THE DETAILS

What's happening: Trip to Whitehorse Yukon to chase auroras
When it's happening: February 23 (8:30AM) to 26 (12PM)
 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Your roundtrip airfare from Vancouver
  • 3 nights shared accommodation at the Takhini Hotsprings Hostel, outside Whitehorse.
  • 3 days of adventure including sunrise meditations, yoga, wildlife preserves, snow adventures, and chasing auroras.
  • Admission into the Takhini Hotsprings (including two private rental nights, just for us).
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided Friday (only lunch and dinner), Saturday and Sunday.
  • Three (optional) hour-long workshops.
     

FULL SCHEDULE

Schedule is subject to change.

Day 1: Friday, Feb 23rd

11a – Take-off YVR
2p – Land in Whitehorse
3p – Head to Takhini HotSpring Hostel (~30 Min Drive)
4:00p – Hostel set-up and check-in
630p – Opening and group dinner
8p - 9p – Workshop #1
10p – Private rental of the hotsprings, if aurora forecast is good + aurora photo shoot.
 

Day 2: Saturday, Feb 24th

8a – Sunrise meditation and coffee
1030a - 1230p – Wildlife preserve
1p - 6p – Free time (snowshoeing, hotsprings, adventures, additional cost activities, napping)
7p – Group dinner
8p - 9p – Workshop #2
10p – Private rental of the hotsprings, if aurora forecast is good + aurora photo shoot.
 

Day 3: Sunday, Feb 25th

6:30a – Sunrise hike
10a - 12p – Champagne brunch
12p - 5p – Free time (snowshoeing, hotsprings, adventures, additional cost activities, napping)
6p - 7p – Group dinner
7:30p – 8:30p: Workshop #3
9p Pack up and clean
10p – Private rental of the hotsprings, if aurora forecast is good + aurora photo shoot.
 

Day 4: Monday, Feb 26th

5a – Pack up and leave for airport
7a – Catch flight back home
10a – Land at YVR
 

QUESTIONS + ANSWERS

HOW COLD IS IT GOING TO BE?

According to the Government of Canada weather office, the average temperature in Whitehorse in February is -14 C (7 F) with an extreme maximum of 12 C (53 F), and an extreme minimum of -51 C (-60 F). Average wind speed is 13.5 km/h or 8.38 m/h.
 

WHAT DO I NEED TO PACK?

Baggage.
Travellers Backpack (40 – 70L pack)

Docs & Dollars.
Passport
Credit & Debit Card
Spending Money (20-50 CDN dollars a day)

Clothing.
Warm parka with hood (we are currently looking into options to rent these)
Sorel/winter boots (we are currently looking into options to rent these)
Snow pants
Toque / warm hat that covers your ears
Long underwear
Long sleeve tops
Warm gloves or mittens
Warm, moisture-wicking socks
Warm, thin liners for gloves/mittens plus a spare pare of gloves
Warm, thin neck scarf
Very warm fleece jacket that can be worn alone or under the parka
Sleepwear and travel slippers
Lighter weight boots: warm, comfy and good in snow/ice
T-shirts
Bathing suit
Hiking boots

Toiletries.
Shampoo, Conditioner & Deodorant
Toothbrush / Toothpaste & Dental Floss
Soap
Moisturizing cream
Chapstick)
Handwarmers
Towel (small and light weight)
Ear plugs - People Snore. People Talk. People Party
Medications you may require

Gear + Accessories.
Sleeping bag + pillow
Snacks
Reusable thermos
Water bottle to stay hydrated
Any special food
Hiking Headlamp
Sunglasses (polarized with UV protection)
Pen, Paper & Travel Journal
Camera & lenses (don't forget the memory card)
 

WHAT ARE WE DOING FOR FOOD?

We got CS Resident Chef Kyle Friesen manning the grills for Chasing Auroras and if you've been on one of our trips before, you know he drops some mean dishes (and will screw up your expectations for food for every other trip you go on).

The set menu will be out shortly and if you have any dietary restrictions, make sure to note them in the Intake Form, so he can accommodate.

He will be supply three meals a day (breakfast lunch and dinner), and if you want snacks, be sure to pack your bags ahead of time.
 

WHAT ABOUT DRINKING?

While CS trips aren't centred around getting drunk, feel free to pack some spirits in your bag. It gets cold out there.


WHEN DO I NEED TO BE AT THE AIRPORT?

You should be at the airport (Vancouver International) at 8:45AM on Friday, Feb 23rd.
 

WHEN WILL WE BE HOME?

You should arrive back in Vancouver around 11AM on Monday, Feb 26th.
 

WHAT'S THE REFUND POLICY?

No refunds will be given after February 1st.
A full refund, less 50% of initial deposit, will be given prior to February 1st.
 

WHAT FITNESS LEVEL DO I NEED?

This trip is suitable for people of all fitness levels and backgrounds. All physical activity and activities will be voluntary.
 

ACCOMMODATIONS?

Accommodation will be shared bunk bed accommodation. There will be a spot on your intake form if you'd like to share a room with someone.
 

WILL WE SEE AURORAS?

The possibility of seeing auroras is what drives us to make this journey. However, there is a chance that we don't see them.

FLIGHTS

Heads up! We will be meeting at YVR airport, Departures Level 2 of Domestic Departures at 8:15AM on Friday!
Feel free to organize rides / skytrain schedules in the Whatsapp Group.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23rd
OUTBOUND FROM YVR:

8:15AM: Meet at YVR Airport, Departures Level 2 of Domestic Departures
11:00AM: Wheels up from YVR
1:30PM:  Wheels down in Whitehorse

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26TH
INBOUND TO YVR:

4:45AM: Leave hotel, departing for Whitehorse Airport
7:00AM: Wheels up from Whitehorse
9:45AM: Wheels down in YVR

BAGGAGE

CARRY-ON

Pieces Permitted: 2
Maximum Weight: Combined weight of 10 kg (22 lbs)
Maximum Size: Outside dimensions cannot exceed the following: 54cm x 23cm x 38cm

Bring a gear lock for all bags.

 

CHECKED BAGS

Pieces Permitted: 1 (if you need an additional, please let us know)
Maximum Weight: 32kg (70lbs)

General Baggage Information

  • Each checked bag must have an identification tag.
  • Baggage and carry-on articles will be carried within the space and weight limitation of the aircraft.
  • All baggage or goods presented for transportation are subject to inspection by our personnel.
  • No articles of baggage or goods will be carried when that article is likely to endanger the aircraft, persons or property; are likely to be damaged by air carriage; or if the carriage of that article would violate any applicable law, regulation, or order.

 

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