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Canadian Rockies

August 4-12, 2017
Hosted by: Annie Merrill, chair of the Environmental Studies Department, professor of English, Thomson Professor of Environmental Studies

Price & reservations: eight nights/nine days from $3,595 (land only). Contact AHI Travel at 800-323-7373.

About our trip: Embark on an unforgettable adventure into the dramatic alpine landscapes of the Canadian Rockies. In this scenic paradise, breathe in crisp mountain air fragrant with pine and wildflowers. Feel the spray of meltwaters thundering over waterfalls, and trek across centuries-old Columbia Icefield. Witness jewel-toned lakes cradled by glacier-clad peaks, and with your naked eye, the sparkle of distant galaxies in the Jasper Dark Sky Preserve. Your heart will swell as you explore the very best of Canada's national parks, taking in views of staggering beauty and immersing yourself in a region abundant with wildlife and historic riches. A complete description of this trip is contained in the brochure.

Trip Highlights: 

  • Absorb the sight of jewel-colored lakes, waterfalls and the pristine wilderness at Jasper National Park 
  • Interact with wolfdogs at Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary
  • Enjoy a barbecue lunch and learn about Canadian ranching from modern-day cowboys
  • Step out onto the frozen plains of the Columbia Icefield
  • Beneath snowcapped mountains, view the turquoise waters of Lake Louise 
  • Gaze up at visible galaxies and infinite shimmering stars in Jasper's Dark Sky Preserve
  • Enjoy a lively exchange with a retired Royal Canadian Mountie

Annie Merrill About your host: Annie Merrill is Thomson Professor of Environmental Studies, professor of English, and chair of the Environmental Studies department. An Americanist who specializes in 19th-century literature and rambles over more extensive interdisciplinary territory, she has been teaching at Davidson since the fall of 1994. She offers a range of courses in both English and Environmental Studies, including environmental literature, American literature, environmental humanities, Native American literature, and interdisciplinary courses with colleagues in the social sciences and natural sciences.

Her research interests are similarly interdisciplinary. She is co-editor of Coming Into Contact: Explorations in Ecocritical Theory and Practice and has additional publications on 19th-century American women writers, environmental literature, place-based experiential learning, and environmental justice. Combining her expertise in women writers and environmental studies, her current project investigates popular botany in 19th-century U.S. literature and material culture.

Annie is committed to innovative pedagogies and has incorporated community-based projects into her courses. She has also team-taught courses with Davidson Outdoors staff that include wilderness leadership skills training. In fall 2012, she directed Davidson's Semester in India study abroad program, covering thousands of miles of the subcontinent and teaching along the way.

A daughter of the West, a mountain girl at heart, and an enthusiastic worldwide adventurer, Annie is very much looking forward to traveling with you on this splendid tour of the Canadian Rockies.