Sechelt explorer canoe

Canadian Youth Climate Change Training and Leadership Expedition Course

Program Details

Dates: July 8 – July 28, 2021 & August 3 – August 23, 2021

Ages: 13 to 17 (Co-ed)

Program fee: $4649.00 + GST

Fee Includes:

Course curriculum, 24/7 instruction & support, pre-course check-in, COVID-19 safety guidelines, food, accommodation, ground transportation, activities, eco-swag (t-shirt, water bottle and more), group expedition and course gear, course certificate, return flight between Vancouver and Whitehorse, post-course follow up.

BC Locations: Vancouver and beautiful Gambier Island in the Howe Sound

Yukon Locations: Whitehorse, Fort Selkirk, Yukon River and Dawson City.


Paddling in Sechelt BC
Paddling in Sechelt BC


Get ready for a three-week guided outdoor leadership summer course visiting some of the most beautiful semi-remote places that BC and Yukon has to offer. This is a perfect choice for teens who want to explore western Canada’s back country, travel lightly and develop new skills that reflect their leadership potential. And… most importantly, expand their understanding of climate change.

Teens start in Vancouver and immediately depart for Gambier Island to participate in a series of sustainable skill-building workshops, leadership training and touring adventures. From Gambier Island the group departs for Whitehorse, Yukon to participate in an incredible 2-week canoe expedition while learning from Fort Selkirk First Nations, outdoor specialists and climate experts.

At the end of the trip, we will have experienced a 350km Yukon River canoe paddle journey, biking and paddleboarding tours on Gambier Island, outdoor leadership training and camping out every night under the stars. From ocean to mountains to river and beyond, teens will experience the beauty of their world while becoming more self-propelled as young leaders.

“We are going to change the fate of humanity whether you like it or not.”

— Greta Thunberg


Highlights (Why you'll really want to come):

  • Receive a leadership certificate and work with your school in obtaining a secondary school credit.
  • Immerse in climate change education and awareness projects.
  • Connections with Canadian and international youth, languages and cultures
  • BC & Yukon wildlife viewing – From orcas and seals to eagles and moose!
  • Canoe paddle expedition the Yukon River
  • Opportunities to witness the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights)!
  • Ultimate Frisbee at Gold Rush Cabins
  • Visit historic Fort Selkirk and learn from Fort Selkirk First Nations.
  • Bike tour and paddleboard the shorelines of Gambier Island
  • Visit natural Hot Springs and make your own wilderness sauna
  • Classic Camp activities like Archery and Fire Building
  • Gourmet desserts aka Chocolate Fondue
  • Breathe in amazing fresh air!

What am I going to learn?

We’ve created an environmental and experiential style leadership course, built upon four key leadership benchmarks.

  1. Give youth practical knowledge, direction and inspiration to address Climate Change through 21st century leadership and education approaches.
  2. Provide adaptable and relevant outdoor leadership and environmental skills training.
  3. Connect immersive learning objectives with life shaping experiences within a unique area impacted by Climate Change.
  4. Discuss the challenges of Climate Change through both the lens of science and Indigenous Peoples’ Perspectives.

    Like you, we believe in order to understand Climate Change, people will learn best if they have a stronger relationship with nature, self and others. We truly believe youth need to develop a pertinent range of life and leadership skills to understand our interconnectedness with the shared natural world.

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    For more information about our COVID-19 Guidelines, please click here: VOS COVID-19 Guidelines