GEG 4921 Physical Geography Field Research — Gaspésie, Québec


GEG 4921 Physical Geography Field Research (3 credits)

GEG4921 will be offered in person in Gaspésie this fall if public health allows. Should it become impossible to offer this course in a face-to-face setting, then it will be offered online. For any questions please contact Jean Bjornson (

Dates: In 2021, this course should run from August 27 to September 3.

Passionate about physical geography? During this 8 day field the course you will study a region in the context of past and present environmental change through observations and/or analysis of arctic-alpine ecology, periglacial geomorphology, slope processes and coastal environments. Come learn about Northern Gaspésie: its coast, mountains and vegetation.

Students enrolled in a major or honours bachelor's degree must take GEG/ENV 2918 as well as one of our national or international course. Students in environmental studies must, for their part, take GEG/ENV2918 and ENV4910. All students may, if they wish, take several national or international courses.

Prerequisites: GEG 2301, GEG 2304, GEG 2918. The courses GEG 4921, GEG 4920 cannot be combined for credits.



Why there?

Our base camp is located in a small village on the rugged coast of northern Gaspésie, meters away from the St Laurence estuary. The region hosts an impressive variety of environments and landforms central to our study. Also, from the beach and shore platforms of the village to the Gaspésie National Park’s alpine meadows, tundra, glacial and periglacial landforms and caribou, it’s only a 30 minute drive…



What will I do?

Study a region in the context of past and present environmental change. In the field you will observe, plan, sample. On Mont Jacques-Cartier, you will focus on plant ecology, tundra conditions and periglacial geomorphology. In the Mont Saint Pierre valley and along the St. Lawrence you will turn our attention to slope stability and coastal landform evolution. Back in Ottawa you will analyze, research, reflect, report.  



What will I learn?

You will learn about the specifics of the region’s past and present environmental change. But more importantly, you will about conducting systematic research. You will learn how to plan and execute fieldwork. You will learn how to prepare and edit a detailed, well-supported and illustrated field report. You will acquire transferable skills.



Where will I stay?

We stay at Chalets Vermont in Mont Saint Pierre. The comfortable fully furnished two bedroom cabins where each student has a bedroom is located a few meters away from the beach, a perfect location to build bonfires. The village has a population of 200, restaurants and grocery store all within walking distance.


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