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3 Fall Food Festivals to Consider for your Class Trip

Posted by Michael Johnson on Tue, Aug 19, 2014 @ 01:36 PM

Student travel and food are kindred spirits. Digging in to authentic local food is one of the best ways to experience a new culture, even if it’s in your own backyard. It’s also a great way to foster language learning. After all, it’s virtually an unwritten rule that a language student starts by learning how to order in a restaurant!

Markets and grocery stores are a great way to get students practicing a foreign language. Jumpstreet Tours actually offers language-themed activities that take place in the supermarket! But there are other great ways to get your students experiencing a new culture--a new language even—by exposing them to the area’s eating habits. Here are three amazing food festivals that might be worth adding to your fall itinerary.

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:

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.