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Limited availability on Colombia!
23 Sep

Limited availability on Colombia!

Our first Colombia tour with Ontario Nature sold out, and the second tour added isn't far behind!

On this special tour for friends and supporters of Ontario Nature, we discover some of Colombia's abundance as we explore diverse and rich landscapes in the Magdalena Valley at the country’s heart within surprising proximity to the capital Bogotá.

Colombia with Ontario Nature II
March 19 - 29, 2023
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NEW TOUR: Great Gardens of France
16 Aug

NEW TOUR: Great Gardens of France

Join alumni UBC Study Leader and horticulturalist Gary Lewis to visit a selection of the finest and most famous gardens in France. We’ll visit more than 20 gardens, selected for visual impact, horticultural interest, and historical importance over a leisurely ten days with three-night stays in Versailles, Tours, and Rouen.

Tour Dates: June 24 - July 4, 2023
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NEW TOUR:  Raja Ampat and the Bird’s Head Peninsula
08 Aug

NEW TOUR: Raja Ampat and the Bird’s Head Peninsula

The island of New Guinea is the ultimate dream destination for naturalists. It is as ecologically rich as it is mysterious, and, as such, there exists a treasure trove of opportunities for travellers to learn and be amazed. It is also where some of nature’s most extreme expressions of visual exuberance are to be found – most notably amongst the over 3 dozen species of the legendary birds-of-Paradise.
 
Join Josh Vandermeulen and a very small group of other travellers to experience the delights of New Guinea in person.
 
Tour Dates: September 25 - October 5, 2023
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Upcoming Events

WEBINAR: Dissecting Master Art Works of Venice
04 Oct

WEBINAR: Dissecting Master Art Works of Venice

Join Justin Newell, art history lecturer at UBC, as he shares his unique insights into select works in Venice by Italian master painters including the bold Tintoretto, larger-than-life Veronese, and prolific Tiepolo in the 16th and 18th centuries.

Tintoretto, Veronese, and Tiepolo were often invited to decorate – and sometimes replace works lost due to fires – on the walls and ceilings of numerous rooms of the Ducal Palace. We'll look at fine examples and the reasoning behind their innovative artistic choices.

The two-story Scuola Grande di San Rocco is rightly considered Tintoretto’s greatest masterwork and we will take a closer look. Across the piazza we’ll explore the Basilica of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari where we'll find Tintoretto’s colour-rich Assumption of the Virgin.

Conservation of these paintings is said to be “remarkable”, and Justin’s insights will help you dig deeper into why they’re still influential and worth seeing in person today.

Tuesday, October 4 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Free to attend!

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WEBINAR: Germany, The Country With Too Many Capitals
06 Oct

WEBINAR: Germany, The Country With Too Many Capitals

Until Germany was unified, it had dozens of separate capital cities. Even after the German Empire was founded in 1871, this continued to be the case; there were even four royal capitals, each with its own king. That ended in 1918, but when Adolf Hitler came to power he had ambitious dreams for making Berlin the most impressive capital city in the world. After World War II, divided Germany had two capitals: Bonn and East Berlin. Now there is just one, the reunited city of Berlin.

Join Chris Friedrichs, Professor Emeritus of History at UBC as he discusses this complex history and why it matters today.

Thursday, October 6 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm

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WEBINAR: Walk This Way! with Coach Lynn Kanuka
11 Oct

WEBINAR: Walk This Way! with Coach Lynn Kanuka

Learning to move well doesn’t need to be daunting! Find your rhythm with Lynn Kanuka, Olympic Medalist turned coach. For over 30 years she's been inspiring people of all ages and ability levels through physical fitness; to take steps toward better health, achieve personal goals, and be active and happy.

Join Coach Lynn for a feel-good introduction to the enjoyment of walking and how to find a method that's right for you.

Tuesday, October 11 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm

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