We’re often asked which semester is better.
The simple answer is, whichever one fits best with your schedule. The difference in skills and experiences are minor. That said, there is more time spent on snow during the summer program and the fall program usually witnesses the Pacific salmon and grey whale migration. As well, a five-day expedition-style lake canoe trip only happens during the summer semester. Temperature wise, there is little difference: Vancouver Island is typically mild from April until November. However, often the fall course has wet weather in November, and of course, the days are shorter. The summer course has generally drier weather, but the program areas we use see more users. In the fall we rarely see other people in our course areas.