iifs Canadian Rockies FSP Detail



Canadian Rockies Field Study Program 2011

A program of International Institute of Field Studies

with the involvement of Town of Hinton, Alberta, Canada

(Limited enrollment. Cost: Canadian $3,900.00)

International Institute of Field Studies, with involvement of Town of Hinton, is offering a field study program for international development professionals in the Canadian Rockies region of Western Canada.

The main focus of the program is the study and experience of environmental, developmental and cultural issues in the Western Canada. Participants will get a chance to learn about the technology advances, natural resources management practices, natural resources planning and operations, research initiatives, both industrial and community oriented activities and Canadian culture.

The academic component of the program is conducted through a series of seminars, workshops and discussions with government, non-governmental, and academic institutions. Activities include visit to Alberta Legislature, International and Inter-governmental Division, Alberta Research Council, Canadian Forest Service, Alberta Sustainable Resource Development, Hinton Training Centre, Foothills Research Institute, Town of Hinton, West Fraser pulp and saw mills, Coal mine, Oil and gas site, Jasper and Banff National Parks, and University of Alberta. Other activities include, hiking in the Rockies, canoeing, hotspring, attend sport event, museum and art centres.

This program is designed for international development professionals but is open to everyone, such as students, teachers and others interested in Canadian Rockies region of Western Canada. Participants arrive in Edmonton and the program runs for 16 days. The core of the program will be conducted through a series of workshops and discussions in Hinton Training Centre and field visits in Hinton, Jasper, Banff, Edmonton and Calgary area.


For registration and detailed information, write/call/email to:

Sharad C. Karmacharya, Ph.D.

Program Coordinator, IIFS

277 Eaton Drive, Hinton, Alberta T7V 1Y5

Phone: (780) 817-3239 Fax: (780) 817-2755 Email: info.iifs@shaw.ca

Program outline:

DAY 1 Arrival in Edmonton

Part A: Edmonton, Alberta

DAY 2 Edmonton

DAY 3 Edmonton

DAY 4 Edmonton

 Part B: Hinton, Alberta

DAY 5 Hinton

DAY 6 Hinton

DAY 7 Hinton

DAY 8 Jasper

DAY 9 Jasper

DAY 10 Banff

DAY 11 Banff

Part C: Calgary and Area, Alberta

DAY 12 Canmore

DAY 13 Calgary

DAY 14 Calgary

DAY 15 Edmonton

 DAY 16 Departure from Edmonton, Alberta


Detailed Program

Day 1 Arrival in Edmonton, Alberta

Part A: Edmonton, Alberta

DAY 1 Edmonton


Program orientation – Dr. Sharad C. Karmacharya

Country orientation – Political, social, economic and environmental issues in Canada – TBA


Visit to legislature building and International and Inter-government Relation office. Contact: Kelly Mckean

DAY 2 Edmonton


Canada and international development – TBA

Charity and volunteering Canadian perspective – TBA


Visit places of interest in Edmonton.


Sports event

DAY 3 Edmonton


Northern Forestry Centre, Canadian Forest Service, Edmonton, Alberta

Alberta Research Council – Michelle Limoges


West Edmonton Mall/Bowling

Part B: Hinton, Alberta

DAY 4 Hinton


Travel to Hinton


Town of Hinton

Overview of Town of Hinton, planning and management practices – Bernie Kreiner, Town Manager, Town of Hinton, Hinton, Alberta

Inovista Eco-Industrial Park, Jasper (http://www.eip.hinton.ca) – Renee LaBoucane, Economic Development Manager. Town of Hinotn, Hinton, Alberta.

DAY 5 Hinton


Foothills Research Institute – General Manager

Gordon Stenhouse, Manager, Grizzly Bear Research Project, Foothills Model Forest


West Fraser Forest Management Division – Aaron Jones, West Fraser

West Fraser Pulp Mill Tour

DAY 6 Hinton, Alberta


Hiking Sulfur skyline


Roche Miette hot spring

DAY 7. Hinton, Alberta


Hinton Training Centre, Ron Thorburn, Manager

Wildfire simulation demonstration – HTC staff


West Fraser Saw Mill Tour, Larry Bowersock, Manager

DAY 8. Hinton, Alberta


Oil and gas 101


Oil and gas site tour

DAY 9. Hinton, Alberta


Coal Mine 101

Luscar-Gregg River Reclamation plan and land management plan


Teck Coal Ltd. visit

Cardinal River Operation (Tour of active mining area)

Part C: Jasper and Banff

DAY 10. Jasper, Alberta


Jasper National Park

National park and wildlife management in Jasper – Karolyn Fish


Jasper National Park – Field visit.

