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EASTERN TOWNSHIPS, QUEBEC

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Program #13816RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Glen Sutton is at 500' above sea level and nearby waters are +/- 400'.

Equipment Requirements
All equipment provided. Should you choose to bring your own boat you can save $100. Canadian. We must be advised ASAP if you are bringing your own kayak. Kayaks must be bulkhead equipped (non-sinkable). The kayaks we use are full on sea kayaks with either skegs or foot controlled rudders. These are sit-in, not sit-on boats. We will have 2 tandems along and the rest will be solo boats. All accessories and instruction is provided. Cockpit openings vary slightly but a typical opening would measure 32" x 16".

Itinerary for Sep 22 — Sep 27, 2013

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Type: Lodge

Description: Our main building was constructed in 1900 and served for over half a century as the big wooden schoolhouse to the kids of the valley. Totally renovated and refitted with all modern conveniences, the Lodge has all the amenities of a home away from home. The renovated interior boasts an abundance of American chestnut and birdseye maple. Our various outbuildings, all within a short walk or drive from the main Lodge, are comfortable and well appointed. The building has a "great room" with fireplace, extensive libraries which include world-class films, wraparound porch, outdoor deck on 2nd level and nearby swimming pool. WiFi throughout the property.

Contact info:
1351 Vallee Missisquoi Road
Glen Sutton, QC J0E 2K0 Canada
phone: 450-538-5816
web: www.outdoorlodge.ca

Room amenities: Our rooms, officially designated as four star quality, regularly elicit pleasure for the ‘home comfort’ levels they deliver. All are nicely furnished with comfortable beds, private bath, quality linens and good reading lamps. NOTE: Aloe vera skincare products strictly a no! no! as they destroy linens.

Facility amenities: All rooms are either on ground floor or one floor up (nearly all have private bath). Homestyle high-end cooking with all menus chef-designed by our chef and kitchen team. We provide three meals a day, unless otherwise arranged. Our Lodge takes pride in the quality of our kitchen fare and our commitment to healthy and nutritious dining. Many guests refer to our cuisine as Elderhostel gourmet. In this age of fast cuisine, we think you’ll appreciate the effort that our dining team puts into all the ‘from scratch’ delicacies. Special needs diets can be arranged ahead of time. As our kitchen serves fixed menus we suggest you come equipped with some of your own specific food requirements should you have highly personalized needs (gluten intolerance, etc.) Thus you may supplement our house offerings.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Contact Lodge directly.
Contact the Outdoor Lodge to enquire about availability and rates for additional nights. Stayover rates include breakfast.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, September 22 - Arrivals & Orientation
Afternoon: LODGE CHECK-IN Participants arrive independently in the afternoon to the Outdoor Lodge in Glen Sutton. Check-in time is 3:00 p.m. until 5 p.m. REGISTRATION: Meet your hosts and fellow kayakers in the commodious Great Room with its fireplace and extensive library that provides a casual and comfortable spot for refreshments and lively conversation.

Dinner: WELCOME DINNER: Dinner is at the lodge in the open format kitchen and dining room. Enjoy high-end homestyle cooking with menus designed by Chef Joy and her kitchen team. Dinner will consist of salad or soup, entrée, and dessert. NOTE: Most special needs diets, including gluten free, can be arranged if requested in advance by noting on your Participant Information Form.

Evening: ORIENTATION: Around 7:30 pm we gather for general introductions of guests and a detailed outline of the week ahead. Some guests will be brand new to the sport, others will be old hands: all are welcome. Following that will be a talk about Glen Sutton, the Eastern Townships and the general scene in this part of the world.

Lodging: Outdoor Lodge in Glen Sutton

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Our main building was constructed in 1900 and served for over half a century as the big wooden schoolhouse to the kids of the valley. Totally renovated and refitted with all modern conveniences, the Lodge has all the amenities of a home away from home. The renovated interior boasts an abundance of American chestnut and birdseye maple. Our various outbuildings, all within a short walk or drive from the main Lodge, are comfortable and well appointed. The building has a "great room" with fireplace, extensive libraries which include world-class films, wraparound porch, outdoor deck on 2nd level and nearby swimming pool. WiFi throughout the property.

