The Maritime Provinces
We are now organizing the details for our upcoming 2015 Expedition Education journey to Canada’s Maritimes… the first leg of a three year, coast to coast trip across Canada. Nineteen years ago, our first Expedition Education journey took us to the Atlantic coast (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island). We returned again seven years later in 2003 and also organized two separate trips to Newfoundland in 1999 and 2004.
Expedition Education, established to enrich the experiential learning of our senior students, involves unparalleled Canadian studies opportunities. Through this dynamic, award winning travel and discovery program, our students come to discover Canada through an immersion based, first hand experience. This remarkably unique journey of learning is Canada’s most comprehensive and ambitious experiential education opportunity for elementary aged students.
This year’s trip (scheduled for June 12th-21st) is open to students in Levels 5-8. The journey will be led by Mr. Phippen, Mr. Gunn and Ms. Walker. Over the years, we have enjoyed the company of parent chaperones on several of our Expedition Education adventures and if you would be interested in joining us for some or all of the trip, we would welcome your interest! Travel is largely by motor home and in addition to a camping element, accommodation will also be facilitated at motels en route. The Maritimes is one of North America’s most scenic and friendly regions, home to some of our country’s most important historic and cultural attractions. We’ll visit famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites including historic Lunenburg, home of the legendary schooner Bluenose and beautiful Grand Pre’ in the heart of Acadia. We’ll also explore the spectacular Fortress Of Louisbourg in Cape Breton and the impressive stone walled ramparts of the Citadel overlooking Halifax as well as historic Confederation House in Charlottetown where our founding fathers first met in 1864 to discuss Confederation. In the Maritimes, the star attraction is the Atlantic Ocean. In fact there is no place in Nova Scotia more than 100 km from the sea. Forged by the strength of its Atlantic roots, the history, language, music and cuisine of Maritime culture is delightfully unique. Geographically stunning and culturally unforgettable, Atlantic Canada is truly a national gem.
For those interested, we are planning an information evening for … Thursday, April 9th @ 7:00 p.m in our West Wind Jr. High building. We will be discussing the itinerary & learning objectives in detail and will also cover logistics, cost, packing list etc. Part of the evening will include an AV presentation of previous Expedition Education journeys to the Maritimes…so we hope additionally that you’ll join us to learn more about our exciting tradition of journeys across Canada… from ‘coast to coast’! If you have any questions in advance of our Information meeting… please don’t hesitate to contact me through the office.
Gord Phippen & Expedition Education staff