North(East)ern Exposure: Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia and its surrounding islands are home to a resilient, hardworking population composed of small communities. We explore identity and community through different immersions and explorations with local people.

Learning Objectives

Students build a better understanding of how small communities become self-sustaining during times of retreat from the outside world.
Students explore the ecosystem of the region and analyze how local conservation efforts align with touristic endeavours.
Participants use the focal point of “Oak Island” to deepen engagement with history and methods used during a real-life treasure hunt.

Places and Activities

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

We take the first two days to get to know local people in Halifax, using our empathic interviewing structure to understand how the community functions. At the Maritime Museum, we understand the central role that water has played in the region’s development. Afterwards, we deepen our understanding by spending the morning on a lobster boat and an afternoon interviewing members of the lobstering community.

We leave the city to explore Prince Edward Island National Park, learning and applying the principles of the Leave No Trace philosophy and carrying out a beach hike and clean-up. We get a kayaking lesson from a local biologist and carry out a lake survey, getting up to speed on ecology in the region.

Our visit to the Membertou Heritage Park gives us a deeper understanding of the rich indigenous history of the region. We participate in a Celtic, Acadian, and Mi’kmaq heritage workshop and a hand drum making workshop! Lastly, we visit Oak Islan, touring to learn about the different theories and attempts made to excavate buried treasures there for more than 200 years!

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