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
Then travel to National Battlefields Park, also known as the Plains of Abraham. With commentary provided by our local expert, discover the site of many clashes for supremacy between the French and British Empires. The park is the scene of the 1759 Conquest, which changed the fate of North America. Apart from its historical past, the park is to Québec what Central Park and Hyde Park are to New York and London: a city park of outstanding value, the lungs of the city.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