Increasing pupils’ understanding and encouraging inspiration is paramount in achieving a well-rounded grasping of any subject. School trips have a very positive role to play in a pupils’ development, both educationally and socially. There are several excellent companies specialising in school trips to a wide range of destinations all over the world. Professional and careful planning is very important when arranging to take a group of students away, and reassurance that you will be supported throughout the trip is vital. The top companies will offer a bespoke service that considers your specific requirements, the capabilities of your group and the focus you wish the trip to have.

For every subject studied in a classroom there is somewhere relevant in the big wide world that will enhance academic understanding, broaden opinions and introduce new perspective. Challenging students to explore unfamiliar surroundings and test their pre conceived limitations serves to have a helpful and constructive role in their development.

Cultural Canada

Multi-cultural, cosmopolitan, organised and welcoming, Canada is an ideal destination for any number of school trips, regardless of the focus of study. Toronto and Quebec are two unique, and to some extent contrasting, cities. Toronto is a retail hub and a place of culinary diversity, while Quebec’s fusion of British and French history offers much to discover and explore.

Toronto lies across the waters of Lake Ontario from New York. The city happily ebbs and flows between the American culture and the pull of the more conservative northern independence. Embracing both worlds, however, the people of Toronto are open-minded and multi-cultural. The collage of neighbourhoods was born from the huge immigrant population that makes up the harmonious vibe presiding in the city. Students on school trips will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the unpretentious and exciting world that is Toronto.

There is a thriving art scene in the city, along with a buzzing musical and literary community. Ice hockey is the national sport and the attendance at the stadium in Toronto certainly reflects the patriotism to the game. The International Film Festival, held in September is one of the cities biggest events, and in true Toronto style the event is capitalised upon, with parties, concerts, exhibitions and other entertaining spectacles.

Further inland along the St Lawrence River is the colonial city of Quebec. With a strong French influence and an intricate history Quebec is a more conventional city, with the old city walls surrounding a whole host of stories from the past. The Battlefields Park tells a somber tale of the French and British tug of war for occupation of the city and makes an interesting topic of discussion for students to explore. In the morning head down to the Citadel and watch the changing of the guards and then spend the afternoon exploring the area around the Petit-Champlain District with its quaint art galleries, cafes and boutiques lining the cobbled streets. This district is the oldest part of the city and accommodates the Musee de la Civilisation, which houses a wonderful collection of exhibitions that explore the past and the future.

Canada is a fascinating destination for students on school trips to discover. Outside of the main cities there is another world of adventure to be had. The Marineland theme park offers the chance to study an array of sea life, including Beluga Whales and Orcas, and no trip to Canada would be complete without an excursion to the awesome Niagara Falls.

Angela Bowden works for STS (School Travel Service), the UK’s largest educational travel company, providing school trips for secondary schools, primary schools and colleges. School trips with STS can encompass art/design, foreign languages, history, science/nature, geography and more, to worldwide destinations.

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