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Program #2746RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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.
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Itinerary for Sep 21 — Sep 26, 2014

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Type: Conference Center

Description: Set amidst the maple forest of the Laurentian foothills, this site offers the serenity of nature in close proximity to Quebec City. Originally built as a ski lodge, the Auberge du Mont is now operated by and located on the same site as a private secondary school celebrating 50 years of educational programs. The log-cabin style meeting room provides a charming environment for group activities and free-time mingling. A beautiful lake reflecting the color of the surrounding trees and hiking trails through the maple forest embellish this exceptional site. (See "Free Time" for further description.) Although "Auberge du Mont" literally means "Inn of the Mountain", we are best described as a conference center whose primary mission is that of education. Almost all our clientele come as part of a group, most for educational programs created by our staff. These include Road Scholar, outdoor education programs for school groups, and cultural programs for French immersion students from as far away as British Columbia. Creating outstanding educational experiences offered in an ambiance of friendship and warmth is our main goal.

Contact info:
200 Boul St. Sacrement
St-Gabriel-de-Valcartier, QC G0A 4S0 Canada
phone: 418-844-3771 x30
web: www.aubergedumont.qc.ca

Room amenities: All rooms have a private bathroom (Toilet, sink, shower). Radio alarm clocks and wireless Internet is available in all rooms. Bring your own hair dryer or you may borrow one of ours.

Facility amenities: Guests have access to a computer with Internet access, a television in a common room, laundry facilities, shared refrigerator space and daily newspaper. Wireless Internet is available in all rooms. Cable Internet hook-up available in some rooms (cable RJ45).

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

Additional nights before:
While we do not offer additional nights before or after the program, we can usually accommodate a weekend stay over between back-to-back programs. Prices vary depending on the number of nights and meals included. Call for more information, toll free: 1-888-317-3771 x30

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, September 21 - Arrival and Check-In/Introductions/Welcome Dinner...
Arrive To: Check-in is 2:00pm - 4:00pm Coffee, tea and snacks are provided in an area conducive to mingling. The short walk around the lake is a great way to unwind after your travels. Reading materials are accessible for browsing, and the television and internet are both available. You will also have access to refrigerator space if you need to keep things cool. Laundry facilities are available after 4:00pm. Once you are here, the hard part is over and you can relax and start enjoying the week!

Afternoon: Brief introductions of the participants and coordinators between 4:30 - 5:30 pm. A short slide presentation will let you know all about the site as well take you on a "virtual hike" through the trails.

Dinner: Dinner is at the Auberge du Mont at 6:00 p.m. and is served cafeteria style. Dinner includes a salad bar, soup, choice of two main dishes, vegetables, dessert, tea, coffee, etc. Wine is not sold on the premises, but there is a good selection at the local store and you are free to bring your own. We can provide a corkscrew and wine glasses. We do not organize a "happy hour" before meals, but participants may organize something if desired.

Evening: After dinner we will take a look at the whole week ahead; speakers, field trips and other activities. We will also let you know how to make the Auberge du Mont your "home away from home" for the week (laundry, phone, newspapers, internet, etc.)

Lodging: Auberge du Mont

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Set amidst the maple forest of the Laurentian foothills, this site offers the serenity of nature in close proximity to Quebec City. Originally built as a ski lodge, the Auberge du Mont is now operated by and located on the same site as a private secondary school celebrating 50 years of educational programs. The log-cabin style meeting room provides a charming environment for group activities and free-time mingling. A beautiful lake reflecting the color of the surrounding trees and hiking trails through the maple forest embellish this exceptional site. (See "Free Time" for further description.) Although "Auberge du Mont" literally means "Inn of the Mountain", we are best described as a conference center whose primary mission is that of education. Almost all our clientele come as part of a group, most for educational programs created by our staff. These include Road Scholar, outdoor education programs for school groups, and cultural programs for French immersion students from as far away as British Columbia. Creating outstanding educational experiences offered in an ambiance of friendship and warmth is our main goal.

Contact info:
200 Boul St. Sacrement
St-Gabriel-de-Valcartier, QC G0A 4S0 Canada
phone: 418-844-3771 x30
web: www.aubergedumont.qc.ca

Room amenities: All rooms have a private bathroom (Toilet, sink, shower). Radio alarm clocks and wireless Internet is available in all rooms. Bring your own hair dryer or you may borrow one of ours.

Facility amenities: Guests have access to a computer with Internet access, a television in a common room, laundry facilities, shared refrigerator space and daily newspaper. Wireless Internet is available in all rooms. Cable Internet hook-up available in some rooms (cable RJ45).

