Experiential Learning

Photo Catalogue – SFU GSU 2018 Experiential Learning Trip: Whistler, B.C.

Written by: Marina Miller, Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Photo Credits: Marina Miller, Winnie Wu, Jeanine De Guzman
SFU Geography Student Union, 2018

The SFU Geography Student Union journeyed up the Sea-to-Sky corridor for our 9th annual Experiential Learning Trip. On April 26th, fifteen students took a charter bus to our first stop: the Britannia Mining Museum near Squamish. A guided tour through the mines and mill taught us about Canada’s mining and labour history, and the tough conditions workers were subjected to for decades. Panning for gold and exploring the museum’s various exhibits complimented the tour before moving on to Whistler.
Our arrival at the Delta Hotel in the heart of Whistler Village was met by gorgeous, warm weather. We made our way to the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre for another tour and short film. The museum provides visitors and locals with a glimpse into the histories of two local indigenous groups. Beautiful artifacts and art fill the dynamic space, and it was a perfect introduction to Whistler.
On Day 2, the amazing weather continued as we took local transit to the “Train Wreck” hiking trail. This short walk lead to the remnants of a de-railed train which has become covered in graffiti. Still snow-covered mountains wrapped around the landscape and allowed us to reflect on the beauty of Whistler!
Whistler Village has countless shops, restaurants, and activities. One student even went bungee jumping in their free time. We hosted a Scavenger Hunt for some friendly competition around the area. Our brand new “Reunite Pangaea” T-Shirts were a welcomed prize for the winning team.
We finished our second day with a hike to Lost Lake, where out on the dock we enjoyed swimming and sunshine. Getting to know fellow faculty members is always one of the most fulfilling parts of the Experiential Learning Trip, and this year was no exception. The group enjoyed a Pub Night at Whistler’s “legendary party bar” Garfinkel’s to end the night.
Our last day began at the Whistler Museum. It displayed the history and memorabilia of Whistler’s ecology, culture, and geography. Seen here is one student using a stereoscope to view aerial photographs in 3D. This analog remote sensing technique allows the viewer to see details which aren’t as easily detectible to the naked eye.

This year’s ELT was a great success. All of the educational activities, immersion in regional nature, and relaxing times with friends made it extremely memorable. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@sfu_gsu) for updates on future events and next year’s trip!