Contact info:
1351 Vallee Missisquoi Road
Glen Sutton, QC J0E 2K0 Canada
phone: 450-538-5816
web: www.outdoorlodge.ca

Room amenities: Our rooms, officially designated as four star quality, regularly elicit pleasure for the ‘home comfort’ levels they deliver. All are nicely furnished with comfortable beds, private bath, quality linens and good reading lamps. NOTE: Aloe vera skincare products strictly a no! no! as they destroy linens.

Facility amenities: All rooms are either on ground floor or one floor up (nearly all have private bath). Homestyle high-end cooking with all menus chef-designed by our chef and kitchen team. We provide three meals a day, unless otherwise arranged. Our Lodge takes pride in the quality of our kitchen fare and our commitment to healthy and nutritious dining. Many guests refer to our cuisine as Elderhostel gourmet. In this age of fast cuisine, we think you’ll appreciate the effort that our dining team puts into all the ‘from scratch’ delicacies. Special needs diets can be arranged ahead of time. As our kitchen serves fixed menus we suggest you come equipped with some of your own specific food requirements should you have highly personalized needs (gluten intolerance, etc.) Thus you may supplement our house offerings.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Contact Lodge directly.
Contact the Outdoor Lodge to enquire about availability and rates for additional nights. Stayover rates include breakfast.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, September 23 - Kayaking: Lake Memphremagog and St. Benoit du Lac
Breakfast: We breakfast at 8 am and there is always a hot dish: eggs, oatmeal, Red River cereal, etc, fresh fruit bowls, yogurts, local maple syrup, 6 kinds of bread.

Morning: KAYAKING: Gather on the porch at 9 am and head for the water in Lodge buses. Our fleet of kayaks follows behind on a custom trailer. Thus our series of day kayaking trips gets underway. Transits to the water vary between 15 minutes and one hour. Each day's trip has a different theme. On this first morning we review equipment, safety and technique and then push off into Lake Memphremagog. After exploring much of the storied shoreline of this gorgeous lake we come to shore for our picnic lunch.

Lunch: We gather for lunch at approximately noon at a pre-designated spot. Bag lunch.

Afternoon: EXCURSION: After lunch we enter the meditative grounds of the abbey at St. Benoit du Lac for a one hour visit. This is a Benedictine Monastery. Featured in Gourmet magazine (September 2002) here is made the best Blue cheese in all of North America. Gregorian chant (about 40 minutes) follows and upon exiting the building we return to the water. KAYAKING continues: After 2 more hours on the water we head back to base.

Dinner: Dinner at 6 p.m.

Evening: PRESENTATION: Evening lectures commence at 7:30 p.m. Topics might include the following: Heart Healthy Living, Canadian History, Quebec Politics Since the Quiet Revolution of the 60's or The Gerry Bull Story.

Lodging: Outdoor Lodge in Glen Sutton

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Our main building was constructed in 1900 and served for over half a century as the big wooden schoolhouse to the kids of the valley. Totally renovated and refitted with all modern conveniences, the Lodge has all the amenities of a home away from home. The renovated interior boasts an abundance of American chestnut and birdseye maple. Our various outbuildings, all within a short walk or drive from the main Lodge, are comfortable and well appointed. The building has a "great room" with fireplace, extensive libraries which include world-class films, wraparound porch, outdoor deck on 2nd level and nearby swimming pool. WiFi throughout the property.

Contact info:
1351 Vallee Missisquoi Road
Glen Sutton, QC J0E 2K0 Canada
phone: 450-538-5816
web: www.outdoorlodge.ca

Room amenities: Our rooms, officially designated as four star quality, regularly elicit pleasure for the ‘home comfort’ levels they deliver. All are nicely furnished with comfortable beds, private bath, quality linens and good reading lamps. NOTE: Aloe vera skincare products strictly a no! no! as they destroy linens.

Facility amenities: All rooms are either on ground floor or one floor up (nearly all have private bath). Homestyle high-end cooking with all menus chef-designed by our chef and kitchen team. We provide three meals a day, unless otherwise arranged. Our Lodge takes pride in the quality of our kitchen fare and our commitment to healthy and nutritious dining. Many guests refer to our cuisine as Elderhostel gourmet. In this age of fast cuisine, we think you’ll appreciate the effort that our dining team puts into all the ‘from scratch’ delicacies. Special needs diets can be arranged ahead of time. As our kitchen serves fixed menus we suggest you come equipped with some of your own specific food requirements should you have highly personalized needs (gluten intolerance, etc.) Thus you may supplement our house offerings.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Contact Lodge directly.
Contact the Outdoor Lodge to enquire about availability and rates for additional nights. Stayover rates include breakfast.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, September 24 - Kayaking: Lake Champlain
Breakfast: We breakfast at 8 am and there is always a hot dish: eggs, oatmeal, Red River cereal, etc, fresh fruit bowls, yogurts, local maple syrup, 6 kinds of bread.

