Chisholm Academy Middle School Explores Ottawa

During Chisholm Academy’s 4-day excursion to Ottawa in May, 2018, our Grade 7-9 students participated in many exciting activities while exploring our nation’s capital with their peers.

Their trip started off with a guided tour of the Supreme Court of Canada, where they experienced  first-hand what happens in a court trial by actually participating in one. This was followed by an exciting Historic Walking Tour of Ottawa, to learn about Ottawa’s rich history.

On the second day, our students toured the famous Parliament buildings, and were actually part of the final tour of the Parliament Centre Block, as they are closing it for approximately 15 years for cleaning and restoration. Following this tour, they visited the National War Memorial and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and then enjoyed a fabulous dinner at a Sugar Shack, the Sucrerie de la Montagne, where they experienced amazing traditional Quebecois music and food, including delicious maple syrup!

On the third day, our students visited the Canadian War Museum, the Byward Market for lunch and souvenir shopping, and enjoyed a sightseeing cruise on the Ottawa River, where they had a spectacular view of the Parliament buildings and many other famous landscapes.  Our day ended with a fabulous Gala, which included dinner and lots of dancing!

Finally, on the last day, the students toured Sussex Drive and the Governor General’s beautiful residence at Rideau Hall. This was followed by a visit to the National Gallery of Canada, where the giant spider “Maman” can be seen decorating the front of the building.

Overall, our Ottawa Trip was a wonderful opportunity for our students to spend time with their friends away from home, build independence and self-confidence, broaden their horizons and develop lifetime memories.

Sylvia Moyssakos

Chisholm Academy Vice Principal