Jan 2014 Winter Survival & Igloo Course


Hosted by: Fisher River Cree Nation

Instructed by: Maple Leaf Survival™

January 10-12, 2014

This course is designed for travelers and persons whose occupations expose them to winter/arctic conditions as well as winter camping and survival enthusiasts.  It is also designed for people wishing to become more aware of northern sociological and environmental issues. Techniques of winter survival will be examined through field work, lectures, group discussions, and slide presentations.

Personal survival kits for northern travelers will be discussed in addition to survival relating to downed aircraft. Participants will build their own Inuit igloo, and time permitting, the Athabaskan Quinzhee and Hybrid survival snow shelters.

Maple Leaf Survival is a locally based survival organization instructing survival courses at various locations in Manitoba and partners with Cabelas, Bushcraft Canada, Fort Whyte Alive and Oak Hammock Marsh.

Maple Leaf Survival practices a combination of old world primitive and contemporary approaches, focusing on what works rather than limiting survival skills to a specific style. A well-rounded approach using various methods and adapting oneself to a survival situation is the philosophical foundation upon which Maple Leaf Survival is based.



Introduction to the Arctic

Slide lecture – “Snow shelter construction”



Igloo construction


Complete igloo construction


Knife Skills

Survival food  discussion


Sleep in snow shelters


Quinzhee construction and Inuit games

Fire Theory, Concepts & Techniques

Rescue Signaling

Primitive Navigation

Survival kits




$65.00/person/day = $162.50/person (based on 2.5 days)

All participants are responsible for bringing their own sleeping gear and proper winter clothing, which is a requirement for the course. Accommodations and washroom facilities are available within the lodge for those who do not wish to sleep outside in their survival shelters. However, you will still need your own bedding/sleeping bags etc.

The course will be held in January and is usually the coldest month of the winter so please be prepared for the weather conditions. The following is a list of suggested materials and gear every participant should bring to have a successful, comfortable, and fun time during the course:

•     Sleeping Bag, blankets and a Pillow (cold weather blankets)

•     Bedding materials (roll mats, no air mattress)

•     Tarp – approximately 10′ x 10′

•     Winter parka

•     Snow pants

•     Winter boots

•     Winter head & neck gear

•     Winter gloves/mitts (two pairs) and Wool Socks (two pairs)

•     Cold weather clothing and baselayers (wool, synthetics. Please AVOID cotton if possible)

•     Flash lights

•     Sunglasses, Lip Balm, Toiletries


Optional – not necessary but would be beneficial


•     Knife (ideally a fixed blade with sheath)

•     Wood hand saw

•     Signal mirrors

•     Signal flairs

•     Survival kits

•     Shovel


To register, please call: 204-782-5205

Thank you