Quest Summer Scholars Program: Fun at the Sea to Sky Gondola

Quest Summer Scholars Program is a pre-university program, also known as an academic summer camp, for students in grades 10 to 12. This program, according to Quest’s website, is designed to give interested high school students an opportunity to sample the unique learning atmosphere at Quest University Canada. This program lasts two weeks in total; however, student may choose whether they want to attend one week or two weeks. Through this program, participants get to meet students from all over the world, get to explore the surrounding areas, and also, receive an amazing learning experience. Moreover, students who successfully complete a week-long Summer Scholars Class are eligible to receive $5000 entry scholarship at Quest.


The Soccer field at Quest University Canada. Photo received from Quest’s official Flickr page.


According to the Quest University Canada website, participants of this program experience a week of engaging in an academic course in the mornings, and participating in related social and recreational activities in the afternoons and evenings.

This summer, there will be a total of four academic classes offered during the course of the program. Students may choose to stay for a week or two. During the first week, two courses will be taught – Food and Society (taught by Melanie Bedore) and Movements in Social Justice (taught by Ahalya Satkunaratnam). Similarly, during the second week, two other courses will be taught – Communicating Climate Change (taught by Ellen Flournoy) and Views of Latin America through Film (taught by Bianca Brigidi).  More information about the courses that will be taught during this year’s Summer Scholars Program, can be found here.

The view from the Academic Building at Quest University Canada. Photo received from Quest’s official Flickr page.


In addition to attending an academic course during the morning, students get to participate in related social and recreational activities in the afternoons and evenings. Such activities include a Scavenger Hunt, several group dinners, trail running, several visits to well-known centres and programs, yoga classes, crafting workshops, hiking and swimming in Alice Lake, numerous jam sessions, and finally, a trip to the Sea-to-Sky Gondola.

Last Friday, I had the opportunity to join the Sumer Scholar participants and organizers as they celebrated the successful finish of the program’s first week at the Sea-to-Sky Gondola. We were able to enjoy the scenic views from the Gondola, purchase warm drinks and baked goods, walk around and explore the area, and even watch a live performance by the Boom Booms as part of their Friday night series. In addition, I had the opportunity to chat to several participants who had just finished the first week of the program who were very impressed by Quest’s scenic location and welcoming community. I am very happy to hear that these students had the opportunity to sample the unique learning atmosphere at Quest University Canada and fall in love with the university. I hope I get to see them attend Quest one day!

The suspension bridge at the Sea-to-Sky Gondola.


Drenusha and I posing for a selfie on the top of the gondola.

Thank you so much to Quest Student Affairs Team for working so hard to organize such a successful program and for giving us, the summer employees, the opportunity to join the summer scholars on their adventures.






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