’s wild nature as a participant in this Wilderness Experience and learn essential skills to live and survive in the wilderness. You can decide whether your focus lies on bushcraft – living in entire harmony with nature – or on survival training. If you choose our bushcraft course, you get to know nature’s rich and valuable resources in a whole new way and learn to work with them.
If you, however, choose our survival course, you get to experience intense survival training in the midst of Canada’s wild backcountry. This course is aimed at teaching you the necessary practical skills as well as valuable mental strategies in order to make it through unexpected emergency situations in the wilderness.
- Enjoy a fascinating bushcraft and survival training in Canada
- Acquire valuable outdoors skills, instructed by experienced course leaders
- Go back to the roots and merge with the pristine nature
- Build your own shelter and spend the nights in the wilderness
- Experience British Columbia’s breathtaking landscapes
Outdoor training in Canada
In this course you learn to live in the rhythm of Canada’s wild nature and acquire essential skills to be able to live and survive in the wilderness. It is up to you whether you put the focus on bushcraft or survival.
Arrival and orientation in British Columbia
After your arrival at Vancouver International Airport, you spend a night in a local hotel or hostel. The next morning, an Express Shuttle takes you from Vancouver to your accommodation: a ranch a few hours north of Vancouver that serves as your base station. After you had lunch on the ranch, you get an introduction to the upcoming course programme.
Topics of the bushcraft and survival training in Canada
Bushcraft course: You spend the following days acquiring all the skills that bring you back to the roots. During your training you find out how to work with nature instead of working against it, and this way you learn to walk across new, unknown terrain with confidence and without fear. An experienced guide accompanies you and teaches you essential bushcraft skills in practical classes – often by providing realistic scenarios – so that you will have gained a rich store of knowledge at the end of your course. With Canada’s wild nature as the setting for your training, this Wilderness Experience provides for an in-depth educational experience that helps you appreciate and use the resources of nature.
Survival course: As a participant of our survival course amidst the seclusion of the southern Chilcotin Mountains in southwest British Columbia, you experience a real survival training, in which you learn to make it through unexpected and risky situations in the wilderness. At the end of the course, you will have the skills and strategies as well as the necessary confidence to master almost every emergency situation in wild nature. Your outdoor training takes place under realistic conditions in the middle of the rough and diverse terrain of the southern Chilcotin Mountains, so that both your practical skills as well as your mental strength get trained.
Accommodation in the Canadian wilderness
After your arrival at the ranch you’ll meet your team members and head to British Columbia’s backcountry. Your experienced instructor will show you how to build shelters for longer wilderness stays in which you will sleep the following nights. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are prepared by the group and will be enjoyed either in the shelter camp or while being on a day trip.
Leisure time during your outdoor adventure
Free time is quite limited in this course as you and your group dedicate yourself to acquiring new knowledge and essential outdoor skills for most of the day.
Arrival in Canada and first day in the course
Your stay in the Bushcraft and Survival course: Day 2 and 3
Last day in the course and departure
FAQ – Learn more about this trip
“I can highly recommend taking part in this project as a volunteer.”
“Living in and with nature 24/7– it’s an experience which I will never forget and thinking back to it always lets me pause for a moment in the daily hustle and bustle.”
“Retrospectively I can say that the three months in California were one of my best experiences in my life and I would nothing do differently.”
“During the backcountry project, we had the chance to discover new experiences in the middle of nature, far away from civilization and the usual tourist places. I have never experienced such silence. Even while camping in the woods, we could hear the ocean.”
1. British Columbia
British Columbia is a Canadian province located on the Pacific coast between Canada's provinces of Yukon and Alberta and the United States. Vancouver is the largest city and at the same time the largest economic centre.
First and foremost, forests dominate the 944,735 km² of British Columbia. The abundance of species that can be found here attracts countless travellers every year. Bears, elks, bobcats, wolves, pumas and lots of other wildlife can be seen with a bit of luck in the midst of the breathtaking wilderness – the perfect destination for every nature and outdoor enthusiast.
British Columbia's pristine natural landscapes will be your home during your educational adventure in Canada.
Background of the survival course in Canada
Forests, fjords, lakes, coasts, glaciers, and numerous wild animals: Canada is the perfect setting for many impressive nature experiences. In this course you go back to the roots and get especially close to the country's wild nature while sharpening your bushcraft and survival skills as a student in this challenging training adventure. The breathtaking flora and fauna provides optimal conditions for an unforgettable wilderness adventure in the North American backcountry!
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