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Educational Travel

For alumni and friends

During our pause of in-person alumni travel, we invite you to register for our armchair travel webinars to feed your curiosities and inspire your next adventure. We continue to work with our travel partners to bring you more of these informative and entertaining sessions. 

We remain poised and ready for the return to in-person travel when it is safe. Our travel partners have been working diligently to ensure your safety when you are ready for your next adventure. Please visit the Government of Canada travel website for travel advisory updates and other helpful resources.

For more information about our alumni travel programs, please contact Melanie McLean at

Armchair Travel Webinars

All-Canadian alumni armchair travel sessions

Educational Travel has gone virtual. Together with other Canadian alumni groups and our trusted travel partner Worldwide Quest, you can learn about the wonders of the world right from our own homes. Each experience is designed to feed your curiosity and provide content curated and delivered by experts in their fields. We aim to bring you interesting content and would love to hear from you if there are places and topics on your bucket list that you would like to explore during your time at home. We can do our best to make it happen. Please contact Melanie Mclean at with any suggestions. We hope you’ll join us!

Remote Newfoundland and Labrador:
A history in five stops

Mar. 7, 2022 | 2pm ET

Newfoundland and Labrador’s rich history matches its natural beauty. Sean Cadigan will use five places that will be visited during an upcoming trip organized by Worldwide Quest – Deer Lake, Gros Morne National Park, L’Anse aux Meadows, Red Bay, and Battle Harbour – as illustrations of aspects of European colonialism and settlement, the development of the cod fishery, and twentieth-century modernization in the region's history.

The Yukon Advantage: How and why the Yukon is a great place for archaeology

Mar. 16, 2022 | 2pm ET

In recent decades, the Yukon Territory has found itself on the cutting edge of the some of the most unique archaeological and paleontological research in North America. Join retired Yukon archaeologist Greg Hare as he provides an overview of archaeological research in the territory, highlighting some of the most significant sites and discoveries and explores the evolution of the discipline.

Nature Hotspots in Canada with
author Debbie Olsen  

Debbie Olsen collaborated with a small group of nature writers to assemble the new book 150 Nature Hot Spots in Canada: The Best Parks, Conservation Areas and Wild Places. She's visited every province and territory in Canada on her quest. In this webinar, learn more about some special place you may or may not have heard about and that you should place on your Canada hotspot list!  


No one owns Antarctica:
Why does that matter?

Antarctica is a continent of extraordinary politics. Over six decades of international cooperation in the Antarctic has meant balancing issues of contested sovereignty, safeguarding security and environmental protection, and advancing scientific research in Antarctica for the benefit of all humankind. So what’s at stake to ensure this continues?


The Literature of Newfoundland

Travel across Newfoundland through the literature written on and about this province. Explore the southern shore on the pages of Michael Crummey's Sweetland. Travel up the Avalon Peninsula with Wayne Johnston in The Colony of Unrequited Dreams. Reflect on the descriptions of the natural environment offered up in these works and consider the challenge of writing about place, of transforming singular natural beauty and unique cultures into words.


two polar bears in Arctic

The Polar Bear: Forever icon of the Canadian North? 

Polar Bears are rightfully touted as emblems of the Canadian Arctic. However, a significant population also lives far below the Arctic Circle along the shores of Hudson Bay. In this special webinar presented by the Canadian university alumni community, Dr. Marty Obbard will introduce us to Polar Bear biology, discuss his field work with this species on Hudson Bay, and address questions of its long-term survival in a changing climate.


Past Trips

Field of poppies in Normandy, France

London, Normandy, Lille,
Brussels and Amsterdam

As you visit memorials, trenches, and museums in Normandy, London and Amsterdam, you’ll learn about the important role Canadian forces played in the outcome of D-Day. Explore the locations that were the backdrops for pivotal battles and take time to honour the sacrifices made by the Allied soldiers.


Field of flowers and windmill in Provence

Autumn in Provence

Join us for this exclusive nine-day French sojourn in Provence and the wine region of Burgundy and Beaujolais. In this historical region of southeastern France, visit six UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Old Lyon, Beaune, Avignon, and the Roman city of Orange. Taste iconic wines during private outings to Châteaus hosted by the ancestral owners.


Our Travel Partners


Toronto, ON | 1-866-760-1987 or
GLP Worldwide offers a cultivated selection of experiences for the sophisticated Canadian traveler. Every adventure will be a journey through history, culture, and landscapes.


Toronto, ON | 1-800-378-1483
Worldwide Quest offers a series of small group tours led by experienced and engaging leaders designed to enrich and inform in some of the world's most fascinating regions.


Chicago, IL | 1-800-922-3088 or
Gohagan & Co. develops and operates deluxe group travel programs for North America’s most prestigious museums, colleges, universities, and cultural institutions.

For further information on any of our partners of trips, please contact:
Melanie McLean | Affinity Business Planner, Alumni Engagement, York University | | (437) 234-7545

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Yes. We welcome anyone interested in educational travel, not just York U alumni.

Our programs are open to everyone and the age-range on any given tour can vary, however on most programs our travellers are between 55 and 75 years of age.

Most of our tours are considered moderately active; travellers should anticipate walking 1-3 hours or more each day at a reasonable pace. Depending on the destination, you should be prepared for uneven terrain (cobblestone streets, small hills, and stairs).

Guests who require special assistance, including those who sometimes or always use a wheelchair, must be accompanied by someone who is physically able to help. This person will be responsible for providing all required assistance. Your comfort and safety are priorities for us. We would be happy to discuss any mobility or accessibility concerns you might have. Prior to booking, please talk to our travel partner in detail about your personal requirements.

No. You will be travelling not only with York U Alumni who reserve, but alumni from other institutions as well.

Yes, a valid passport is required of Canadian and US citizens for international travel. Your passport must be valid for at least six months past your planned return date. Canadians do not require a passport if travelling solely within Canada.

All travellers are strongly advised to purchase travel insurance before final payment is required by the tour operator. Looking for a travel insurance option? Our partner, Manulife, offers Emergency Travel Medical benefits up to $5,000,000 for non-COVID-19 related claims or up to $1,000,000 for COVID-19 related expenses ($5,000,000 if you have the full course of immunization for Coronavirus (COVID-19) that is authorized by Health Canada.). Applicants age 60 or over need to complete the Medical Questionnaire to determine their eligibility and rate category. Visit Manulife to learn more.

Reservations are made directly with our Travel Partners, over the phone.

Reservations are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tours can fill up very quickly.

Yes, although we highly recommend that you take advantage of the air reservation service offered by our tour operators. In the event of a significant disruption in flight schedules, the tour operator is very limited in what assistance they can provide if flights are booked independently. Plus, passengers not arriving or departing on the group flights are responsible for arranging and paying for their own transfers to and from hotels/ships/airports.

All promotional items associated with the Alumni Travel program (annual catalogue, individual brochures, associated postage, and other travel information) are provided by the tour operators and do not impact the University's budget.