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TRA 109 Newfoundland - Culture, Geography And History

Course Description

This trip focuses on the culture, geography, and history of Canada's newest province and Britain's oldest former colony. The tour starts in St. John's—claimed by many to be North America's oldest city—where you will sample local cuisine and visit Signal Hill, the National Historic Site where Marconi received the first transatlantic wireless message; Cape Spear and Lighthouse, also a National Historic Site and the most easterly point in North America; and Bird Rock, a preserve where you will observe gannets, murres, kittiwakes, and other feathered creatures.

From St. John's, fly to Deer Lake (Corner Brook) to explore Gros Morne National Park and UNESCO Heritage Site on the west coast of the island. This is the home of Newfoundland's fjords, which are chiseled out of the Long Range Mountains. Travel by boat through an inland fjord as well as tour the ultramodern Discovery Centre and the famous moonscape Tablelands south of Bonne Bay. Then, travel to the tip of the Great Northern Peninsula and the L'anse aux Meadows National Historic Site outside St. Anthony and visit a reconstructed 1,000-year old Viking settlement.


Accompanying Resource Person: Dr. Robert Stebbins is a professor in U of C's Faculty of Social Sciences. His research and writings, which include more than 30 books and hundreds of articles, focus on the study of leisure.

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