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Staff Picks: My Montreal

Posted by Michael Johnson on Tue, May 23, 2017 @ 02:59 PM

Last week, Montréal celebrated its 375th Birthday. A wide range of activities are planned to mark the occasion. We have roots in Montréal and send countless student groups there - for both French and Spanish immersion trips with their language teachers - so it comes as no surprise that much of our team has something to say about what this wonderful city means to them: 

 

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Topics: Jumpstreet, Canada, Canadian Travel, Montreal, Quebec

Video: A Taste of Our Winter Class Trips to Quebec

Posted by Michael Johnson on Tue, Aug 30, 2016 @ 04:33 PM

Hey! If you're planning a winter class trip to Quebec with Jumpstreet Tours, this video is a great recruitment tool.

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Topics: Jumpstreet, Student travel, Montreal, Quebec City, winter, Quebec, French, Trip-Planning Resources, video

Tours of Quebec, New York, Washington and more! Download our 2017 E-Brochure

Posted by Michael Johnson on Tue, Jun 14, 2016 @ 04:39 PM

Now's your chance to give your students that quintessential class trip memory that so many of us cherish from our own high school years.

In March we gave you our latest International Brochure, featuring itineraries and pricing for destinations all over the world.

Now here's our Domestic Brochure, the second installment in our 2017 student travel brochures that shines a light on trips to Quebec, New York City, Washington D.C. and more!

There are itineraries, trip-planning resources, and testimonials from teachers who are having a blast with us.

The catalog is free - we just need a few quick and basic details from you to proceed. It's a two-minute download that could lead to a lifetime of trip memories!

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Topics: Jumpstreet, Student travel, Montreal, New York City, Boston, Quebec City, Quebec, French, Trip-Planning Resources, Chicago, Spanish

Staff Picks: Essential Lunch Spots During Your Class Trip

Posted by Michael Johnson on Tue, Mar 10, 2015 @ 02:32 PM

If there’s one this we all have in common at Jumpstreet Tours, it’s that we’ve spent a lot of time in the destinations that we offer for school trips.

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Topics: Jumpstreet, Montreal, New York City, Boston, Quebec City, Food, Trip-Planning Resources, Germany, Chicago

3 Montreal Summer Festivals to Add to Your Student Travel Radar

Posted by Michael Johnson on Tue, May 27, 2014 @ 12:42 PM

We’ve mentioned on here before that Montreal is bon vivant personified, a hotbed of thrilling student travel opportunities. Perhaps the best example of this is our penchant for a festival or two. Or eighty.

You can’t visit Montreal with students without landing on the doorstep of at least one annual festival. They come in all shapes and sizes; some are open to all while others reside in the niches of the city’s many diverse pastimes, from tennis to tattoos to techno music.

With dozens of festivals happening every month, we honestly have a hard time picking our favourites. Each one is best suited for a certain season, age group, and demographic. That said, here are three summer festivals that could really inject some new life into your class trip to Montreal:

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Topics: Canadian Travel, culture, Festivals, Montreal

5 Reasons to Get Excited for Student Travel in 2014

Posted by Michael Johnson on Tue, Jan 7, 2014 @ 10:40 AM

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Topics: Festivals, Montreal, New York City, Boston, Ottawa, Quebec City, History, Food, Art, museum

The Official Jumpstreet Guide to Winter Packing is Here!

Posted by Michael Johnson on Tue, Dec 24, 2013 @ 11:35 AM

Picture this: it’s the night before your trip to Quebec’s wintery wonderland and your room looks like a dog’s breakfast of wool socks and long johns. You sit on top of your suitcase and carefully zip it shut, and just as you’re about to pat yourself on the back for a packing job well done, that sinking feeling sets in and you realize: I forgot to pack underwear!

We’ve all been there before. Packing for a trip, particularly one that will take you into the heart of a Canadian winter, can be overwhelming. While you don’t always have the luxury of being over-prepared for your adventure, you certainly can’t afford to be under-prepared.

Luckily for you we’re here to help!

