BWI's FAQ Page

Frequently Asked Questions about our Courses

Payment FAQ's

How Do I Pay Course Fees?

You can Pay Your Course Fees with Paypal or at the Door with either MasterCard, Cheque or Cash (Sorry No VISA or Debit) or Mail in a Cheque or Money Order. Corporate and Group clients will be Invoiced and can Pay with either Paypal, Cheque or MasterCard.

Course Payment

When Must I Pay Course Fees?

For the Survival Core Seminar, the Navigation Core Seminar, and the Wildlife Awareness Seminar you can Pay with Paypal before the course starts, at the Door or by Mail. All other Courses will have a Fee Due Date, normally 1-2 Weeks Before the Course Start Date. For these Courses You Must Pay with Paypal or by Mail by the Fee Due Date.

Do I Need to Pay a Deposit?

No; Deposits are No Longer Required. Simply Pay for your Course before the Fee Due Date to Ensure You Keep Your Spot on the Course.

General FAQ's

Where is the Classroom & Resource Center Located?

#202 7205 Roper Road, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada [N 53° 29' 35.6" W 113° 26' 20.0", NAD83 or 12U UE 3821129909, NAD83] Classroom Location on Google™ Maps.

Where Do We Teach Our Courses & Seminars?

Boreal Wilderness Institute Teaches throughout Western and Northern Canada. We regularly teach Groups in Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan. As well as running Scheduled Classes for groups and individuals in Edmonton, Alberta.

Do We Answer our Phone, E-mail or Course Registrations Immediately?

No; We actually spend a lot of the time in the wilderness. This should be expected of professional wilderness survival and wilderness navigation instructors. Please be patient as we may be sitting around a campfire a long way from the sound of ringing cellphones or a working internet connection when you actually register. We normally can confirm a registration within 5 business days. Sorry for any delays, but we will get to it promptly when we return from our latest wilderness trip.

What Does Vera Doctrina Avium Mean?

A Real Outdoor Education or more correctly a “A True or Proper Education in the Wilderness with Direction.” For those few Latin scholars here is the rough translation. Vera (Adj, f): true, proper, real., Doctrina (N, f): education, learning. Avium (N, n): pathless region, wilderness, untrodden, solitary, leading from the right (as opposed to invius; which is pathless or without direction). Latin is a complex language and this translation is certainly very close. It is far better than those given out by any of the online services. Thanks Mur.

Policy FAQ's

What's the Age Limit on the Courses?

The Boreal Wilderness Institute offers Adult Outdoor Education. Minimum Age is 16, Parental consent is required if 16 or 17. All Field Course require the attendance and participation of a Parent or Legal Guardian unless 18 years of age or older. On some courses mature 14 & 15 year old's may attend if accompanied by a Parent or Legal Guardian. Please contact our office for more information.

Do I require a Waiver & Medical Form on all Courses?

No; You are required to fill in and sign a Waiver and Medical Form only if you attend a field session or course. The Waiver must also be signed by a witness over the age of 18. Anyone below the age of 18 must have their Waiver signed by their Parent or Legal Guardian.

What's our Policy on Cancellation?

The Boreal Wilderness Institute reserves the right to cancel or change the date of any seminar or course. Student cancellations may be done by phone, e-mail, fax or letter. Refund requests must be submitted in writing.

Student Cancels with More than 10-days’ notice:

Full Refund less $25. A Credit can be applied in Full to a Future Scheduled Course within 1 Year of the Date of the Original Course. We recommend travel insurance.

Student Cancels with Less than 10-days’ notice:

No Refund but a Credit can be Applied to a Future Scheduled Course within 1 Year of the Date of the Original Course.

Student does Not Show Up, Withdraws or is Expelled from the Course:

No Refund. Under exceptional circumstances we reserve the right to offer a partial credit or refund on a per case basis.

Institute Cancels or Moves the Course before the Actual Course Date:

Full Refund less $25. A Credit can be Applied in Full to a Future Scheduled Course within 1 Year of Date. We recommend travel insurance.

Institute Cancels or Moves the Course for Safety Reasons or Reasons beyond our Control while Underway:

No Refund. Under exceptional circumstances we reserve the right to offer a partial credit or refund on a per case basis.

Equipment FAQ's

What Equipment is Required for Survival Courses?

No equipment is required for the Wilderness Survival Core Seminar. Each of the other survival courses is slightly different. Equipment lists are available for each course: Winter Field Session, Summer Field Session, and the Winter Field Training.

What Equipment is Required for Navigation Courses?

No equipment is required for the Wilderness Navigation Core Seminar except to dress for the weather as some of the course is conducted outside. If you own a GPS bring it along. Each of the other navigation courses is slightly different. Equipment lists are available for each course: Navigation Field Session, Navigation Mountain Session, and the Complete Wilderness Navigation.