A year ago this week, our team at Experiences Canada was furiously rebooking flights to secure the safe travel home of four youth groups still in the middle of an Exchange as the pandemic shut down took effect.  We also started the process of postponing (and later cancelling) travel plans for more than 2000 youth involved in our programs. Who imagined that a year later, we would still be anxiously wondering when it would once again be safe to travel? While the warm weather and arrival of vaccines have given us reason to be optimistic, we’re still wistful for the time when we once again receive the social media posts, the photos and videos, and other reports from our participants as they discover another part of Canada for themselves. As we continue to wait, here is a compilation of some virtual tours of our most popular exchange destinations:

  1. Virtual Tour of the Parliament Buildings

Even when the pandemic is declared over – it will be another decade before anyone can visit the #1 travel destination for Experiences Canada participants, so this virtual tour will have to do

  1. Valcartier, Quebec – Snow Tubing

Almost half our exchanges are arranged to support second language learning, mostly pairing Quebec francophone schools with other schools across the country.  A visit to Valcartier Park and to Carnaval are always on the itinerary!

  1. Iqualuit, Nunavut

We always have more demand for exchanges to the North than we can accommodate each year.

  1. Virtual Hike, Moraine Lake, Banff National Park

Exploring Canada’s natural environment is another popular theme for exchanges, with Alberta and BC being top destinations for the rest of Canada eager to see the Rockies and Coastal Mountains.

  1. Toronto, ON Tour of Royal Ontario Museum

Google Street Views offer a growing number of walk-through tours of Canadian museums and art galleries for those missing cultural excursions!

  1. Haida Gwaii – History of the Haida

Presently, nearly 10% of our exchanges involve Indigenous communities. We’re continually working to build relationships with more Indigenous communities to support opportunities for them to build connections with other Indigenous as well as non-Indigenous youth across the country.

  1. Iceberg Tour – Newfoundland

Opportunities to explore the East Coast are also very popular, and it is always a thrill if they can catch a glimpse of an iceberg while they are there!

  1. Drumhellar – Dinosaur Dig

Outdoor Education and exploring history and heritage are two other popular themes for exchanges – all the better when you can do both at the same time!

  1. Preview of Quamajuq, the Inuit Art Centre in Winnipeg, MB

We count this as a future top destination since the Centre isn’t open yet – but we wanted to share this sneak peak of Winnipeg’s newest cultural attraction

  1. Heliskiing – Columbia Mountains, BC

We do a lot of sports exchanges including ski groups, but to be honest, no youth we know of have been on this kind of trip!  

There are so many amazing places to discover in Canada. This year, since were all sticking around in our own neighborhoods, we’re inviting youth to take a closer look and share the stories about what makes their home so special – creating photo galleries, videos, and other multi-media presentations to highlight the history, geography, art, culture and heritage of their communities. At the end of the school year, we’ll share their work of all the youth participating in our Virtual Exchange program on an Interactive map of Canada. So stay tuned and join us this summer for a virtual tour across Canada as seen through the eyes of our youth!

Virtual Choir Application:

 

Note: Participant fees are $50 for 1 x 6 week session, or $75 to sign up for both sessions. This covers rehearsals, all music and other materials required, plus optional participation in the virtual exchange program. These fees will be due once accepted into the program.

 

Experiences Canada is dedicated to ensuring full access to its program regardless of geography, ability or economic circumstance. Limited special measures funding requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

 

If you have any questions about the virtual Choir or the application process, please contact us at: communications@experiencescanada.ca

 

Applications close Sunday, November 7.

 

Weekly rehearsals will be Tuesdays at 4pm Pacific time (7pm ET, 8:30 NL), and un from Nov 9 to Dec 14, and Feb 1 to March 8.

 

Virtual Choir application
Address / Adresse *
Address / Adresse
City / Ville
State/Province
Zip/Postal
I identify my gender as / Genre: *
Applications are open to youth 12-17 years old.
Which 6 week session would you like to sign up to (you may select both) / À quelle séance souhaitez-vous vous inscrire:

Tell us about yourself / Parlez-nous un peu de vous

What is your singing experiences / Quelles sont vos expériences en chant:
List as many that apply
Do you sing high, medium, or low? / Chantez-vous haut, moyen ou bas?
Do you play a musical instrument? / Jouez-vous d’un instrument de musique?
eg: Possible scheduling conflicts

Collection and Use of Personal Information

As the parent/guardian, I hereby give my consent for EXPERIENCES CANADA to collect the personal information required for submission to the EXPERIENCES CANADA Virtual Choir. I understand that this personal information is required for the purposes of selection and program delivery and that it will only be used by EXPERIENCES CANADA or disclosed to select third parties who are acting as suppliers, service providers or who provide funds to EXPERIENCES CANADA and who have agreed to protect the personal information supplied by EXPERIENCES CANADA.

