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For over 40 years, Brightspark has partnered with schools across the country to provide an effortless experience for teachers and an unforgettable trip for students. We deal with the details so you can focus on what is important – your class.

Top 3 Fun Facts about St. Patrick’s Day to Share with your Students

Here is a list of 3 fun facts you can share with your class this St. Patrick's Day!

An Update from our Health and Safety Team at Brightspark

An Update from our Health and Safety Team from Brightspark

black history month

5 Canadian Events to Remember This Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month with your class and check out this teacher resource guide about 5 important events that...


4 Black Canadian Women that Changed History

Celebrate Black History Month with your class by sharing a videos about the lives of these four Black Canadian Women...


5 Interesting Facts About Venice You Probably Didn't Know

Venice is one of the most popular European destinations for educational travel and vacations. But here are 5 fun facts...

student travel

3 Things to do on Your Student Trip to England

Visit the 9 3/4 platform from Harry Potter, steep in the Roman Baths, and marvel at Shakespeare's Globe on your student...

student travel

5 Unique Things for Students to Do in France

Here is a list of 5 destinations to visit for students on class trips to France for a good mix of adventure, cultural...

student travel

Winter Packing List for Students

Traveling during the colder seasons? Our Winter Packing List for students has everything your class needs for snowy...


Top 5 Winter Activities to do in Quebec

Here are top 5 things for students to do in snowy Quebec City and the surrounding areas!


Nonprofit Spotlight: Youth Without Shelter

Our staff at Brightspark chose to raise funds and goods for the Youth Without Shelter home in Rexdale, a Toronto-based...


Brightspark Exclusive: The Heist!

Was it the former curator, the broke patroness or the mean eyed curator? The Heist at the Canadian Museum of Nature...

bully awareness week

Bully Awareness & Prevention Week

Bully Awareness & Prevention Week - 6 Videos to Watch in the Classroom

World War I

7 Quick Facts About D-Day for Students

While D-Day is a well known operation, we have complied seven facts that you and your students may not know.


Things to Do on an European Battlefield Tour for High School Students!

Check out these student-friendly spots on your England, Belgium, and France battlefield high school tour, so your class...


6 Educational Halloween Videos to Share with Your Class! 👻

Here's a list of educational Halloween tales to share with your class. Explore the origins of Halloween, the history of...

teacher guide

Anti-Bullying Resources, Workshops, and Field Trip Ideas for Ontario Teachers

We have collected a list of anti bullying resources and field trip ideas that can make your class and school a healthy...

student travel

A Guide to Booking Student Meals for Class Field Trips

We've put together a simple step-by-step guide to help you book meals for your next class field trip!


Great School Fundraising Ideas: Recipes in a Jar

Recipes in a Jar is a unique fundraising tool that lets students sell delicious meals that are easy to prepare. This...

student travel

What's New For Students to Do in Ottawa: 2019 Edition

Looking for new activities for your student trip to Ottawa? Check out this list of 5 newly renewed and revamped spots...

student travel

A Student Guide to Travelling with Allergies: Ottawa Edition

Travelling with allergies can be challenging, but with these tips & tricks, you can plan a student trip to Ottawa...


The 2019 Photo Contest Winners

Students submitted their best tour photos to the 2019 Brightspark Photo Contest and we're showcasing a few of the...


Top 3 Things for Students to Do in Ottawa: Tour Leader Approved!

It's no surprise that Ottawa is one of our most popular destinations for student travel. Here are three reasons why!

student travel

Things to Do on Your Student Trip to Spain

Here's a few things to do if you're a student travelling to Spain! Explore the best that Barcelona, Madrid and Seville...

Quebec City

3 Great Spots to Eat at on Your Quebec City Student Tour!

Brightspark Tour Leaders share their recommendations for the best student eats while travelling in Quebec City.

student travel

Must See Filming Locations from Game of Thrones

Plan a trip to Iceland, Ireland, and Croatia and see iconic filming locations from Game of Thrones to inspire students...


Brightspark Exclusive: Quel Beau Pré!

Discover the majestic countryside and fascinating figures along the coast near Quebec City during Quel Beau Pré! While...

student travel

Spooky Places You Can Visit Around the World

It is that spooky time of year again, when classrooms are outfitted with cobwebs and paper ghosts, and students dressed...


Brightspark Exclusive: Legislate This!

A candy tax? The left side of the bus must always exit first? Girls must be the first served at restaurants? Legislate...


Brightspark Exclusive: Escape the Port

Escape the Port: City of Symbols starts in Old Montreal at the foot of the gorgeous Notre Dame Basilica in Place de...


Brightspark Exclusive: La Chasse

During La Chasse: The Hunt For Champlain’s Remains your Tour Leader will go through the mystery behind the...


Brightspark Exclusive: Urban Caching

Just past the National Gallery and overlooking the Ottawa River is Nepean Point, the gorgeous location of Urban...


Dance Programs for 2019

Watch as your students perform in front of thousands on Main Street U.S.A., experience the joy on their faces as they...

mental health awareness

Creating Safe Spaces with #LetsTalk

#LetsTalkDay was created to offer a safe space for those with mental illness. Share these videos with your class to...

