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Hiking and Walking Classics in Quebec and Vermont: Stepping Out At Your Own Pace

Program Number: 5448RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/28/2014 - 10/3/2014; 6/7/2015 - 6/12/2015; 8/9/2015 - 8/14/2015; 10/4/2015 - 10/9/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Eastern Townships, Quebec
Price starting at: $1,098.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Walking/Hiking Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

Take on some of the finest hiking and walking in Eastern North America, enjoying spectacular rural scenery as you explore the best of Northern Vermont and Québec’s Townships. Take a revealing look at Québecois culture, discovering the history, music, politics and culinary specialties of this unique area.




Highlights

• Observe the pristine natural beauty with an option of an intense hike or a gentle walk.
• Along the trail, naturalists and historians interpret the history and scenery of Vermont and Québec.
• Discuss Québec unique history, politics and culture while sampling the region’s great wines and cheeses.



Activity Particulars

Groups flexible by activity level, all welcome. Hiking four-five hours up nearby peaks; walking three-four hours over gentle terrain. Daypacks required.




Date Specific Information

9-28-2014, 10-4-2015

The colours of Autumn are upon us. Behold this unique spectacle through a series of walks and hikes in the Sutton hills and the border country of Northern Vermont.




Eastern Townships

The Appalachian foothills of southern Quebec contain some of the most fertile soil and bucolic scenery of the province, attracting visitors to its lakes, country villages, local gastronomical delights and Quebecois culture.



Accommodations
Comfortable lodging in a beautifully restored 19th-century building, in-ground pool.

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

Stephen Giesler is an instructor and active participant in Road Scholar’s outdoor adventures, and along with his wife, Joy, is the host at Outdoor lodge in Glen Sutton. Since 1976, Stephen and Joy have been organizing outdoor adventures in the countryside of Southern Quebec and Northern Vermont. As a downhill skier since the age of three, multiple Gold Bar Canadian Ski Marathoner, whitewater kayaker on four continents, distance cyclist and tennis instructing fanatic, Stephen’s love of the outdoors and the sporting pleasures found therein has been shared with tens of thousands over the years.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   The Outdoor Lodge Glen Sutton
  Glen Sutton, QC 5 nights
 The Outdoor Lodge Glen Sutton
Type: Lodge
  Description: Our main building was constructed in 1900 and served for over half a century as the big wooden schoolhouse to the kids of the valley. Totally renovated and refitted with all modern conveniences, the Lodge has all the amenities of a home away from home. The renovated interior boasts an abundance of American chestnut and Birdseye maple. Our various outbuildings, all within a short walk or drive from the main Lodge, are comfortable and well appointed. The building has a "great room " with fireplace, extensive libraries which include world-class films, wraparound porch, outdoor deck on 2nd level and nearby swimming pool. Wi-Fi throughout the property.
  Contact info: 1351 Vallee Missisquoi Road
Glen Sutton, QC J0E 2K0 Canada
phone: 450-538-5816
web: www.outdoorlodge.ca
  Room amenities: Our rooms, officially designated as four star quality, regularly elicit pleasure for the ‘home comfort’ levels they deliver. All are nicely furnished with comfortable beds, private bath, quality linens and good reading lamps. NOTE: Aloe vera skincare products strictly a no! no! as they destroy linens.
  Facility amenities: All rooms are either on ground floor or one floor up (nearly all have private bath). Homestyle high-end cooking with all menus chef-designed by our chef and kitchen team. We provide three meals a day, unless otherwise arranged. Our Lodge takes pride in the quality of our kitchen fare and our commitment to healthy and nutritious dining. Many guests refer to our cuisine as "Road Scholar gourmet". In this age of fast cuisine, we think you’ll appreciate the effort that our dining team puts into all the ‘from scratch’ delicacies. Special needs diets can be arranged ahead of time. As our kitchen serves fixed menus we suggest you come equipped with some of your own specific food requirements should you have highly personalized needs (gluten intolerance, etc.) Thus you may supplement our house offerings.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: Contact the lodge directly. Stayover rates include breakfast
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Contact the lodge directly. Stayover rates include breakfast
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Arrivals to the lodge in Glen Sutton; check-in between 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. You will be staying at The Outdoor Lodge Glen Sutton that night.
  End of Program:
Departures from Glen Sutton after morning walk. Bag lunch to eat on the porch or to take on the road. Check-out is 12 noon. You will be staying at The Outdoor Lodge Glen Sutton the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. PASSPORTS: Passport requirements are subject to change. Visit www.travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.html for up-to-date information.
  Parking availability:
Free on site.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Glen Sutton, QC
  Nearest city or town:  Sutton, Quebec and Richford, Vermont
  Nearest highway: Autoroute No. 10 in Quebec and Route No. 105 in Vermont
  Nearest airport:  Trudeau International Airport in Dorval (Montreal),
  From End of Program
  Location: Glen Sutton, QC
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Burlington, VT

