Daily Blog

Day 6 - March 26, 2019

Our last day in Ottawa was spent in and around the National Art Gallery of Canada.

We started by touring the Peacekeeping Monument that commemorates Canada's role in peacekeeping around the world.

Then we took pictures under Ottawa's well known sculpture of a spider, called Maman. This sculpture is right outside of the National Art Gallery and was the beginning of our tour of some incredible works of art. The students were given a guided tour and then some time to explore the areas that interested them. We learned about the different styles of art from the Renaissance and Baroque periods and then moved on to see some photography and contemporary art.

Lunch was at the Byward Market square and then we were off to the airport.

Thank you for the opportunity to spend a week with your kids. We all learned a lot about our country, it's history and each other. What a blessing to have this experience.

Until Next Year!

Day 5 - March 25, 2019

Another 17,000+ step walking day!

Today started with a walking tour around Ottawa. Our tour guide, Ilana taught us the history of why Ottawa was the capital of Canada and the history of the city and it's many important buildings.

We toured the grounds of Rideau Hall, the official residence of both the Canadian monarch and her representative, the Governor General of Canada. We stopped at Rideau Falls and the learned about Ottawa's lock system for their river. We visited the War Memorial outside of Parliament and paid our respects to the unknown soldiers who fought in war.

Next was a visit to the Parliament Buildings. The central Parliament building is closed for renovations for the next 10-15 years, so we toured the West Building which now houses the House of Commons. Our students were given a tour and taught the process of creating a law. It was interesting to see how they transformed an outside courtyard into an indoor location for the House of Commons. Ask your child to see their pictures.

Lunch was at the Byward Market, a popular place to find a good place to eat.

The afternoon was spent at the Canadian War Museum. The students walked through 4 galleries that depict Canada's involvement in the war and peace keeping around world. We left with a greater appreciation for the our Canadian soldiers and what they've gone through.

Our last dinner on the tour was at Tucker's Marketplace and then we went bowling before heading back to the hotel.

Overall, a great day in Ottawa!

Day 4 - March 24, 2019

Today was our longest travel day. We loaded the bus and drove to Ottawa.

Upon arrival, we toured the Canadian Museum of History and took some great photographs. Dinner was at a local Mexican restaurant and then we had some fun at the Fun Junction!

Here are some photos from our day.

Photo taken by Cyrus

Photo taken by Cyrus

Photo taken by Anna

Zak's Cantina

Zak's Cantina

Zak's Cantina

Fun Junction

Day 3 - March 23, 2019

Our day started at 7:45am. We drove into Lower Quebec City for breakfast and were off on our first tour by 9am. Our tour guide led us up and down the cobble stoned streets of Old Quebec, the fortified city. We learned about the history of the city and it's architecture, like the famous Chateau Frontenac. This tour ended on the Plains of Abraham where we took part in a Military Workshop. Students learned more about this famous battle between the French and British. They then learned more about the weapons used at the time and common surgical processes. Ask them more about this when they come home.

After lunch we toured the Morrin Heritage Centre. This building was a jail in the early 1800s and then was turned into a College and now an English Library. Some of our students were locked in solitary confinement for a while, but don't worry - we rescued them!

To end our tours, we walked to the Observatoire de la Capitale to see the sites of Quebec from the 31st floor of the tower.

Dinner was at the Chic Shack with a surprise stop at Queues de Castor (Beaver Tails).

To give you an idea of how much we walked around the city today, we hit 17,000 steps before we went to bed!

Day 2 - March 22, 2019

Breakfast was postponed today so we could sleep in a little. What a wonder some sleep makes!

First on our schedule was Parc Olympique. We rode the funicular up to the 165m structure at a 45-degree angle. Did you know the Montréal Tower is the tallest inclined tower in the world? The students took several pictures of our ride up and down the tower. We then went to the Planetarium and wandered through exhibits about our solar system and watched a dome film about the Northern Lights. The dome film was in a room with a curved ceiling and chairs that reclined. When the images moved, we felt like we were moving with it!

Lunch was at Itali.co and we enjoyed pizza and burgers. Then a walk over to the Bell Centre to see where the Habs play.

From there it was a 3.5 hour drive to Quebec City and the Sugar Shack! The Sugar Shack was definitely the highlight of the trip so far. The students learned about tapping maple trees for sap and boiling 45L of it to make 1L of maple syrup. We played spoons, sang and danced and at syrup on stick! We all took many videos to share when we come home.

It has snowed in Quebec so we will dress in layers for tomorrow because it will a full day of walking outside.

The view from the funicular

Taking in the view

Say Cheese!

Picture with our tour guide

(Ilana is awesome!)

The Old Sugar Shack

Playing Spoons

The Sugar Shack!

Day 1 - March 21, 2019

We landed around 5am Calgary time and enjoyed Tim Hortons for breakfast before we met our tour guide and were off for the day.

We walked up Montreal's "mountain" and followed our guide, Thomas, as he told us stories of Montreal and how the city came to be. Then we took a break for lunch and explored old Montreal. Some students tried their first Quebec Poutine, while others went to a Creperie.

After lunch we explored Montreal's Museum of Archaeology and History and we walked through the old sewage system! So cool! The building is built on the Fort Montreal's graveyard. From there we walked to the Notre-Dame Basilica where our students were given the opportunity to look at the architecture and the stained glass and to pray for loved ones.

Our afternoon activity was Lazer Quest. See the top three scorers photo below - you might be surprised who you see! Then we made a quick stop at the Barbie Expo, which was another highlight from the day.

Dinner was at the Vieux Port Steakhouse and we decided to head to the hotel early. Mr. Robichaud led us in devotions and we were encouraged to think of the beauty of Montreal that we saw throughout the day.

We are tired, but happy to be here!

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At the Airport

Playing Uno as we wait to board

In-Flight Map

Notre Dame Basilica

Lazer Quest!

The Winning Three

Barbie Expo

Reminder for - Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Our start time has changed!

We ran into an issue when Air Canada cancelled the flight due to a downed 787-MAX8 aircraft. Thankfully we are all on a safer flight later in the day. EF Tours has ensured that we are not missing the activities for our first day, as they have re-arranged our schedule. We will update you along the way.

  • Arrive at the airport for 11:00pm. Meet at the Air Canada Desk. Our flight leaves at 1:10am March. 21. The flight # is AC0396.
  • Bring your EF Tour Backpack! Click here for the packing list.