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En tant que parent/tuteur, j’autorise EXPÉRIENCES CANADA à recueillir tous les renseignements personnels requis pour participer à la Chorale virtuelle d’EXPÉRIENCES CANADA. Je comprends que ces renseignements personnels sont nécessaires aux fins de sélection et d’exécution du programme et qu’ils ne seront employés que par EXPÉRIENCES CANADA ou divulgués à des tierces parties qui agissent à titre de fournisseurs, de fournisseurs de services ou de bailleurs de fonds pour EXPÉRIENCES CANADA et qui ont accepté de protéger les renseignements personnels transmis par EXPÉRIENCES CANADA.

By checking “Yes” I indicate that I freely give my consent to the collection and use of personal information of this participant as set out above. // En cochant « Oui », j’indique que je donne mon libre consentement à la collecte et à l’utilisation des renseignements personnels, tel que décrit ci-dessus. *
I understand that my child may have the opportunity to express himself/herself verbally or in written form, create or appear in photographs and/or video recordings at any point during the EXPERIENCES CANADA virtual choir, individually or as part of the group. / Je comprends que mon enfant peut avoir l’occasion de s’exprimer verbalement ou par écrit, de prendre des photographies/de produire des vidéos, ou d’y figurer, à tout moment dans le cadre du programme de Chorale virtuelle d’EXPÉRIENCES CANADA, individuellement ou en groupe. *

Formulaire de demande – Chorale virtuelle:

Remarque : Les frais de participation sont de 50 $ pour une séance de six semaines ou de 75 $ pour s’inscrire aux deux séances. Cela comprend les répétitions, toute la musique et tout le matériel requis, ainsi que la participation facultative au programme d’échange virtuel. Ces frais seront exigibles une fois qu’ils auront été acceptés dans le programme.

Expériences Canada s’engage à assurer un accès complet à son programme, peu importe la géographie, les capacités ou les circonstances économiques. Les demandes de financement de mesures spéciales limitées sont examinées au cas par cas.

Si vous avez des questions au sujet de la chorale virtuelle ou du processus de demande, veuillez communiquer avec nous à l’adresse communications@experiencescanada.ca.

Les candidatures se terminent le dimanche 7 novembre.

Les répétitions hebdomadaires auront lieu les mardis à 16 h, heure du Pacifique (19 h, HE, 8 h 30, T.-N.-L.), du 9 novembre au 14 décembre et du 1 février au 8 mars.

Virtual Choir application
Address / Adresse *
Address / Adresse
City / Ville
State/Province
Zip/Postal
I identify my gender as / Genre: *
Applications are open to youth 12-17 years old.
Which 6 week session would you like to sign up to (you may select both) / À quelle séance souhaitez-vous vous inscrire:

Tell us about yourself / Parlez-nous un peu de vous

What is your singing experiences / Quelles sont vos expériences en chant:
List as many that apply
Do you sing high, medium, or low? / Chantez-vous haut, moyen ou bas?
Do you play a musical instrument? / Jouez-vous d’un instrument de musique?
eg: Possible scheduling conflicts

Collection and Use of Personal Information

As the parent/guardian, I hereby give my consent for EXPERIENCES CANADA to collect the personal information required for submission to the EXPERIENCES CANADA Virtual Choir. I understand that this personal information is required for the purposes of selection and program delivery and that it will only be used by EXPERIENCES CANADA or disclosed to select third parties who are acting as suppliers, service providers or who provide funds to EXPERIENCES CANADA and who have agreed to protect the personal information supplied by EXPERIENCES CANADA.

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En tant que parent/tuteur, j’autorise EXPÉRIENCES CANADA à recueillir tous les renseignements personnels requis pour participer à la Chorale virtuelle d’EXPÉRIENCES CANADA. Je comprends que ces renseignements personnels sont nécessaires aux fins de sélection et d’exécution du programme et qu’ils ne seront employés que par EXPÉRIENCES CANADA ou divulgués à des tierces parties qui agissent à titre de fournisseurs, de fournisseurs de services ou de bailleurs de fonds pour EXPÉRIENCES CANADA et qui ont accepté de protéger les renseignements personnels transmis par EXPÉRIENCES CANADA.

By checking “Yes” I indicate that I freely give my consent to the collection and use of personal information of this participant as set out above. // En cochant « Oui », j’indique que je donne mon libre consentement à la collecte et à l’utilisation des renseignements personnels, tel que décrit ci-dessus. *
I understand that my child may have the opportunity to express himself/herself verbally or in written form, create or appear in photographs and/or video recordings at any point during the EXPERIENCES CANADA virtual choir, individually or as part of the group. / Je comprends que mon enfant peut avoir l’occasion de s’exprimer verbalement ou par écrit, de prendre des photographies/de produire des vidéos, ou d’y figurer, à tout moment dans le cadre du programme de Chorale virtuelle d’EXPÉRIENCES CANADA, individuellement ou en groupe. *

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