Situated in the North Atlantic between Europe and North America lies a vast land of seemingly remote terrain just waiting to be explored. A landscape full of volcanos, geysers, waterfalls and fascinating medieval history. That land is Iceland, commonly referred to as the 'Land of Fire & Ice'. With milder than expected winters due to the warming effect of the Atlantic Gulfstream and barely any darkness from sunset to sunrise in the summer it's an immense terrain full of wonder and the ideal destination to ignite your student’s passion for travel!
There’s something special about the start of the school year. The students are buzzing with tales of the summer, catching up with old friends and forging new friendships. Everyone is ready to tackle a new school year. Chances are booking your school trip is not top of mind. That’s ok, we’ve got you covered!
I often find myself wondering if our student groups like museums. I think back to when I was a teenager, and I remember the thought of spending time at any museum seemed very unappealing. The idea of wandering aimlessly from weird-looking art to even weirder fossils, world war exhibits or even a display featuring aircraft propellers, would have appeared to be no fun at all. Now I as an adult, I definitely have a different perspective. I have learned museums visits don’t have to be boring; in fact, I found many museums cater to students with excellent guided tours, workshops and special exhibits.
If your school is heading out on an excursion this month, I hope a museum or two is on your itinerary. Exploring the many special interest exhibits and permanent collections available in these museums will definitely enhance your group’s visit.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at these TOP 4 OTTAWA MUSEUMS, which were outlined by our students groups as “enjoyed most” over the past year.
The Big Apple is known for its grid-like streets, towering skyscrapers, the hustle and bustle of pedestrians, the endless sea of yellow cabs, and both great shopping and great food! From dumplings in Chinatown to handcrafted jewellery in Greenwich, there is something for everyone. What makes this city great is its unique and diverse neighbourhoods. Similar to Toronto, NYC is a collection of small cultural centres that together make the whole of the city. Over the next few weeks we’ll look at some of these neighbourhoods to find those hidden gems and popular attractions
Friends always told me there’s nothing like La Belle Province in the winter months. The snow-sprinkled region offers unique outdoor activities, Quebecois festival culture, and a remarkable landscape that blossoms in the deep freeze. I finally had the opportunity this past month to see for myself the wonders of Quebec in the winter time.
Last week the Brightspark office was lucky enough to be hosted by the city of Cleveland to show us what they have to offer for our student groups. We were totally impressed. Personally, the only things I connected with Cleveland were: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, LeBron James, and the Drew Carey Show. I have definitely come back from this trip with a different perspective on this Great Lakes city. Here are a few highlights of our trip: