A group of Grade 8 and 9 students headed off on a weeklong adventure for an authentic linguistic and cultural immersion in Quebec City, Ottawa, and Montreal over Reading Break. Arriving to Quebec City on the first night, the 20 student travellers were greeted by snow – something that would follow them throughout their travels! Highlights of the trip included eating poutine in the historic area of Vieux Québec and a fun visit to a “cabane à sucre” (sugar shack) in the middle of a forest outside Quebec City.
At the sugar shack, students got to play the spoons, take part in a limbo competition, put maple syrup on everything they ate for dinner, and listen to live, traditional Québécois music. The group also attended the National Remembrance Day Ceremonies in Ottawa alongside several thousand guests, veterans and their families, Prime Minister Trudeau and Governor General Julie Payette.
The last leg of the trip was to Montreal, and students travelled just as a snowstorm was about to hit with almost 20-centimetres of snow and a windchill of -21 degrees! The group experienced life as a Montrealer by escaping the cold and wandering the miles of underground tunnels and malls in favour of the above-ground, snow-filled sidewalks up above. In Montreal, students took in a Montreal Canadians game, where they got to see Carey Price save the gave in a shootout after a nail-biting third period and overtime.