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Car Rentals

 

Distance:

 

70 miles

   

If flying from the US, cheaper fares can often be found into Burlington, VT (70 miles from Glen Sutton). A rental car will be necessary to get from VT to the program site but it still may be more cost effective.

 

Burlington, VT

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Car Rentals

 

Distance:

 

70 miles

   

Cheaper air fares can often be found to/from Burlington, VT (70 miles from Glen Sutton). A rental car will be necessary to get from the program site to the airport in Burlington but it still may be more cost effective.

 

Montreal

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
747 Express Aeroport P.E. Trudeau/Centre-Ville & Veolia Transport
phone: 514-786-4636 x5148422281

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Express bus from airport $10.00/Coach to Sutton $20
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2.5 hours (45 mins from airport) 

   

1. Take 747 Express bus from the airport to the bus station in downtown Montreal - 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Purchase tickets at the Arrivals Level at the airport or pay the fare in cash with exact change on board the bus. Only coins are accepted (no bank bills). OR Taxi from airport to downtown bus station - approx $40 - $50. 2. Take coach (Veolia) from downtown Montreal to Sutton; leaves from downtown bus terminal at 1717 Rue Berri. Phone 514-842-2281 for schedules/rates.

 

Montreal

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Veolia Transport/747 Express Aeroport P.E. Trudeau/Centre-Ville
phone: 514-842-2284 x5147864636
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Coach to Montreal $20/Express bus to airport approximately $10.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2.5 hours (45 minutes from airport) 

   

1. Take coach (Veolia) from Sutton to downtown Montreal; arrives main bus terminal at 1717 Rue Berri. Phone 514-842-2281 for schedules/rates. On Friday, bus to Montreal leaves from Sutton at 6:30 a.m. and 2:16 p.m. 2. Take 747 Express bus from the bus station in downtown Montreal to the airport - 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Purchase tickets at bus station or pay cash with exact change on bus. Only coins (no bank bills). OR Taxi from downtown to airport approximately $40 - $50

 
Driving Directions
  GPS Coordinates The Outdoor Lodge is located at 1351 Chemin de la Vallee Missisquoi in the village of Glen Sutton. Please note our mailing address differs from our physical address. If you are GPS equipped our front door is to be found at N45 degrees 02.374 minutes, W72 degrees 32.909 minutes.
  Montreal Via Champlain Bridge/From the East Take Autoroute 10 to the Cowansville/Granby/Sutton exit. Proceed to Cowansville, thence to Route 104. Continue on 104 to 139 South and onwards to Sutton. Continue straight through town and follow signs to Glen Sutton.
  Sutton From Sutton - head South on Route #139 and in approx. one-half mile, take a left just in front of the building supply outlet, cross the railroad tracks and immediately turn right onto Chemin Scenic. Follow signs to Glen Sutton. We are the first building on the right as you enter the village - look for stone wall, large wraparound porch with white columns and red door. Welcome to Lodge.
  US - From East, South Leave Vermont Interstate 91 at Newport, last source for and continue on 105 West following directions to North Troy. Pick up 243N to the Canadian border. After customs, proceed to Highwater, cross railway tracks as well as two bridges and take first left onto Chemin de la Vallee Missisquoi. After passing the village of Dunkin, you will soon arrive in Glen Sutton. As you enter the village, proceed straight on until you reach the former Catholic Church (our stoneclad neighbour and now a private residence) on the left-hand side of the road.
  US - From West, South Exit Vermont Interstate 89 at 104 East (St. Albans). Turn right off 104E onto 105 East. Progress through Sheldon Springs, Enosburg Falls and Richford. (Hannafords is your last source of liquor supplies before entering Canada). After Richford***, stay on 105E then turn onto 105A and continue two miles to Canadian border. We are located approximately three miles straight ahead from the Canadian border. Our lodge is the second building on the right hand side as you enter the village (large wraparound porch, white columns, red door). Next door is the former Catholic Church, now a private home. You may park your car in the crushed stone area facing the main road or in the evergreen grove across the street. Side by side parking would be most appreciated. ***N.B. This crossing into Canada (the East Richford/Glen Sutton border station) is open until 4 p.m. only. If arriving after that time stay straight in Richford (do not turn Right at the big red brick church onto 105E), cross the Missisquoi River bridge, turn Right at the ‘T’, and go North to the Canadian border crossing near Abercorn. At Abercorn follow the signs to Glen Sutton.
Elevation Note: Some hikes go above 3000' for a couple of hours in a day. All walks are at a much lower elevation.

