GEOG 212h-ENV212h. World Change in Canada and the Arctic: From Niagara Falls to the Tundra.
Instructors: Prof. Roger Hansell Lecturer James Kushny and Prof. Biswajit Bob Ganguly and others.
This four weeks course is for students seeking adventure and understanding of the Environmental and other Word Change. Based in Toronto, Ontario and Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, the Polar Bear Capital of the World. This is the intellectual and physical adventure of a lifetime.
The Aim of the course is to educate and develop an understanding of Geological History and change, Climate change and associated Ecology. We will also examine related aspects of Canadian culture and History and make it a fun course by expeditions to Niagara Falls and the Arctic Tundra and starting with a visit to the worlds tallest building high above Lake Ontario. Field trips will be organized to:
- Niagara Falls including a trip on the famous Maid of the Mist boat which sails right up to the thundering water at the foot of the falls.
- Wildlife Safari and see the massive American Buffalo grazing .
- Ontario Science Centre Toronto.
- We will examine Canadas Environmental Laws and Immigration Laws and Visit the Ontario Legislature and the beautiful City Hall.
At the end of the Second week we will fly to Winnipeg and north to Churchill Manitoba. Here the Canadian Boreal Forest and Muskeg reach their limit and Arctic Tundra takes over. On the headlands there is is high Arctic vegetation and Salt Water ducks and Seals can be seen. Sometimes Polar Bears swim ashore and student groups are accompanied by Canadian National Park Rangers and instructors armed with shotguns for protection.
On a scheduled tundra buggy trip across the barrens it is possible to see arctic foxes, bears and a profusion of arctic birds nesting. Trips to the Churchill river will show white Beluga Whales. Lectures will be on ecology, climate and sociology. Historical trips will be made to the Hudson Bay Company fort Prince of Wales and to the Eskimo Museum. The people In town you may meet are Inuit (Eskimos) and Denee and Cree Indigenous peoples (Indians!!!). Helicopter rides to see Polar Bears and Caribou may be arranged at extra $200 for half an hour.
Warm clothing and rain clothing are critical as are rubber boot to knee height and mosquitoe and blackfly repellent. These may be purchased in Toronto
Evaluation will be by written and ten minute verbal presentations on your experience.