Alternative Spring Break

Thunder Bay, Ontario

Thunder Bay

Community Partners

Roots to Harvest


Zero Hunger, Good Health and Well-Being, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Reduced Inequalities, Life On Land, Sustainable Cities and Communities

*Taken From: The Global Goals For Sustainable Development

Dates of Travel

Fall Reading Week 2018 - Tuesday, October 9 - Sunday, October 14, 2018

Number of Participants

9 Student Participants
1 Student Team Leader
1 Staff/Faculty Team Leaders


ASB Thunder Bay will serve at and complete a number of activities with Roots to Harvest from October 9-14, 2018. The group will assist in Roots to Harvest's gardens and local farms, foraging for fiddleheads, soil development, seed starting and saving and bee care. 

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the Alternative Spring Break 2018 program, students participating in this experience will be able to:

  • Develop knowledge of food security and food sovereignty in a specific community context
  • Compare and contrast social issues in a remote Northwestern Ontario, small city such as Thunder Bay to issues in a densely-populated Southwestern Ontario city, such as London


$1,200 CAD (cost subject to change)

Trip cost covers:

  • Flight
  • Insurance (health, flight cancellation, baggage)
  • Transportation to/from Airport
  • Transportation in Thunder Bay
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Social Activities
  • Administrative Fee (t shirt, team leader contribution, journal)
  • Note: ASB participants will be responsible for any luggage costs assigned by individual airlines, souvenirs, or additional food/snacks during the trip.

Sample Day

7:00 am:


7:30 am:

Travel to community organization

8:00 am - 4:00 pm:

Service with organization (breakfast and lunch included)

4:00-4:30 pm:

Return to homestays

4:30-6:00 pm:

Rest, relax, free time

6:00-7:00 pm


7:00-8:30 pm:

Team Reflection

8:30-9:30 pm:

Social Activity/Recreation


Return to homestay


Group will be in homestays with Board Members, staff or family connections of Roots to Harvest.


Breakfast will be provided by homestay.  Lunch will be a communal lunch with the group and Roots to Harvest, likely to include produce from the gardens. Dinner will be in local restaurants.

Other activities may include:

  • Hike at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park and/or Ouimet Canyon
  • Visit Kakabeka Falls
  • Thunder Bay Farmers Market
  • Meet with Downtown Businesses