We just crossed into Ontario!
Yeah, those stairs are tough... To go from Lower Town to Upper Town is approximately 1200 steps (according to the pedometer...not 1200 stair steps, only a few hundred of them, but so much steep uphill walking).
Anyway, on to the Ghost Walk:
They were scary, hilarious, and quite informative. Do not believe it when your child says they weren't frightened. When a "ghost" suddenly appeared, students scattered for their lives! And THAT was hilarious.
Our tour started with the ghost of the executioner of Quebec during the French colonial era. He took the group on a tour throughout Upper and Lower Towns, with his "victims" - people he had executed popping out of no where looking for revenge.
They all had gruesome tales about their crimes.
The students were totally engaged. Yes, there was laughter, but it was a lot of nervous laughter in attempts to lighten the scary atmosphere. The ongoing lightning and thunder in the background only enhanced the experience, and fortunately for us, the storm passed us by.
I think we're leaving around 9am tomorrow to make for English Canada. See you all later today.
Breakfast was had. Bags were packed. The bus was loaded. Like Frodo, who vanquished the Dark Lord Sauron by taking the One Ring to Mount Doom, we now get to start our return journey home.
I imagine we'll be pulling into the school between 6:30 and 7:00 pm tonight. A more exact ETA will be posted once we get closer to the school. I'll report on any lunch stops we make or anything of the like.
As the title indicates, we have arrived safely back at the hotel.
... is that we are down here (where the picture was taken) and the ghost walk starts up there (Château Frontenac). Quebec is all about climbing.
Dinner tonight was food.
It was sweltering today in Quebec. But that didn't stop us, nor did it even slow us down. Actually, it did slow us down a little, but only a little. It was a day of military history today, starting with the Plains of Abraham and continuing onwards.
This afternoon started with some free time in Upper Town, where the students had some lunch and did some last chance shopping. Next we headed along the wall towards artillery park.
When I say wall, I mean the wall surrounding the Old City. Quebec is the only city in North America that was walled (because it's so old) and we were able to walk along the top. A really cool experience indeed.
Next we had a workshop at Artillery Park where the students participated in a discussion on the difference in lives between a French and British soldier. There were definitely similarities - three soliders to a lice-riden bed and the other such horrid living conditions.
Afterwards, the students participated in a scavenger hunt through Upper and Lower town and Mr. Gill had his first Tim Hortons coffee in two days. Maybe not the best choice of drink considering the heat, but sometimes you gotta do whacha gotta do!
We are back at the hotel now for a few hours of well earned rest and relaxation in beautiful air conditioned conditions before returning to the Old City for dinner and then, the last event of the trip - the Haunted Walk! It could be a bit of fun, hearing stories of Old Quebec ghosts. Will it be scary? Maybe? But I think the students might be a little more scared of all the up hill walking....it seems like every direction in Quebec is like the incline has been set to 9 on a treadmill!
Breakfast - the food was the same, but the location was different within the hotel. No worries though, we all ate.
Afterwards, we embarked into Old Town again to participate in a multifaceted Plains to Abraham workshop. Please feel free to quiz your students about the battle, they should be experts by now!
These kids can dance! How do they know the words of every single song?? Tonight, the TPS crew OWNED that dancefloor and they brought their A Game. They must have smuggled their A Game on to the bus, because I didn't see it on bus nor at dinner, but it was out in full force on that boat cruise! There just be some footage of that coming later. A certian student may have even rocked the dance floor with some back flips. Any guesses on who that is?
We have just arrived back at the hotel and the students are in the process of retiring to their rooms for the evening. We have a super early day tomorrow - breakfast is at 7am! We're on the road by 8 for the Plains of Abraham reenactment.
So, bowling last night - eight lanes of pure bowling excitement. The atmosphere - loud. The lighting - club like. The skill level of the students - way better than old man Gill!
The top eight scores were awarded Quebec themed prizes... The top bowler, with a score of 115 was Jessica!
The competition was steep where the eighth place score (around 85) beat my personal score by approximately 50 points.
Breakfast was the same as yesterday, but I think there were sausages as opposed to yesterday's ham option.
This morning we are on our way to the St. Anne de Beaupre Basilica - a remarkable cathedral on the Beaupre coast outside of the city. The bus is very quiet this morning. The students had a huge day yesterday. It might have had something to do with the total step count.
Today probably won't have as high a step count as yesterday, but I'm sure we'll hit 10,000 no problem.
Not bad food. Not bad at all.
It would be a challenge to describe how incredible Canyon Ste. Anne is. It is a bit out of the way (approx 45 km from the city) but it is definitely worth the trek, which in itself is a beautiful drive. If you're ever in Quebec, take some time to visit this amazing canyon and waterfall. Or don't. I ain't your vacation boss.
Afterwards, we stoped briefly at Montmorency Falls (another hint - hit Montmorency first, because Ste. Anne's is far more wonderful... Fine, I guess I am your travel boss) for a quick peak and a chance for the students to snap some pics.
Now we are back at the hotel to freshen up (some of us need to, especially after the stairs of the canyon, specifically, me) and grab our dancing shoes for the boat cruise later tonight.
But first, we'll have dinner in lower town... Its looking like French Canadian cuisine; beef stew, rice, veggies and that sort of stuff. And then we'll dance the night away!
What happens when copper isn't lacquered? It turns green.
The Alberta Giles Copper Musuem is more of an art gallery than a monument to copper the metal, and therefore much more interesting place to see.
The stop was interactive, as the students got to make their own copper engravings. A lot of them decided to draw the Bat symbol, among other things. Pics/video on the museum will be posted tonight.
Next was our lunch stop, a quick bite at area with fast food options. The most popular option was McDonalds, but the Thai Zone (I imagine they serve some variety of Thai food, but I could be wrong), Tim Hortons, and Subway were also chosen for lunch. Now, we're on route to dessert - a magnificent ice cream place - it's a bit out of the way on Ile d'orleans - but apparently totally worth it. Because if there's anything we need more of, it's sugar! Oh, just noticed there's no sarcasm emoji.
While I was typing, the bus arrived at our location and the students who wanted ice cream got off the bus. I'm sitting on an empty bus.
The St. Anne de Beaupre Basilica is a truly remarkable place, no matter what faith one adheres to. It is simply an architectural marvel, and completely awe inspiring and stunning. It is essentially impossible to describe the grandeur and beauty of such a site; you really have to visit the Basilica to appreciate the magnitude and scope of such a monumental work of art.
The students, like anyone else, were in total awe. They were quiet and completely respectful of those who came to worship and they took their visit very seriously, hanging on every word of our tour leader. It’s so refreshing to see how humbled the students were by the atmosphere of reverence and sanctity that surrounded them.
Well this is the Blog post that was supposed to happen last night. I guess the bowling was more exhausting then first thought.