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Cape Spear / Petty Harbour / St. John's

Note: As with all of our field trips, this trip will only go ahead with sufficient numbers. Please register for this trip through the registration module to secure your space on your preferred option!

Date: Wednesday, August 14
Departure: 1:30 p.m. (Note different departure points)
          Option 1: Cape Spear/North Head departs from Science Building archway
          Option 2: Cape Spear/Petty Harbour departs from Arts Building
          Option 3: Walking tour of St. John's departs from Bruneau Centre

Return: Dependent on option
Guides:  TBA
Cost: Free 

There are three options for the mid-conference field trip, to suit a variety of tastes.

Lunch will be provided for everyone taking part in one of the three options below. Please email any dietary restrictions to cag2013 [at] mun.ca with the subject "Dietary restrictions: Cape Spear/St. John's field trip" by June 1, 2013. We cannot guarantee accommodations after this time.

Option 1: Cape Spear and North Head

This trip is an opportunity to see Cape Spear, the easternmost point in North America and home to the Cape Spear Historic Lighthouse, the oldest surviving lighthouse in Newfoundland and Labrador. During the summer, there are many whales just off the coast, and for sure there will be spectacular waves.

After taking in the site, we will hike part of the East Coast Trail from Cape Spear to North Head. This is not a strenuous hike and we will be walking a groomed trail, so footwear such as sneakers should be fine. This is a great opportunity to get some exercise during the conference and to see a scenic part of the coast at the same time. The trail south to North Head affords views of the ocean and the coastal heathland to our left and broad wetlands to our right.  We will pass by precipitous cliffs and have a “spell” on the coastal rocks at North Head before our return walk to Cape Spear.  An interpretative guide book will identify landmarks and local plants. 

This trip will take approximately 3 hours.

Option 2: Cape Spear and Petty Harbour/Maddox Cove

Petty HarbourUPDATED: This trip will begin in picturesque Petty Harbour/Maddox Cove, an historic fishing village nestled between steep hills on Motion Bay.

Depending on the schedule for the cod fishery for 2013, we may encounter many local fishing boats on the busy wharf and breakwater area. There will be time to explore the town, its colourful houses and churches and to take photos before returning to campus.  A guide book will provide you with background geographical and historical information on the two communities.

After visiting Petty Harbour/Maddox Cove, the bus will take you to Cape Spear, where you can stand on the easternmost point in North America and see the Cape Spear Historic Lighthouse, the oldest surviving lighthouse in Newfoundland and Labrador.

This trip will take approximately 2 hours.

Option 3: Guided walk: A St. John’s transect 

Downtown St. John'sSince the late 1970s, real and perceived pressures to accommodate oil-related development have dominated the debates over development, redevelopment and heritage conservation in St. John’s. This walking field trip will take you on a transect southwards from the Memorial University campus to examine some of the townscape changes – good, bad and ugly – that have occurred during the past 40 years. The route will pass through Churchill Park, a garden suburb developed between 1944 and 1949, through the ecclesiastical and residential segments of the Heritage Area, and then the commercial/institutional core along Water and Duckworth Streets. Assuming the harbour apron is still open to the public, we will pass along it on our way to the Battery, St. John’s own outport.

This trip will take approximately 3 hours.

Please email any dietary restrictions to cag2013 [at] mun.ca with the subject "Dietary restrictions: Mid-conference field trip - Option XX" by June 1, 2013. We cannot guarantee accommodations after this time.

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