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Grade 8 French Trip to Mattawa

Grade 8 French Trip to Mattawa
Posted on 04/05/2018

A Ministry of Education grant and student fundraising allowed us to offer a three-day, two-night French trip to the Canadian Ecology Centre in Mattawa, Ontario for Notre Dame grade 8 students and grade 7 and 8 students from Foley Catholic School in Brechin. It was a jammed packed 3 days starting with our first stop in Trout Creek at Long’s Maple Syrup Shack. Here, we tapped a maple tree, tasted maple syrup and had some toffee on the snow followed by an amazing pancake lunch at TJ’s restaurant.

At the Ecology Centre, the students participated in many various outdoor activities that highlighted French and Indigenous cultures along with some survival games, snowshoeing and exploring the forests. The culminating activity was the paddle making activity where students needed to be creative and illustrate something about their three-day adventure. On the final night, we had a campfire, sang our French ‘chansons à répondre’  and roasted marshmallows.

Our last morning was spent visiting the beautiful town of Mattawa. The students were welcomed at the Mattawa Museum, met with Clermont Duval a renowned artist at his art gallery and walked the main street admiring all the wooden statues representing famous voyageurs and explorers. The bus ride home was quiet as all students were tired from all the fresh air and outdoor activities.  This was a memorable trip for all involved.

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