The EXPLORE program, in partnership with the Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles, is designed to provide 16 and 17 year olds from Canada and abroad with a unique experience that combines outdoor activities in a natural setting with the development of oral communication skills, so that learning French becomes exciting and involving. 

Groups of approximately 14 students each are formed according to oral proficiency level, based on the results of placement tests. Our program is based on the Commun Europeen Framework and we also use the Portfolio des langues. We have 3 groups of approximately 14students each, such as A1-A2 and B1 level.  Those groups are formed according to oralproficiency level, based on the results of placement tests.


The explore program was outstanding and it was the most fun, yet educational summers I have ever had!

Participant Katarina S.

Information on the Explore Bursary

Participants in Explore receive a $2,200 bursary that covers tuition fees for the courses, instructional materials, meals and accommodations, workshops, and other compulsory activities. Bursaries are awarded by random draw. The educational institution you will be attending will receive the bursary directly.


On-line application

Click here to apply for a bursary or for a detailed outline of the registration requirements and application deadlines.

*must have completed grade 11 by June 30 to be eligible for a bursary



Typical Week



Bursary students

The bursary does not cover:

  • Registration fee of $275 (non-refundable and payable only if you receive a bursary)
  • Travel expenses
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses

Non-bursary students

  • Program fees of $2,200 (Cover: Tuition fees, textbooks, room and board and participation in all compulsory activities)
  • Registration fee of $275 (non-refundable)
  • Travel expenses
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses


Transportation, Arrival & Departure

Arrival and departure

Participants should plan to arrive in Gaspé on Sunday July 1st, 2018. Staff will be on hand to welcome you at the airport.

The program ends on August 2nd at noon. You are required to participate in all compulsory program activities until the end of the program.

You must fill out a travel itinerary form and submit it to La Cité.



All students (both bursary and non-bursary) are responsible for their own travel expenses.

How to get to Gaspé:

  • By plane

    Gaspé Airport : YGP
  • 2 arrivals / day
  • 2 departures / day

We recommend: 

Air Canada

  • By bus
  • arrivals and departures everyday 

We recommend:

Orlean Express (Quebec)

Greyhound (Ontario and Western Canada)

If you are coming from Western Canada or Ontario with Greyhound, you will automatically end your trip at Montreal. You need to purchase another ticket with Orlean Express to travel from Montreal to Gaspé. Orlean Express is the only bus company which offers the transit between those two cities

  • By car

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The residence is right on the Gaspé Campus. Residence housing is located near all services, including banks, pharmacies, supermarkets, cinema, convenience stores, shopping centres, etc. All students will stay at the residence. Most students will be accommodated in single rooms,  while other students will be accommodated in twin-bedded rooms. The rooms are assigned randomly.




Students have their three meals (breakfast, lunch and supper) in the Cégep cafeteria. The cafeteria staff makes every effort (within reasonable limits) to accommodate special dietary needs or allergies, but you must provide this information in your registration form. If you require a particular food item, you may want to bring a supply with you.

On weekends, students receive $15 per day to purchase their meals or buy their own food to cook in the residence kitchen. All the facilities are there to cook great healthy meals. 


Optional Activities

A – A day in Percé: Saturday, July 7, 2018

 (4 options – Select only one option)

  1. Cruise to Rocher Percé:  $50            
  2. Whale watching cruise:  $70            
  3. Both cruises:  $95            
  4. Walk through the town of Percé:  $20

B – Canyoning: Saturday, July 14, 2018

Canyoning takes you on a unique adventure between land and water. Set in a breathtaking location shaped by thousands of years of water flow, this aquatic adventure allows you to explore natural waterslides, emerald green pits, rock walls and waterfalls. Climbing, cliff jumping, sliding and other surprises await!

Fees:  $85                                                        

C – Sea kayakingDuring the camping weekend, July 27, 28, 29, 2018

  • Participants learn basic manoeuvers
  • During camping trip on the week-ends
  • Excursion to seal colonies
  • Departure from magnificent Cap-aux-os 

Fees: 2.5 hrs excursion / $65

D – Sailing workshops

École de voile Le Cormoran

Fees: 8 hrs / $125    


Contact Information

For more information please contact:

Lorraine Laliberté
Director, Explore in Gaspé Program
La Cité universitaire francophone, University of Regina


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