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COVID–19 Safety Measures

Please Read this Public Safety Announcement

Effective immediately due to the Public Health Emergency caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic all classes running until September 15th, 2020 (2020-09-15) are cancelled. Starting on September 15th, 2020 (2020-09-15) we will start teaching regular classes again with reduced class sizes. All Registration will remain shut down until then. Further announcements may be forthcoming as the situation changes.

Before each class, a thorough cleaning will be conducted. No coffee or tea will be served in our classroom during this time, so bring your own. Please bring and wear your Mask in class. If you are unwilling to wear a mask in class, then please sign-up for only online classes. Meetings and other uses of the classroom will either be reduced to 5 people maximum or cancelled until the end of the Pandemic.

Online Classes

BWI has been working to bring our 1-Day Classroom Survival Core Seminar online. The process has been underway since December and although the entire course has been filmed, the editing and adding of additional content is not yet complete. Once online this course will be found at Online Courses and you will be able to sign up and take this course at your leisure from anywhere in the world.

Payment FAQ's

How Do I Pay Course Fees?

Registration Temporarily Closed

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.