A Journey that begins with a welcome from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police sure to be an unforgettable one! During your homestay with Friendship Force of Edmonton, ambassadors will have opportunities to see bison, elk, and other wildlife at Elk Island or attend a three-day Heritage Festival which celebrates the cultures of Canada. After square dancing at the Edmonton Farewell party, ambassadors travel to FF Manitoba where hosts will show them around to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, exploring downtown Winnipeg, or visiting a Mennonite colony. After several free days on your own, ambassadors reconvene for the final leg the Journey in Pennsylvania with FF Greater Harrisburg, where they will indulge in a fried-chicken-and-apple-pie welcome dinner, hike a section of the Appalachian Trail, and visit Hotel Hershey and Chocolate World!
Home Hospitality provided by the Friendship Force clubs of Edmonton & Area, Manitoba, and Greater Harrisburg.
Live With a Local
- There will be homestays in Edmonton, Manitoba, and Harrisburg.
- Programs have not been finalized, but will include cultural activities. For example, FF Greater Harrisburg will include a visit to the Amish and Menonite communities.
- Edmonton - Elk Island National Park, Muttart Conservatory, West Edmonton Mall (Largest in North America)
- Manitoba - The Forks Historical Site, Assiniboine Park, Canadian Museum for Human Rights
- Harrisburg - Gettysburg Battlefield and Civil War Museum, Amish Farm and House, Hershey Chocolate World
Excellent! My host went out of her way to provide additional activities I was interested in. Local experiences and activities provided areas of interest that would not be available anywhere else. - 2015 ambassador
Edmonton & Area and Manitoba, Canada and Greater Harrisburg, USA
27 Days / 26 Nights Program and Itinerary:
August 1, 2019 – August 27, 2019
Coordinator: Teresa Whitters, FF Southern Sydney
All Friendship Force Itineraries are subject to change.
Aug. 1, 2019
Ambassadors arrive to FF Edmonton & Area and settle into hosts’ homes
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police welcome the ambassadors at the welcome event!
Aug. 2, 2019
Royal Alberta Museum
Aug. 3, 2019
Elk Island and Strathcona Wilderness Center (includes canoeing and a wiener roast, or a tour of the University Botanical Gardens)
Aug. 4, 2019
Free day, which could include a visit the Heritage Festival (a 3-day celebration of the cultures that make up Canada and includes music, food, costumes, and more from all over the world)
Aug. 5, 2019
The Ukrainian Village
Aug. 6, 2019
Tour of the Alberta Legislature and downtown Edmonton
Aug. 7, 2019
A cultural activity including a Metis fiddler/dancer who shares a bit of his culture as he performs. (Metis – First Nations and Scottish or French heritage). Square dancing will also be included in this activity.
Aug. 8, 2019
Ambassadors arrive at FF Manitoba and settle into host’s homes
Aug. 9, 2019
Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Aug. 10, 2019
The Forks in Downtown Winnipeg with its rich history of early aboriginal settlement and the advent of the railway where the Assiniboine River flows into the Red River.
Visit the numerous unique shops and restaurants in this area.
Walking tours of our exchange district in Winnipeg to see art and architecture or haunted Winnipeg for death and debauchery.
Aug. 11, 2019
Aug. 12, 2019
Assiniboine Park Zoo to see the polar bear exhibit and after enjoy the statues, flower gardens and green space in the park
Aug. 13, 2019
Visit to a Mennonite Colony or other towns or parks in rural Manitoba
Aug. 14, 2019
Tour of the Manitoba Parliament Building to learn the history surrounding the building
Aug. 15 to 19, 2019
Individual break for ambassadors between hosting phases
This break is your choice, at your cost
Aug. 20, 2019
Arrival to FF Greater Harrisburg
Night with hosts
Aug. 21, 2019
Downtown walking tour
Lunch at Camilla’s Sin Tea Room
Boiling Springs for hike on the Appalachian Trail
Afternoon “tea and biscuits” (wine and cheese) reception at Tripletts
Aug. 22, 2019
Tour PA State Capitol Building
Tour of the Broad Street Market with sandwich or salad at an Amish stand
Tour Midtown Scholar Bookstore
Walking tour by local historian from B.S. Market to State Street, stop at St. Patrick’s or other
Pride of the Susquehanna River Boat Cruise
Depart City Island with drivers for Fort Hunter
Welcome dinner at Fort Hunter Barn with fried chicken, sides, and apple pie,; FFGreater Harrisburg members welcome
Aug. 23, 2019
Tour of Hotel Hershey and shops, or recline at piazza until noon
Grand lunch buffet at the Circular
Hershey trolley tour at Chocolate World
Dinner with home hosts or other club members
Aug. 24, 2019
Free day with hosts
Aug. 25, 2019
Tour of Dobbin House, circa 1776 (with lunch)
Film, Cyclorama, and Museum at Visitor’s Center
Social wine and cheese event
Aug. 26, 2019
Amish country tour with stops at businesses, houses, and farms (bring cash for shopping)
Traditional family-style “Pennsylvania Dutch” lunch at Good and Plenty
Last evening with hosts
Aug. 27, 2019
Know before you go
- Journey number 15154.
- August 15 to 20, 2019 will be an individual break for the ambassadors between phases II and III of the Journey. This break will be their choice, at their cost.
- It will be summer when we visit Canada and USA, so the weather is likely to be pleasant, but you should be prepared for cooler days as well.
Friendship Force International provides opportunities to explore new countries and cultures from the inside by bringing people together at the personal level. Through the signature program of home hospitality, local hosts welcome international visitors into their culture, sharing with them meals, conversation, and the best sights and experiences of their region.