Frequently Asked Questions

What is the reality of making art on trip?

Screen Shot 2016-01-15 at 3.15.50 PM While trips will include a mix of wilderness travel and downtime for reflection, journaling and creating art, The Canadian Wilderness Artist Residency cannot control the natural elements that may impact art creation. Inclement weather, cold and hot temperatures, as well as fatigue and general wear-and-tear from trip may impact your ability to create art. For example, a musician planning to play a stringed instrument on trip might experience dry and cracked skin as a result of cold weather and recurring exposure to water without appropriate drying time. Our guides will do their best to educate artists-in-residence about caring for your body on trip, though artists-in-residence are ultimately responsible for their own care and flexibility in expectations.

Can I bring my guitar/banjo/violin/etc. on this trip?

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Yes, absolutely! While the safety of your instrument is a serious consideration and it’s protection will be your responsibility, we will absolutely work with you to ensure your instrument has a safe place in the canoe while on trip, is locked up for protection where necessary/possible and protected from the elements to the best of our ability.

How much time and space will artists receive during residencies to make art?

2015-08 CWR R13-06.jpEach trip is designed to allow time away from the rigours of travel to focus on solitude, reflection and art creation. While there are many factors which can impact where and when time is available (e.g. weather, distance travelled, location, etc), each trip will include approx.  3-5 days of dedicated time to reflect, create and connect with the landscape around you.

How is this a “residency”?

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While the backdrop of The Canadian Wilderness Artist Residency is wilderness travel, we exist in order to invite artists of all mediums for time and space away from their usual environment and obligations. We provide time for reflection, production and inspiration, while connecting with other artists under the guidance of trained staff and mentors.

Friends & family joining?

“Can I have friends, family or significant others join me in the Whitehorse and/or Dawson City portion of this residency?”

This is a questions we frequently get from selected artists as many of them take the opportunity to extend their time in Yukon before or after the residency. We ask that you arrange to bid “farewell” to your friends/family/significant others before the arrival date or say “hello” after the departure date from the residency.

A large component of this experience involves group dynamics and bonding. This process can often be disrupted or prolonged by the addition of others.

Safety and Risk

As with all wilderness trips, there are inherent risks which can be mitigated against and others which cannot.  It is important that inherent risks within the program be understood by all successful applicants.

While The Canadian Wilderness Artist Residency takes measures to ensure the safety of its participants, all artists participating in the residency program will be required to sign a liability waiver informing them of the risks associated with trip and the program.

Inherent risks may relate, but are not limited, to:

  • Equipment;
  • Inclement Weather;
  • Wild Animals;
  • Watercraft;
  • Lake and River Fishing;
  • Aircraft and helicopter travel;
  • Transportation to and from areas
  • etc.

If you have specific concerns to be addressed while applying, please don’t hesitate to get in touch, however successful applicants will be made aware of program-associated risks prior to the beginning of the residency.


The Canadian Wilderness Artist Residency is a non-profit organization whose year-round core staff volunteer their time to make this residency happen. As such, all revenue goes directly toward essential costs such as food, accommodations, safety equipment, and honourariums for guest artists. Accepted applicants will be required to pay a $400 deposit (non-refundable) within two weeks of acceptance to secure their place in the residency. Remaining costs will be due in full eight (8) weeks prior to the residency start date. Following this date 8-week-prior deadline, accepted applicants choosing to withdraw from the residency will receive a 50% return of total costs. Residents withdrawing after July 1st will not be eligible for a refund.