* Please note that not every expedition has couples’ or single's accommodations available. Please call or email Earthwatch to check for availability prior to reserving your space(s) on the team.
You’ll be staying at the Waterton Lakes National Park research house, a Parks Canada located in a premiere site in town and available exclusively for our project’s use during the late spring into early autumn. The research house is newly remodeled and fully furnished and has a large kitchen for group cooking. There are five bedrooms with a total of ten beds. Genders will be roomed separately. Couples accommodation may be arranged, depending upon availability. We are unable to provide private rooms.
* Earthwatch will honor each person’s assertion of gender identity, respectfully and without judgement. For both teen and adult teams, where logistics dictate single-sex accommodations or other facilities, participant placements will be made in accordance with the gender identity the participant specified on their Earthwatch Participant form and/or preferences indicated in discussions with Earthwatch.
There are two shared bathrooms with hot water showers and conventional toilets. There is also a laundry room with a washer and dryer available to volunteers at no additional cost.
You are welcome to bring electrical equipment. All facilities have standard electrical outlets. The Canadian standard voltage used for small appliances, hair dryers, electronic equipment, etc. is 120 volts, 60Hz, supplied through type A or B sockets.
There is unreliable Wi-Fi access at the accommodations. Wi-Fi is available at a local café—please bring your own laptop if you plan to use this. If you plan to use your cell phone, please obtain an international data plan through your cell service provider. Depending on your mobile phone carrier, cell service can be found near the accommodations, but is highly variable in the region.
Please note that personal communication with outsiders is not always possible while participating in an expedition. Earthwatch encourages volunteers to minimize outgoing calls and immerse themselves in the experience; likewise, family and friends should restrict calls to urgent messages only.
DISTANCE TO THE FIELD SITE
Our field sites within the park are within 10 miles of the accommodations. Our field sites on the Blood Timber Limit
are within 15 miles of the accommodations—you are never very far from home!
FOOD AND WATER
Everyone will take turns to help prepare and clean up from meals. Planned menus will be provided, and will include as many local ingredients as possible, including bison, elk, and salmon. Due to the high caloric demands of this project’s
hiking-based fieldwork, a strong focus is placed on providing volunteers and staff with plenty of quality high-protein, high
fat, and mineral-rich foods. Food is locally sourced, including bison, vegetables, and eggs produced by the Kainai First Nation.
The following are examples of foods you may encounter during this experience. Variety depends on availability. We appreciate your flexibility.
- Breakfast: Cereal or granola, yogurt with fruit, eggs/egg dishes, juice, fair-trade coffee
- Lunch: Sandwiches (peanut butter or deli meats), dinner leftovers
- Dinner: Salad, antipasto, wild salmon,risotto, bison spaghetti, roasted vegetables, homemade pizzas, elk loaf, mashed potatoes, Thai chicken curry , rice, elk lasagna, crepes , various veggies
- Dessert: Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, carrot cake, baked lemon pudding, apple pie, fruit cobbler, ice cream
- Beverages: Water (tap water comes straight from a glacial aquifer), juice, coffee, tea
SPECIAL DIETARY REQUIREMENTS
Please alert Earthwatch to any special dietary requirements (e.g., diabetes, lactose intolerance, nut or other food allergies, vegetarian or vegan diets) as soon as possible, and note them in the space provided on your volunteer forms.
Vegetarian, gluten-free and lactose-free diets can be accommodated with advance notice, and with your help in preparing special foods to appropriately accommodate your specific needs.
Note: This project cannot cater to the full nutritional needs of vegan diets in this high-intensity work environment. If you are vegan, please plan to bring a supply of supplemental high-fat, high-protein foods to allow for an approximately 7,000-calorie day. We are unable to meet the needs of individuals with celiac disease or severe nut allergies, or other restrictions that require a cross-contamination-free kitchen, due to our close quarters.
Alcohol consumption in moderation is allowed on this project when minors are not present on the project. Please limit alcohol consumption to 1–2 glasses of beer or wine with dinner, or to 1–2 drinks at any of the local pubs. Persons under the age of 21 will not be allowed to drink alcoholic beverages. No consumption of alcohol is allowed outdoors at the research house property, because this is a federally-owned building and our research team, including all Earthwatch volunteers, is expected to behave in an exemplary professional manner. As stated in the Earthwatch Participant Code of Conduct, excessive consumption of alcohol or underage drinking are grounds for dismissal from this project.