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Canadian Odyssey: A Tale of Three Cities

Program Number: 3734RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/19/2015 - 6/28/2015; 9/7/2015 - 9/16/2015; 6/27/2016 - 7/6/2016; 9/5/2016 - 9/14/2016;
Duration: 9 nights
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Price starting at: $2,245.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: On the Road
Meals: 20; 9 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Discover the grand beauty and historical meaning of three great cities of Eastern Canada: Ottawa, the national capital; Montreal, a cosmopolitan center of culture; and Quebec City, the last walled city in the Americas north of Mexico. Compare the distinctive architecture and mood of each city. Explore the halls of grand cathedrals, chateaus and museums. And enjoy discussions with local experts on the history, government and art of Canada.


• Visit the magnificent Notre Dame Basilica, a masterpiece of Gothic revival architecture, followed by a private recital with organist Pierre Grandmaison.
• Discover upper and lower town in Old Quebec, exploring fortifications that date from 1745.
• Journey to the country’s capital to see Parliament Hill.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day; some uneven and hilly terrain and stairs.

Date Specific Information

6-19-2015, 9-7-2015, 6-27-2016, 9-5-2016

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

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Ottawa, 3 nights; coach to Montreal, 3 nights; coach to Quebec City, 3 nights; departure.


From a high bluff overlooking the Ottawa River, the Parliamentary buildings of Canada’s capital are just one of this cosmopolitan city’s many aesthetic and historic delights. With Ottawa’s rich blend of French and Canadian heritage, as well as its multiple arts offerings, it is easy to see why this city has been called Canada's Cultural Capital.

Ottawa: Modern hotel in the heart of the city. Montreal: Hotel at the gateway to Old Montreal. Quebec City: European-style hotel in the heart of Old Quebec.

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

In 1980, Dr. Jim Manson began his teaching career in Jamaica before returning to his native Canada, where he taught in the Quebec high school system for the next several years. He then served as a history professor at Concordia, McGill and Bishops Universities. Dr. Manson has been a Road Scholar instructor since 1992, and has journeyed by train, boat and coach with participants during numerous learning adventures across Canada.
Stephen Marchessault

Stephen Marchessault was raised in a bilingual family and has spent most of his life in Québec City. He majored in history at Glendon College at York University in Toronto, and over the years, has developed an interest in the history of Québec City. Stephen enjoys sharing his interest and knowledge of this World Heritage City with lifelong learners.
David Jeanes

