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Next Dates:
Sep. 7-13, 2014

Registration Fee:
$1800 CDN plus GST

Gerry Reinson








Modern Barrier-Island and Estuary Environments
Maritime Provinces

This field course focuses on the barrier-island and associated estuary systems on the north Coast of Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick respectively. Throughout the field trip, emphasis is placed on comparing the modern systems to rock analogs in the Cretaceous of the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin.

Planned aerial overflight and field trip routes , PEI
Planned aerial overflight and field trip routes

The macrotidal environments of the Bay of Fundy are viewed at two localities, and an aerial overflight of the Fundy and Gulf of St Lawrence coastlines allows visual comparison of these contrasting depositional systems. In addition, coastal outcrops of Permo-Carboniferous red beds and Late Pleistocene-Holocene peat bogs are examined at several localities. Time and tides permitting, the famous Carboniferous fossil forest site at Joggins, Nova Scotia will also be visited.

This trip is undertaken on a company exclusive basis only.

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Maritime Trip Itinerary
Printable Itinerary
Sunday, Sept. 7

Responsibility of participant to arrange flight to Halifax, arriving no later than this date. Rooms have been guaranteed in the event of late arrival by some participants.

*Accommodation: Westin Nova Scotian, Halifax, N.S.
Tel: (902) 421-1000

Monday, Sept. 8

Field trip begins. Assemble in meeting room (to be posted) at 07:45 hrs. for briefing, slide show and continental breakfast. Leave Halifax at 09:00 hrs.; arrive at north coast of Prince Edward Island at 15:30 hrs. Examine Tracadie Inlet and environs, Dalvay Beach, Covehead Inlet, Brackley Beach, Rustico Inlet and North Rustico Harbor.

*Accommodation: Lakeview Lodge, Cavendish, P.E.I.
Tel.: (902) 963-2436

Tuesday, Sept. 9

Drive to Charlottetown Airport. Aerial reconnaissance of P.E.I. coast and upper reaches of Bay of Fundy. Also, tour of Fathers of Confederation Building and associated museum in Charlottetown. Return to Cavendish for a traditional lobster supper, P.E.I. style! (If weather is bad for flying, we will switch to Wednesday's agenda.)

*Accommodation: Lakeview Lodge, Cavendish, P.E.I.
Tel.: (902) 963-2436

Wednesday, Sept. 10

Several stops along north coast of P.E.I. - Cape Turner, Orby Head (Permian sea cliffs overlain by glacial till), Cavendish Barrier-Beach (wave-cut rock platform, interpretative centre, transgressing dunes, overwash deposits).

*Accommodation: Lakeview Lodge, Cavendish, P.E.I.
Tel.: (902) 963-2436

Thursday, Sept. 11

Drive to Malpeque, P.E.I., and board boat to Hog Island to examine former 1854 tidal inlet now completely bypassed and in-filled. In afternoon leave P.E.I. and drive ~ 2.5 hours to Tantramar marshes and Fort Beausejour where microtidal tidal flats at the head of Bay of Fundy will be examined.

*Accommodation: Super 8 Motel, Amherst, Nova Scotia
Tel.: (902) 660-8888

Friday, Sept. 12

Drive to Joggins Fossil Forest Interpretive Centre to view Carboniferous coastal outcrops (World Heritage Site). Drive along north shore of Minas Basin to Economy Point and Five Islands. Depending on tides, we will see outstanding tidal point bars. Return to Halifax.

*Accommodation: Westin Nova Scotian, Halifax, N.S.
Tel: (902) 421-1000

Saturday, Sept. 13

Fly to Calgary, departure time as per pre-arranged flight bookings.

Note: Cost per person is $1,800 CDN plus GST. The company requesting the course will be responsible for all expenses relating to commercial flights, meals and accommodations, vehicle rentals, fuel charges, and aerial over flights. All arrangements and bookings will be handled by Reinson Consultants Ltd.

*All accommodations are tentative and not yet finalized.

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