Equipment Requirements: Hikers: Hiking boots recommended, walking sticks may be useful, water bottle(s) mandatory, day pack for lunches, rain gear, etc.


Walkers: Comfy walking shoes recommended, walking stick optional, day pack for lunches, rain gear, binoculars, field guides, etc.

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/Registration and Orientation/Welcome Dinner
(Sunday, September 28)

Note: Hikes: Be prepared for 5 plus moving hours on varied terrain. The hike at Mt. Mansfield on Day 4 is more rigorous. Walks: Be prepared for up to 4 hours on forest trails and flattish country laneways. All levels welcome. Participants are invited to switch groups depending on how strong or weak they feel on any given day.



   
 Afternoon: Participants arrive independently in the afternoon to the Outdoor Lodge in Glen Sutton. Check-in time is 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. All levels are welcome. Meet your hosts and fellow walkers and hikers in the commodious Great Room with its fireplace and extensive library that provides a casual and comfortable spot for refreshments and lively conversation.
 Dinner: Enjoy a welcome dinner at the lodge in the open format kitchen and dining room. Enjoy high-end homestyle cooking with menus designed by Chef Joy and her kitchen team. Dinner will consist of salad or soup, entrée, and dessert.
 Evening: After dinner we gather for introductions and outline the walks and hikes of the week. Programs are planned well in advance. 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: The Outdoor Lodge Glen Sutton
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Hiking and Walking: Missisquoi River/ Sutton/Mont Sutton
(Monday, September 29)

Note: Each day we gather at 9:00 a.m. to hand out the maps of the day. A little pep talk on the rigors ahead and then we pile into our vans to head for the hills or, for the walkers, to our trails and laneways. We can cross the US/Canada border on our adventures so picture ID is imperative. Hikers are accompanied by one or two Lodge guides (depending on group size), walkers by one.



   
 Breakfast: At the lodge at 8 a.m.
 Morning: Today is calibration day.....walkers have 2 choices, one totally flat and about seven miles in length following the lovely Missisquoi River (which begins from the Lodge's door); the other more rigorous, in the woods and shorter in length and based in the town of Sutton. The hike will be to the summit of the peak visible from the Lodge door: Mont Sutton. This hike is of Intermediate Difficulty and halfway into it is our lunch spot (by a highland lake) which also serves as a turnaround point for those questioning their ambition
 Lunch: Bag lunch is taken as a group and generally eaten at a scenic spot.
 Afternoon: Hiking and walking continues. Walks are 3-4 hours in duration. We are generally back in Glen Sutton around 4:30 p.m. (Day 4 may be later arrival). Time to relax, enjoy a pre-dinner drink and settle in for a fine dinner.
 Dinner: At 6:00 p.m. at the lodge.
 Evening: Three evening lectures will occur over the week, chosen from "Heart Health, Longevity and Supplements", "History of Quebec Nationalism, and "The Gerry Bull Story".
   
Accommodations: The Outdoor Lodge Glen Sutton
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Hiking and Walking: Pisgah Mountain/ Ruiter Valley/Au Diable Vert
(Tuesday, September 30)

Note: Walks will focus on natural history with many chatting spots along the pathways we explore. Hikes will be more action oriented with neighborhood summits mostly our concern.



