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Whales, Sea and Sand

Program Number: 5455RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/17/2014 - 8/22/2014; 6/28/2015 - 7/4/2015; 8/16/2015 - 8/22/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Tadoussac, Quebec
Price starting at: $1,275.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational
Intergenerational
Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Program intended for grandchildren from 10 - 12 years of age.

From the shores of charming French Canadian rural towns, observe the whales in their feeding grounds, from krill upwelling near the imposing cliffs of Saguenay Fjord to the estuary of the St. Lawrence River sand dunes where river and ocean meet. Experience with your grandchild the marvel of these majestic creatures and learn more about cetaceans from marine mammal experts. Enjoy Québécois culture and rural scenery, marine ecosystems, cliffs, and a lighthouse. Balleines, baguettes, and bienvenue!




Highlights

• See up close beluga, minke, fin and humpback whales on a two whale-watching safaris in one of the largest marine protected areas in Canada.
• Learn more about these fascinating creatures at the Whale Museum and Research and Beluga Interpretation Centres, such as identification and species’ behavior.
• Learn and practice how local First Nation’s peoples made pottery many years ago.



Activity Particulars

Walks up to one mile; boarding and disembarking boats.




Date Specific Information

8-17-2014, 6-28-2015, 8-16-2015

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



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Quebec City, 1 night; coach to Tadoussac, 4 nights; coach to Quebec City, 1 night; departures.




Tadoussac

France’s first trading post on the mainland of “New France” is today located near its original French outpost at the mouth of the Saguenay River. Tadoussac remains a destination for those seeking riches, though the region is best known for its natural wealth, from nearby whale-watching to the 200-foot sand dunes of the Saguenay Fjord.



Accommodations
Charming hotel in Old Town Quebec City. Landmark historic hotel in Tadoussac.
Meals and Lodgings
   Hotel Tadoussac
  Tadoussac, Quebec 5 nights
 Hotel Tadoussac
Type: Hotel
  Description: In 1865, Hôtel Tadoussac opened its doors, marking the beginning of a century of vacationing. In 1927, a ferryboat transporting cars began regular service between Tadoussac and Baie-Sainte-Catherine. For more than 150 years, visitors have been enjoying what is now known as the most famous landmark in Tadoussac, Hôtel Tadoussac. With its whitewashed walls, red roof, maritime colours, dormer windows and cupola, Tadoussac Hotel calls to mind an earlier era. Overlooking Tadoussac Bay and the St. Lawrence River the hotel offers sublime comfort in a stunning marine environment far from the hustle and bustle of modern life. As you look out from the hotel terrace, you will see sailboats anchored in the bay overlooking the St. Lawrence River.
  Contact info: 165 rue Bord de l'Eau
Tadoussac, QC G0T 2A0 Canada
phone: 418-235-4421
web: www.hoteltadoussac.com
  Room amenities: Many of our rooms overlook picturesque Tadoussac Bay, and display floral and nautical touches. All rooms come with iron and ironing board, hair dryer, free coffee in room, flat screen TV and free wireless high-speed Internet access.
  Facility amenities: Outdoor swimming pool, mini golf, tennis court, game room. There are a variety of dining options to at the hotel; our chef draws his inspiration from the fresh local seafood and savoury Charlevoix food products. Le William Restaurant: Enjoy an intimate atmosphere and stunning view of the St. Lawrence River, perfect for a romantic dinner for two. Le Coverdale Dining Room: The luxurious Le Coverdale truly captures Hôtel Tadoussac’s rich sense of history with its period woodwork and beautiful mural. Enjoy mouth-watering buffets featuring local specialties. Le Coquart Café Lounge Cocktail Bar: Start your day with a delicious coffee in a relaxing atmosphere. Take a healthy lunch or drink one of our cocktail in a breathtaking environment. Le Coquart Café Lounge is a comfortable and inviting spot featuring a full bar service.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Contact hotel directly. Contact hotel for rates and availability. Toll Free: 1-800-561-0718
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Contact hotel directly. Contact hotel for rates and availability. Toll Free: 1-800-561-0718
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Arrivals and transfers to Tadoussac, QC. Check-in after 3:00 p.m. You will be staying at Hotel Tadoussac that night.
  End of Program:
Departures from Tadoussac, QC after morning activity. Check-out is 12:00 noon. You will be staying at Hotel Tadoussac the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Canadian law requires that all persons entering Canada carry both proof of citizenship and proof of identity. A valid U.S. passport, passport card, or NEXUS card satisfies these requirements for U.S. citizens. Children under 16 need only present proof of U.S. citizenship and letter of permission.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free at the hotel.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Tadoussac, Quebec
  Nearest city or town:  Tadoussac
  Nearest highway: Highway 138 from Quebec City to ferry departure for Tadoussac.
  Nearest airport:  Quebec City, Quebec (2 1/2 hours from Tadoussac)
  From End of Program
  Location: Tadoussac, Quebec
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Quebec City

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Intercar
phone: 888-861-4592
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Distance:

 

118 miles/187 kms

   

Bus service from Quebec City to Tadoussac. Contact Intercar at 888-861-4592 for scheduling and prices or log on to their web site at www.intercar.qc.ca/en/index.php

 

Quebec City

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Intercar
phone: 888-861-4592
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Distance:

 

118 miles/187 kms

   

Regular scheduled bus service is offered between Tadoussac and Quebec City. Contact Intercar at 888-861-4592 for scheduling and prices or log on to their web site at www.intercar.qc.ca/en/index.php

 
Driving Directions
  Quebec City Take the Highway 40 East, direction La Malbaie Road 138 until Baie - Ste-Catherine. From there, take a ferry to Tadoussac (Free service).
Equipment Requirements: There is no special equipment required. Good walking shoes recommended.
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/Welcome Dinner/Orientation
(Sunday, August 17)
   
