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Field Course: HTT800

Field Courses in Hospitality and Tourism Management

from 3950

This field course will provide students with an authentic Arctic experience and insight into the daily life of people living in the North. It will examine Indigenous tourism development, Indigenous issues and policies in the North and beyond, policies and programs that affect daily life in the Arctic; issues related to climate change and the changes this brings to life in the Arctic, food security and sustainable livelihoods. The field trip will consist of a 8 day field course to Yellowknife, Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk in Northwest Territories.  Arctic life will be experienced through several activities such as Igloo building, storytelling with Elders and reindeer herding. Guest lectures from Inuit Elders, policy makers, entrepreneurs, researchers, scientists and community members will occur throughout the field trip.  Lectures leading up to the field trip will provide insight into the issues and policies facing life in the North.

 

This course will be held in partnership with Tundra North Tours who will organize the Arctic experience (www.tundranorthtours.com)

9 days

Upcoming Dates

  • February 15, 2020 - February 24, 2020

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  • Field Trip Date: February 15, 2020 to Feb 24, 2020

    Lectures with material relating to life in the North will be held weekly prior to the field trip.  Indigenous and non-Indigenous elders, Chiefs, policy makers and researchers will provide guest lectures to the class.

  • Draft Itinerary

    Saturday Feb 15:

     Day 1: Fly Toronto to Yellowknife. Free time in Yellowknife.

    Overnight: Explorer Hotel

    Sunday Feb 16:

     Day 2:  Tour of Yellowknife with Strong Interpretation.

    Evening: Aurora Viewing with Great Slave Lake Tours ($100)

     Overnight: Explorer Hotel.

    Meals on own

    Monday Feb 17:

     Day 2: Meeting with NWT Ministry of Tourism, CEO Northwest Territories Tourism, Director of Industry and Investment, other Indigenous businesses in Yellowknife . Aurora College Aboriginal program

    Overnight: Explorer Hotel.

    Meals on own

    Tuesday Feb 18:

     Day 3: Fly to Inuvik. Meet Tundra North Tours. Head on ice road trip, visit with Elder couple that sells crafts and participate in storytelling. Meet with trapper, tour and talk about how he makes a living and how that changed. Head to Aurora village. Talk about way of life of Inuit.  Aurora viewing  

    Overnight: Igloos/teepees in Aurora Village

    Breakfast on own

    Wednesday Feb 19:

     Day 4: Full day at Aurora village learning the Inuit way of life.  Igloo building, teepee set up, snow mobile driving lesson, trapping display and history.  Traditional lunchcooked by Elder. Visit Ice house. Lecture about food security in the North. Cultural  winter games for all to participate in during the afternoon.

    Cultural dinner. Students will help to prepare dinner. Aurora viewing.

    Overnight: Igloos/teepees in Aurora Village

    All meals included

     

    Thursday Feb 20:

     Day 5: Take new highway to Tuktoyaktuk. Participate in reindeer herding . Tuktoyaktuk tour. Meet with community members, mayor, Elders

    Night on Arctic Ocean. Cultural dinner and lecture.

    Overnight: B and B, Tuktoyaktuk

    All meals included

    Friday Feb 21:

     Day 6:  Visit the high school in Tuktoyaktuk and have a cultural exchange with students. As part of the course Ryerson students will email letters to Tuktoyaktuk students and discuss their life. They will have a chance to meet their pen pals and share more about each other’s culture.

    Head back to Inuvik. Lecture with Elders. Lecture with Mayor of Inuvik, Economic Development Officer in Inuvik, Aurora Research Centre and Parks Canada.  Students will receive their Arctic certificate. Dinner on own.

    Overnight:  Hotel in Inuvik

    Breakfast and lunch included

    Saturday Feb 22

    Day 8: Morning in Inuvik. Inuvik town tour and Cultural centre visit.

    Afternoon at Aurora Village. Students to participate in cultural activities in Inuvik including dog sledding (extra $$), ice fishing , snow shoeing and snowmobiling.  Dinner on own.

    Overnight: Hotel in Inuvik

    Lunch included.

    Sunday February 23

     Day 9: Morning at leisure. Fly to Toronto. Flight First Air at 1:30 pm. Yellowknife to Toronto flight at 8 pm and arrive Toronto at 6 am on Monday February 24.

    Meals on own.

     

  • Budget:

    Flight to Yellowknife return: $750 (no luggage included)

    Flight from Yellowknife to Inuvik return: $780

    Tour with Strong Interpretation of Yellowknife: $100

    Trip with Tundra North Tours: $3950  

    3 x nights of hotel in Yellowknife: $350 (shared double room)

    Inuvik Gear Rental (optional) $150  

    Total: $ 6080

     

    Non Refundable Deposit of $250 due May 30, 2019

  • As most our costs are incurred long before the actual trip, rental or tour takes place, we are bound to the following cancellation fees:

    • 90 Days before tour start: Full refund
    • 90 – 61 days before tour start: 75% refund
    • 60 – 30 days before tour start: 50% refund
    • 30 or fewer days before tour start: No refund possible

    Exceptions to this cancellation policy cannot be made for any reason, including, terrorism, civil unrest or personal emergencies. If unforeseen circumstances require a change in itinerary, we will make every effort to work out an alternative solution. If for any reason we cannot start the tour, due to circumstances, including but not limited, to severe weather, mechanical breakdown or road closures, you will receive a full refund.

    reason, including, terrorism, civil unrest or personal emergencies. If unforeseen circumstances require a change in itinerary, we will make every effort to work out an alternative solution. If for any reason we cannot start the tour, due to circumstances, including but not limited, to severe weather, mechanical breakdown or road closures, you will receive a full refund.

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