Tire-toi une bûche (Pull up a log)
After nearly ten hours of flight delays, students from the high school French classes made their way to Canada this past winter break. From December 27th to January 2nd, 20 French students, Madame Novak, and Monsieur Smid trekked across Québec with EF tours. Equipped with a Fleur de Lis coach bus, an amazing tour guide, and plenty of snow gear, they made a lot of memories.
The trip started with trudging through the juicy sidewalks of downtown Montréal on a foot tour to see the major sights and French influence on the city. Along the way, they dipped into the underground city at la Ruelle des fortifications - an outdoor space between buildings turned into an atrium with a glass ceiling and walls to allow for a fountain, shopping, and break from the slush and cold. A major highlight of the walking tour was a stop at La basilique Notre Dame - a church modeled after the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris. The next day they toured the Parc Olympique from when Montreal hosted the 1976 Olympic Games. They went up the world’s highest incline tower at the Stade Olympique to take in the views of the city.
The next day, they found themselves taking in similar views of a much older city: Québec. Québec is the only fortified city left in North America, north of Mexico. The city was seen from above at the Observatoire de la capitale and was experienced on a night hike along the fortified walls. History came to life when the students participated in a military workshop in Plaines d’Abraham, when they checked in to one of Québec’s oldest prisons, and when they went on a ghost tour of the city at night. It was also in Québec, that they rang in the new year with traditional Canadian food and dancing at the cabane à sucre (Sugar House). All developed a love for tire d’érable - a traditional québecois treat of pouring hot maple syrup over fresh snow and then pulling it like taffy onto a popsicle stick On January first, they started the new year off right with cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and tubing at Valcartier Resort.
On their last day, the students ended their trip with a final amazing adventure as they tobogganed past Château Frontenac and took in a final view of Montréal from atop Mont Royal. Students experienced new activities, explored French culture, and made memories they won't soon forget throughout this trip!