Study in Montreal this summer and prepare for college with engaging courses on the campus of McGill University, often referred to as the “Harvard of the North”. This pre-college summer program for high school students balances academic enrichment and growth with fun group excursions and free time to explore one of the top student cities in the world! Students will enjoy the independence that they desire balanced with the structure, guidance and supervision that parents expect...(more)
Westcoast Connection: California & the Canyons
- Listing Type: Summer Programs
- Destination: United States
- Program Delivery: Residential
- Provided By: Independent Provider
- Session Start: June, July
- Session Length: Three Weeks
- Entering Grade: 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
- Gender: Coed
- Category: Travel/Cultural Immersion
- Sub-Categories: Animals/Nature, Baseball, Ice Skating, Kayaking, Sailing, Surfing, Swimming, Hiking, Water Sports, Whitewater Rafting, Comedy, Multi-Sports
- Selective: No
- Ages: 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
- Minimum Cost: > $3,000
- Credit Awarded: No
This is truly the ultimate west coast teenage road trip! This program begins in San Francisco and Lake Tahoe in Northern California. Then cruise down the coast and fall in love with the beaches of Santa Barbara and the most famous hotspots in LA & San Diego. Next, this summer adventure takes you into the American Southwest exploring the majesty of dramatically changing scenery with a stay in Vegas and grand finale in beautiful Scottsdale.
Our summer program leaders are experts at creating a close, inclusive family atmosphere where everyone feels welcome. With so much adventure and excitement on this teen tour, you’re in for an unforgettable summer with plenty of new friendships ahead!
- Learn to surf with professional lessons in San Diego.
- Sail our private charter across Lake Tahoe.
- Magnificent National Parks: Bryce, Zion, and the Grand Canyon.
- Sea kayak off the coast of Santa Barbara.
- Whitewater raft the rapids of the American River.
- Laugh it up at the IMPROV Comedy Club.
- Enjoy a live show in Las Vegas.
- Venice Beach, Rodeo Drive and Hollywood.
- Waterski, wakeboard, kneeboard or tube Lake Tahoe.
- Visit Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz, and the Golden Gate Bridge.
- Explore Universal Studios and Disneyland.
- Venture into the Sedona desert on the Pink Jeep - Broken Arrow Tour.
Cost and Session Information
Grouped by Grade
June 27 - July 17
June 29 - July 19
July 1 - July 21
July 3 - July 23
July 27 - August 16
Grades 7 & 8
July 3 - July 23
Westcoast Connection offers teen tours, pre-college programs, career experiences, and volunteer programs for high school students around the world. With 70+ programs available for high school and middle school students completing grades 7-12, we've had the pleasure of providing over 41,000 teen travelers with their summer of a lifetime...(more)
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