Author: Mr. Kertes

April 5 – Day 6 in the North Coast

School starts at 8:45 AM

  • If an AYJSS student needs a place to go, they can go to room 308 (Mr. Kertes) – bring a book to read or your device to surf

Lunch is from 11:33-12:13

Meet in room 308 to help prepare for the Thank You Celebration Meal (3:01-4:00 PM)

Free time after 4:00 PM

Optional Dinner at Pavilion — 6 PM =)

April 4 – Day 5 in the North Coast

There are three changes in the plans for today:

  1. We will have 15 extra minutes for breakfast. That means we will meet back at the bus at 8:45 AM.
  2. There will be an optional hike. We will go over the details. This is a steep hike with good views (especially if we make it to the top, but we may run out time for that.)
  3. There will be a special treat at 1:00 PM if you want it (see info and map of where to meet below).

6:30 AM Lights On (be up and packing by 6:50 AM)

7:15 AM Board the Bus

  • First stop: Downtown Terrace for Breakfast (you will have about an hour for breakfast at a restaurant of your choice – be sure to stay with a group – and please do not be late – you should pay for your breakfast no later than 8:30 AM – and be back at the bus by 8:45 AM)

8:45 AM Board the Bus

  • Second stop: Short hike near Terrace
  • Third stop: After the hike, the bus will take some back to downtown Terrace for free time (plan 3.75ish hours of free time) or an OPTIONAL longer (more advanced hike) near Terrace (the bus will take the hikers to to the optional hike – more details coming soon)

If you want a treat at Chill Ice Cream, meet there at 1:00 PM.

1:30 PM Board the Bus

3:00 PM (approx.) – Bus Drops Students off At CHSS

April 3 – Day 4 in the North Coast

6:30 AM Lights On (be up and packing by 6:50 AM)

7:15 AM Board the Bus

  • First stop: Downtown Terrace for Breakfast (you will have about an hour for breakfast at a restaurant of your choice – be sure to stay with a group – and please do not be late – you should pay for your breakfast no later than 8:15 AM)

8:30 AM Board the Bus

2:00 PM Board the Bus

  • Third stop: Restaurants in Terrace (your choice, eat with a group, plan for about an hour)
  • Fourth stop: School gym (for overnight)

Once you are unpacked and set up, small groups of students can go on approved outings to Terrace. Students must be in a group and a chaperone must be assigned to the group. Students may not be alone at night in downtown Terrace. We will go over these details in a check-in at the school.

An optional movie will be shown to the group staying at the school. Other optional activities may be planned as well.

  • Lights out: 10:30 PM (we wake up 8 hours later)

April 2 – Day 3 in the North Coast

  • We only have the bus for 12 hours each day (because of health and safety rules for bus drivers) and today we plan to use the bus for almost 100% of this time
  • The bus CANNOT go over 12 hours, which is why we have planned a tight schedule for the day
  • This means, please be on time in the morning and for all of the departure times
  • Otherwise, we will have no choice but to make fewer stops for sightseeing

6:45 AM – Arrive at CHSS

  • Andrew’s advice (the bus driver)… The road is winding at times – and we are in a school bus – so if you are prone to motion sickness you may want to come prepared (with Gravol or Advil)
  • Bring food and water for today (for both you and your twin) — you will need food and water for the long bus ride, including for lunch (the first time you can buy more food will be around 6 PM)
  • Please also pack the following…
    • Sleeping bag for you and your twin (2 sleeping bags)
    • Pillow for you and your twin (2 pillows)
    • Sleeping pad for you and your twin (something soft for the hard, cold gym floor) (2 pads)
    • Change of clothes for a total of three days (Tues, Wed, and Thurs)
    • Warm clothes, rain gear, sturdy shoes, etc. for hikes (layers, prepare for all seasons)

7:00 AM – Bus leaves CHSS (we will board as students arrive, so please come prepared and ready to board before 7:00 AM)

  • We have planned short rest breaks during the drive (these will be along the side of the road)
  • First stop: Nisga’a Museum
  • Third stop: Restaurants in Terrace (fast food, take out, bring back to the school gym)
  • Fourth stop: School gym (for overnight)

Once you are unpacked and set up, small groups of students can go on approved outings to Terrace. Students must be in a group and a chaperone must be assigned to the group. Students may not be alone at night in downtown Terrace. We will go over these details in a check-in at the school.

