Rideau Students Enjoy Experiences Canada Exchange to Alberta

                     Photo of Students at Bows Falls, Alberta

Rideau District High School students are pictured at the base of the Bow River Falls in Banff, Alberta.  Submitted Photo 

Elgin – Twenty one students from Rideau District High School (RDHS) recently travelled 3,500 kilometres to visit the community of Two Hills, Alberta as part of an Experiences Canada Exchange (formerly SEVEC- Society for Educational Visits and Exchanges Canada).

Coordinated by RDHS staff members William Morris, Judy Forrest and Kathryn Nantel, the May 1st -8th exchange provided students with an opportunity to travel to Two Hills by plane before embarking upon a tour throughout central Alberta. Using the Two Hills High School as a home base, students visited the Torrington Gopher Museum, the Royal Tyrrell Dinosaur Museum, the Badlands Interpretive Trail, and the Last Chance Saloon before touring the Star Mine Suspension Bridge, the Atlas Coal Mine, and the Hoodoos Trail. Students also enjoyed time in Banff which included a gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain, exploration time in Banff and an evening at the Banff Hot Springs.

Rideau students hosted their western counterparts in late March during which time a day excursion to Ottawa provided tours of the War Museum, the Royal Canadian Mint and Parliament Hill followed by a trip to Kingston to visit City Hall and Queens University. Local tour highlights included stops at the Gibbon’s Sugar Bush, the Brockville Aquatarium, Tack’s Toys and the Old Stone Mill in Delta. The Ontario hosting week finished off with an evening at the JUNO Awards in Ottawa.

This year’s program marked the thirteenth year in which students from RDHS have participated in the inter-provincial school exchange program coordinated by Experiences Canada and supported in part by Heritage Canada.

Plans have already been finalized for September when 21 students will be travelling on an exchange to Montague, PEI.

(Posted May 10, 2017)

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