David Jeanes is a retired professional engineer. He is vice-president of Heritage Ottawa, which is committed to the preservation of heritage architecture. He is also president of Transport 2000 Canada, which is devoted to sustainable public transportation. A native of Britain, David has lived in Ottawa much of his working life and spent 32 years in the high-tech industry on the design, standardization and marketing of global data-communication networks.
Meals and Lodgings
   Novotel Hotel
  Ottawa, Ontario 3 nights
   Hyatt Regency
  Montreal, QC 3 nights
   Hotel Manoir Victoria
  Quebec City, Quebec 3 nights
 Novotel Hotel
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The Novotel Hotel is located in the heart of the nation’s capital – close to Parliament, the National Arts Centre, and the National Gallery and minutes away from restaurants and the Byward Market.
  Contact info: 33 Nicholas Street
Ottawa, ON K1N 9M7 Canada
phone: 613-230-3033
  Room amenities: The hotel offers a number of amenities, including in-room coffee and tea, hair dryers, iron, and ironing board, complimentary high speed Internet, data ports, in room electronic safety deposit box and windows that open for fresh air.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a fitness center, whirlpool and an indoor pool. A laundromat is located two to three blocks away from the hotel. There is a shopping centre across the street.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call for availability & rates. Contact hotel directly. Toll Free: 1-855-677-3033
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Hyatt Regency
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: This hotel offers direct underground access to the metro and Contemporary Museum of Art. It is within walking distance of Old Montréal, museums, and some of the finest restaurants in the city. The underground Métro is close by to whisk you through the city, as is the lively area of Chinatown.
  Contact info: 1255 rue Jeanne Mance
Montréal, QC H5B 1E5 Canada
phone: 514-982-1234
  Room amenities: The hotel provides complimentary in-room coffee, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, cable TV, and laundry/dry cleaning services.Free Wi-Fi.
  Facility amenities: The hotel has an indoor pool, exercise room, and saunas. Free Wi-Fi.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel Manoir Victoria
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Hôtel Manoir Victoria is a European-style hotel, situated inside the walls and in the heart of historic Old Québec. It is within walking distance of the Château Frontenac and the funicular to lower town.
  Contact info: 44, Cote du Palais
Vieux-Québec, QC G1R 4H8 Canada
phone: 418-692-1030
  Room amenities: The hotel offers hair dryer, ironing board and iron, coffee maker, minibar, pay movies, complimentary high speed internet access.
  Facility amenities: The hotel has an indoor pool, sauna, fitness center, spa and offers dry cleaning and laundry services (non-holiday weekdays only).
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: Call for availability & rates. Contact hotel directly. Toll Free: 800-633-7313
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Arrivals and transfers to the program hotel after 3:00 pm, Ottawa, Ontario. Dinner is at 6:00 pm. You will be staying at Novotel Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Breakfast is at 7:00 am; departures after breakfast, Quebec City, QC; hotel check-out is 12:00 noon. You will be staying at Hotel Manoir Victoria the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Airport long-term parking: Approx. CAD $15 per day and $65 per week. For more information visit the airport web site at: Parking at the Novotel Hotel, please call the hotel directly at 613-230-3033.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Ottawa, Ontario
  Nearest city or town:  Ottawa, Ontario
  Nearest highway: Highway 417 - Nicholas Street Exit
  Nearest airport:  (Ottawa) Macdonald-Cartier International Airport - airport shuttle to hotel is available for approximately CAD$14 one way.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Quebec City, Quebec
  Nearest highway: Trans Canada Highway
  Nearest airport:  Jean Lesage International Airport
Travel Details


From Airport





If you purchased airfare through Road Scholar, you’ll receive free round-trip airport transfers to get you to and from your program. You will receive detailed information regarding the transfer approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. If you did not purchase airfare through Road Scholar, you will be responsible for making your own way to and from the airport. Please review the suggested options below.




From Airport






Per Person/One Way:


$30 - $35 CDN (per taxi)
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


25 minutes 


Taxi from the airport to the hotel.




From Airport




Public Transportation
OC Transpo
phone: 613-741-4390


Per Person/One Way:


Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


30 - 40 minutes 


Bus service is available from the Ottawa airport to the hotel with OC Transpo. Route 97 departs from pillar 14 outside the level 1 Arrivals area – bus stop - Rideau 3A (Rideau Street) walk east to Nicholas St then turn right(south) hotel will be on your left (3 minute walk). Cost is $ 3.25 per person Please visit for more information




From Train Station






Per Person/One Way:


$15 - 20 CAD (per taxi)
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


20 minutes 


Taxi's available from the train station to the hotel.


Quebec City


To Airport






Per Person/One Way:


$35 - $40 CDN (per taxi)
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


20 minutes 




15 kms/9 miles


Taxis available to take you from the hotel to the airport.


Quebec City


To Bus Terminal






Per Person/One Way:


Approximately $8 - $10 CDN (per taxi)
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


5 - 10 minutes 


Quebec City


To Train Station






Per Person/One Way:


Approximately $10 CDN (per taxi)
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


5 - 10 minutes 


Via Rail offers train service from Quebec City. 1-888-842-7245 or visit

Driving Directions
  Different Start and End Locations Please note that this program starts in Ottawa, Ontario and ends in Quebec City, Quebec. If you plan to drive to the start of the program you will need to make arrangements for parking in Ottawa and for returning to the start location to pick up your vehicle.
  Ottawa Airport (Macdonald-Cartier Int'l Airport) From the Ottawa International Airport, follow the Airport Parkway; it turns into Bronson Ave. Follow to Highway 417 East. Take Nicholas St. exit. Stay in left-hand lane until you reach Daly St., which is the third traffic light. Turn left on Daly, then immediately right into the hotel parking lot. Or go to the next traffic light, Nicholas St., and turn right, then right again into the hotel’s front-door driveway.
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/Orientation/Welcome Dinner
(Friday, June 19)
 Afternoon: Arrivals and transfers to the program hotel after 3:00 pm. Meet your Group Leader between 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. at the hotel to register and get your welcome packet; or pick up your package at the front desk if you arrive after 5:00 p.m. 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.
 Dinner: Welcome buffet dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: Following dinner, you will meet for introductions, a review of the program and orientation.
Accommodations: Novotel Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Canada's Parliamentary System/Parliament Hill/National Art Gallery/Ottawa Past and Present
(Saturday, June 20)

Note: We go through security (metal detector) at the Parliament Buildings. Bags larger than (18" x 14" x 8") are not permitted in Centre Block.

