Tuesday 15 March 2016 - Trip to Britannia Mining Museum & West Coast Railway Heritage Park in Squamish

On Tuesday 15 March 2016 Bodwell SS10 students (Mr. Smith’s and Mr. Chiu’s classes, Mr. Naismith) participated in a field trip to the Britannia Mining Museum (National Historic Site) at Britannia Beach, B.C. and to the West Coast Railway Heritage Park in Squamish, B.C. At the Mine the students went on an underground tour. They travelled on a mine train into old haulage tunnels. They learned how mining was conducted during the early years of the Britannia copper mine (working drills and ‘mucking’ machines).

After doing some gold panning the students travelled to the West Coast Heritage Railway park, to step back in time to better understand the development of the CPR and its influence on the development of Canada. The students particularly enjoyed the washing shack, the business car (the British Columbia), the colonist car, and the Royal Hudson locomotive #2860.

Friday 11 March 2016 - Sea to Sky Geological Tour

On 11 March 2016 Mr. Smith’s Geography 12 class embarked on a field trip to better understand the tectonic forces that shaped the Sea to Sky corridor. Students familiarized themselves with the effects of the westward movement of the North American plate, which has been pushing over the descending oceanic plates for some 170 million years. During the trip the coastal landforms of South-western B.C. were on display for student analysis, particularly the dramatic results of glacial action.

Students toured the Britannia Mine Museum (copper mine) and panned for gold, and then went up to 885m above sea level via Sea-to-Sky Gondola. The class visited the Summit Viewing platform and the Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge. A geologist guide provided detailed information about tectonic action in the region, and pointed out many interesting examples of rock formations, e.g., igneous magma.

Photos from both events below!

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