Geography students explore Toronto and Niagara Falls

Students from Callywith College and Truro and Penwith College got a unique insight into their studies during a field trip to Toronto and Niagara Falls this month.

The once in a lifetime trip took 46 A Level Geography and IB Geography students to Toronto, the largest city in Canada, where they got a taste of life in the dynamic city at a very cold minus ten degrees outside. Walking tours of Downtown Toronto revealed a new world to the Cornish students as they explored the wonderful streets of Toronto, visiting Chinatown, the Financial District, Kensington Market, Sugar Beach, as well as the Path; Toronto's 27km long unique subterranean walkway.

Students had the chance to take part in some amazing activities; cheering on Belleville Senators and Toronto Marlies in an AHL Ice Hockey game, grabbing their skates and hitting the ice-skating rink on the shore of Lake Ontario and taking a visit to Ripley's Aquarium.

The trip was rounded off with a full day excursion to the famous Niagara Falls. Students enjoyed breath-taking views over the Falls and Niagara Gorge from the Skylon Observation Tower. 

The five day annual trip, now in its 18th year, remains as popular as ever with the students.

The trip as a whole was fun and an exciting change of pace from country living. The highlight of the trip for me was definitely the Ice Hockey!

Jack Pompa, A Level student

Truro and Penwith College Deputy Team Leader for Humanities and Social Sciences, Ian Hyland, who joined the students on the trip, said:

"The tip gives the students the chance to see, first-hand, the diversity and the regeneration in Toronto. They have learnt about this in the classroom and will be able to use it in their exam."

"It gives them the chance to immerse themselves in the world's most diverse city and to gain new life experiences - Canadian culture, watching ice hockey, going to the top of one of the world's tallest buildings, visiting one of the natural wonders of the world, ice skating on the shores of one of the Great Lakes. For a few students it was also their first time travelling abroad, and what a great place to go for it!"

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