   
 Breakfast: At the lodge at 8 a.m.
 Morning: Today's hike is in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. Pisgah Mountain overlooks wondrous Lake Willoughby (the Switzerland of Vermont) and has an Intermediate Difficulty. Lunch on the summit. Time willing we will make a stop at The Bread and Puppet Theatre headquarters in Glover, Vermont followed by an ice cream stop as we head home.


Walkers spend the morning on the forested trails of the Ruiter Valley Land Trust (rolling terrain) about a 15 minute drive from the Lodge. We lunch on the porch of the Lodge.

 Lunch: Bag lunch.
 Afternoon: In the afternoon, walkers are on the award winning trails of Au Diable Vert (10 minutes from our door). Options there from 'very short' to 'slightly painful'. Group will dictates the pace and distance.
 Dinner: At 6:00 p.m. at the lodge.
 Evening: Three evening lectures will occur over the week, chosen from "Heart Health, Longevity and Supplements", "History of Quebec Nationalism, and "The Gerry Bull Story".
   
Accommodations: The Outdoor Lodge Glen Sutton
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Hiking and Walking: Orford Park or Stowe Land Trust Trails/Mount Mansfield
(Wednesday, October 1)

Note: Today's advanced hike will be tougher as we ascend Mount Mansfield, the highest point in Vermont.



   
 Breakfast: At 8:00 a.m. at the lodge.
 Morning: We will choose from two options: Quebec: Walkers visit Orford Park and explore the trail network (part of the Canada Trail), lunch in the lakeside chalet and visit the Benedictine Abbaye St. Benoit (makers of the best blue cheese in America) on the way home at day's end. Hikers explore the Park's more demanding trails and will summit Mont Orford. They too will visit the Abbaye on the return trip home.


Vermont: Walk the Stowe Land Trust Trails (Weissner Woods and Kirchner Woods) with a side trip to the Trapp Family Lodge. These are clear and easy excursions. Then some walkabout time on the nationally famous Stowe Rec Path and the quintessential New England Town of Stowe. Drive home by way of Smuggler's Notch.

 Lunch: Bag lunch.
 Afternoon: Hiking and walking continues.
 Dinner: At 6:00 p.m. at the lodge.
 Evening: Enjoy a free evening to relax by the fireplace, check out the library or our film collection or explore the area. Lots of nearby trails for a sunset walk.
   
Accommodations: The Outdoor Lodge Glen Sutton
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Hiking and Walking: Long Trail Devil's Gulch/Owl's Head/Sutton
(Thursday, October 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 8:00 a.m.
 Morning: Today we choose from two options. Option 1: Visit a classic section of America's oldest long distance footpath. The Long Trail Devil's Gulch with lunch by a highland lake is the easiest hike of the week. Walkers, if so desiring, may also partake of this adventure.


Option 2: Hike the brand new Owl's Head trail with the finest views for many miles around (magnificent scenery overlooking Lake Memphremagog). Walkers will do the Village to Mountain trail in Sutton.

 Lunch: Bag lunch.
 Afternoon: Hiking and walking continues.
 Dinner: Enjoy our farewell dinner together at the lodge. We take pride in the quality of our kitchen fare and our commitment to healthy and nutritious dining. In this age of fast cuisine, we think you’ll appreciate the effort that our dining team puts into all the ‘from scratch’ delicacies.
 Evening: Three evening lectures will occur over the week, chosen from "Heart Health, Longevity and Supplements", "History of Quebec Nationalism, and "The Gerry Bull Story".
   
Accommodations: The Outdoor Lodge Glen Sutton
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Morning Walk/Program Concludes/Departures
(Friday, October 3)
   
 Breakfast: At 8:00 a.m. at the lodge.
 Morning: Join us for a vigorous morning walk from the Lodge (2 -3 hours).
 Lunch: A bag lunch is provided to eat on the porch or take on the road. 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

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Glen Sutton, QC Glen Sutton
Highlights include Benedictine Monastery with Gregorian chants (35 min. drive), antiquing, Quebec's wine district (30 min.), village of Lac Brome (35 min.), local museums, cycling, hiking, lakes and rivers for water sports. Shelburne Museum (1 hr. 40 min.) home to the largest collection of Americana in the world.
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.


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