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

Additional nights before:
While we do not offer additional nights before or after the program, we can usually accommodate a weekend stay over between back-to-back programs. Prices vary depending on the number of nights and meals included. Call for more information, toll free: 1-888-317-3771 x30

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, September 22 - Historic Overview/Old Quebec City
Breakfast: At the Auberge du Mont. Breakfasts are served cafeteria style and offer a variety of choices: cereal, muffins, eggs, bacon, sausage, toast, pancakes, etc. The only thing lacking is willpower! Early morning coffee is available. The newspaper generally arrives shortly after breakfast.

Morning: Your day begins with an overview of Quebec history from the early explorers, through New France and the British conquest to today's political questions. Dr. John Keyes masterfully delivers more than 400 years of information with his light and humorous touch. This program will provide the much needed background information to begin your exploration of Quebec, its history, culture, conflicts and future.

Lunch: At the Auberge du Mont. Served cafeteria style, lunch includes a salad bar, soup, choice of two main dishes, vegetables, dessert, tea, coffee, etc.

Afternoon: We depart from the Auberge du Mont after lunch on a coach bus. Your learning starts right away as the field trip coordinator tells you about the area as we travel to Quebec City. Once in the city, a "step-on guide" will present a two-hour bus tour including stops in Old Quebec and in the beautiful city park, the Plains of Abraham. Following the tour, you will have time to explore Old Quebec on your own. The field trip coordinator will be available all day to answer questions, direct you to specific locations, and offer any help needed.

Dinner: Dinner is always at a well-known restaurant in Old Quebec. Usually we go to "Aux Anciens Canadiens" which is located in the oldest building in Old Quebec, a short walk from the bus drop-off/pick-up point. The ambiance of Old Quebec and choice of menu items, including traditional Quebecois cuisine, make for a delightful experience.

Evening: The bus leaves Old Quebec at about 7:15 pm, permitting a brief after-dinner stroll along the 18th century streets or upon the terrace overlooking the scenic St. Lawrence River.

Lodging: Auberge du Mont

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Set amidst the maple forest of the Laurentian foothills, this site offers the serenity of nature in close proximity to Quebec City. Originally built as a ski lodge, the Auberge du Mont is now operated by and located on the same site as a private secondary school celebrating 50 years of educational programs. The log-cabin style meeting room provides a charming environment for group activities and free-time mingling. A beautiful lake reflecting the color of the surrounding trees and hiking trails through the maple forest embellish this exceptional site. (See "Free Time" for further description.) Although "Auberge du Mont" literally means "Inn of the Mountain", we are best described as a conference center whose primary mission is that of education. Almost all our clientele come as part of a group, most for educational programs created by our staff. These include Road Scholar, outdoor education programs for school groups, and cultural programs for French immersion students from as far away as British Columbia. Creating outstanding educational experiences offered in an ambiance of friendship and warmth is our main goal.

Contact info:
200 Boul St. Sacrement
St-Gabriel-de-Valcartier, QC G0A 4S0 Canada
phone: 418-844-3771 x30
web: www.aubergedumont.qc.ca

Room amenities: All rooms have a private bathroom (Toilet, sink, shower). Radio alarm clocks and wireless Internet is available in all rooms. Bring your own hair dryer or you may borrow one of ours.

Facility amenities: Guests have access to a computer with Internet access, a television in a common room, laundry facilities, shared refrigerator space and daily newspaper. Wireless Internet is available in all rooms. Cable Internet hook-up available in some rooms (cable RJ45).

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

Additional nights before:
While we do not offer additional nights before or after the program, we can usually accommodate a weekend stay over between back-to-back programs. Prices vary depending on the number of nights and meals included. Call for more information, toll free: 1-888-317-3771 x30

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, September 23 - Museum of Civilization/Free Afternoon in Quebec C...
Breakfast: At the Auberge du Mont. A variety of hot and cold choices are offered. Early morning coffee is available.

Morning: We depart from the Auberge du Mont on a school bus refitted with comfortable “captain seats”. We will take a different route to Quebec City, this time traveling along the Jacques Cartier River through the picturesque village of Tewkesbury. In Old Quebec you will visit the world-class Museum of Civilization. We recommend the exhibits, “People of Quebec …then and now”, the story of Quebec from New France to today, and “Encounters with the First Nations” a look at the Native People in Quebec. Other exhibits may attract your attention or you may wish to visit the rooftop gardens. For more information about the museum, visit the website: www.mcq.org (Click the button for the English version at the top right of the screen.)

Lunch: Enjoy lunch on your own. You may take advantage of the museum cafe featuring delicious salads, soups and paninis, or visit one of the many restaurants and cafes in Old Quebec. Don't overlook the option of a sumptuous French pastry and bowl of Cafe au lait!

