Field Studies in Physical Geography

Geography 477 students, 2019 (Photo by Dan Smith)

GEOG 477 students look out over Bridge Glacier (Photo by Dan Smith)

Students perform hydrological flow monitoring of a glacier-fed stream (Photo by Dan Smith)

The field camp at Bridge Glacier, 2015 (Photo by Dan Smith)

Students uncover the remains of a 3000+ yr old tree (Photo by Erin McLeod)

Students hike up Bridge Glacier in the Lillooet Icefield (Photo by Erin McLeod)

When and Where

2024 Field School: August 26th - September 1st

Places visited: Lillooet Icefield (Canada)

How to Apply

Apply in: Spring term

Applications for 2024 are open.

Application deadline: Feb 29th, 2024 by 4pm.

*Apply here.

Field School Waiver form. 

Contact  if you have any questions.

Program Overview

For a full program description, see the Information Sheet.

The 2024 Geography 477 field camp is being held in the Lillooet Icefield area, British Columbia Coast Mountains, from Monday, August 26th, to Sunday, September 1st, 2024. This is a remote backcountry site and participants should anticipate variable weather conditions and long days exploring challenging terrain over the duration of the field camp. Access is by helicopter and boat charter, and participants require personal tents for accommodation.


We expect many more applicants than the 12 positions available. Accordingly, we list the following eligibility information:

  • Preference will be given to students in their final year of study
  • Preference may be given to students who have completed more than one of the pre-requisites
  • Preference may be given to students who identify this is a required course in their program
  • This field school is physically demanding. Applicants must mention if they have accessibility needs that may affect their ability to participate.

If you have any further questions, please email Gillian Krezoski at 


This field school is comprised of one course worth 1.5 UVic credits. Successful applicants will be registered in the course through special registration by the Department of Geography (students will not register themselves).

  • Geog 477 - Field Studies in Physical Geography

Field School Fees

For field schools, students pay regular UVic tuition plus field school fees (see below).

Field school fees can be paid by cheque, money order, counter cheque, or cash ONLY. Cheques should be made payable to the University of Victoria. Payment can be dropped off at the Geography main office (David Turpin Building room B203), or mailed (cheque only). DO NOT MAIL CASH.

Field school fees^:

  • $300 deposit paid within one week of acceptance into the field program, plus:
  • $1200 paid by July 24th, 2024*

*If the $1200 is not paid by July 24th, your spot will be given away to another student on the waitlist

^All field school fees are subject to change between program offerings. 

 Field school fees include:                      

  • Group meals (Aug 26 - Sept 1)
  • Transportation costs from Campbell River (including helicopter and boat charter)

Field school fees do not include:

  • Tuition
  • Transportation expenses to/from Campbell River
  • Other expenses such any personal gear (e.g. tent, hiking shoes, clothing etc.) required for the course**

 **A list of required gear list will be provided. If you need to know in advance of applying for the field school, please email 

Financial Support

This field school has been directly subsidized by the Faculty of Social Sciences Field School Support Fund. No application is necessary to receive this support, as it has already been built into the field school fees. In addition to the above fund, the University of Victoria Geography Department is also subsidizing this unique learning experience.