 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: This talk develops the many complementary and, at times, differing structures that separate the manner in which Canadians govern themselves from the close counterpart machinery of government in the USA. Step-by-step comparisons of the three main branches (Judiciary, Executive, Legislative) in both countries are preceded by an over-view of the historical pilgrimage that led from the Norman Conquest of England to the centuries-old attempts to have government contain the influence of the crown so that Canadians can enjoy peace, order and good government, unfettered. Politics in Canada rounds out the lecture with the main features separating the economic, social and – at times – separatist aspirations of the political party system receiving an unbiased appreciation.

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 restaurant
 Afternoon: 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 restaurant
 Evening: 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.
Accommodations: Novotel Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Canada's Evolution from Colony to Nation/Canadian Museum of History
(Sunday, June 21)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: This presentation will provide a brief survey of important events in the historical evolution of the Americas, with emphasis on their impact on the areas that would become Canada. Special attention is paid to the French fact in North America, and to the accommodation of different languages and cultures in the country that mushroomed quickly from inauspicious beginnings to a territorial land expanse second only to that of Russia.

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.
Accommodations: Novotel Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Historic Ottawa/Departure by coach to Montréal/The Magic of Maple Syrup/Historic Montreal by Coach
(Monday, June 22)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at your hotel.
 Morning: As we depart Ottawa by coach, witness some of it's most famous landmarks and architectural treasures during a city exploration. Canada’s Capital is renowned for the diversity of its historical monuments and architectural treasures such as the Parliament Buildings, an important national symbol cherished by all Canadians. Other notable landmarks include 24 Sussex Drive, the home of Canada’s Prime Minister, located on the edge of the Ottawa River, opposite the main entrance to Rideau Hall, Foreign Affairs, the Supreme Court of Canada and the United States Embassy.
 Morning: In a grove of century-old maple trees east of Montréal we visit an authentic “sugar shack”, Sucrerie de la Montagne. Designated an official “Site du Patrimoine Québécois” (Québec Heritage site) it transports its visitors back in time, providing them with a momentary glimpse of life as it truly was for Québec and Canadian pioneers. Sucrerie de la Montagne founder Pierre Faucher and his son Stefan are devoted to respecting the heritage of their forebears and perpetuating Québec traditions with authenticity. Enjoy a tasty treat of tire sur neige (syrup on snow). Welcome into a world of Québec tradition lived through the timeless experience of “sugaring off.”
 Lunch: Lunch on route to Montreal at the Sucrerie de la Montagne.
 Afternoon: Upon arrival in Montreal we pick up our local guide for a coach exploration of the city. Highlights along the way include St. Joseph’s Oratory, Mont Royal and Jean Talon Market.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel in Montreal.
 Evening: Enjoy an optional evening walk in Montreal.
Accommodations: Hyatt Regency
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Notre Dame Basilica/Organ Recital/Pointe-à-Callière
(Tuesday, June 23)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Enjoy a guided visit of the magnificent Notre Dame Basilica, a jewel of Montreal. This masterpiece of Gothic revival architecture is renowned for its interior, sculpted in wood, paint and gold leaf. See the boldly modern design of the Notre Dame du Sacre Coeur Chapel (or the Wedding Chapel) captivating thousands of visitors each year. Learn about the history of Notre Dame followed by a private recital with organist Pierre Grandmaison.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Embark on a guided exploration of the birthplace of Montréal - Pointe-à-Callière Museum. Rising above evidence of more than 1000 years of human activity, this museum houses remarkable architectural remains, displayed in situ with absolute respect for their integrity. Pointe-à-Callière delves into the past to foster a debate on urban issues both local and global, and to encourage you to reflect on the future.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own to enjoy the culinary delights of Old Montréal or join the Group Leader at a local restaurant.
 Evening: Free evening to explore on your own or rest at the hotel.
Accommodations: Hyatt Regency
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: French/English Partnership after 1840/Native Opposition to Canadian Rule/Old Montreal
