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)

Update: The Department of Geography is currently intending to offer this field school program next in Fall 2022, and annually thereafter. Please stay tuned for any new information as it becomes available!

When and Where

2019 Field School: August 30th - September 7th

Places visited: Bridge Glacier, Lillooet Icefield (Canada)

How to Apply

Apply in: Spring term

Applications are now closed for 2019. Stay tuned for future offerings!

Contact if you have any questions.

Program Overview

The aim of Geography 477 is to introduce the participants to a variety of basic field research techniques in physical geography. A field camp is scheduled as part of the requirements of Geography 477, as it allows for the introduction and application of some of basic research approaches, methodologies and techniques in a real life setting.

The 2019 Geography 477 field camp is being held at Bridge Glacier in the Lillooet Icefield area, British Columbia Coast Mountains, from Friday, August 30, to Saturday, September 7, 2019. This is a remote backcountry site and participants should anticipate variable weather conditions over the duration of the field camp. Access is by float plane from Tyaughton Lake and participants require personal tents for accommodation.


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

Participants in Geography 477 must pay regular UVic tuition for the course, plus $500 to assist with the costs of travel by rented van and floatplane to the field site, and food for the duration of the field camp.

Financial Support

The Faculty of Social Sciences is currently revamping their field school funding structure. More information coming soon!