 Arrive To: Arrivals and transfers to Tadoussac. Check in is 3:00 p.m. Free time before dinner to explore the hotel and the village of Tadoussac.
 Dinner: Welcome Dinner at Le Bateau
 Evening: Following dinner you will meet for introductions, a review of the program and site orientation. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Tadoussac
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Whale Watching Safari/Whale Museum
(Monday, August 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Hotel Tadoussac
 Morning: We embark on a morning whale watching safari with an experienced naturalist to see Fin, Minke and Beluga whales perhaps Humpback, Blue whales. The Estuary of the St. Lawrence forms a kingdom for whales. They are like an open air laboratory for biologists fascinated by these giants. Since the beginning of the 1980's, the St. Lawrence has also become an incomparable destination for those wishing to attempt an encounter with whales. The onboard museum will also give you more insight on these magnificent creatures of the sea.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Marina.
 Afternoon: Visit CIMM Museum (Centre for Interpretation of Marine Mammals). There you'll discover the fascinating and mysterious world of the St-Lawrence whales with our Museum specialists. Where can one see them? How to recognize them? The Museum’s exhibitions, skeleton collection and reconstitutions of sea-mammals, films and slide-shows are not to be missed. Listen to the underwater sounds of the Saguenay River; see spectacular images and reproductions of whales, and more.
 Dinner: Dinner at Hotel Beluga.
 Evening: A presentation will provide insight into the local culture and history. See a video on The Mighty River.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Tadoussac
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Whale Research Station/Saguenay-St Lawrence Marine Park/Sand Dunes
(Tuesday, August 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Hotel Tadoussac
 Morning: Learn about the role and activity of the Whale research station at the CIMM Museum. A presentation on the Saguenay –St. Lawrence Marine Park will provide a snapshot of this unique natural environment: the majestic waters of the world’s largest estuary mingle here with those of the longest fjord in Eastern Canada. This encounter between the St. Lawrence Estuary and the Saguenay Fjord produces exceptional oceanographic phenomena, such as cold waters welling up to the surface, that foster biological diversity. As well as a rich natural heritage, the marine park area has a significant cultural background and fascinating history. Physical traces of human life, as much as 8,000 years old, bear witness to their presence here. Walk Pointe a l'Islet to the mouth of the Saguenay with our youth coordinators.
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel.
 Afternoon: A highlight for grandchildren is to view and play in the sand dunes - descending 200 feet to the shore.
 Dinner: Dinner at Café du Fjord
 Evening: Evening activities for the grandparents and grandchildren.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Tadoussac
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Archo-Topo at Bergeronnes/Escoumins Pilot Wharf/Cap Bon Desir/Diving Centre
(Wednesday, August 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Hotel Tadoussac
 Morning: On a field trip to Archo-Topo at Bergeronnes, learn about the archeology and natural history of the area and the making of Indian Pottery. A guided bus excursion takes us through the Indian Reserve at Essipit. When settlement of the area first began, the community owed its survival—and lifestyle—to the use of natural resources. Essipit, established where traditional shipping routes intersected, took advantage of its enviable location to do business with travelers. The advent of the logging industry in the 19th century completely transformed life in the area, opening up navigable routes and making subsistence activities possible in outlying locales. It was at this time that the federal government created reserves, including Essipit, founded in 1892. Reserve residents developed new economies based on trade and crafts.
 Lunch: Lunch at Le Bouleau restaurant.
 Afternoon: Visit the Marine Environment Centre and learn how ships’ captains conquered the St. Lawrence over the years, in an exhibition on navigation on the river. Listen to the Cap-de-Bon-Désir lighthouse tell about its past and the lives of its keepers. Cap-de-Bon-Désir is also an excellent place from which to admire the St. Lawrence Estuary and the many species of marine mammals there, including minke, common and blue whales, belugas and many species of seals and seabirds.
 Dinner: Dinner at Restaurant Chatmartin.
 Evening: Whale Quiz.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Tadoussac
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Beluga Interpretation Centre/Whale Safari
(Thursday, August 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Hotel Tadoussac
 Morning: At the Beluga Interpretation Centre, the St. Lawrence beluga and its habitat are at the heart of a permanent exhibit that is sure to delight park visitors. You will appreciate the many facets addressed and the dynamic nature of the presentation. Visit a wild animal farm and walk on the beach. Return to Tadoussac.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch at Baie Ste Marguerite Beluga Interpretation Centre.
 Afternoon: Embark on a second whale watching safari to see Fin, Minke and Beluga whales perhaps Humpback, Blue whales. The Estuary of the St. Lawrence forms a kingdom for whales. They are like an open air laboratory for biologists fascinated by these giants. Since the beginning of the 1980's, the St. Lawrence has also become an incomparable destination for those wishing to attempt an encounter with whales. The onboard museum will also give you more insight on these magnificent creatures of the sea.
 Dinner: Dinner is at La Galouine restaurant.
 Evening: Farewell celebration and activities.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Tadoussac
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Whale Watching: Point-Noire/Program Concludes/Departure
(Friday, August 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Hotel Tadoussac
 Morning: Pointe-Noire offers an impressive panoramic view of the Saguenay fjord and the St. Lawrence Estuary. From its strategic geographic location, you will be able to observe whales and other marine mammals, as well as other oceanic phenomena indigenous to the confluence of the Saguenay and St. Lawrence rivers.
 Lunch: Bag lunch provided; departures as per individual travel plans. 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, Lunch
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


Quebec: Bonjour, eh?


Author: H. Keith and S McCully


Saguenay, River of Deep Waters


Author: Blowden Davies




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