Maritime Life in Newfoundland

Newfoundland and Labrador is the Eastern Most part of Canada. It is a historic land, whose seas are home to icebergs and whales, where we will learn about the fishing industry, its impacts and its history. What stories do the locals tell? Whose stories go untold in this region, rich in history and intrigue.

Learning Objectives

Students familiarize themselves with Newfoundland’s fishing industry and understand its complex history, beginning with the migration patterns into Newfoundland, and covering the “Ghost fishing villages”, which remain along the coast.

Students learn about the local ecosystem, about whale migration patterns, and about the importance of icebergs in the environment.

Students learn about the historic importance of lighthouses, which helped explorers navigate the tricky coastline, and explore the local shipbuilding history.

Places and Activities

This program is flexible, and can be offered in 3, 5, or 7 day itineraries.

We spend the first few days exploring St. John’s, a coastal town where we begin to immerse ourselves in the local history and culture. We visit our first lighthouse, do some hiking, and explore the harbour and port.

We visit the town of Bonavista where we learn more about the local flora and fauna, as well as deepen our knowledge of the history of fisheries. We explore the complexities of practices like seeling.

We head north to the town of Twillingate, where we get to do some more hiking and go sea kayaking. We explore the local natural beauty and deepen our knowledge of the flora and fauna.

We close our program with a discussion about everything we learned in the places we visited and enjoy a nice farewell dinner.

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