DAY 11. Banff, Alberta


Travel to Banff.

Jasper Town

Columbia Icefield

Lake Louise


Management of Banff National Park – Sherry Tarrington, Communications Officer

Visitor Services and Heritage Presentation.

Banff National Park field tour.

DAY 12. Banff


Hiking in Banff area



Part C: Calgary Area

DAY 13. Canmore, Alberta




Field visits

DAY 14. Calgary, BC


Climate change Canadian perspective: TBA



DAY 15. Calgary, Alberta


Drive to Edmonton

Sight seeing Drumheller




Farewell Dinner in Edmonton

DAY 16. Edmonton, Alberta – Program ends.

Program ends.


 Affiliations and contact persons:

a. International and Inter-government Relations, Alberta Government, Edmonton, Alberta

Contact: Kelly Mckean,

b. Town of Hinton, Hinton, Alberta

Contact: Bernie Kreiner, Town Manager

c. Hinton Training Centre, Hinton, Alberta

Contact: Rob Thorburn, Manager

d. Foothills Model Forest, Hinton, Alberta

Contact: Gordon Stenhouse, Project Manager, Grizzly Bear Research Project

e. West Fraser Woodland Division, Hinton, Alberta

Contact: Aaron Jones, West Fraser

f. West Fraser Hinton Pulpmill operation, Hinton, Alberta

Contact: West Fraser

g. West Fraser Hinton Sawmill operation, Hinton, Alberta

Contact: Larry Bowersock

h. Teck Coal Corporation

Marc Symbaluk

Senior Environmental specialist

i. Jasper National Park, Jasper, Alberta

Contact: Karolyn Fish and Gabby Lyons

j. Banff National Park, Banff, Alberta

Contact: Sherry Tarrington, Communications Officer, Visitor Services and Heritage Presentation

k. Alberta Research Institute, Edmonton, Alberta

Contact: Michelle Limoges

l. University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta

Contact: Britta Baron, International Relation

2009-Sightseeing Kathmandu – Patan – Bhaktapur – Nagarkot

2009 Himalayan Retreat for Women, sightseeing Kathmandu – Patan – Bhaktapur – Nagarkot





2009-Trekking Annapurna Mountain Range and Pokhara

2009-Himalayan Retreat for Women, Trekking – Annapurna Mountain Range and Pokhara





2007-Himalayan Field Study Program

Himalayan Field Study Program 2007

(May 1 to May 24, 2007)

A group of 18 visited Nepal from May 1st to May 24, 2007 – Group included both university students and professionals. Participants age ranges from teen to seventy – 11 (60%) were over 40 years of age and 7 (40%) under 40 years, Group included nine female (50%) and nine male (50%). Background of the participants: 6 Natural resources, 6 Medical, 4 social science and 2 business

Charity work:

The group took 12 bags of clothing for distribution (Child Haven orphanage, school in Pithauli, Old age home, soccer clubs and distribution along the way to Annapurna Base Camp)

International Institute of Field Study, Hinton Alberta donated Nepalese Rs.100,000.00 to Nepal Forestry Association for building construction

Academic Sessions

2007-Trekking in the Annapurna Base Camp

Trekking in the Annapurna Base Camp 2007





2004-Himalayan Field Study Program

Himalayan Field Study Program 2004

(May 2 – May 26, 2004)

Academic Program, ICIMOD and places of interest around Kathmandu.

White water rafting, Royal Chitwan National Park, and Machan Wildlife Resort.

Pokhara and Trekking in the Annapurna Region.

Final presentation by participants and farewell dinner.

