My First Trip to Ottawa

Posted by Jaclyn Wilson on Aug 30, 2016 4:29:24 PM

Dear Miss Murley,

Thank you for taking us to Ottawa this year it was such a cool experience! To me, the best part of the trip was the bus ride, the snow kingdom and skating on the Rideau Canal. I feel this because all of those activities had one thing in common; they allowed the students in our grade to spend quality time with one another participating in the same activity. On the bus ride, the students of our grade laughed, sang, talked and watched popular movies together. In the snow kingdom, everyone, including me slid down the slopes, ate the same foods, played on the same sleds and took pictures together. We also experienced the same unified feeling while skating on the Rideau Canal. Overall those activities gave our grade the opportunity to develop a safe, trusting, happy community together.

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Topics: student travel, Ottawa, Ottawa Trip, student tour, class trip, Grad Trip

Top 5 Reasons to Book Your Student Tour Early

Posted by Jaclyn Wilson on Aug 30, 2016 10:14:33 AM



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!

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Topics: student travel, student tour, book early

Inside the Museums: Highlights for Students

Posted by Carole Carley on Jun 15, 2015 10:52:33 AM

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.

Canadian War Museum 

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Spring Packing List

Posted by Ramon on Jun 8, 2015 9:56:16 AM

Here's a handy guide for packing the right items this student travel season!

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Topics: Brightspark, student travel, spring travel, packing

Times Square Neighbourhood

Posted by Keegan O'Connor on May 25, 2015 10:31:00 AM

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

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Topics: student travel, New York City

Inside the Museum

Posted by Carole Carley on May 19, 2015 11:16:00 AM

A Q & A with Stéphanie Fortin, Tourism and Marketing Officer for the Museum of History, Ottawa



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La Belle Province - Top 5 Winter Things To Do In Quebec

Posted by Skaidra Puodziunas on Feb 24, 2015 12:24:02 PM


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. 

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Topics: Brightspark, education, Quebec City, Food

Cleveland - Rock and Roll and So Much More

Posted by Brianne Perez on Jan 27, 2015 4:11:00 PM

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:

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Topics: Brightspark, student travel, education, Performance Tours, Tour Leaders

It's Time to apply for The Job Your Friends Will Envy.

Posted by Laurel Tubman on Jan 21, 2015 9:05:19 AM

At Brightspark, we are lucky to employ a phenomenal group of people we like to call the;

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Topics: Brightspark, student travel, education, Quebec City, New York City, Performance Tours, Tour Leaders

Happy Holidays From Brightspark

Posted by Brianne Perez on Dec 23, 2014 12:43:09 PM
The Holiday Season is upon us. On behalf of the entire Brightspark Team I'd like to say Happy Holidays everyone.
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Topics: Brightspark, education, New York City, Holidays, Ottawa, winter, winterlude