Contributed by Maya Kordylewska, Junior Camp Coordinator, ILSC-Montréal
As winter has come upon us and we see the beautiful colored leaves appearing on Mount Royal, it makes those fun days of summer appear more and more distant. Yet it feels like just yesterday that our Juniors were hiking up our celebrated mountain in the city centre in the hot summer sun.
Summer in Montréal is really something to experience. Since our winter months are so very cold, this city comes to life in the warmer months. Everything bursts with energy and it’s an incredible experience for our students to be a part of! Montréal has so many fun sights to see and cultural activities for us to take part in.
This year, our Junior Camp students got a great overview of what the city has to offer when we visited the newly opened Place Ville Marie Observatory. Right in the centre of downtown, we were able to enjoy a truly incredible view of the city from above. It was exciting to be able to go inside one of the most recognizable buildings in downtown Montréal.
As if that wasn’t exciting enough, our Junior English Campers experienced not just one famous tower, but also had the chance to admire the view from our very own Olympic Stadium! This structure was built for the 1976 Olympic games and can be seen from almost anywhere in Montréal. Our students enjoyed the views from above as they rode up 165 metres of the tallest inclined tower in the world in the glass funicular (that’s a cable car, for those of us not in the know).
Walking around Old Port, the neighborhood ILSC is located in, we took a tour through Montréal’s history. Students often note how it feels a bit like Europe here, especially since you hear people speak French as you pass them by. This is also where we started our bike tour, and then we continued along the scenic Lachine Canal. We travelled all over the city, taking in the various attitudes of different parts of town.
This year, our students once again competed in a high stakes scavenger hunt while discovering the most creative, artistic, and colorful neighborhood, Le Plateau. During our hunt, we enjoyed the multicolored terrace umbrellas, spirited murals on nearly every wall, multicultural stores and bakeries, and much more. It is in this very area that we learned all about the battle of the best bagel (St-Viateur vs. Fairmount – which is it?!), as well as the recipe for our famous poutine!
A trip to Montréal would not have been complete for our students without seeing all the cute animals at the Biodôme. Here we were immersed in multiple different ecosystems, from a tropical rainforest to the slightly cooler and more typically Canadian maple forest. We love watching the adorable monkeys, the beavers, and of course, the PENGUINS! Everyone loves the penguins – maybe we can learn from them to enjoy the oncoming cold while we eagerly await next year’s summer time?
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