Explore extracurricular activities!
Are you wondering what kind of extracurricular activities you’ll get to enjoy while you’re in the Explore program? Every week for the next five weeks, we will feature a few Explore institutions (both ESL and FSL) and describe one of their weekly activities (free or not) from last year. This is what some of the institutions did during their first week of Explore:
- Bishop’s University held a luau (a traditional Hawaiian party or feast). Luaus usually include entertainment, such as traditional Hawaiian music and hula dancing. There can be graduation luaus, wedding luaus, and birthday luaus. So much fun!
- Brock University students went on a trip to Niagara Falls, which is a must-see attraction if you are in the area. Niagara Falls actually includes three sets of waterfalls between Ontario and New York. The largest of the three is called the Horseshoe Falls, and at 51 metres high, it is also the most powerful falls in North America. Luckily, the best views of the falls are from the Canadian side!
- The Centre Linguistique du Collège de Jonquière went geocaching. For those of you who don’t know what that is, geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity in which participants use a GPS, among other things, to hide and seek “caches.” A cache is usually a waterproof container containing a logbook in which participants sign their name together with the date and time the cache was found. Rain or shine, it’s a lot of fun for everyone!
- Collège Boréal took students to see L’écho d’un peuple, a megashow that recounts 400 years of French culture in North America, including Ontario. Hundreds of actors perform exciting historical scenes accompanied by an exhilarating soundtrack. An unforgettable experience!
- Collège Saint-Charles-Garnier took students on a tour of le Vieux-Québec (Old Quebec), a beautiful and unique historic district with a very rich cultural heritage. As the original walled city, and overlooked by the famous Château Frontenac, Old Quebec is a very popular, world-class tourist destination. With its colourful boutiques and small, charming restaurants, you might almost believe you were in Europe!
- Lethbridge College took students to Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park. As the name suggests, it has the greatest concentration of First Nation rock carvings and paintings on the great plains of North America. It is also a nature preserve, boasting a wide variety of birds and animals.
- Université de la Saskatchewan decided to focus on creativity with some painting workshops, while Université de Moncton decided to play Ultimate frisbee.
- Université de Montréal had an excursion to Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal, Canada’s largest church, declared a National Historic Site of Canada in 2004. The basilica’s dome, measuring almost 100 metres high, can be seen from many different spots across the city!
- L’Institut français de l’Université de Regina’s EXPLORE à Gaspé program took students on a trip to Percé, one of the most beautiful villages in Quebec, well-known for its proximity to Bonaventure Island and for Percé Rock, a huge sheer rock formation that is one of the world’s largest natural arches located in water and a major attraction in the Gaspé region. There is even a legend about it — look it up!