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Topics: travel, Canada, Canadian Travel, Student travel, Montreal, Quebec City, winter

Jumpstreet’s Christmas Tribute to Réveillon

Posted by Michael Johnson on Tue, Dec 24, 2013 @ 10:04 AM

Ah, the holidays - a time to break bread and share in the spirit of warmth, generosity and shopping mall madness. Up here in Jumpstreet’s native Québec, the holidays usher in a wide array of festivities. Montréal’s thriving Jewish community, for example, comes to life during the eight days of Chanukah. But like most of the Western World, December in La Belle Province is largely synonymous with Christmas. Ever the bon vivant, we often mark the occasion with a day-long tribute that runs long, long into the night. It’s called Réveillon, and it’s a lot of fun.

Literally translated as ‘awakening’, Réveillon is a French Catholic tradition that dates back to the mid-1800s, when families would break fast and tuck in to a late-night meal after Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. The event earned its name from the way that the meal would rouse participants after the labours of their day-long fast. Nothing says “rise and shine” like a hearty meal, especially if you’re starving! It’s a tradition that is celebrated in France and Quebec, not to mention countless French communities around the world, from the New Brunswick to New Orleans.

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Topics: Jumpstreet, culture, Montreal, Quebec, French

Take A Gander at our Many Ghost Tours

Posted by Michael Johnson on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 @ 01:33 PM

Halloween is a Centuries-old tradition with many different incarnations, from ancient Celtic harvest festivals to all-night zombie movie marathons. Whether you’re bobbing for apples, carving pumpkins or embarking on an epic trick-or-treat run, the events of October 31 are shaped by the myths and symbols that express our fears, our thrills and especially our unending love of candy.

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Topics: Jumpstreet, travel, tours, Canada, American Travel, Student travel, Montreal, Boston, Toronto, Ottawa, Holiday, Quebec City, Gettysburg, Halloween

The Magic of Montréal en Lumière

Posted by Michael Johnson on Tue, Oct 22, 2013 @ 04:07 PM

The French expression bon vivant refers to someone who simply loves life to the fullest. The spirit of Montréal is bon vivant personified. Between its youthful student population (second largest in North America) and cultural diversity, Montréal has mastered the art of breathing life into its vibrant cityscape.

Perhaps the best way to tap into Montréal’s bon vivant spirit is through its festival calendar. Depending on who you ask, the city is host to as many as 60 festivals a year. That’s five a month! Our city’s penchant for festivalsis such an integral part of its identity that we devoted an entire chunk of our downtown core, le Quartier des spectacles, to hosting these massive shindigs.

Naturally, some festivals are more renowned than others. Both the International Jazz Festival and Just for Laughs, in June and July respectively, immediately spring to mind, drawing not only millions of visitors but also thousands of world class performers. There’s also Les FrancoFolies, another summer music festival that is fast-becoming a global epicentre of French arts and entertainment.

So we’ve got our summer festivals pretty much covered – now what about those less forgiving months when les Montréalais trade the sunshine in for snow? That’s where Montréal en Lumière (Montreal Highlights Festival) comes in, a two-week showcase of the city’s wondrous, wintery metropolis. Having first kicked off in February 2000, the event has since evolved into a non-stop party. The festivities revolve around an epic Nuit Blanche, an all-night citywide party that includes live DJs, fine dining, stunning art installations and countless activities to keep you nice and toasty. Did we mention the 360-foot outdoor slide?

Jumpstreet never misses Montréal en lumière, and this year we’d love for you to join us! If you’re only a few hours’ drive away, our action-packed 2-day “Lumière” student travel program is just the ticket to get you and your class trips in the thick of it.

Visiting from further away? No sweat! We’re more than happy to customize an itinerary especially for your needs, incorporating the wildness of Montréal en lumière with an extended visit of Québec.

Photo courtesy of Montréal en Lumière.

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Topics: Jumpstreet, student, travel, tours, Canada, Canadian Travel, Student travel, culture, Festivals, Montreal