Morning: KAYAKING: Gather on the porch for the 9 am departure, by Lodge bus, to Lake Champlain, one of the most historic waterways in all of North America. Later in the day a professional historian goes back in time to the early explorers and the French and Indian Wars, the Revolution and the British all the way up to the Prohibition days of the 20s and 30s to underline the fascinating history of Champlain's lake.

Lunch: We gather for lunch at approximately noon at a pre-designated spot. Bag lunch.

Afternoon: KAYAKING continues: We will boat the Vermont shoreline and weave about many islands in the process. A day steeped in history.

Dinner: Cocktails at 5 p.m. in our "Great Room" and dinner at 6 p.m.

Evening: PRESENTATION: Evening lectures commence at 7:30 p.m. Topics might include the following: Heart Healthy Living, Canadian History, Quebec Politics Since the Quiet Revolution of the 60's or The Gerry Bull Story.

Lodging: Outdoor Lodge in Glen Sutton

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Our main building was constructed in 1900 and served for over half a century as the big wooden schoolhouse to the kids of the valley. Totally renovated and refitted with all modern conveniences, the Lodge has all the amenities of a home away from home. The renovated interior boasts an abundance of American chestnut and birdseye maple. Our various outbuildings, all within a short walk or drive from the main Lodge, are comfortable and well appointed. The building has a "great room" with fireplace, extensive libraries which include world-class films, wraparound porch, outdoor deck on 2nd level and nearby swimming pool. WiFi throughout the property.

Contact info:
1351 Vallee Missisquoi Road
Glen Sutton, QC J0E 2K0 Canada
phone: 450-538-5816
web: www.outdoorlodge.ca

Room amenities: Our rooms, officially designated as four star quality, regularly elicit pleasure for the ‘home comfort’ levels they deliver. All are nicely furnished with comfortable beds, private bath, quality linens and good reading lamps. NOTE: Aloe vera skincare products strictly a no! no! as they destroy linens.

Facility amenities: All rooms are either on ground floor or one floor up (nearly all have private bath). Homestyle high-end cooking with all menus chef-designed by our chef and kitchen team. We provide three meals a day, unless otherwise arranged. Our Lodge takes pride in the quality of our kitchen fare and our commitment to healthy and nutritious dining. Many guests refer to our cuisine as Elderhostel gourmet. In this age of fast cuisine, we think you’ll appreciate the effort that our dining team puts into all the ‘from scratch’ delicacies. Special needs diets can be arranged ahead of time. As our kitchen serves fixed menus we suggest you come equipped with some of your own specific food requirements should you have highly personalized needs (gluten intolerance, etc.) Thus you may supplement our house offerings.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Contact Lodge directly.
Contact the Outdoor Lodge to enquire about availability and rates for additional nights. Stayover rates include breakfast.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, September 25 - Kayaking: Lake Brome/Knowlton
Breakfast: We breakfast at 8 am and there is always a hot dish: eggs, oatmeal, Red River cereal, etc, fresh fruit bowls, yogurts, local maple syrup, 6 kinds of bread.

Morning: KAYAKING: Gather on the porch for 9 am and then off to Lake Brome, Quebec. Home of Quebec's old-moneyed elite with their summer 'cottages' (best seen by water) we explore the inlets and coves (many guests consider the hours in the Quilliams Marsh as the highlight of the week) before turning our ships towards Knowlton (at the headwaters of the lake). This quaint town has the highest density of millionaires in all of Canada.

Lunch: We gather for lunch at approximately noon at a pre-designated spot. Bag lunch.

Afternoon: KAYAKING continues: We go back to the water for a Hardy Boys/ Nancy Drew paddle into Peacock Alley. End the water day at Gerry's Tikka Bar by the shore. Thence home to Glen Sutton.

