Today took us to Wendake, a historical site on the Huron-Wendat reserve. We saw traditional long houses, tipis, food sources and then ate a meal based in traditional bison and maple foods.
In the afternoon, we went to la Chute Montmorency (the biggest waterfall in Quebec - 30m taller than Niagra!). We took a gondola to the top, then walked back down beside the falls and got soaked trying to get as close to the falls as possible!
Before going home, we went to La Basilique St Anne and saw the stunning architecture that reminded us of Europe!. Tonight, we played rainbow tag - the pictures are worth 1000 words!
Tomorrow is threatening thunder showers, but we will head to Old Quebec and brave the elements on foot!
It's a toss-up which was more fun on Wednesday - circus school or Cabane à sucre!
We started at the Museum of Civilization and saw exhibits on nano technology, Quebec History, Australian indigenous art and the earth's weather patterns. Then, we headed to "L'école nationale du cirque", Quebec's circus school which feeds into Cirque du Soleil. We tried our hand at the trampoline, unicycle, tight rope, free falls, trapeze, pole climbing, rope swinging and more! Three hours later the smiles were just as big as at the beginning! We then headed to the "Cabane à Sucre" where we learned how maple syrup is made. We bought some maple products ate a traditional dinner of tourtière, sausage, ham, baked beans and... maple syrup!
Groupe A (Mme Stewart and Mme Lew)
We had a great day in Quebec City! We saw the Plains of Abraham, le Chateau Frontenac, the Quebec parliament and the "Martello Tower". We started our training to be good British soldiers in the morning at the Plains of Abraham museum by learning how to fire a cannon and make rifle cartridges (out of bird seed and paper - fear not). Later in the evening, we learned about a soldier's life in watch towers and how the English were ready to defend Quebec city against an American attack in the 1700s.
Groupe B (Mme McEwen and M. Myers)
We had a great day, enjoying the views around the auberge and learning about "survival instincts" in the forest. This evening, we learned some great slang expressions in true "Québécois" and acted them out in skits.
Tomorrow we're headed to the Museum of Civilization, Cirque du Soleil and finally to the Cabane à Sucre. We're told this is where we can get THE BEST maple syrup. Yum!
Group A (Mme Stewart and Mme Lew - AKA "Group Awesome").
We spent the day outside at the auberge! We went for a hike in the hills around the school site and spent the afternoon playing survival games en français. It's hot! We learned about how glaciers form mountains, different Québécois trees and ALL the different insects in the East Coast forests. Lots of fun and smiles all around!
Groupe B (Mme McEwen and Mr Myers - AKA "Groupe Beaucoup Cool")
We spent the day in Quebec city, we saw the great view from the observatory, practiced military drills on the plains of Abraham, went shopping downtown ("la maison Simons" was a hit), ate dinner in old Quebec and finished off the day with a trip to "Martello Tower".
Tomorrow the groups are switching! We're expecting more sunny weather, but so far no sun burns!
After a long day of travel, we have arrived safe and sound to meet our lovely "animateurs" Marie, Anne-Marie, Fred and Alexandra and get a quick glimpse of the "auberge" before dark. In true Quebec fashion, we were welcomed with poutine for dinner!
We are splitting into two groups tomorrow... "Group B" is heading to Quebec city to check out the 360 degree view at the observatory and take in some shopping downtown, while "Group A" will be checking out the local scenery with hikes and orienteering activities.
More to come tomorrow, bonne soirée!