Field Courses and Excursions

Field courses and excursions

COVID and Field Courses

For the fall semester of 2022 we are offering four in-person field courses. Registration begins in May.

  • GEG/ENV2918 an introduction to field research, August 30 to September 6
  • ENV4910 Field research in Environmental Studies, September 1 to 6.
  • GEG4920 Field Research in Urban Geography, Lectures: August 25, 25, 26, 29, 30. Field: August 31 to September 4.
  • GEG4921 Physical Geography Field Research in Physical Geography, August 26 to September 2.


Whether it’s a short excursion in Ottawa’s backyard, or a multi-day field course in Montreal, the Geogian Bay, the Yukon, Iceland or Zanzibar, our department provides affordable opportunities for you to step out of the classroom and see your studies come to life. Travel with us and get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to study in destinations few have ever been.

Students enrolled in a major or honours bachelor's degree must take two field courses. The first of these, GEG/ENV 2918 is mandatory for all our students. For their second field course, all students can choose amongst any of our national courses (GEG4920, GEG4921, GEG4001) or international courses (GEG4000, GEG4001, GEG4100, GEG4128). 

You would like to do even more field courses? Students may, if they wish, take several national or international courses.


Get a little adventure in your day! Many of our classes offer short excursions that allow you to learn about and experience the Ottawa region’s geography and environment. Head out for a short field trip and be back in time for your next class.

Local field course

A meeting place for environmental studies, human geography and physical geography. 

National field courses

We offer exciting field courses in Urban Geography in Montreal, in Environmental Studies in Georgian Bay National Park, in Physical Geography in Gaspésie National Park as well as Kluane National Park. 

International field courses

Our international field courses can take you to the bustling streets of New York City, or the stunning glaciers of Iceland or even as far as the pristine beaches of Zanzibar. One of our field course is truly international in nature, our three week-long Northern Research field course will take your from the high altitude icefields of the Yukon to the fjords and temperate rainforest of Alaska.    

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