Spring 2018

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Spend 9 days and 8 nights exploring the contrast of city and nature as we travel to Alberta. This experience will give students an opportunity to learn about life in Western Canada. Take in the big city sites in Calgary and Edmonton, experience the influcence of ranching and farming, understand the history and impact of buffalo and dinosaurs, and spend five days immersed in the Rocky Mountains.


Lake Louise


  • Explore a UNESCO World Heritage Site at Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump, an archaeologic site that preserves the remarkable history of the Plains People through the millennia; visit Bar U Ranch, a National Historic Site sharing the story of ranching and cowboys from the 1800s; and get up close and personal with the dinosaurs at the Royal Tyrrell Museum.
  • Contrast city life in Calgary and Edmonton to the nature and wildlife in the Rocky Mountains. Experience three different National Parks in Banff, Yoho, and Jasper.
  • *Students will have the choice to participate in an optional ski day for an additional cost.

Important Details

Dates: April 24 - May 4, 2018* (Travel dates will be confirmed by late October. We will travel for 9 days and 8 nights during this period.)

Estimated Cost: $2650 to $2950.

Included in the Cost: Airfare, Ground transportation at location (van), park passes, accommodations, admission to activities, one group dinner, and administration fees.

  • *Students will have an opportunity to participate in an optional ski day for an additional cost.

Selection Criteria: Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis and reviewed for suitability. All students must be in good academic standing.

  • The cost and intinerary are subject to change
  • Students will be required to submit an application, medical form, and non-refundable $250 first-instalment payment by October 2, 2017 to be considered for this experience.
  • Fees must be paid in Canadian dollars by the required deadlines.
  • To prepare for the trip, students will participate in a mandatory half day orientation session.

Important Dates

Date Description
September 11-October 2, 2017

Application period and first instalment due

Early October 2017

Acceptance notices sent to participants

Late November 2017

Online Pre-Departure information available

October 30, 2017

Second instalment due

November 20, 2017

Third instalment due

December 18, 2017

Fourth instalment due

November 2017

Program Orientation Session (date TBC)

January 15, 2018

Fifth (final) instalment due

Early April 2018

Pre-Departure Session (date TBC)

Mid May 2018

Post-Trip Reflection (date TBC)



Bar U Ranch and Peace Bridge

Day 1-2

Location: Calgary, Fort MacLeod, Longview

Description: We begin our journey together by flying into Calgary. Using Calgary as a base, we’ll spend time on day trips to either Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump (Fort MacLeod) or Bar U Ranch (Longview). The opportunity to contrast the country to the city will provide context for discussion and reflection

Our time in Calgary will provide us with the unique opportunity to spend time at the University of Calgary, navigate our way around the campus, and enjoy historic features and art from the 1988 Olympics. Continuing on the Olympics theme, students may have the opportunity to visit Canada Olympic Park and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. We may also explore the cozy community neighbourhood of Kensington and take in some peaceful reflection in Prince’s Island Park.

Day 3-4 Alberta

Days 3-4

Location: Canmore, Banff


We head out from the city and make our way through the foothills into the majestic Rocky Mountains. Be prepared to take in the beauty and grandness of Banff National Park as we drive into the mountains. We will spend one day together through Canmore and Banff, and students will be given a day to fill with their own choice of learning and experiential activities. An optional ski/snowboard day can be arranged at an additional cost. Those not wishing to ski/snowboard may choose from experiences such as Sulphur Mountain Gondola, Johnston Canyon, and a variety of historical buildings and musuems.

Louise and Emerald

Day 5

Location: Lake Louise, Emerald Lake


We continue our mountain journey and head to the famous and beautiful Lake Louise where students can explore the architecture of Fairmont Lake Louise, enjoy a short hike on flat paths adjacent to the lake, and observe the colouring of the lake with the winter run off of the mountains. A short distance away, we will cross into British Columbia and enter into Yoho National Park. We plan to stay a night at Emerald Lake and participate in winter activities; although it technically may be the spring season, the weather deep in the mountains will be much cooler and snow will still be present.

Day 6-7 Alberta

Day 6-7

Location:  Columbia Ice Fields, Jasper, Edmonton


We leave Emerald Lake and make our way back into Alberta, with a stop at Peyto Lake and a visit at the Columbia Ice Fields; the largest ice field in North America. After a stop (and a tour if the weather permits), we continue north to our third National Park – Jasper. Before we enter the Town of Jasper, we will visit Athabasca Falls and feel the power and spray of the waterfall. After a night’s stay in Jasper, we explore Maligne Canyon and Lake before seeing city life again, this time in Edmonton.

Day 8 9 Alberta

Day 8-9

Location:  Edmonton, Drumheller, Calgary


After saying goodbye to Whyte Ave (and for those who are keen, the West Edmonton Mall), we head south to visit the dinosaurs! We will spend the afternoon in Drumheller at the Royal Tyrrell Museum, where the largest collection of dinosaur fossils is housed. Outside the museum, step into the Badlands of Alberta and observe the giant and mysterious rock formations better known as the Hoodoos. We end our day back in Calgary, spending our final night together in the city before flying back to Toronto the following morning.

Applications are active from September 11 to October 2, 2017.