This is a special retreat for me as I am taking you home.
Ottawa is the capital of Canada and has much to offer.
From the gothic architecture of Parliament Hill, to the postmodern architecture of the Canadian Museum of History and National Gallery of Canada, we will explore collections of indigenous and other Canadian art.
We will stroll along the Rideau Canal, through the market and discover why Canadians are so nice!
As with every retreat, the entire day is spent together. Thanks to this continuous interaction, you will considerably speed up your command of the language and get permanent and measurable results after this week of immersion.
The classroom training each day includes activities which will cover speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, naturally including grammar and vocabulary.
The meals and additional activities allow us to place emphasis on practical communication to build up your vocabulary and help to develop fluency and confidence.
About this retreat
Number of participants Maximum of 12 participants
Duration 6 days
DAY 1 - THE ADVENTURE BEGINS
Once you arrive at your home for the week you will have some time to get settled and relax a bit.
We will have a welcome dinner, get to know the amazing people that will be on this journey with you and explore the neighborhood for those who aren't jet-lagged.
DAY 2 :
Each day of the retreat starts with breakfast and some classroom time.
Once we are done, what better way to get to know the nation's capital than by visiting its parliament.
We will first take an official tour of the buildings and then enjoy the garden and some of the sites to be had from there.
As the grounds of the complex are the site of numerous national celebrations, demonstrations and shows, we may even get to take in one of these.
DAY 3 :
There are a few foods typical to Canada that must be tried. The first being Beavertails which we will enjoy as we stroll and do some shopping at the market and possibly also enjoy the entertainment of different buskers.
Today you will have an afternoon free to discover the city on your own and possibly do some shopping.
DAY 4 :
A day of culture is what we will be doing as soon as we finish with our classroom time.
We will head across the Ottawa River to the province of Quebec for a visit to the Canadian Museum of History.
Here we will start in the spectacular Grand Hall which offers an introduction to the history, cultures and, beliefs of the First Peoples of Canada’s Pacific Coast. With its curving, six-storey window wall and unrivalled view of Parliament Hill, the Grand Hall is one of the country’s most impressive indoor public spaces and the Museum’s architectural centrepiece.
From here we will take our time discovering our host country.
DAY 5 :
Canada is still part of the Commonwealth which means there is an official residence of the Canadian monarch.
Today we will be visiting Rideau Hall, a stunning 175-room mansion that sits on 88 acres of land.
DAY 6 - FINAL DAY
After breakfast, it is time for us to part ways. Hopefully not for long.