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Meet Brightspark

Founded in 1978 in Toronto, Canada inspired by our own adventures as youths. We are devoted to providing educationally rich travel experience to students across Canada.

About Brightspark

For over 40 years, Brightspark has been partnering with schools across Canada to bring students to destinations around the world. That’s 40 years of meeting new people, exploring new cultures, eating new foods, and getting students out of their comfort zone to create memories that’ll last a lifetime. We believe that student travel creates enriched learning experiences. Exposure to new cultures allows students the opportunity to connect and form new thoughts and different perspectives. Travel inspires students to remain curious and become life-long learners.

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brightspark founder Linda Philp

Our History

In 2009, Brightspark was born through the union of School Voyageurs, Impact Tours and Young Explorers. Led by Linda Philp, who founded Young Explorers with less than five thousand dollars in her pocket and a love for travel. This passion started with her childhood road trips exploring Canada with six siblings in her parents’ station wagon. Linda brought with her the same philosophies that made Young Explorers successful to Brightspark. These foundational philosophies include a relentless focus on the needs of each individual customer, a dedication to creating culturally enriching experiences, and above all, hospitality.

Our Commitment

Today our commitment to hospitality is at the core of everything we do. It’s reflected in the care, detail, and effort we put into each tour and is critical to ensure our customers have incredible experiences. Although we have grown, we strive to maintain the personal and meaningful relationships our clients have come to know us for. We’re the team that drops off coffees to teachers prior to an early morning departure or jumps on a plane to meet you in destination—and we’re proud of it. Brightspark will continue to offer schools and teachers first-in-class services, so students can experience educational travel in fun and safe ways.

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diverse students walking arm in arm

Diversity & Inclusion at Brightspark

Our team is committed to serving the needs of our diverse community. We strive to make our tours accessible to the needs of the students who travel with us. Our commitment also extends to our workplace, where we believe in creating an inclusive environment to promote and value diversity.

We are dedicated to working together with teachers, students, and our vendors to make accommodations for students’ accessibility needs. We strive to ensure that all students have an equal opportunity to enjoy and learn on tour. If at any point, a teacher or student requires accommodations to participate in our tour, once notified, our sales representative and customer service team actively work on finding alternative options for the student to enjoy a fulfilling tour experience.