Afternoon: Take some free time to explore Quebec City independently. Options include: A 90-min. narrated cruise on the St. Lawrence River aboard the Louis Jolliet, approx. $35 (http://croisieresaml.com) Go to cruises – Quebec City – Maritime Excursion); A round-trip ride on the Quebec-Levis Ferry, approx. $3 – takes about 45 minutes and offers a scenic view of Old Quebec and fantastic photo-ops: Exploring Old Quebec on foot - historic sites and shopping; or stay at the museum for further exploration of the exhibits.

Dinner: At the Auberge du Mont. Served cafeteria style, dinner includes a salad bar, soup, choice of two main dishes, vegetables, dessert, tea, coffee, etc.

Evening: This evening we invite you to a “House Party”! With the help of local musicians and members of the community we will recreate the ambiance of this very fine Valcartier tradition. More than a concert, you will be able to interact with the musicians and learn about the tunes that are unique to this area … tunes that are accented with both the Irish and French musical traditions. Whether a step-dancer or a sit-and–watcher, we hope you will have fun and feel like you’ve experienced the heart of this community.

Lodging: Auberge du Mont

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Set amidst the maple forest of the Laurentian foothills, this site offers the serenity of nature in close proximity to Quebec City. Originally built as a ski lodge, the Auberge du Mont is now operated by and located on the same site as a private secondary school celebrating 50 years of educational programs. The log-cabin style meeting room provides a charming environment for group activities and free-time mingling. A beautiful lake reflecting the color of the surrounding trees and hiking trails through the maple forest embellish this exceptional site. (See "Free Time" for further description.) Although "Auberge du Mont" literally means "Inn of the Mountain", we are best described as a conference center whose primary mission is that of education. Almost all our clientele come as part of a group, most for educational programs created by our staff. These include Road Scholar, outdoor education programs for school groups, and cultural programs for French immersion students from as far away as British Columbia. Creating outstanding educational experiences offered in an ambiance of friendship and warmth is our main goal.

Contact info:
200 Boul St. Sacrement
St-Gabriel-de-Valcartier, QC G0A 4S0 Canada
phone: 418-844-3771 x30
web: www.aubergedumont.qc.ca

Room amenities: All rooms have a private bathroom (Toilet, sink, shower). Radio alarm clocks and wireless Internet is available in all rooms. Bring your own hair dryer or you may borrow one of ours.

Facility amenities: Guests have access to a computer with Internet access, a television in a common room, laundry facilities, shared refrigerator space and daily newspaper. Wireless Internet is available in all rooms. Cable Internet hook-up available in some rooms (cable RJ45).

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

Additional nights before:
While we do not offer additional nights before or after the program, we can usually accommodate a weekend stay over between back-to-back programs. Prices vary depending on the number of nights and meals included. Call for more information, toll free: 1-888-317-3771 x30

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, September 24 - Woodcarving at St-Jean-Port-Joli/Sugar Shack
Breakfast: At the Auberge du Mont. A variety of hot and cold choices are offered. Early morning coffee is available.

Morning: This coordinator led activity is designed to create an atmosphere of fellowship, fun and laughter. If you have always dreaded the "get to know you" games, rest assured that so have we. This activity, however, is a proven highlight.

Lunch: At the Auberge.

Afternoon: The coach bus departs for St-Jean-Port-Joli, the "woodcarving capital of the world". Your guide is your Road Scholar coordinator who delights in helping you to discover the treasures of his native village. The scenic drive along the south shore of the St. Lawrence River offers a look at the rural life just beyond the city limits. The first stop in Saint-Jean-Port-Joli is at the woodcarving museum “Le Musée des Anciens Canadiens” (http://www.museedesancienscanadiens.com) On a guided tour you will learn about the woodcarving unique to this region and have the opportunity to interact with a woodcarver as he demonstrates his art.

Dinner: At Café Bistro OK, near the St. Lawrence River in St.-Jean-Port-Joli.

Evening: Our last stop is at a "Cabane à sucre” (maple sugarhouse) in the foothills of the Appalachians. Although syrup is made only in the early spring, we will be able to have a tasting experience, see the sugaring installation and learn about the process of transforming maple sap to something sweet.

Lodging: Auberge du Mont

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Set amidst the maple forest of the Laurentian foothills, this site offers the serenity of nature in close proximity to Quebec City. Originally built as a ski lodge, the Auberge du Mont is now operated by and located on the same site as a private secondary school celebrating 50 years of educational programs. The log-cabin style meeting room provides a charming environment for group activities and free-time mingling. A beautiful lake reflecting the color of the surrounding trees and hiking trails through the maple forest embellish this exceptional site. (See "Free Time" for further description.) Although "Auberge du Mont" literally means "Inn of the Mountain", we are best described as a conference center whose primary mission is that of education. Almost all our clientele come as part of a group, most for educational programs created by our staff. These include Road Scholar, outdoor education programs for school groups, and cultural programs for French immersion students from as far away as British Columbia. Creating outstanding educational experiences offered in an ambiance of friendship and warmth is our main goal.

