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. Accompanied by certified mountain guides, professional scientists, and artists, a team of ten girls explores the Illecillewaet and Asulkan glaciers in Glacier National Park in 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, building self-confidence in difficult terrain, and gaining life-long friendships. 

Itinerary

The day-to-day activities of the expedition may change due to weather and glacier conditions. The basic itinerary is generally as follows:

  • 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

The idea for Girls on Ice Canada began at a leadership development workshop offered by Inspiring Girls founder Erin Pettit in 2015. Girls on Ice Canada founders Eleanor Bash, Alison Criscitiello, Jocelyn Hirose, and Cecelia Mortenson launched the first Girls on Ice Canada in 2018, which emulates similar Girls on Ice expeditions while offering a Canadian alpine twist.

Apply

To apply, you must be 16 or 17 on June 1, 2019.

We currently accept applications from those currently living in Canada, regardless of citizenship.

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