Natural Hazards of Vancouver’s North Shore and the Sea to Sky Highway

Field Trip Date and Time: Open-ended
Enrollment Dates: Enroll Anytime
Who can Register: Anyone
Field Trip Language: English
Price: FREE

About the Field Trip

Welcome to the Geography 316 virtual field trip!

This trip is designed to take you virtually to sites around the North Shore and the Sea to Sky Highway to illustrate some of the hazards that we here in BC live with every day. You can navigate through the  field trip either by clicking on the different stops on the map below, or by selecting each stop in list. Below are instructions on how to navigate through the fieldtrip and access the added content at each stop.


There are two ways to go on this field trip: using a mobile device or using a computer. Using a mobile device will give you a more immersive experience, but the trip will still work on a computer. Note that this trip has videos, audio, large images and other content. Being connected to the internet is strongly recommended. The videos and ambient audio files require your speakers to be turned on, or headphones to be plugged in.

Each stop on the trip has an embedded 360o photo, or photosphere, of the stop. Some stops have more than one photosphere that you can navigate between. Also in each photosphere are information boxes, images or links to other website resources. When you select these, a new page will appear with the content. Make sure to read the information boxes first, and look around the scene to make sure you didn’t miss anything. Examples of what the added content looks like are shown at the bottom of this page. Use the map on this page or the list to switch between stops. Note that in order to make some of the photospheres, parts of photos appear to be missing (e.g. Cleveland Dam and Lower Mosquito Creek).

Using a mobile device

To use your phone or mobile device, click on one of the Stop pages. Once the slides load, click the small (3D) icon at the bottom of the photosphere. Now you can hold your device up and move it around as if you were at the Stop. Clicking on the icons to bring up the added content. It is best to hold your device horizontally, but it will also work holding it vertically. If the content doesn’t work properly, try rotating your phone vertically and back again. This often fixes the problem. All of these sites can also be viewed using Google Cardboard. Just click the small Cardboard logo in the bottom of each Stop to enable it (note: the added content will not load in Google Cardboard).

Using a computer

If you are using a computer, simply click on each link and scroll around each stop. Click on the icons to bring up the added content. You can select full screen mode to get a more immersive experience. The recommended platforms are Google Chrome and Firefox. Microsoft programs (Explorer, Edge) have difficulty rendering some of the added content icons and the sound.

Added content icons

Below are the icons you will use at various stops to see embedded content. Each of these brings up a different type of content.


Once you have finished the field trip, make sure to go to the course website and take the quiz in order to receive credit.


Detailed Map


Field Trip Stop


Derek Turner

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Derek is a Teaching and Learning Fellow in the Department of Geography at UBC

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Loch Brown

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