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LEG 4 – EDMONTON’S FRENCH QUARTER AND THE MILL CREEK RAVINE

DESTINATION

“Quartier Francophone d’Edmonton” (Edmonton’s French Quarter) is the heart of French culture and heritage in Edmonton and described by residents to have a certain “joie de vivre” (joy of living). The area is home to numerous Francophone businesses, indulgent cuisine options and the University of Alberta’s French Campus: Campus Saint-Jean. The district is centered about Rue Marie-Anne Gaboury (91 Street NW between 88 Avenue NW and 84 Avenue NW in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) and steps away from the picturesque Mill Creek Ravine.

Information courtesy Edmonton’s French Quarter (2020).

RACE

Teams travelled by bus to Edmonton’s French Quarter and located the clue box outside of La Citè Francophone where they encountered another Detour challenge: “Rue Marie-Anne Gaboury” or “Campus Saint-Jean.” In “Rue Marie-Anne Gaboury,” contestants had to answer a series of questions by reading stories about the Francophone community that are posted on brick pillars along 91 Street NW. In “Campus Saint-Jean,” teams had to correctly match a series of flags, phrases, pictures and symbols found on the grounds of Campus Saint-Jean. Kara and Max of Team Frenchies put their French language skills to good use during this challenge while Lauren and Jenn of Team Trendy and Unnecessary elected to use their Express Pass!

Upon completion of the Detour, teams trekked deep into the Mill Creek Ravine to perform their last challenge of The Amazing Race Edmonton 2019, a Road Block. One (1) team member was tasked with finding two (2) miniature flying canoes with identical “fleur de lis” symbols that were suspended from the trees in the Mill Creek Ravine. “Le Festival de Canoë Volant” (the Flying Canoe Festival) is one of Edmonton’s great winter festivals hosted in Edmonton’s French Quarter and the Mill Creek Ravine. The legend of the flying canoe is rooted in French-Canadian and First Nations culture. Once teams successfully completed the challenge, they were checked into the final Pit Stop of the race.

Information courtesy Centre Communautaire d’Edmonton (2018).

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Café Bicyclette at La Citè FrancophoneCafé Bicyclette at La Citè Francophone

Teams Retrieving Their Clue in Edmonton's French QuarterTeams Retrieving Their Clue in Edmonton's French Quarter

Pit Stop - Mill Creek RavinePit Stop - Mill Creek Ravine