Field Trips

Coastal Zone Canada 2014 is pleased to offer pre- and post-conference field trips that explore facets of Nova Scotia's coastal ecosystems and their contribution to the human, cultural and socio-economic dimensions of the province and Canada.

Register for field trips via the Coastal Zone Canada 2014 online registration system. Please note that pre-registration for field trips is required at time of registering for the Conference. 15 May was the deadline to register for the feld trips. CZC 2014 organizers reserve the right to cancel field trips that do not meet minimum participation limits and will refund those who have pre-registered for a field trip that is cancelled.


SUNDAY, 15 JUNE 2014

Tides of Change: Changing Ecosystems, Geomorphology and Landscapes of the Minas Basin, Bay of Fundy

Duration: Leaving 7:30 am – 5 pm on Sunday, 15 June (low tide is at 9:32 am)

We will explore the changing ecosystems, coastal geomorphology and landscapes of the Southern Bight of the Minas Basin in the Bay of Fundy. Participants will experience the hypertidal conditions (> 16 m) in this region, with the opportunity to ‘walk on the floor of the Bay’ and return to select sites at high tide to visualize the transformation. Examples of dynamic change in the Bay will include stops at the St. Croix Tidal Wetland Restoration Site (former pasture dykeland), the Windsor Causeway and saltmarsh (evolution, controversies and opportunities), Hantsport Wharf (shipping and changing economic times), the Landscape of Grand-Pré (new UNESCO world heritage site – Acadian dykelands and contemporary use) and Evangeline beach (Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve). The adaptive capacity of these environments to the effects of climate change will also be addressed.

Cost: $80

Specifics: Cost includes bus transportation from WTCC and admission to the Grand-Pré National Historic Site, and snacks / bag lunch. Water bottles, rubber boots and rain pants are recommended; change of pants, socks and shoes are also recommended. The trip will take place rain or shine so please be prepared for the elements.

Min # participants: 15
Max # participants: 40



THURSDAY, 19 JUNE 2014

Explore the Port of Halifax

Duration: 1 pm – 3 pm on Thursday, 19 June

The Port of Halifax generates ~ 11,000 jobs and 1.5 billion in economic impact, and handles over 1,500 vessels. Serving the world’s leading shipping lines and managing 260 acres of federal land, the HPA offers the deepest berths on the east coast of North America. In 2012, the HPA was recognized by “Green Marine” with top level ratings in the categories of greenhouse gases and spill prevention. Experience the Halifax Seaport, a vibrant arts and cultural district, including a farmers market, and extending from Pier 19-23, which is a popular destination for locals and visitors.

Cost: Free

Specifics: Comfortable clothing and footwear for walking

Min # participants: 5
Max # participants: 40


Waterfront Development Walk and Discussion

Duration: 1 pm – 3 pm on Thursday, 19 June

Tracing the evolution of the Halifax waterfront from the 1970s, the Waterfront Development walk will focus on the challenges facing a working waterfront while enabling public access and creating public spaces. Starting at the south end of the Harbourwalk boardwalk, the tour will wend northward ending at Casino Nova Scotia. Discussion along the way will focus on physical infrastructure (residential, commercial and public land uses), environmental management (e.g., Blue Flag designation), the waterfront as a destination and major economic and tourism driver for the city and region, the Waterfront Development business model, and plans for the future.

Cost: Free

Specifics: Comfortable clothing and footwear for walking

Min # participants: 5
Max # participants: 40


Tour of the Bedford Institute of Oceanography

Duration: 1 pm – 3 pm on Thursday, 19 June

Since 1962, the Bedford Institute of Oceanography (BIO) has been a leader in multi-disciplinary scientific research and innovation. On the Dartmouth shores of the Bedford Basin, BIO houses over 600 staff from Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Environment Canada and the Department of National Defence. Learn about science and research that contributes to seafloor mapping, climate change, ecosystem monitoring and more.

Cost: Free

Specifics: Bus will leave from WTCC to travel to BIO.

Min # participants: 20
Max # participants: 40


FRIDAY, 20 JUNE 2014

Living Shorelines / Kingsburg

Duration: 8:30 am – 5 pm on Friday, 20 June

This field trip focuses on the 'coastal communities' sub-theme of the conference. We will show how homeowner decisions affect the coastline. We will demonstrate how ecologically sound landscape management can have a positive effect on the coastal ecosystem. We will also draw in the human component by showing how these managed coastal landscapes can increase outdoor activity and relieve stress both through activity and because the homeowners are not worried about losing their property to erosion.

Cost: $90

Specifics: Cost includes bus transportation from WTCC and lunch. Hiking clothing, shoes and water bottles encouraged.

Min # participants: 25
Max # participants: 25








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Rt Hon Paul Martin,
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