Experience the majestic mountains, beautiful rainforests and sustainability efforts of British Columbia in Vancouver and Whistler. Start with a FlyOver Canada experience, as the whole class sits in flight-simulating seats while watching a film of iconic Canadian views. Explore Vancouver’s neighborhoods and parks. See how the University of British Columbia (UBC) leads the way on green building on a walking tour and learn from a sustainability lecture on campus. At the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, choose from 500 phenomenal exhibits to see the breadth of biology. Encounter a wind turbine from up on Grouse Mountain in a sustainability workshop. Travel to Whistler for the day to enjoy nature’s wonderland, full of fantastic waterfalls. Float through the air from the safety of a gondola on a Sea to Sky Gondola ride. Gain ecological enlightenment in an immersive educational program in the Maple Ridge woods. Before leaving for home, let loose with team games in Stanley Park, the rainforest within the city of Vancouver.
In our Vancouver STEAM program, develop a deeper understanding of sustainability, from the busy city to the natural wonderlands. Explore the international charm and thriving history of Vancouver’s neighborhoods, where they weave along the water’s edge. Celebrate Canada with the locals and visitors alike in Canada Place neighborhood, where students go on the FlyOver Canada film experience. From there, students tour the former shipyard of Coal Harbour, Vancouver’s oldest neighborhood of Gastown, the international center of Robson Street and the Zero Waste Island, Granville Island. Enjoy the architecture of Vancouver on a walking tour of Chinatown, Yaletown, Downtown, Gastown, West End and Strathcona. Stanley Park is an excellent example of cities working with the environment and setting up recreation space for plants and people to flourish alongside one another.
Leaders of sustainability, the University of British Columbia (UBC) considers their campus a living laboratory. Learn more about making a positive impact on people and the planet in a UBC Sustainability Lecture. On a UBC Sustainability Walking Tour, stop by seven green buildings to see what sustainability looks like in practice. At the Beaty Biodiversity Museum on the UBC campus, choose from 500 jaw-dropping exhibits to experience, from 82-foot long blue whale skeletons to dinosaur trackways as well as 2.1 million other biological specimens.
The largest alternative energy source in British Columbia is at the top of Grouse Mountain. Ascend 187 feet above the peak to stand secure in a glass viewing area within 7 feet of the blades of the wind turbine. Students are encouraged to think critically about how small changes they make can build up to big differences in the world. Review environmental awareness topics, including ecology, biodegradable substances, wildlife conservation, renewable resources and more.
Connect the science of sustainability with the study of the earth, dedicating time to exploring natural landscapes. On a day trip to Whistler, travel along the Sea to Sky Highway and look out the window for majestic mountain views and phenomenal waterfalls. Ride the Sea to Sky Gondola, floating through the air from the safety of the gondola cabin with a bird’s-eye view of the natural wonderland below. Immerse in the forest wilderness near Vancouver in a full-day outdoor workshop. Practice wilderness survival skills, adapting to the environment and enhancing ecological understanding. Analyze the human impact on ecosystems and apply that knowledge to developing ideas to improve resource management.
Arrive in Vancouver for a guided sightseeing tour of Coal Harbor, Canada Place, Gastown, Stanley Park and Robson Street. Take a virtual flight over Canada with FlyOver Canada, where the audience rides their seats while watching a film that captures numerous cities across the country.
Join the discussion as an informed participant after a UBC Sustainability Lecture. View the natural museum exhibits at Beaty Biodiversity Museum on the UBC campus. Explore the innovative green buildings of UBC on a Sustainability Walking Tour. Visit Granville Island in the evening for souvenirs and snacks.
Gain an awareness of alternative energy sources in a Sustainability Workshop on Grouse Mountain, experiencing the power of the wind turbine up close. On an architectural walking tour of Vancouver neighborhoods, stroll through Chinatown, Gastown, Yaletown, Downtown, West End and Strathcona. Spend the evening in Gastown, Vancouver’s oldest neighborhood.
Take a day trip to Whistler, travelling along the Sea to Sky Highway and the Sea to Sky Gondola ride. Explore Whistler’s natural wonderland and take photos with the Olympic Rings as the backdrop.
Spend the day outdoors, developing a deeper understanding of forest ecosystems, enhancing ecological knowledge, practicing wilderness survival skills and considering the impact that humans have on the environment.
Play team games in the urban rainforest of Stanley Park before the journey home.
The Vancouver STEAM program teaches students about environmental sustainability through a lecture, tour, workshop and immersive learning. A University of British Columbia (UBC) sustainability lecture and walking tour gives students the opportunity to learn about UBC green innovations. The Beaty Biodiversity Museum introduces students to millions of preserved biological specimens. Learn about alternative energy sources, specifically a wind turbine, in a Grouse Mountain sustainability workshop. Gain a deeper understanding of forest ecology and ecosystems, through hands-on outdoor instruction on wilderness survival, connecting to the environment and learning the importance of resource management. Discover natural wonderlands around Vancouver and reflect on the educational experience after returning home.
Quality, safe hotels with quad occupancy corresponding to the destination.
All transportation is provided throughout the program.
Airfare covers round-trip flights from major airports.
Two meals are provided daily, breakfast and dinner, featuring local cuisine.
Interactive learning experiences designed to expand educational and career goals.
Customized experiences developed by travel experts to promote learning and engagement.
Scheduled activities, experiences and guided tours are all included.
Full-time Tour Directors are on site for the duration of the trip, for an all-inclusive experience.
Tips for bus drivers, guides, Tour Directors and meals.
Advanced student security software that integrates geofencing, logistics, communication and more optimized safety features.
Dedicated 24/7 staff availability, supporting students every step of the way.
International travel insurance is provided for protection in case of accidents, illness, flight interruptions or baggage loss.
Experience understands there is a growing concern over the COVID-19 outbreak and travel. We are attentively monitoring the situation and following updates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Department of State.
Public health authorities are focusing on prevention efforts and actively testing anyone whose symptoms are compatible with COVID-19. It is important to note that for travel and community settings, the CDC reports a low risk of exposure for those who are in the same environment for a prolonged period of time and without close contact as someone with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19. Learn more about the CDC Exposure Risk Categories.
To alleviate any uncertainty, Experience is implementing an Upcoming and Future Travel Policy for 2020. This policy allows our programs to adjust their travel dates and plans to provide more flexibility for travelers and relieve any immediate concerns. As the situation evolves, we will remain in contact with group leaders to keep them informed and adjust any travel plans as needed. We want to assure all group leaders, parents and travelers that we will not send programs to destinations that are deemed unsafe by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) or the U.S. Department of State. The health and safety of our travelers is of the utmost importance and always a main concern on our educational tours. We will continue to stay informed and safely navigate the situation.