GIRLS ON ICE - Canada

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EXPLORE CANADA’S ICONIC GLACIERS!

Girls on Ice Canada is a unique Canadian mountain experience that is packed full of dynamic glaciers, hardy alpine ecosystems, and beautiful landscapes. For the first time, Inspiring Girls Expeditions will deliver a Canadian expedition into Glacier National Park (Canada) with a team mostly made up of Canadians!

Girls will move through and interact with inspiring landscapes filled with bright blue ice, crisp white snow, towering gray rocks, and soft, green alpine plants. Accompanied by 2 ACMG Certified guides, professional scientists, and artists, a diverse group of 8-9 girls will explore the Illecillewaet and Asulkan glaciers of British Columbia. These glaciers provide a perfect environment for developing scientific observational skills, understanding relationships between organisms and their surroundings, reflecting on our own interactions with the mountains through art, as well as building self-confidence in difficult terrain and gaining life-long friendships. 

Girls on Ice Canada is actively fundraising to make the 2018 expedition happen!  If we are unable to meet our funding goals, all applications will also be reviewed for eligibility for the other Girls on Ice expeditions.

itinerary

The day to day activities of the expedition may change due to weather and glacier conditions but each day promises to be filled with adventure and inquisitive thought!

The basic itinerary:

  • Day 1: Meet the team in Calgary and meet your GOI Canada team! Together we will learn about traveling and camping in the mountains and stay the night in Kananaskis Country, Alberta.
  • Day 2: Drive to Glacier National Park, British Columbia to camp at a National Park Campground. Along the way we will enjoy a day hike in Yoho National Park where we will walk among a stunning landscape with ancient forests, glaciers and waterfalls.  This will let us get comfortable using our gear and begin the process of immersion science and developing observational skills.
  • Day 3: Hike from our campground into the Alpine where we will learn about traveling on snow in the mountains.  By traveling through the mountains, girls will gain essential technical skills and confidence in their abilities. 
  • Day 4: Venture up the valley towards the Illecillewaet Glacier where we will develop our skills moving and traveling on snow and ice.  Along the way we learn more about glaciers, ecology and how to do field science.
  • Day 5: Deepen our relationship with this landscape by working on developing our science projects.  We will also meet local artists and scientists. 
  • Day 6: Hike up to the Asulkan Hut - where we will base out of for the next 4 days.  
  • Days 7-9: Explore the glacier and surrounding mountains while learning about the ice and snow and the ecosystems that depend on them.  One day we will make a summit attempt on Youngs peak!   Girls will conduct their own science experiments as well as create art pieces that reflect their interactions with glaciers and perceptions of mountain environments. Overnight Asulkan Hut.
  • Day 10: Hike out from the hut back to the trail head and travel back.
  • Day 11: Wrap up science experiments with a culminating presentation of the results at the Biogeoscience Institute in Kananaskis Country.
  • Day 12: Final reflection activities and return to airport.

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History

Inspired by Inspiring Girls Expeditions (they inspire women too!), Girls on Ice Canada was founded by Eleanor Bash, a PhD Candidate in glaciology at the University of Calgary, Dr. Alison Criscitiello, an Adjunct Assistant Professor at University of Calgary and Technical Director of the Canadian Ice Core Archive, Jocelyn Hirose, a resource conservation scientist with Parks Canada and former glaciology graduate, and ACMG guide Cecelia Mortenson. With the support of Dr. Erin Pettit, the founder of Girls on Ice, and her team they hope to emulate the other expeditions while offering a Canadian alpine setting and twist.

For questions, suggestions, and comments: canada@girlsonice.org

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Eligibility

You must be 16 or 17 on June 1, 2018.

We accept applications from Canada, United States, Mexico, and countries not identified as high income economies here. We give strong preference to applicants currently living in Canada, regardless of their citizenship.

Learn more about applying here and click below to start the application process.