Discover Canada's Parliament Buildings and the center stage of Canadian democracy on a guided visit through the Centre Block. From the top of the Peace Tower, gain an incredible view of Ottawa, the Rideau Canal, the Ottawa River and the Gatineau Hills beyond.Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurantAfternoon: Whether you're a novice or expert, historical or contemporary art-lover, the National Art Gallery is constantly putting on engaging events to encourage learning in a stimulating, informal environment. Your guide will give you a fascinating new perspective on the works of art found throughout the collections.
Afternoon: A two-part presentation will provide an overview of Ottawa, past and present. The first part focuses on the eventual selection of Ottawa as Canada’s capital city after experience with several prior settlements. From early days in the seventeenth century when French explorers came upon Ottawa Indians while exploring new routes for the furdecision to locate the capital in a region that satisfied ethnic, commercial, religious and strategic objectives, Ottawa enjoyed volatile beginnings. A discussion follows of Ottawa’s contemporary make-up driven by both public and private sectors, multicultural richness -- from Inuit to Vietnamese -- and as a dramatic locus for the spark of what many see as the beginning of the Cold War.
Coupled with this is a brief overview of the basic principles of universal healthcare in Canada from its early days in the 1950’s to its present status that most Canadians like to call a defining characteristic of their national identity.Dinner: Enjoy dinner at a local restaurantEvening: This free evening offers you the opportunity to relax in the comfort of your hotel room or to spend the evening at the theater, a ballet or a musical production. Advanced reservations are highly recommended. Artistic venues are not always available.Lodging: Novotel HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Your exploration of Canada's cultural and architectural treasures continues with a guided visit by the museum's curatorial staff at the Canadian Museum of History (formerly the Museum of Civilization). Explore the history of Canada's Aboriginal peoples, learn about their fight for cultural survival and admire the wealth of their contributions to Canadian society. Experience a remarkable journey through 1,000 years of Canadian social history.Lunch: Lunch at Museum café.Afternoon: Free afternoon to continue exploring the museum or visit the many museums that the city has to offer, or take a cruise on the Rideau Canal.
Dinner: Dinner on your own to enjoy local fare or join the Group Leader (at a local restaurant).Evening: You may remain with your Group Leader to continue exploring local sites or take the opportunity to head off on your own to discover Ottawa.Lodging: Novotel HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
A second lecture will discuss the Emergence of a French-English Partnership in Canada. Explore how the American Civil War played a part in this pivotal event in Canadian history. Confederation was the product of forces and conditions that were both domestic and external in origin. Within the colonies, economic necessities and political deadlock were the order of the day; and the politics, agendas and actions of both Britain and the United States promoted the need for a new political framework for British North America.
Lunch: Lunch at L'Arrivage.Afternoon: Embark on a guided exploration of the birthplace of Montréal - Pointe-à-Callière Museum. Rising above evidence of more than 1000 years of human activity, this museum houses remarkable architectural remains, displayed in situ with absolute respect for their integrity. Pointe-à-Callière delves into the past to foster a debate on urban issues both local and global, and to encourage you to reflect on the future.Dinner: Enjoy dinner on your own to explore the many culinary delights that Montreal has to offer.Evening: Free evening to explore the wonderful night life in Montréal from concerts to theater.Lodging: Hyatt RegencyMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Visit Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec. The museum is made up of three linked buildings that display an impressive array of architecture. The museum's collection includes more than 22,000 works produced mainly in Québec from early colonial times to the present day. The museum acts as a custodian, keeping alive the memory of Québec art and artists.Lunch: Lunch on your own to explore the many culinary experiences in the city.Afternoon: Enjoy some free time in the afternoon to explore Old Québec on your own.Dinner: Farewell dinner at a restaurant in Old Quebec.Evening: Free time to enjoy your last evening in Québec City or retire early in preparation for tomorrow's departure.Lodging: Hotel Manoir VictoriaMeals Included: Breakfast, Dinner