By: Anne-Sophie Reynaud (MS Faculty)
On Feb 17th 44 middle school students and 5 chaperones went on a great adventure to discover Quebec and to put in practice what they all learned in their respective French classes. After a long 10-hour drive, we arrived in this beautiful old city and started our trip strolling down the gorgeous streets of Canada’s oldest neighborhood and stopped at the Musée du Fort where we relived the rich history of the Plains of Abraham.
After a wonderful breakfast at the Huron-Wendat village on Saturday morning, where we learned about their culture and customs, our group was ready to make the most of the gorgeous weather and enjoy our fun-filled day in this beautiful region of Canada. We started off by killing two birds with one stone, buying some souvenirs and practicing our French in the old city. The highlight of the day, however, was definitely tubing at night! What a great feeling it was to go down those really steep slopes in the dark! On our way home, our
fantastic guide, Françis and Robert le chauffeur extraordinaire had planned a great surprise for us with a singing/dancing extravaganza. I think it’s fair to say that none of us will ever forget the song!
After such a great day on Saturday, we were all very tired on Sunday morning but a great breakfast perked us up and we were ready to take on the activities of the day. We were again blessed with glorious sunshine and reasonably “warm” temperature (well, it’s all relative). Our group was very excited about the morning activities. We all knew that snowshoeing and dog-sledding would be incredible experiences and none of us could wait to get started! After an invigorating hike in the forest, we were all introduced to our dogs and were given instructions as to how to control them. To say that our dogs were very eager to take us on a ride through the heart of the Canadian forest would be an understatement! After a stop at the ice hotel, we were on our way to the sugar shack, admittedly the best part of the trip. Students and chaperones alike enjoyed wonderful homemade Canadian food and a show of typical folk music and dancing.
Monday morning came too quickly but after a yummy breakfast at “le Parlementaire”, it was time to say goodbye to Quebec and head for home, our heads full of fond memories.