An optional movie will be shown to the group staying at the school. Other optional activities may be planned as well.

  • Lights out: 10:30 PM (we wake up 8 hours later)

Apr 1 – Day 2 in the North Coast

  • CHSS students, please be sure to bring your permission form with you (required before getting on the bus)
  • See the forecast below (note: rain is likely) – remind your twin to:
    • Wear warm layers (including hat)
    • Wear a rain coat
    • Wear sturdy footwear (be prepared for wet, muddy trail)
  • Pack snacks and bring a water bottle for the hikes
  • Pack your lunch if you want or you can have lunch in Cow Bay at a restaurant of your choice (bring your wallet)
  • Today’s activities are hiking and shopping

7:15 AM – Arrive at CHSS

7:30 AM – Bus leaves CHSS

  • First stop: Tim Horton’s (optional… breakfast or treats)
  • Second stop: Tall Trees Hike
  • Final stop: Bus drops everyone off at CHSS (by 4:00 PM)
Mon, 1 AprCloudy. Rain at times heavy beginning in the morning. Amount 20 mm. Wind southeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 increasing to 40 gusting to 60 near noon. High 9. UV index 1 or low.
NightRain at times heavy. Amount 40 to 50 mm. Wind southeast 40 km/h gusting to 60. Low plus 5.

North Coast Film Nights

Optional @ the Terrace School Gym

Tues April 2 @ 8 PM – Feature Length Traditional Narrative

SGaawaay K’uuna (Edge of the Knife) Haida Gwaii, 1800’s. At a seasonal fishing camp two families endure conflict between the nobleman Adiits’ii and his best friend Kwa. After Adiits’ii causes the accidental death of Kwa’s son, he flees into the rainforest, descending into madness and transforming into Gaagiixid – “the Wildman.” When the families return in the spring, they discover Adiits’ii has survived the winter. Can he be rescued and returned to his humanity? Meanwhile, Kwa wrestles with his deepest desire – revenge.

Wed April 3 @ 8 PM – Shorts and Documentaries

Totem: The Return of the G’psgolox Pole This feature-length documentary traces the journey of the Haisla people to reclaim the G’psgolox totem pole that went missing from their British Columbia village in 1929. The fate of the 19th century traditional mortuary pole remained unknown for over 60 years until it was discovered in a Stockholm museum where it is considered state property by the Swedish government. Plus the update: Totem Return and Renewal.

Now Is the Time When internationally renowned Haida carver Robert Davidson was only 22 years old, he carved the first new totem pole on British Columbia’s Haida Gwaii in almost a century. On the 50th anniversary of the pole’s raising, Haida filmmaker Christopher Auchter steps easily through history to revisit that day in August 1969, when the entire village of Old Massett gathered to celebrate the event that would signal the rebirth of the Haida spirit.The Mountain of SGaana Haida filmmaker Christopher Auchter spins a magical tale of a young man who is stolen away to the spirit world, and the young woman who rescues him.

2024 AYJSS/CHSS Exchange (North Coast Visit)

Detailed Schedule

Week Highlights

March 31 Sunday

  • AYJSS students arrive

April 1 Monday

April 2 Tuesday

April 3 Wednesday

  • Day trip to Smithers
  • Overnight in Terrace

April 4 Thursday

  • Shopping and sights in Terrace
  • Return to Prince Rupert

April 5 Friday

  • Visit CHSS
  • Optional Pavilion Dinner

April 6 Saturday

  • Thank You Celebration with traditional food and culture

April 7 Sunday

  • AYJSS students part

City Guides

Prince RupertTourist Website

TerraceTourist Website

SmithersTourist Website

Mr. Kertes is an English teacher in Prince Rupert, in the territory of the Ts’msyen, at Charles Hays Secondary School - home of the Rainmakers.