About the Field School


This field school is offered by Vancouver Island University’s, (VIU) Department of Recreation and Tourism (https://management.viu.ca/recreation-and-tourism), University of Norway (UiT Alta Finnmark Campus) (https://en.uit.no/sted/alta), and the World Leisure Centre of Excellence at VIU (http://www.worldleisureviu.org/).

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Field School Dates: Sunday, February 25 to Saturday, March 3, 2018


There is an increasing interest in cold climate cultures and their environments around the globe. Using our field-based learning experience of the Yukon Territory as a case study, this course will critically examine winter tourism issues and opportunities through themes such as: tourism and climate change; pan-polar cold climate cultures; winter tour operators and tourism entrepreneurship; creating winter tourism experiences and itineraries; and destination development, planning and strategies.

After completion of this course, learners will be able to:

  1. Identify how tourism in the circumpolar north is different and similar to tourism occurring elsewhere;
  2. Explain seasonal tourism in the circumpolar north, its characteristics, and the opportunities and challenges associated with it;
  3. Describe the significant characteristics of winter tourism in the Yukon, and demonstrate an ability to make comparisons to winter tourism in other circumpolar regions of the world;
  4. Provide perspectives on what are cold climate cultures, and explain why these are gaining the interest of visitors from around the world;
  5. Apply knowledge of sustainable development frameworks to understand and plan tourism development in the circumpolar north.

Learning objectives will be achieved through participation in discussions with tour operators and other Learning Partner hosts, through course readings and assignments, including reflective journaling and learning summaries, which will be shared on these pages, and connected to the World Leisure Centre of Excellence website, as well as through a social media campaign aimed to educate the general public on the winter world, its peoples and environment, and the challenges and opportunities that accompany its sustainable and tourism-related development.