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Quebec, the Four-Field-Trip Way!

Program Number: 2746RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/1/2014 - 6/6/2014; 9/21/2014 - 9/26/2014; 9/28/2014 - 10/3/2014; 6/7/2015 - 6/12/2015; 9/20/2015 - 9/25/2015; 9/27/2015 - 10/2/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Quebec City, Quebec
Price starting at: $999.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 5 Dinners    

Auberge du Mont invites you to take learning on the road! Four all-day field trips allow you to experience Quebec first-hand. Begin by exploring the walled city of Old Quebec by bus and then meander along these 17th century streets on your own. Visit the world-class Museum of Civilization and trace the story of Quebec from New France to today. At St-Jean-Port-Joli, the Wood Carving Capital, meet a wood carver, visit carving exhibits and enjoy a meal at a maple sugar shack. Along the Beaupre Coast, the Cradle of New France, witness the inspiring architecture of the Basilica of Ste-Anne-de-Beaupre, experience the rural heritage of the Isle of Orleans and see geology in the making at Montmorency Falls.




Highlights

• Explore the cobblestone streets of Old Quebec with experts as you take in the Colonial-era buildings.
• Visit the Museum of Civilization and then wander down Rue du Petit Champlain, North America’s oldest street.
• Experience a real Québécois tradition and maple syrup at a cabine-à-sucre and a woodcarving demonstration at St.-Jean-Port-Joli.



Activity Particulars

Walks from a few blocks up to one mile over cobblestone.




Date Specific Information

6-1-2014, 9-21-2014, 9-28-2014, 6-7-2015, 9-20-2015, 9-27-2015

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.




Quebec City

The towers and turrets of Chateau Frontenac dominate the skyline of this 400-year-old walled city on the St. Lawrence River, the only fortified city north of Mexico. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage City, Canada’s oldest city is known and loved for its European charms and narrow, cobblestone streets lined with centuries-old homes.



Accommodations
Ski lodge-turned-conference center.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Jean Pierre Deschenes

Jean-Pierre Deschenes claims to have been “sculpted” in the wood carving village of Saint-Port-Joli which is located along the south shore of the St-Laurence River. The highlight of his week is to take you to visit his home village! Jean-Pierre holds a B.A. S.C. in physical activity sciences from Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, a M.S. E.D. in outdoor teacher education from Northern Illinois University, and completed a full semester program with The National Outdoor Leadership Program (N.O. L. S.) in Wyoming. As the educational program director at Auberge du Mont, his duties include providing outdoor education programs to local school children and bilingual nature and culture programs to school groups from across Canada and the U.S. With over 20 years' experience in providing quality Road Scholar programs to over 6,500 participants, Jean-Pierre looks forward to welcoming you to Quebec.
 
John Keyes

Dr. John Keyes is a specialist in Canadian and Québec history who has taught general economic and social history, as well as Russian and Chinese history. A former academic dean and general director at two Quebec colleges, Dr. Keyes has taught, in both English and French, on the history of Québec, the St. Lawrence River and the 19th-century timber trade.
 
Debbie Chakour

Debbie Chakour and husband Jean-Pierre have been hosting Road Scholar programs at the Auberge du Mont since 1990. Debbie holds a B.A. in anthropology and performing arts from Beloit College and a M.S.E.D. in outdoor teacher education from Northern Illinois University. She taught science camp in California before moving to Quebec in 1987. While the concept of “driving south to Maine” took some getting used to, she has embraced her new home by becoming a fan of curling, drinking Tim Horton’s coffee and becoming bi-lingual (except for the verbs.)
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Auberge du Mont
  Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier 5 nights
 Auberge du Mont
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 allowed: No
  Additional nights prior:  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
  Additional nights after:  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 out time: 12:30 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Arrivals between 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the Inn. Welcome and introductions 4:30 p.m. You will be staying at Auberge du Mont that night.
  End of Program:
Departures from the Inn after morning wrap-up. Check-out is 12:00 p.m. You will be staying at Auberge du Mont the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Passport requirements are subject to change. Visit www.travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.html for up-to-date info.
  Parking availability:
Free parking on site.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier
  Nearest city or town:  Loretteville or Val Belair
  Nearest highway: Highway 573 North
  Nearest airport:  Jean Lesage Int'l Airport (Quebec City - 20 miles from site). Some people fly to Montreal and take the bus or train to Quebec City (3-4 hours). Manchester, NH is a beautiful, traffic-free 6 hour drive. Provider organizes taxi sharing from Quebec City.
  From End of Program
  Location: Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Quebec City Hotels

 

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Auberge du Mont Taxi Share
phone: 888-317-3771 x30
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$70 (not including tip), price decreases with additional riders
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 - 45 minutes depending on location 

   

We organize a taxi share (using commercial taxis) for participants who want to share a ride. The total fee is divided among the riders. Sign up for this service at least two weeks prior to your program. Commercial taxis are also available at your hotel, no reservation needed, for those who prefer to make their own arrangements.