(Wednesday, June 24)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: This morning our local Historian will deliver two part presentation. The first lecture will focus on Native opposition to Canadian Rule and Manitoba's admission as Canada's fifth province. Hear about the historic Red River Rebellion and the provisional government established by Métis leader Louis Riel in 1869 at the Red River Settlement in what is now the Canadian province of Manitoba. In 1870, the Manitoba Act was passed, allowing the Red River settlement to enter Confederation as the province of Manitoba. The Act also incorporated some of Riel's demands, such as separate French schools for Métis children and protection of Catholicism. A second lecture will discuss the Emergence of a French-English Partnership in Canada. Explore how the American Civil War played a part in this pivotal event in Canadian history. Confederation was the product of forces and conditions that were both domestic and external in origin. Within the colonies, economic necessities and political deadlock were the order of the day; and the politics, agendas and actions of both Britain and the United States promoted the need for a new political framework for British North America.
 Lunch: Lunch at Le Vieux Port.
 Afternoon: Explore the architectural history of the city, as you walk the cobbled streets on a guided walk of Old Montreal. Notable highlights during the walk include Place d'Armes and Place Jacques Cartier. This historic city center is rich in museums, galleries, restaurants and grey stone architecture spread out along narrow, cobblestone streets. Stroll through Place Jacques Cartier, a lively public square, and then turn south to the waterfront (Vieux Port). Its impressive harborfront facilities include a 1.5-mile (2.5-km)-long recreational park along the St. Lawrence River, a state-of-the-art science center, a theater, antiquarian bookshops and inviting cafés.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner on your own to explore the many culinary delights that Montreal has to offer.
 Evening: Free evening to explore the wonderful night life in Montréal from concerts to theater.
Accommodations: Hyatt Regency
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Departure by coach to Québec City/Trois-Rivieres Guided Walk/The History of Québec City
(Thursday, June 25)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: We depart for Quebec City with a stop at Jean Talon Market to pick up our lunches. We stop in Trois-Rivieres for a guided walk. Explore the city's rich and evocative history, culture and 18th-century architecture.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch on your own on the bus or in the park in Trois-Rivieres.
 Afternoon: We arrive to Quebec City in the afternoon. A presentation will introduce you to the history of the city. Relive the dramatic story of Canada's oldest city founded in 1608 by the intrepid Samuel de Champlain. Historic images and pertinent commentaries will provide a summary of noteworthy events and notorious characters that have shaped the illustrious history of this UNESCO World Heritage City.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: Free 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 Quebec City.
Accommodations: Hotel Manoir Victoria
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: From a Traditional to a Modern Society/Old Quebec/Ursuline Museum
(Friday, June 26)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: A presentation will look at Quebec's evolution, from a traditional to a modern society. From its foundation in 1608 Quebec has developed under the ascendancy of the Roman Catholic Church. For much of its history the Church was omnipresent and omnipotent in French Canadian society but the period of the 1960s also known as the "Quiet Revolution" will mark a radical change where Quebec will develop into a modern and a secular society. Today, Quebec is a collectivity that has assumed itself and developed a self identity. A guided walk through Old Québec will enhance the lecture and provide an excellent overview of Québec City. Learn about the principal historical events that occurred here. The city was awarded its World Heritage City designation in 1985 based partially on the preservation of the fortifications around the Old Town, which date from 1745. This area has a distinct European feel with its stone buildings and winding streets lined with shops and restaurants.
 Lunch: Lunch at local French restaurant
 Afternoon: On a guided exploration of the Ursulines Convent and Museum, learn about the educational mission of the Ursuline nuns and their way of life. The Ursulines landed in New France in 1639 and concerned themselves with the education of girls, both French and Native. The Convent is the oldest institution of its kind in North America and is housed in buildings erected at various times during the monastery's three and a half centuries of existence. The Chapel dates from the early 20th century and preserves the interior decor of the original 1730s chapel. The Ursulines museum contains one of the richest ethnographic and artistic collections passed down from the early days of New France, including exquisite embroidery worked by the nuns
 Dinner: Dinner on own to enjoy another French culinary experience.
 Evening: Free evening to continue exploring on your own, remain with the Group Leader or rest at your hotel.
Accommodations: Hotel Manoir Victoria
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9: Plains of Abraham/Musee des Beaux Arts
(Saturday, June 27)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Visit Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec. The museum is made up of three linked buildings that display an impressive array of architecture. The museum's collection includes more than 22,000 works produced mainly in Québec from early colonial times to the present day. The museum acts as a custodian, keeping alive the memory of Québec art and artists.
 Morning: Learn about the principal historical and social events that helped to shape the city. The city was awarded its World Heritage City designation in 1985 based partially on the preservation of the fortifications around the Old Town, which date from 1745.

