Forty days spent adventuring across Canada this summer, blogging or vlogging along the way, and getting paid $20,000 (plus a stipend for food and travel expenses) to do it.
Sounds like a dream come true, right?
That dream will become a reality next month for one of six finalists in the running for Canada's Best Summer Job. Two Whistler locals are included on the list.
The contest is being put on by Hipcamp, which stakes its claim as the world’s largest provider of outdoor stays—think Airbnb, but for camping and glamping. The company allows farmers, ranchers, vintners, and other landowners to generate new revenue streams to conserve their land and keep it wild, while giving travellers the opportunity to experience unique outdoor experiences.
Hipcamp will also be footing the successful candidate's salary, as they share their experiences visiting 20 of Hipcamp’s "best outdoor stays in Canada."
The two locals named on the list of finalists are Shannon Youngs, who promises to "bring a comedic flare to adventure and showing everyone how safe and inclusive HIPCAMP is!," and Ryan Harris,a professional filmmaker and musician.
"Hipcamp is all about getting people into nature and that's a mission I can get behind ... I'm I want to inspire Canadians to get outside and show them how Hipcamp can help them do that!," he explained in his entry.
The winner will be decided by a combination of votes, an interview with Hipcamp staff, overall technical ability, and creative experience.
Check out Youngs' and Harris' submissions below, and head to Hipcamp's website to vote before the contest closes on Monday, July 26!