Every two years, Camp Tournesol organizes an out-of-the-ordinary, overnight experience for your child. This year, campers get to experience the culture and breathtaking landscape of different regions of Quebec.
Join us as we embark on a 13 days, 12 nights adventure to discover and explore the breathtaking scenery along the north shore of the St-Lawrence River.
The goal of each of these adventures is to place your child in a situation to use their French and expose them to French culture in a fun environment. These are not typical group tours but they are developed with the flavour of a family trip. The trips are supervised by experienced teachers and Camp Tournesol counsellors with a maximum of a 1 to 6 counsellor-to-camper ratio. They are built to help your child develop a sense of independence and confidence in their French language skills.
“Our child commented that everyone in Quebec “lives” in French just like we live in English. They don’t just speak French in school, they speak French all the time! She loved it and kept breaking into French as she told about the trip. We are so pleased.”“I just wanted to let you know that Alexander and Sebastien had an incredible time!!! They came back with “once in a lifetime” stories! It was a great balance of french education, Quebec culture, history and heritage, natural/outdoor life experiences – they loved Tadoussac!!!, as well as meeting incredible people and making new friendships! Kudos to the amazing Valerie, Annie and Eloise for adding so much to this magical experience for the kids! Thank you for an amazing experience for our kids!”
“My daughter returned from the Quebec trip yesterday, full of wonderful stories about her 2 weeks with Camp Tournesol. She had a fabulous trip and I hope you will pass on our thanks to everyone who organized the trip and say how much we appreciate their devotion to the youngsters.”
Montreal is a unique city with its culture, its scenery and its old country flare. Montreal was called “Canada’s Cultural Capital” by Monocle and recently was named a UNESCO City of Design. In Montreal, we stay in the heart of the city at the Travelodge hotel.
Biodôme: An oasis in the heart of the city, the Montréal Biodôme recreates some of the most beautiful ecosystems of the Americas:
The Biodôme, whose name means “house of life,” shows visitors the “true nature” of the Americas, by offering up their loveliest and most amazing ecosystems.
Mount-Royal: Hike the hill at the centre of the city: the “ Mont-Royal”, and participate in “Fort Rallye” at the Mont-Royal led by a guide from the organisation “Les Amis de la Montagne”. Campers organized in teams will go through challenges to win keys that open the treasure chest. They will participate in a fun hands-on activity to discover the geology and biodiversity of the mountain. They will also catch a glorious view of the city from the mountain!
Cirque at La Tohue: We will attend one of the fabulous Circus show at La Tohue, part of the Complètement Cirque festival!
To discover the history and architecture of this fabulous city, we will hop on an amphibus to visit land and water as well as participate in a rally in the Old Montreal with costumed guides recreating the history!
White-water rafting: Experience the Montreal metro to go directly to Angrignon. Be prepared for a day packed with excitement. Our guides, Montreal Rafting, will take our group through an exciting but safe excursion on the Lachine falls. Always a top rated highlight by our campers.
The Mauricie is a region that extends between Montreal and Quebec City. There, we’ll stay on Melville Island. Located in the heart of Shawinigan’s city, the park is surrounded by the magnificent Saint-Maurice River and is home to the famous Cité de l’énergie. On the island, we will stay at the Inn of the Parc Melville situated on the shore of the river. Meals will be served in the large family style dining room and the group will have access to the large family room to relax at night and organize quiet games.
Treetop trekking: On site, the park is host to a large tree-trekking park with 5 different circuits to accommodate beginners to the advanced trekker. With suspended bridges, paths, cargo nets, Tarzan vines and a 106 meter long zipline (all totalling 82 aerial challenges) there will be something for everyone.
Kayaking the St-Maurice: Our other spectacular adventure in that region will be the trip down the St-Maurice river in kayaks and rabaska for the younger paddlers. With our guides, we will paddle along the river beginning at the hydroelectric dam St-Gabelle. We will stop for a rest at the “Forges St-Maurice”, home to the remains of Canada’s first ironworks. This will be an experience to remember.
Cité de L’Énergie: Partake in a scientific experiment and go up the elevator to the top of the tower for a spectacular view of the area. In the evening, students will have the chance to attend the grandiose nocturnal live play/show held outdoors.
The outskirts of Québec City are simply enchanting. In just a few minutes, you can find yourself deep in the countryside or in the heart of one of the large natural parks.
The Chute Montmorency: A magnificent waterfall (272 feet high, higher than Niagara Falls) is well worth the detour. We will climb the Panoramic Stairway (487 steps) which literally clings to the side of the cliff, and explore above the falls with a guide from the Park.
Canyoning: A few minutes from Quebec City, we will participate in a canyoning activity. This activity was one of the highlights of our last trips to France and Quebec. Started in France about forty years ago, canyoning is traveling in canyons using a variety of techniques such as stream hiking, abseiling, swimming and jumping. Canyoning-Québec imported this summer activity and invented ice canyoning for winter. They will organize an unforgettable experience for our campers in the heart of Quebec, at the Jean-Larose Falls, and at the foot of Mont-Sainte-Anne.
The children will also participate in a Ghost Walk at night to discover the history of the city as well as attend street show presented as part of the Festival d’été.
The cold waters of the Rivière Saguenay that flow into the saltwater of the St. Lawrence River form an exceptional ecosystem, the Saguenay-St-Lawrence Marine Park where countless beluga and fin whales abound in the summertime. We will spend a few days in that region staying at the “Fermes 5 étoiles”. A unique concept where comfortable accommodations are situated on the grounds of a functioning farm for wildlife rescue animals. Our group will be housed in our own chalet on site.
Ferme 5 étoiles: The children will have the opportunity to participate in the feeding and caring of the wild animals during one of the morning sessions. A long-time favorite is the baby moose!
Whale watching from the shore: Within the “Saguenay-St-Lawrence Marine Park”, we will visit 2 of the best sites to view whales from the shore: Cap du Bon-Désir et Pointe-Noire. Since its creation in 1998, the marine park has worked to protect and present the marine environment of a section of the St. Lawrence Estuary and the Saguenay Fjord.
Whale watching cruise: we will sail on a whale-watching cruise where campers on previous trips counted more than 15 very clear whale sightings.
Sand dunes: In Tadoussac, we will also visit the Sand dunes where campers will have the opportunity to run up and down hills of sand – right along the shores of the Saint-Lawrence river.
CIMM: we will visit the “Centre d’interprétation des animaux marins (CIMM)”, a hands-on exhibit on whales that plunges you into the world of these legendary creatures.
This experience is offered to students who are comfortable expressing themselves in French and are currently in grades 4 to 9 in a French immersion or Francophone school, or for whom French is the language spoken at home.
Departing by train from Toronto Union Station on Sunday July 2nd, our first stop is Montreal. We will re-embark the train in Montreal on Friday July 14th returning to Toronto Union Station late afternoon.
|Train Via #64||Leaving Toronto Union Station at 9:20am||Arriving in Montreal at 2:20pm|
|Train Via #65||Leaving Montreal at 10:55am||Arriving at Toronto Union Station at 4:03pm|
Fee for the trip: $2,400 plus HST.
Minimum: The fee is based on a minimum of 20 participants.
Cancellation policy: The deposit is non refundable after December 31st, however can be transferred to another program for the same child or a sibling (not combined) up to January 31st. After January 31st, it is also non transferable and non refundable. After March 15th, 100% of the total package price is non transferable and non refundable. Once payment is made, the train fee is not refundable or transferable at anytime.