Senior High Extended Study Trip September 2019

Third Academy’s high school students have the opportunity to travel to southwestern Ontario September 16 through 20th, 2019 for our annual Extended Travel Study Field School. In keeping with Third Academy’s 2018-2019 school theme – “The Wonderful World of Will” – we’ll be attending the world-famous Stratford Festival on the Thames River in Stratford Ontario. They are Canada’s largest classical repertory theatre company and place a special emphasis on the plays of William Shakespeare.

We’ll be travelling almost far south as one can in Canada. There is an extensive history in this region, both of the indigenous peoples and the European settlers that came later. We have included in our field school many National Historic Sites so that we can learn more about Canada’s past and future, as well as to discover how we as individuals fit into our rapidly changing social, economic, and environmental environment. Most importantly, on our journey, we’ll have a lot of fun!


We want to make this trip as affordable as possible to our families. Third Academy is actively fundraising to cover almost the full cost of the trip. Families are required to pay $200 per student as their contribution for this extended study trip. Aside from incidental personal purchases such as convenience foods and beverages (on the ground and aboard the flights) and souvenirs, the price is “all in”, inclusive of air fare, ground transportation in Ontario, ticket and admission fees, accommodation, and meals.  As reservations with full payment will be taken on a “first come, first served” basis, make your payment today to avoid disappointment.


Third Academy is appealing to Friends of Third Academy to assist us in providing sponsorship and donations to help offset the cost of our 2019 High School Extended Travel Study Field School. As a registered charity, official receipts will be issued by Third Academy for income tax purposes. Sponsors and donors will also be recognized for their generosity.

Click here for our link to our Sponsorship and Donation Page.


We have booked direct flights between Calgary (YYC) and London, Ontario (YXU) on Westjet. Ground Transportation in Ontario is by Murphy Bus Lines school buses. Families are responsible for making arrangements for their student’s travel to and from the Calgary Airport.


We will be staying at Easter Seal’s Camp Woodeden in London Ontario. Third Academy has secured all of the dormitories and the dining area for the duration of our visit. We also have access to the BBQ pavilion and all of the on-site trails.


Third Academy students will be accompanied and supervised by our teaching staff members throughout the trip.

Trip Highlights

Stratford Festival (Tuesday, September 17th)

Our high students with have a full day in Stratford, Ontario at the Stratford Festival. We’ll start off with a Song and Dance Workshop to get us in the spirit of the first production we’ll see: Billy Elliot: The Musical. After dinner, our evening performance is Shakespeare’s Othello. Both productions will be held in the Festival Theatre. For more information about the performances, please click on the hyperlinks below.

Matinee : Billy Elliot: The Musical

Book and Lyrics by Lee Hall
Music by Elton John
Directed and choreographed by Donna Feore

Reviews of the 2019 Production

Stratford Festival House Program: Billy Elliot: The Musical

Evening: Othello

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Nigel Shawn Williams

Reviews of the 2019 Production

Stratford Festival House Program: Othello

Entire Play

London, Ontario: The Forest City

Currently southwestern Ontario’s largest municipality, the City of London was settled by Europeans in early 19th century.  The city lays at the convergence of the Thames River and the North Thames River, important waterways of this area. Having gone through many transitions, London’s current economy is grounded in education, health care and research, the insurance industry, and technology companies. The city is noted not only for its breathtaking forests, but beautiful gardens as well. London features architecture of several periods, including Georgian (Banting House) and Victorian. While in London, we will have an opportunity to walk on the pathways along the Thames, view the forests and gardens, visit Eldon House, London’s oldest residence, and the Banting House, Sir Frederick Banting’s residence when he first conceptualized the idea of using insulin to treat diabetes.

Grand Bend Beach (Wednesday, September 18th)

Known as one Canada’s best beach towns, we’ll have an opportunity to explore the Grand Bend community and swim in the blue fresh waters of Lake Huron, one of North America’s Great Lakes.

Rock Glen Conversation Area (Wednesday, September 18th)

We’ll take a walk at Rock Glen through a Carolinian forest with its distinctive trees, plants, and wildlife.  This site is rich with fossils and we’ll explore these on site as well at the nearby Arkona Lions Museum. For more information on Rock Glen, click here.


Oil Museum of Canada, Oil Springs, ON (Thursday, September 19th)

While most Canadians associate oil with Alberta, the very first commercial oil well in North America was actually drilled in 1955 at Oil Springs, Ontario. We’ll have an opportunity to view its site and the related exhibits at the Oil Museum of Canada.

Fairbank Oil Fields, Oil Springs, ON (Thursday, September 19th)

Sweet crude oil continues to be produced in the Oil Springs area using similar technology that was employed during the 19th century. We will explore Charles Oliver Fairbank III’s oil field in Oil Springs. This property was originally owned by Charles’ great grandfather, John Henry Fairbank, an inventor and entrepreneur, one of Canada’s legendary “oil barons”.  Charles Fairbank will host a special tour of the Fairbank Oil Fields for Third Academy students.

Petrolia, ON: “Canada’s Victorian Oil Town”  (Thursday, September 19th)

Shortly after the oil boom in Oil Springs, a major well was drilled nearby in Petrolia in 1866. Several refineries were built in and around the town to process the oil, including the Imperial Oil refinery, which relocated its headquarters from London to Petrolia. As Petrolians prospered from the oil revenues, they built a town with grand buildings, many of Victorian architecture: stately homes, a grand town hall with a playhouse on the second level, a stunning train station, downtown buildings with beautiful facades, schools, churches, parks, and much more. At considerable expense, a pipeline was built to transport fresh water from Lake Huron to Petrolia. During our visit, we’ll have an opportunity to view the historic sights of the Town of Petrolia, One of these homes, the Sunnyside Mansion, was used for exterior shots in the upcoming film, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.