Contact info:
200 Boul St. Sacrement
St-Gabriel-de-Valcartier, QC G0A 4S0 Canada
phone: 418-844-3771 x30
web: www.aubergedumont.qc.ca

Room amenities: All rooms have a private bathroom (Toilet, sink, shower). Radio alarm clocks and wireless Internet is available in all rooms. Bring your own hair dryer or you may borrow one of ours.

Facility amenities: Guests have access to a computer with Internet access, a television in a common room, laundry facilities, shared refrigerator space and daily newspaper. Wireless Internet is available in all rooms. Cable Internet hook-up available in some rooms (cable RJ45).

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

Additional nights before:
While we do not offer additional nights before or after the program, we can usually accommodate a weekend stay over between back-to-back programs. Prices vary depending on the number of nights and meals included. Call for more information, toll free: 1-888-317-3771 x30

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, September 25 - Basilica of Ste-Anne-de-Beaupre/Isle of Orleans/M...
Breakfast: At the Auberge du Mont. A variety of hot and cold choices are offered. Early morning coffee is available.

Morning: We depart from the Auberge du Mont on a coach bus for our fourth all-day trip. After travelling along the Beaupre Coast, the "cradle of New France", we visit the Basilica of Ste-Anne-de-Beaupre. This beautiful and massive church can be likened to Lourdes, a place known for miraculous healings. The numerous mosaics covering ceiling, walls and floor are more than worth a viewing. Over a million and a half tourists and pilgrims visit each year. You will learn about the origins of this church in 1658, the transformations over the years, the stories behind some of the decorative embellishments, and about some of the rites and traditions unique to this important site. On the hillside next to the basilica, the Stations of the Cross wind their way up a beautiful path overlooking the St. Lawrence River. Each station is represented by a life size bronze sculpture. Combining "cathedral grandeur" with the down-to-earth spirit of Quebec, this site speaks to all, regardless of one's personal religious affiliation.

Lunch: At La Goéliche in Ste-Petronille. This exquisite restaurant is located on the western end of the Isle of Orleans and by the St. Lawrence River where you can watch the ships travelling in and out of Quebec.

Afternoon: During the first part of the afternoon, we will be visiting the western tip of the Isle of Orleans, known as the bread basket of the Quebec City region. We will learn about the importance of this rural island to the earliest European settlement and how it continues to play an important role in the lives of Quebecers today. We will be stopping in one of the six island villages to be treated to a magnificent view of Quebec City. From this vantage point, one can truly appreciate Quebec City's early nickname, "The Rock". Our final stop will be at Montmorency Falls which towers 83 meters above the St. Lawrence River. The view from the bridge over the top of the falls is unforgettable. In addition to its stunning beauty, this site is considered a "Hot Spot" to geologists and you will learn of its geological importance as well as its story within the history of Quebec.

Dinner: At the Auberge du Mont.

Evening: A relaxed evening of fellowship and fun. The program varies from week to week but always includes a "French Exam" which we guarantee you will pass with flying colors!

Lodging: Auberge du Mont

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, September 26 - Program Concludes/Departure
Breakfast: At the Auberge du Mont. A variety of hot and cold choices are offered. Early morning coffee is available.

Morning: Participants depart according to individual travel plans. Check-out is 12:00 p.m.



This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys.

Meals Included: Breakfast



Free Time Opportunities


Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier
Auberge du MontSituated amidst the maple forest of the Laurentian foothills, the Auberge du Mont offers a variety of possibilities for walkers of all levels: a quiet morning stroll along the boardwalk encircling the lake, a peaceful walk along the roadside past the neighboring homes, a short hike down to the cascades flowing from the lake, or a good climb up the mountain to a point overlooking the valley of the Jacques Cartier River. The scenic beauty will make you want to play hookey.
Quebec CityDuring the field trips to Quebec City, participants always have the option to go off by themselves for sightseeing, shopping, tours of historic buildings (such as the Chateau Frontenac), museums, shows, dining, etc. Some participants will opt out of evening activities and have a "night on the town". It is an easy 40-min. drive to the heart of Old Quebec with parking readily available.
Saint-Gabriel-de-ValcartierThe local store is 5 kilometers (3 miles) from the Auberge du Mont. With a post office, gas station, snack bar, alcoholic beverages outlet and well stocked shelves, this small store offers one-stop shopping! You will also get a feel of the local community as you hear the mix of French and English being bantered about. We often stop here on the way back from field trips to accommodate participants without cars.

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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13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners
1 Expert-led lectures
6 Field trips
1 Performances

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