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Building a Log Cabin in Canada

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One-week log cabin building course and hands-on training at a ranch in the Chilcotin Mountains, BC


Learn how to plan, design and build a log cabin from scratch, all while getting hands-on experience in the striking wilderness surrounding the Chilcotin Mountains


  • Train in pristine wild surroundings
  • Overnights in Prospector Tents
  • Cabin building demonstrations and hands-on practice
  • Plan and design a log cabin
  • Use a chainsaw, with an emphasis on safety and proper maintenance
  • Work with hand tools required for building a log cabin

If you ever dreamed of running away from the hectic city to a serene life in the woods, or simply want to upgrade your survival skills, this tour will come in handy! Spend a week building a log cabin with extensive supervised practice, and your dreams will be one step closer to becoming reality.

Expert instructors teach you all the essential skills on each stage of construction, from selecting the logs to roof framing - all in a safe and comfortable environment. You’ll learn how to make a cabin durable, with a sturdy roof and bear-proof walls.

The best part? You don’t need any previous experience in construction or carpentry. At the end of the course, you’ll know everything to make your dream four-season cabin.

  • Small group
  • Expert instructors
Availability Jun - Aug
Duration 7 days
Departs From Chilcotin Ranch, BC
Minimum age 19
Difficulty Easy / Moderate Suitable for most people in fair condition.
Group maximum 12
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up No


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  • International number: +1 778 348 1676

Availability (2024):
June 9-15

Minimum group size of 5.

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What's Included


  • All building equipment, tools, and lumber required to build the cabin
  • Meals
  • Accommodation

What to bring

  • A variety of work clothes suitable for all weather conditions
  • Rain gear, Rubber boots
  • Work gloves, Camera
  • Daypack, Water bottle
  • Sunglasses & Sunscreen

Not Included

  • Transfers to the meeting location (available from Vancouver for an additional charge)

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Men on a cabin log building shop

Log cabin construction is a fascinating and complicated process, but with the help of our professional instructors, you’ll save yourself time and effort. We’ve developed this log cabin building course to make the construction process easier. Maybe you’ll be able to implement your new skills and log cabin designs for your own project! The knowledge of building a log home is a vital part of any wilderness survival training.

You’ll learn effective and practical techniques that use equipment and materials economically and sustainably -- all in just one week!

cutting a log with a chainsaw

After you arrive at the ranch around midday, we’ll have a hearty lunch, and have an orientation about the Log House Building industry. After that, you’ll be given an overview of the Log Cabin school and proceed to the first part of the training - the chainsaw orientation. This section will include safety videos, chainsaw maintenance, and practice.

Building a cabin in the woods by yourself requires not only your know-how. You also need to understand the preparation process for cabin construction, and our guides got you covered.

After completing our log cabin building course, you’ll understand how to build your dream home in a way that promotes the health of your forestry woodlot. You’ll learn to follow the regulations for responsible land management that the government has put into place.

Then we’ll have dinner and head to our Prospector Tents on the ranch property.

log cabin in the woods at sunset

Today, after breakfast on the building site, you’ll learn about building specs, cutting, shaping and limbing procedures.

To top off the thrilling experience of log cabin construction, we’ll be doing hands-on training in the prosperous wild woods nearby or in one of our 25 mountain camps. Practice in untamed nature will be useful for learning to deal with unexpected challenges that are common in wilderness projects.

The instructors will introduce you to the equipment and supplies, and you’ll continue to practice operating the chainsaw. You’ll refill your energy at lunch and continue your progress by learning logging terminology, notching, and felling.

We’ll top off the day with a delicious dinner at the ranch and training videos.

building a cabin in canada

Today we continue to master running the chainsaw by cutting firewood and we’ll also learn the correct technique for choosing and placing logs.

As you learn the basics of log cabin construction, our instructors make sure that your experience is safe and enjoyable, by following proven safety protocols. From the correct use of power saws to protective clothing, you’ll gain vital skills for building a log cabin of your own.

We also begin the exciting part and start building the cabin! You’ll learn how to make level foundations and put first logs up.

The day will end with a hearty homemade dinner and we’ll head back to the Prospector tents to recharge for the next day.

men building a log cabin

As you’re halfway through the course, you’ll find out about government regulations and licenses for log Cabin Building. Then we’ll get back to practicing your log cabin skills by learning and practicing saw maintenance and basic saddle notching.

Notches are used to enable walls locking and to join the corners of the cabin. If you are new to log cabin construction, the wide choice of notches can leave you confused. That’s why our guides will help you to choose the right notch and scribe type. On this depends the cost, aesthetics, duration of building and waterproofing of your cabin.

You’ll have cabin building demonstrations and hands-on practice, together with training videos in the evening.

building a cabin in canada in a forest

On this day you’ll continue to learn chainsaw maintenance, but also we’ll move on to basic instructions for wall construction and control.

Now it’s time to put your saddle notch skills to use and begin practicing putting up the walls, correcting their position around the base of the cabin, and selecting the logs of the right size.

You’ll learn about openings for doors and windows and get instructions for fitting the cabin with electricity.

As usual, after a long day of practice, dinner and training videos will follow.

Today you’ll learn about chainsaw maintenance. You’ll also begin to work on implementing the design structure for roofing the cabin and learn about how to truss to make your cabin’s roof durable.

Being flexible and thorough is the key to the successful implementation of your design. The instructors will be ready to share their recommendations for successful results. Meanwhile, lush forests surrounding the ranch create the ultimate setting for your creativity and motivation.

Additionally, the Woodlot Licence of our instructors allows them to share the best practices of responsible woodlot management. They’ll make sure that your construction process is sustainable and with low impact on the wilderness.

On the last day of this course, after breakfast, you will get to show what you’ve learned and we’ll have a test to see if there are any gaps in your knowledge. Then we’ll briefly review the course, and have a graduation ceremony.

You can start making plans for your own unique log cabin, with that rustic charm, radiating your skill of craftsmanship. By the end of the course, you can proudly say that you have completed your first steps on the way to making your off-grid dreams come true!

After lunch, you’ll be all set to depart and put your new log cabin building skills to the test!

Pickup information

Transfers from Vancouver to the ranch and back are available for an additional charge of $500 CAD.

Payment Details

Deposit and Taxes

  • Pricing does not include 5% GST and 5% Wilderness Stewardship Contribution Surcharge
  • A 50% deposit is required to hold your reservation.
  • Balance of payment is due 90 days before trip commencement.



Deposits are non-refundable.

90-day cancellation policy.