[learn_more caption=”Detail Trip Report”]

Daily schedule of HFSP 2004 (May 1 – May 26, 2004) was as follows: May 2, 2004 – May 24, 2004 April 29, 2004 – Departure: Canada May 1, 2004 – Arrival: Kathmandu, Nepal. May 2, 2004 – Sight seeing: Nagarkot in the morning and and Bhaktapur Darbar Square in the afternoon.. A: Academic Program (Days 1 – 5 in Kathmandu) May 3, 2004 – DAY 1 Orientation and inauguration 8:30 – 10:00: Introduction (political, social, economic and environmental issues of Nepal); Dos and don’ts by Dr. Sharad C. Karmacharya. 12:00 – 1:00: Inauguration session. ICIMOD’s role in the conservation of the Himalayan ecology and communities: Dr. Campbell, Director General, ICIMOD. 1:00 – 5:00: Visit to ICIMOD demonstration site: agroforestry, horticulture, soil conservation, sericulture, community forestry at Godavari. Mr. Suraj Thapa. May 4, 2004 – DAY 2 Start of the Academic Program 8:00 Walk in neighbourhood Bansbari 12:30 Visit Syayambhu Stupa (Buddha Jayanti – Birthday celebration of Buddha). 2:00 National Zoo. 5:00 Pasupatinath temple. 7:00 Boudhanath Buddist stupa (Buddha Jayanti – Birthday celebration of Buddha). May 5, 2004 – DAY 3 Academic Programs FIRST HALF 10:30 – 11:30 Regional Rangeland Program Phase II for Hindukush Himalayan by Dr. Yan Zhaoli 11:30 – 12:30 Beekeeping, Livelihoods and Community development in the mountain ecology. Dr. Farooq, ICIMOD. SECOND HALF 2:00 Sight-seeing – Patan Durbar square 4:00 Donors Forum, Birendra Convention Hall 6:00 Thamel. May 6, 2004 – DAY 4 Academic Program FIRST HALF 10:30 – 11:30 Soil and watershed conservation in the Himalayas, Dr. Roger White, ICIMOD. 11:30 – 12:30 Alternative media for environmental conservation in the Himalayas: Sanjay Madnani, ICIMOD. SECOND HALF Visit to Tribhuban University and Kirtipur city. May 7, 2004 – DAY 5 Academic Program FIRST HALF 9:30 Narayanthan temple, Sleeping God. 10:30 Shivapuri Watershed Conservation Area, Budhist Gumba. 11:30 Hiking in the Conservation Area SECOND HALF 2:30 Politics, Development and environment in Nepal. Dr. Narayan Khadka, Former VC of Planning Commission. B. Field Visits May 8, 2004 – DAY 6 8:00 Prsentation By Dr. Sudarsan Gautam – Veterinary medicine and animal husbandry in Nepal Preparation for the trip 4:00 Dhulikhel Lodge Resort 6:00 Presentation by Gyanendra Pradhan, Managing Director of Sangrila Energy on Hydro Power situation in Nepal. May 9, 2004 – DAY 7 Transfer to the point of rafting. Full day of rafting. Full board. Overnight camp by the bank of Trisuli river. May 10, 2004 – DAY 8 Half day of rafting. Arrival at Royal Chitwan National Park. Night stop at Machan wildlife resort. May 11, 2004 – DAY 9 Full day jungle activities: elephant ride to view the wildlife, natural walk, canoe ride, bird watching, and elephant bathing. Night stop at Machan wildlife resort. May 12, 2004 – DAY 10 Full day jungle activities: elephant ride to view the wildlife, natural walk, canoe ride, dinner with ethnic Tharu dance. Night stop at Machan wildlife resort. May 13, 2004 – DAY 11 Arrival Pokhara. Nepali folk dance and dinner. Night stop at Pokhara May 14, 2004 – DAY 12 Visit to ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project Office). Visit to Pokhara District Forest Office, Pokhara. Talk on Community Forestry and Leasehold forestry in Nepal by Dr. Jagadish Chandra Baral – Deputy Regional Director. Nepali folk dance and dinner. Night stop at Pokhara May 15, 2004 – DAY 13 Pokhara sightseeing. Davis fall, Mahendra Cave, Bindabasine Temple Preparation for Trekking. Nepali folkdance and dinner. Night stop at Pokhara May 16, 2004 – DAY 14 Drive to Phedi. Start of Trekking from Phedi in the Annapurna Region. Night stop at Pothana. May 17, 2004 DAY 15 Trekking in the Annapurna Region. Lunch at Landruk. Night stop at Ghandruk. May 18, 2004 – DAY 16 Trekking in the Annapurna. Trek to Tadapani. Night stop at Tadapani.. May 19, 2004 – DAY 17 Trek to Gorapani. Night stop at Gorepani. May 20, 2004 – DAY 18 Trek to Tikhedunga. Night stop at Tikhedunga. May 21, 2004 – DAY 19 Trek to Nayapur and drive back to Pokhara. May 22, 2004 – DAY 20 Visit Manakamana temple (cable car). Drive back to Kathmandu. May 23, 2004 – DAY 21: Resume Academic Session FIRST HALF Visit Child Haven Orphanage run by Canadian NGO. Briefing by Arjun mani Guragain and Kanya Gurung. Health care system, Siddhartha Foundation and visit community hospital. Briefing by Mr. Shyam Dhaubadel. SECOND HALF Free. Shopping in Thamel. May 24, 2004 – DAY 22 FIRST HALF Visit Kathmandu Darbar Square, Hanumandhoka, Kasthamandup temple and old part of Kathmandu city SECOND HALF Free. Shopping. May 25, 2004 – DAY 23 FIRST HALF Wrap up session: Discussion of issues/key points; final question answer session; and recommendations. Presentation by all participants on topic on Himalayan ecology, culture and experience Award and Certificate to participants.. SECOND HALF Afternoon free. Evening: Gala Dinner for everybody involved with the Program. May 26, 2004 – DAY 24 Trip ends. Participants leave Kathmandu for return home to Canada. [/learn_more]

