You first of all book a flight to Vancouver International Airport and spend a night in a local hostel. The next morning, an Express Shuttle takes you from Vancouver to your accommodation: a ranch, located a few hours north of Vancouver amidst the untouched wilderness of southwest British Columbia. After you had lunch on the ranch, you get an overview of the route and of your upcoming tracking adventure.
Your day of arrival as well as the other days of your wildlife tracking trip are characterized by excursions to the 5000 square kilometers large wilderness area that surrounds the ranch to track and watch – depending on your chosen focus – cougars, wolves, California Bighorn Sheep, mountain goats, grizzly bears, moose, black bears, eagles, or other birds. After your breakfast, you spend several hours in nature every day and return to the ranch in the evening to eat dinner together. During your daily trips your guide teaches you essential knowledge about every animal, its way of life, habitat, instincts, and adaptive behaviour. You also learn to track down leads that point to a former animal activity and you get acquainted with favourable viewing conditions. Your guide always tries to offer you unique sightings and thus leads you to the best lookouts. After a concluding tracking expedition and a joint farewell lunch you make your way home on your last course day.
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You and the other course participants live together on a horse and guest ranch amidst the wild nature of southwest British Columbia. It is a perfect wildlife area with an impressive variety of wild animals and habitats.
On the ranch itself you have the opportunity to get a room with others or a single room with your own bathroom. You are provided with three meals per day: breakfast and dinner are served on the ranch, while you get lunch during your daily expeditions. The ranch also has its own library, and you can use deck chairs to relax in the large garden.
Everybody interested in a Wilderness Experience abroad should be able to adjust to entirely unfamiliar standards of living in their future host country. Therefore, we would like to point out the importance of being flexible and adaptable regarding the accommodation and sanitary facilities provided by the project. Those are very basic and – depending on the project – cannot be compared to European standards. The equipment and furnishings are limited to a minimum; air conditioning is not available. Depending on your host country occasional power blackouts or water outages are quite common. Please contact us if you have further questions about your accommodation. We are pleased to provide you with comprehensive information since we would like you to feel entirely prepared for your time abroad.