Dinner: Cocktails at 5 p.m. in our "Great Room" and dinner at 6 p.m. Evening lecture commences at 7:30 p.m.

Evening: FREE EVENING: Each week has one free evening where guests can sample our world-class movie collection, play bridge, play tennis on our lighted court or sample some local theatre.

Lodging: Outdoor Lodge in Glen Sutton

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Our main building was constructed in 1900 and served for over half a century as the big wooden schoolhouse to the kids of the valley. Totally renovated and refitted with all modern conveniences, the Lodge has all the amenities of a home away from home. The renovated interior boasts an abundance of American chestnut and birdseye maple. Our various outbuildings, all within a short walk or drive from the main Lodge, are comfortable and well appointed. The building has a "great room" with fireplace, extensive libraries which include world-class films, wraparound porch, outdoor deck on 2nd level and nearby swimming pool. WiFi throughout the property.

Contact info:
1351 Vallee Missisquoi Road
Glen Sutton, QC J0E 2K0 Canada
phone: 450-538-5816
web: www.outdoorlodge.ca

Room amenities: Our rooms, officially designated as four star quality, regularly elicit pleasure for the ‘home comfort’ levels they deliver. All are nicely furnished with comfortable beds, private bath, quality linens and good reading lamps. NOTE: Aloe vera skincare products strictly a no! no! as they destroy linens.

Facility amenities: All rooms are either on ground floor or one floor up (nearly all have private bath). Homestyle high-end cooking with all menus chef-designed by our chef and kitchen team. We provide three meals a day, unless otherwise arranged. Our Lodge takes pride in the quality of our kitchen fare and our commitment to healthy and nutritious dining. Many guests refer to our cuisine as Elderhostel gourmet. In this age of fast cuisine, we think you’ll appreciate the effort that our dining team puts into all the ‘from scratch’ delicacies. Special needs diets can be arranged ahead of time. As our kitchen serves fixed menus we suggest you come equipped with some of your own specific food requirements should you have highly personalized needs (gluten intolerance, etc.) Thus you may supplement our house offerings.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Contact Lodge directly.
Contact the Outdoor Lodge to enquire about availability and rates for additional nights. Stayover rates include breakfast.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, September 26 - Kayaking: Lake Willoughby
Breakfast: We breakfast at 8 am and there is always a hot dish: eggs, oatmeal, Red River cereal, etc, fresh fruit bowls, yogurts, local maple syrup, 6 kinds of bread.

Morning: KAYAKING: Today we paddle Lake Willoughby. Known as the Switzerland of Vermont with its soaring 1000' cliffs (this was the first site in all of Vermont to see the return of the peregrine falcon) and wild Northeast Kingdom shoreline. This is also Robert Frost country and poetry will accompany this final full day of paddling.

Lunch: Lunch at approximately noon at a pre-designated spot.

Afternoon: KAYAKING continues: We continue our exploration of Lake Willoughby.

Dinner: Dinner at 6 p.m.

Evening: PRESENTATION: Evening lectures commence at 7:30 p.m. Topics might include the following: Heart Healthy Living, Canadian History, Quebec Politics Since the Quiet Revolution of the 60's or The Gerry Bull Story.

Lodging: Outdoor Lodge in Glen Sutton

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, September 27 - Kayaking: Missisquoi River/Independent Departures
Breakfast: We breakfast at 8 am and there is always a hot dish: eggs, oatmeal, Red River cereal, etc, fresh fruit bowls, yogurts, local maple syrup, 6 kinds of bread.

Morning: KAYAKING: As our program ends at noon today's paddle is in the neighborhood and will be down the beautiful and meandering Missisquoi River from the bridge in Highwater to the bridge in Glen Sutton. Mild current and much about the natural history of this enchanting area.

Lunch: Lunch is either eaten on the porch or in transit.

Afternoon: INDEPENDENT DEPARTURES: Independent departures from the lodge after lunch.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Glen Sutton, QC
Glen Sutton and EnvironsHighlights include Benedictine Monastery with Gregorian chants (35 min. drive), antiquing, Quebec's wine district (30 min.), village of Lac Brome (35 min.), local museums, cycling, hiking, lakes and rivers for water sports. Shelburne Museum (1 hr. 40 min.) home to the largest collection of Americana in the world.

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
6 Field trips

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