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.
Accommodations: Hotel Manoir Victoria
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10: Program Concludes/Departures
(Sunday, June 28)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel is at 7:00 am.
 Morning: Departures after breakfast from Québec City as per individual travel plans. Check-out of hotel is 12:00 noon.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
  Montreal, QC Château Dufresne Museum
The Château Dufresne, built between 1915 and 1918, was a beaux-arts style mansion owned by the Dufresne brothers, leading members of Montreal’s French bourgeoisie. Today, the Château Dufresne houses a museum dedicated to the history of Montreal’s east end. For additional information, visit
  Château Ramezay
Montréal’s portal to its past, the Chateau Ramezay Historic Site and Museum, was built in the 18th century as a prestigious residence. It was the first building in Quebec to be classified an historic monument. Relive more than 500 years of history through its numerous exhibits, its multimedia portrayals of historic figures and its French colonial style garden. For additional information, visit
  McCord Museum
The McCord Museum embodies the vision of a passionate collector, David Ross McCord, whose abiding wish was to shed light on the history and cultures of his country and thus bring its people together. The McCord Museum is a public research and teaching museum dedicated to the preservation, study, diffusion and appreciation of Canadian history. The McCord Museum helps individuals connect with generations, cultures and communities, inspiring them to become informed, open-minded and engaged citizens. For additional information, visit
  Quebec City, Quebec Cruise on the St. Lawrence
Set sail with our costumed guide, Louis Jolliet on a captivating cruise on the St. Lawrence River. Discover the history of Quebec City, the river and the surroundings. Navigate from the Cap Diamant to the Montmorency Falls. This Maritime Excursion is a fascinating cruise and the perfect occasion to admire the breathtaking beauty of Québec City, as seen from the river. Relax on our outside terraces as you learn about the city, its fortifications and surroundings. There are also a number of other cruises available on their web site. For additional information, visit
  Musee du Fort
The Musee du Fort presents an original and unique sound and light show on the military history of Québec City. The Musee is centrally located in front of the Hotel Chateau Frontenac. For additional information, visit
  Quebec Parliament Building
The most important historical site in Québec City. The Parliament Building is an imposing structure comprising four wings that form a square of about 100 metres (330') per side. One of the few buildings in North America whose architecture in Second Empire style. The tour of the Parliament Building includes the National Assembly Chamber (where the members of provincial parliament sit) with its Renaissance architecture and the Legislative Council Chamber (standing committees have been held here since 1968). For additional information, visit
  Ottawa, Ontario Byward Market
Established by Lt-Col. John By in 1826, the ByWard Market is one of Canada's oldest and largest public markets. The legendary builder of the Rideau Canal, Colonel By himself laid out the street plan of the Market, designating George Street and York Street to be extra wide to accommodate the creation of a public market and gathering place. You'll find museums, cafés, specialty food shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants, pubs, hair & aesthetics salons and more! The ByWard Market offers a unique experience for all. For additional information, visit
  City Tours
Ottawa is filled with Capital sights and attractions – and just about as many ways to explore and see them. Some options include walking tours, amphibious boat tours and even bi-plane tours over the city. For additional information, visit
Ottawa is home to many museums including Canadian Museum of Nature, Canadian War Museum, Currency Museum, Bytown Museum, Canadian Aviation and Space Museum, Canadian Museum of Science and Technology and the Royal Canadian Mint. For additional information, visit
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

A People's History of Quebec

Author: Robin Philbot, Jacques Lacoursiere

Description: This swift overview of Quebec’s 450-year history by a leading historian covers everything from the earliest days of colonization to the province’s recent efforts to gain independence. Includes a helpful timeline.

