A group of 41 John Jay H.S. juniors enrolled in French spent a four-day weekend in French-speaking Quebec City, Canada, in early February. They braved the cold weather to learn about Quebec City and its cultural offerings through a rich offering of indoor and outdoor activities.
Outdoor highlights included the annual Winter Carnival, dog sledding, snow tubing and rafting, and an evening of song and dance at a sugar shack, where students learned about maple sugaring. The group also visited the famed Hôtel de Glace (Ice Hotel) and crossed the frozen St. Lawrence River on an evening ferry ride.
Historical highlights included interactive activities that portrayed the daily life of a soldier on the Plains of Abraham, a quiz show hosted by Samuel de Champlain, and the daily life of a convict in a 200-year-old Quebec prison. Classic Canadian culinary delights included crêpes and an authentic lumberjack meal at the sugar shack.
The trip to Quebec provided an excellent opportunity for students to learn about and experience the Francophone world of our nearby neighbor, Canada. They came away not only with fond memories and deepened friendships, but also with a greater confidence in their French language skills and an appreciation of another culture.