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Too good of an opportunity to miss!
Québec City’s 400th anniversary this summer, mixed with 48 EWC alumni eager to relive their Encounters experience, that’s all it took for EWC to hit the road for Québec City to explore the history and culture of where New France began! Eighteen boys and 30 girls came from all parts of Canada, this past June, for an action-packed five-day stay in la Belle Province.
The adventure began with two days with the Huron-Wendat nation, just outside of Québec City. In times past, the Huron-Wendat welcomed the first Europeans to the continent. This time, they welcomed our participants to learn more about their way of life. The students had a fantastic time, discovering mountains and crystal clear water from the forest, while learning about the First Nations' origins, culture and history. The participants' cultural initiation was thorough: interpretive hikes, a traditional archery competition, salmon smoking, an aboriginal feast, ceremonies, native dances, storytelling around the fire camp and sleeping in teepees!
After two full days living face-to-face with nature and with the First Nations' rituals, the next three were spent in Québec City, recognized as the first city in Canada. Here, EWC participants had the opportunity to meet with history in a festive spirit, and take part in numerous commemorative activities celebrating Québec's 400th anniversary.
Throughout the week, the students recorded their travels and adventures through short video documentaries that explore the culture, people and history of Québec. See their week's best moments on FYICanada.ca, a social forum for Canadian teens and an initiative of Encounters with Canada.
Full of new experiences and friends, participants considered the week a great success. "I arrived with 50 strangers, but I left with 50 fantastic friends that I will never forget! We had lots of fun... EWC style!" said Jenny.