A Traveller's History of Canada

Author: Robert Bothwell

Description: A readable and admirably concise march through Canadian history from prehistory to today, including a timeline.


Author: Kenneth Roberts, N. C. Wyeth (Illustrator)

Description: The grand historical novel of Colonel Benedict Arnold's doomed march on Quebec in 1775, told through the eyes of a soldier in the Continental Army. Rich in historical detail.

Canada and Quebec: One Country, Two Histories

Author: Robert Bothwell

Description: An in-depth look at Canada-Quebec relations through interviews with prominent Canadian figures.

Champlain's Dream

Author: David Hackett Fischer

Description: In this stunningly researched and engaging biography, Pulitzer Prize-winner David Hackett Fischer weaves together the epic story of soldier and explorer Samuel de Champlain, a colonizer of North America who spent 30 years bringing his vision of a New France to life.

Fodor's Montreal & Quebec City

Author: Fodor's Guides

Description: A practical, up-to-date guide in the popular series featuring recommended city walks, day trips, and "Best Bets" for places to stay, eat, shop and sight-see.

Lullabies for Little Criminals

Author: Heather O'Neill

Description: O'Neill's tragicomedy of coming of age in Montreal in the 1980s was shortlisted for the Orange Prize.

Montreal Map

Author: Berndtson & Berndtson

Description: A folded, laminated map of the city center of Montreal.

Montreal Then and Now

Author: Alan Hustak

Description: This installment in the Then and Now series takes stock of Montreal’s evolution by placing antique photographs side-by-side with contemporary ones. It peels back the years so that readers can see city fixtures as they once were.

Moon Ontario

Author: Carolyn B. Heller

Description: With excellent, in-depth coverage of the cultural hub of Toronto, the Niagara and Great Lakes regions and Canada’s capital Ottawa.

Quebec Province Map

Author: RouteMaster

Description: The Canadian cartographers' map of the province at a scale of 1:750,000.

Quebec, 1759, The Siege and the Battle

Author: C. P. Stacey

Description: Originally published in 1959, this definitive account of the fall of Quebec, a key battle in British dominance in North America, is revised by Donald Graves for this new edition.

Shadows on the Rock

Author: Willa Cather

Description: Set at the end of the 17th century in rural Quebec, this beautifully realized novel highlights the struggles of the Parisian widower Auclair and his young daughter to adapt to their new land.


Author: Margaret Atwood

Description: One of Atwood's earliest novels, a suspenseful yarn where a young woman becomes entangled in affairs, mysteries and the haunting draw of nature as she searches for her missing father on an island off the coast of northern Quebec.

The Canadian Frontier, 1534-1760

Author: W. J. Eccles

Description: A popular, groundbreaking academic history of New France in the colonial era.

The War That Made America, A Short History of the French and Indian War

Author: Fred Anderson

Description: Anderson (Crucible of War) illuminates relations between the Indians, French and British in 18th-century North America.

Varieties of Exile

Author: Mavis Gallant, Russell Banks (Introduction)

Description: Wonderful stories set mostly in Gallant's native Montreal, a city starkly divided between working-class French Catholics and genteel English Protestants.

Why I Hate Canadians

Author: Will Ferguson

Description: This is the tenth anniversary edition of Ferguson's wickedly astute cultural salvo, the collection of humorous essays that launched his career. As you might guess, the title is tongue-in-cheek.

Wolfe at Quebec, The Man Who Won the French and Indian War

Author: Christopher Hibbert

Description: Hibbert brings the campaigns, life at Louisborg and dramatic capture of Quebec in 1759 to life in this tale of the neurotic, complex British general.

Xenophobe's Guide to the Canadians

Author: Vaughn Roste

Description: This irreverent pocket guide to cultural awareness is both insightful -- and entertaining.

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