 

Quebec City

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Auberge du Mont Taxi Share
phone: 888-317-3771 x30
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$60 (not including tip) price decreases with additional riders
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

   

We organize a taxi share (using commercial taxis) for participants who want to share a ride. The total fee is divided among the riders. Sign up at least two weeks prior to your program by returning a completed taxi form. Taxis also available at the airport, no reservation required, for those who want to make their own arrangements. For any complications, changes, missed connections on arrival day call: 888-317-3771 Ext 30 (office) or 418-520-0977 (mobile).

 

Quebec City

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Auberge du Mont Taxi Share
phone: 888-317-3771 x30
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$70 (not including tip) price decreases with additional riders
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes 

   

We organize a taxi share for participants who want to share a ride. The total fee is divided among the riders. Sign up at least two weeks prior to your program by returning a completed taxi form. Taxis available at the airport, no reservation required, for those who want to make their own arrangements. For complications, changes, missed connections on arrival day call: 888-317-3771 Ext 30 (office) or 418-520-0977 (mobile).For bus service information from Montreal go to www.orleansexpress.com.

 

Quebec City

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Auberge du Mont Taxi Share
phone: 888-317-3771 x30
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$70 (not including tip), price decreases with additional riders
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes 

   

We organize a taxi share (using commercial taxis) for participants who want to share a ride. The total fee is divided among the riders. Sign up for this service at least two weeks prior to your program. Commercial taxis are also available at the train station, no reservation needed, for those who prefer to make their own arrangements. For information on train service from Montreal, go to www.viarail.ca or 1-888-VIARAIL.

 

Quebec City

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$60 (not including tip), price decreases with additional riders
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes 

   

We organize a taxi share (using commercial taxis) for participants who want to share a ride to the airport (and bus/train stations). The total fee is divided among the riders. Sign up for this service at least two weeks prior to your program.

 

Quebec City

 

To Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$70 (not including tip), price decreases with additional riders
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes 

   

We organize a taxi share (using commercial taxis) for participants who want to share a ride. The total fee is divided among the riders. Sign up for this service at least two weeks prior to your program.

 

Quebec City

 

To Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $8 - $10 CDN
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

5 - 10 minutes 

   

Via Rail offers train service from Quebec City. 1-888-842-7245 or visit www.viarail.ca/en We organize a taxi share (using commercial taxis) for participants who want to share a ride. The total fee is divided among the riders. Sign up for this service at least two weeks prior to your program.

