Ottawa, our great nation’s capital, is an absolutely breathtaking sight during the winter months. The blankets of snow covering the Parliament buildings and the crystal snowflakes falling gently on your nose as you wander through the Byward Market all add to the majestic nature of this city during the winter. What better way to experience all the sights and sounds of Ottawa than by skating along the Rideau Canal?
Whether you decide to take on the 7.8 km ‘skateway’ by skates or by sleigh ride, this experience will surely not disappoint. If skating isn’t for you, many rest zones are located along the Rideau Canal, where you’re able to pick up some tasty treats, hot drinks (think hot chocolate with marshmallows), or warm up by a cozy fire. It gets pretty chilly in Ottawa, so taking advantage of the rest stops is a must! As an inexperienced skater myself, I’d have to say that these break stations are my favourite part. Plus, nothing compares to meeting new people, sharing some hot cocoa, and marveling at the genuine beauty of this city and its citizens.
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month Brightspark will remember and salute all those who have fought and died for Canada along with those who currently protect our country and the values we live by. Today Brightspark has a High School group touring the battlefields of Europe where so many young soldiers lost their lives while another school group will pay tribute at the National War Memorial in Ottawa during the ceremonies. Please join us in honouring the memories of those we owe our freedom to.
Saturday, November 1st marked the beginning of MOVEMBER 2014 and Brightspark has joined the fund raising effort.
Here at Brightspark, we're always thinking of new ways to make your student tours fresh, fun, and memorable. Brightspark exclusive activities are designed to transform your student trip from great to Sparktacular! There's something cool for each core destination that fits with all of our custom itineraries.
As I check my Facebook feed this summer I see all my friends travelling and experiencing new and wonderful adventures. They are creating memories that will last a life time and stories that will continue to be passed along. I am reminded of how providing this type of opportunity to students is the reason I love what I do at Brightspark.
Have you ever dreamed of turning NYC into your very own dance stage? Maybe even chasse through Times Square?
Here at Brightspark we love sharing our favourite attractions that will be sure to grab the attention of every of dancer! Whether you’re a Hip Hop genius or a graceful Ballerina, NYC has it all!
As the whole world watches the 2014 FIFA World Cup unfold, you may be wondering, how do these athletes become the stars they are? Practice!
As I skim through the headlines I see people fed up with winter. Most are just sick of all this cold and snow. However, the people that enjoy winter activities love this. But who has time to learn how to ski or snowboard? And tobogganing can get so boring after a while. Well the people in Quebec City have a real treat just 20 minutes north of the old city, Valcartier Vacation Village, known as North America’s largest winter playground. Since opening in 1963 with only a couple slides, Valcartier has now become a popular place to visit for summer and winter. The park is open to all ages and the best part is that you don’t need to be an expert in winter athletics. The basics of riding these slides are:
- Put on your winter gear
- Jump in a tube
- Launch off the peak of a slope
Best of all, there is a conveyer belt of handles that you grab to bring you back up the slope. No more running up the hill with a heavy toboggan.
Most of the slides are for all ages and located in the Avalanche and Central section with seven to nine slides to choose from in each area. However, for the adrenaline junkie there are slopes where you can reach up to 80 kilometers an hour and catch the beautiful view of the Jacques-Cartier River and Valley.These slopes are named after famous mountain ranges and peaks, such as “Himalaya” and “Everest.” At 33.5 meters high, Everest stands as one of their tallest slides and listed under their extreme category. Almost all the slides allow group sliding where you are able to link your tube with your friends.