Explore extracurricular activities, week 2!
Continuing the series from earlier this week, here are a few of the activities that some institutions offered last year in their second week of Explore. These are both ESL and FSL institutions, and the featured activities may or may not have been free.
- Bishop’s University students took a 3.5-hour drive to visit the beautiful capital of Canada. Ottawa is Canada’s fourth largest city, with approximately 900,000 inhabitants. It is known for its history and multiculturalism, as well as having one of Canada’s most highly educated citizenry.
- Students at Campus Ottawa (Centre linguistique du Collège de Jonquière) had a lot of fun trying to find their way out of a water labyrinth. Meanwhile, students from Cégep de Rivière-du-Loup took a breath of fresh air in the park at the Société d’écologie de la batture du Kamouraska (SEBKA), which provides access to the river and the salty marshes known as “les battures.”
- Students at Centre linguistique du Collège de Jonquière learned how to become trapeze artists, clowns, and acrobats at a circus workshop. And Collège Saint-Charles-Garnier students got soaked learning to kayak in Victoria, BC.
- The thrill-seeking students from École de français – Cégep de Trois-Rivières had a blast in Montreal visiting La Ronde, Quebec’s largest amusement park. La Ronde has around 40 rides, including 10 roller coasters. One of the roller coasters is called Le Monstre, a 40-metre-high wooden double-tracked roller coaster that holds the record for highest double-tracked roller coaster in the world.
- Brave participants from Explore à Gaspé at Institut français de l’Université de Regina went canyoning. It’s also called canyoneering or canyon hiking. Canyoning is usually done in remote and rugged settings (often in mountain canyons with flowing water) that call for good navigating and wilderness skills. Looks like a lot of fun!
- An ordinary weekday at York University’s Glendon College was declared “Superhero Day”! Clearly, classes and workshops are always more fun with superheroes!
- Students at La Cité collégiale tested their strength and endurance zip-lining at Camp Fortune. Did you know that a zip line in Australia and New Zealand is called a “flying fox,” and that in some parts of China, children take zip lines to school?
- Lethbridge College students went to Waterton Lakes National Park, first established as a protected forest area way back in 1895 and then becoming Canada’s fourth National Park in 1930. If offers many scenic trails, views of nearby glaciers, and has even been recommended by David Letterman!
- Western University’s French Immersion School in Trois-Pistoles took students on a kayaking and hiking excursion, while students at Université de Sherbrooke learned some traditional Québécois folk dancing.
Stay tuned for next week’s blog post, highlighting some of the activities from the third week of the 2014 Explore program.