 
Driving Directions
  IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT DRIVING IN QUEBEC In Quebec, a flashing green light is the same as the double green arrows indicating protected left turn or proceed straight. Right turn on red is allowed unless otherwise indicated. If you need to ask for directions, most people in the Quebec City area will not recognize the name Auberge du Mont. They will, however, know how to direct you to Village Vacances Valcartier. The Auberge du Mont is a few kilometers beyond.
  Manchester NH or Boston MA Take either 91 north through Vermont or 93 north through New Hampshire to 91 and travel north to Canada. At the border continue onto Autoroute 55 north. Take 20 east. Take 73 north (Aut. Henri IV) across the bridge "Pont Pierre LaPorte". Approx. 7 km / 4 m after the bridge, continue straight onto 573 north toward Shannon. (Don’t follow 40 east / 73 north as it exits to the right. Continue straight and the highway becomes 573 north.) In approx. 8 km / 5 m you will arrive at a traffic light at the intersection of Ave. Industrielle. There is a McDonald’s, gas station, etc. to the left. Continue straight ahead to the next traffic light at the intersection of Montolieu (approximately 3.5 km / 2.2m). Turn right (east) at Montolieu toward 371 Valcartier. Continue 3.3 km / 2.0 m and turn left (north) onto Boul. Valcartier. Continue for approx. 8.7 km / 5.4 m through the town of St-Gabriel-de-Valcartier and cross the bridge. The road is now called Redmond Road. Continue for approx. 1.3 km / 0.8 m, then turn left onto Boul. St-Sacrement. Boul. St-Sacrement jogs to the right and continues for approx. 2.5 km / 1.5 m until it ends at the Auberge du Mont.
  Montreal Autoroute 20 Take 73 north (Aut. Henri IV) across the bridge "Pont Pierre LaPorte". Approx. 7 km / 4 m after the bridge, continue straight onto 573 north toward Shannon. (Don’t follow 40 east / 73 north as it exits to the right. Continue straight and the highway becomes 573 north.) In approx. 8 km / 5 m you will arrive at a traffic light at the intersection of Ave. Industrielle. There is a McDonald’s, gas station, etc. to the left. Continue straight ahead to the next traffic light at the intersection of Montolieu (approximately 3.5 km / 2.2m). Turn right (east) at Montolieu toward 371 Valcartier. Continue 3.3 km / 2.0 m and turn left (north) onto Boul. Valcartier. Continue for approx. 8.7 km / 5.4 m through the town of St-Gabriel-de-Valcartier and cross the bridge. The road is now called Redmond Road. Continue for approx. 1.3 km / 0.8 m, then turn left onto Boul. St-Sacrement. Boul. St-Sacrement jogs to the right and continues for approx. 2.5 km / 1.5 m until it ends at the Auberge du Mont.
  Montreal Autoroute 40 Take 40 east / 73 north (Aut. Henri IV). Continue straight ahead onto 573 north toward Shannon. (Don’t follow 40 east / 73 north as it exits to the right. Continue straight and the highway becomes 573 north.) In approx. 8 km / 5 m you will arrive at a traffic light at the intersection of Ave. Industrielle. There is a McDonald’s, gas station, etc. to the left. Continue straight ahead to the next traffic light at the intersection of Montolieu (approximately 3.5 km / 2.2m). Turn right (east) at Montolieu toward 371 Valcartier. Continue 3.3 km / 2.0 m and turn left (north) onto Boul. Valcartier; Continue for approx. 8.7 km / 5.4 m through the town of St-Gabriel-de-Valcartier and cross the bridge. The road is now called Redmond Road. Continue for approx. 1.3 km / 0.8 m, then turn left onto Boul. St-Sacrement. Boul. St-Sacrement jogs to the right and continues for approx. 2.5 km / 1.5 m until it ends at the Auberge du Mont.
  Montreal Bypass To avoid traveling through downtown Montreal, take Autoroute 30 from Autoroute 20 west of Montreal. You will pick up Autoroute 20 again near Boucherville/Ste-Julie heading east toward Ste-Hyacinthe/Quebec.
  Old Quebec Take 175 north to Autoroute 40 west / 73 south. Exit onto 573 north toward Shannon. In approx. 8 km / 5 m you will arrive at a traffic light at the intersection of Ave. Industrielle. There is a McDonald’s, gas station, etc. to the left. Continue straight ahead to the next traffic light at the intersection of Montolieu (approximately 3.5 km / 2.2m), Turn right (east) at Montolieu toward 371 Valcartier. Continue 3.3 km / 2.0 m and turn left (north) onto Boul. Valcartier. Continue for approx. 8.7 km / 5.4 m through the town of St-Gabriel-de-Valcartier and cross the bridge. The road is now called Redmond Road. Continue for approx. 1.3 km / 0.8 m, then turn left onto Boul. St-Sacrement. Boul. St-Sacrement jogs to the right and continues for approx. 2.5 km / 1.5 m until it ends at the Auberge du Mont.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival and Check-In/Introductions/Welcome Dinner/Orientation
(Sunday, June 1)
   
 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.)
   
Accommodations: Auberge du Mont
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Historic Overview/Old Quebec City
(Monday, June 2)
   
 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 a brief overview of Quebec history. This program, jam-packed with information delivered in a light and humorous way, will offer the background needed to prepare you to get the most out of the field trips.
 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.
   
Accommodations: Auberge du Mont
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Museum of Civilization/Free Afternoon in Quebec City/House Party
(Tuesday, June 3)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Auberge du Mont
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Woodcarving at St-Jean-Port-Joli/Sugar Shack
(Wednesday, June 4)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Auberge du Mont
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Basilica of Ste-Anne-de-Beaupre/Isle of Orleans/Montmorency Falls
(Thursday, June 5)
   
 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!
   
Accommodations: Auberge du Mont
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Program Concludes/Departure
(Friday, June 6)
   
 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 Mont
Situated 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 City
During 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-Valcartier
The 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: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Shadows on the Rock


Author: Willa Cather


Description: Fictional story set in Quebec City in 1697, the early days of New France.



A Passion in Winter


Author: Irene Landry Kelso


Description: Fictional story set amidst the ruins of English occupied Quebec in the years 1759-1760.



Bury Your Dead


Author: Louise Penny


Description: This is the sixth book in the Chief Inspector Gamache Series. A Who Done It set in present day Old Quebec. Other books in the series are set in the Quebec Eastern Townships. Series is better read in order.





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