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Quebec 2014

  A public ice skating rink in Quebec City.
  No charge to skate!
Over the Martin Luther King weekend, French students traveled to Québec City, Canada to experience French Canadian language and culture firsthand.

This year’s group number was low, so in order to avoid cancelling the trip altogether, NTHS partnered with Lockport High School and Williamsville Schools in a joint effort to provide a meaningful educational experience for all. The NT group, consisting of 18 students in levels 3, 4, and 5 along with one parent participant and group leaders Lucia Wilson and Susan Cholewa, boarded an overnight coach bus on Friday and arrived in Québec City on Saturday morning. A walking tour of the city provided interesting historical facts and information and also allowed the students to get their bearings in the Old City. They saw the Parlement, the Citadelle, Place Royale, Notre Dame des Victoires Church (the oldest on the continent!) and of course the stoic Chateau Frontenac Hotel. 

Snow Shoeing
 Students snowshoeing in Quebec.
The group went to a sugar shack to enjoy a typical French Canadian dinner and to learn how maple syrup is made. They had the opportunity to enjoy maple taffy made on snow! They also participated in traditional dancing, songs and learned to play the spoons at the sugar shack.

On Sunday, the group toured along the Beaupré Coast, stopping at Saint Anne’s Basilica, a woodcarver shop to hear some legends of Québec, and then went dog sledding. They also had a chance to try snowshoeing. Sunday evening was spent at a snow park where everyone enjoyed snow tubing, ice skating, and snow rafting! 

After a crepe breakfast, students stopped at the world famous Ice Hotel (one of only two in the entire world!) to see this winter wonder that changes from year to year.

Throughout the trip, students had the opportunity to put their language skills into practice, as Québec City is 95% French-speaking. Our students represented themselves, our school, our community and our country in a very positive manner. We are grateful for the opportunity extended by parents, the school and the Board of Education for this worthwhile educational endeavor. Merci beaucoup!