[learn_more caption=”Detail Program”] Everest Region Field Study Program, NEPAL International Institute of Field Studies Detail program (The program will be customized according to the size and interests of the participants) DAY 1: Arrival Kathmandu DAY 2: Morning: ICIMOD, Talk program on environmental and developmental issues of the Everest region. Afternoon: Field visit to demonstration site at Godavari (agroforestry, horticulture, soil conservation, sericulture, community forestry etc.). Overnight in Kathmandu. DAY 3: Morning: Talk program on environmental and developmental issues of the Everest region. Afternoon: Kathmandu Tour (Pasupati temple, Baudhanath Stupa, Patan Square. Overnight in Kathmandu. DAY 4: Whitewater rafting – Overnight at the bank of Trisuli river in tent. DAY 5: Chitwan National Park (Rhino watching, bird watching, canoeing, Tharu ethnic dance) – Overnight in national park in resort. DAY 6: Chitwan National Park (Talk program on parks management, jungle activities) – Overnight in national park in resort. DAY 7: Back to Kathmandu, Overnight Kathmandu. DAY 8: Fly to Lukla (Everest region) and trek to Phakding. Overnight in camp/lodge. DAY 9: Everest region – Trek to Namche and overnight camp/lodge. DAY 10: Everest region – Trek to Thame and overnight camp/lodge. DAY 11: Everest region – Trek to Kunde and overnight camp/lodge. DAY 12: Everest region – Trek to Thengboche and overnight camp/lodge. DAY 13: Everest region – Trek to Monjo and overnight camp/lodge. DAY 14: Everest region – Trek to Lukla and overnight camp/lodge. DAY 15: Fly Back (Lukla to Kathmandu), Overnight in Kathmandu. DAY 16: Visit Tibetan refugee camp and other places of interest. Overnight in Kathmandu. DAY 17: Kathamandu – Free day. Overnight in Kathmandu. DAY 18: Kathmandu – Free day. Overnight in Kathmandu. DAY 19: Fly back to Canada * Some activities are subject to change. [/learn_more]

2004-Himalayan Field Study Program Pokhara

Himalayan Field Study Program 2004

Pokhara and Annapurna region trekking

May 13 – May 22, 2004