Historica Canada

Celebrate Women's HERstory Month

Celebrate the courageous women who helped shape our country through HERstory, Historica Canada and Heritage Minutes

On this day

On This Day: Official Languages Act

Give your students a history lesson on how the Official Languages Act came to be in Canada.

Canadian Thanksgiving

Top 5 Facts About Canadian Thanksgiving

Bring your students together, and gobble up these top 5 facts about Canadian Thanksgiving!

World Architecture Day

World Architecture Day

Do you want to introduce your students to World Architecture Day? We've listed some of the best architectural sights...

battlefield tour

Vimy 100: Brightspark visits the Canadian War Museum

Are you looking for more information about Vimy Ridge and it's 100th year anniversary, we spoke with the Canadian War...


6 Videos on Holiday Traditions Celebrated Around the World

Is your class winding down before the holiday break? We've got you covered with this list...

student tour

5 Remembrance Day Resources for the Classroom

We've compiled a list of resources from videos, games, and galleries you can share with your class for Remembrance Day!

student travel

3 Reasons to Take Your Students to Iceland

Are you looking to take your class on a student tour? Iceland is a unique and fun destination...

student travel

Thank You Miss Murley For The Best Week Of My Life!

Do you want to know more about taking your class on a student tour to Ottawa? We've got you covered...

student travel

Top 5 Reasons to Book Your Student Tour Early

Want to know more about the benefits of booking your student tour early? We offer the top five reasons to book early


Inside the Museums: Highlights for Students

We take you inside the different museums in Ottawa to must-see highlights for when you visit!


Spring Packing List

Spring travel season is here! Whether you're going to Ottawa or New York, this handy guide will cover everything you...


Inside the Museum

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


Cleveland - Rock and Roll and So Much More

Brightspark discovers Cleveland is more than just Rock and Roll.


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

Brightspark has the job your friends will envy. Apply today!


Happy Holidays From Brightspark

Brightspark's Holiday Greetings


Winterlude 2015

Winterlude fun in Ottawa.


Brightspark Remembers

Brightspark remembers those who sacrificed everything for us.


Movember at Brightspark

Brightspark answers the Movember call to fundraise for Men's Health.


Halloween at Brightspark

Brightspark knows the best Ghost Tours to take with your groups.


8 Secrets to Our Amazing Student Tours

Amazing activities you can only get with Brightspark!

A Survivor's Guide to Ninth Grade

Handy tips for students getting started as high school freshmen.


The Benefits of Student Travel

Student travel opens up a world of possibilities for our youth.


Dance Dreams Come True in New York City

Turn New York city into your very own dance stage with a Brightspark Dance Tour.

photo contest

Announcing our 2014 Brightspark Canada Photo Contest Winners!

The results are in and we are delighted to announce this year's photo contest winner!


The Road to the World Cup starts with… Brightspark?

Brightspark's Sports Tours nurture the talent of young athletes.

student travel

My Favourite: Québec City

The Brightspark team reveals their favourite things to do in Québec City!

How to Pack Like a Genius: 5 Packing Tips to Make You an Expert Traveler

Five simple tips for packing smart on your next student tour.


5 Ways to Have an Awesome Bug-Free, Bite-Free Trip

5 Ways to have a bug-free, bite-free outdoor trip!

student travel

My Favourite: New York City

The Brightspark Crew shares some of it's New York City Favourites.

student travel

Earth Day at Brightspark

Both in and out of the office, Brightspark is making "Green" choices for the environment.


Watch our Dance the World Memories Video

Want to know more about what the Dance the World experience is all about? Watch our video from prior events to see what...


Dancing in the Street in 2015! Dance The World Dates are Set

Dance The World at Disneyworld 2015 dates announced.


Sliding Through Winter at Valcartier

Winter is not as brutal when you have unique fun like downhill tubing to occupy your time.

We’ll Be Down for Maintenance Tonight

We're performing some routine site maintenance between 11PM and 5AM tonight, meaning some sit access will be limited.


The 2014 Brightspark Canada Photo Contest is Here!

Win up to a $500 Amazon gift card in the 2014 Brightspark photo contest!


Street Eats in Our Nation's Capitol

Discovering classic Canadian foods in Ottawa with Brightspark.


Skating Along Ottawa's Rideau Canal

Winterlude fun in Ottawa.

Brightspark Is Olympic Proud

Brightspark Travel shows its national pride as we celebrate the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics


Detroit: More than just "Hockeytown."

Looking past economic struggles, Detroit is a city full of character, history, architecture, great people, and some...


Travelers Beware: You’re In For a Scare!

Take a haunted walk through the streets of Toronto on your next student trip!


Stories from the Road: Dancing (and Flash Mobbing) Through the Big Apple

Highlights from one of Brightspark's exciting dance-themed New York City tours.


Our New Dance Referral Program is Here!

Save with our new Dance Studio Referral Program


20,000 Leagues Under Toronto

A first look at the new Ripley's Aquarium in Toronto.


Check Out Our Brand New E-Brochure!

Our new e-Brochure is out now, packed with information about our exciting tours and destinations for 2014.

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