13816
Eastern Townships
Kayaking Day Trips: Quebec and Vermont
Improve your kayaking technique alongside experts as you paddle across the pristine waterways of Quebec and Vermont, enjoying evening lectures and daily excursions to must-see sites.
Program No. 13816RJ
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6 days
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
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DAY
1
Check-In, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Glen Sutton, QC
D
Outdoor Lodge in Glen Sutton

Activity note: Check-in is 3:00 pm.

Afternoon: Transfers and arrivals in the afternoon to the Outdoor Lodge in Glen Sutton. There will be a shuttle transfer available from the airport in Burlington, VT, departing at 3:00 pm. Check-in time is 3:00 - 5:00 pm for those arriving independently. All levels are welcome. Meet your hosts and fellow kayakers in the commodious Great Room with its fireplace and extensive library that provides a casual and comfortable spot for refreshments and lively conversation.

Dinner: Dinner is at the lodge in the open format kitchen and dining room. Enjoy high-end homestyle cooking with menus designed and prepared by our team of chefs. Dinner is a plated meal and will consist of salad or soup, entrée, and dessert. In this age of fast cuisine, we think you’ll appreciate the effort that the dining team puts into their “from scratch” delicacies. Most special needs diets can be accommodated if arranged ahead of time; special dietary needs must be noted on the Participant Information Form. If you do not advise us of your requirements or special needs well in advance of your program, we may not be able to accommodate your requests once you arrive on the program.

Evening: Orientation: Around 7:30 pm we gather for a general introduction of guests and a detailed outline of the kayaking week ahead. Some guests will be brand new to the sport, others will be old hands: all are welcome. Following that there will be a talk about Glen Sutton, the Eastern Townships and the general scene in this part of the world. Please be aware that local circumstances may require adjusting program elements for weather or other circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Evenings at leisure offer opportunities to make the program more meaningful and memorable through personal independent exploration, engaging in available activities on your own, or simply relaxing and making new friends among fellow participants. The Group Leader will always be happy to offer suggestions. continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Kayaking Lake Memphremagog & St. Benoit du Lac
Glen Sutton, QC
B,L,D
Outdoor Lodge in Glen Sutton

Activity note: Kayaks are full on sea kayaks with either skegs or foot controlled rudders. These are sit-in, not sit-on boats. We will have 1 tandem along and the rest will be solo boats. Some have larger cockpit openings for larger girths. All paddles, PFDs, bilge pumps, throw ropes, spray skirts are also provided.Participants must be mobile and walk up to two miles over uneven surfaces. Kayaking takes place on still water lakes and one lazy river, 3 - 5 hours daily. Entry to the water is from beaches.

Breakfast: Enjoy a self-serve breakfast at the Lodge offering a variety of healthy options: generally a hot option (eggs, oatmeal, hot cereal, etc.) fresh fruit bowls, yogurts, local maple syrup, variety of breads.

Morning: Gather on the porch at 9 am and head for the water in Lodge buses. Our fleet of kayaks follows behind on a custom trailer. Thus our series of day kayaking trips gets underway. Transits to the water vary between 15 minutes and one hour. Each day's trip has a different theme. On this first morning we review equipment, safety and technique and then push off into Lake Memphremagog. After exploring much of the storied shoreline of this gorgeous lake we come to shore for our picnic lunch.

Lunch: We meet for a bag lunch at a pre-designated spot.

Afternoon: After lunch we enter the meditative grounds of the abbey at St. Benoit du Lac for a one hour visit. This is a Benedictine Monastery. Featured in Gourmet magazine (September 2002) here is made the best Blue cheese in all of North America. Gregorian chant (depending on schedule) follows and upon exiting the building we return to the water. Kayaking continues; after 2 more hours on the water we head back to base. We are generally back in at the lodge around 4:30 pm.

Dinner: Dinner at 6 pm. Drinks before dinner if so desired. The lodge is a B.Y.O.B establishment. Alcoholic beverages are not served on-site but participants are welcome to bring their own.

Evening: Evening lectures commence at 7:30 pm. Topics might include Heart Healthy Living, Canadian History, American Invasions of Canada (1775 - 1871), Quebec Politics Since the Quiet Revolution, The Gerry Bull Story or a private musical concert. Each week has one free evening where guests can sample our world-class movie collection, play bridge or sample some local theatre.

DAY
3
Kayaking Lake Champlain
Glen Sutton, QC
B,L,D
Outdoor Lodge in Glen Sutton

Activity note: Kayaks are full on sea kayaks with either skegs or foot controlled rudders. These are sit-in, not sit-on boats. We will have 1 tandem along and the rest will be solo boats. Some have larger cockpit openings for larger girths. All paddles, PFDs, bilge pumps, throw ropes, spray skirts are also provided.Participants must be mobile and walk up to two miles over uneven surfaces. Kayaking takes place on still water lakes, 3 - 5 hours daily. Entry to the water is from beaches.

Breakfast: At the Lodge.

Morning: Gather on the porch for the 9 am departure, by Lodge bus, to Lake Champlain, one of the most historic waterways in all of North America. Later in the day a professional historian goes back in time to the early explorers and the French and Indian Wars, the Revolution and the British all the way up to the Prohibition days of the 20s and 30s to underline the fascinating history of Champlain's lake.

Lunch: We meet for a bag lunch at a pre-designated spot.

Afternoon: Kayaking continues as we boat the Vermont shoreline and weave about many islands in the process. A day steeped in history.

Dinner: Dinner at 6 pm at the Lodge.

Evening: Evening lectures commence at 7:30 pm. Topics might include Heart Healthy Living, Canadian History, American Invasions of Canada (1775 - 1871), Quebec Politics Since the Quiet Revolution, The Gerry Bull Story or a private musical concert. Each week has one free evening where guests can sample our world-class move collection, play bridge or sample some local theatre.

DAY
4
Kayaking Lake Brome & Knowlton
Glen Sutton, QC
B,L,D
Outdoor Lodge in Glen Sutton

Activity note: Kayaks are full on sea kayaks with either skegs or foot controlled rudders. These are sit-in, not sit-on boats. We will have 1 tandem along and the rest will be solo boats. Some have larger cockpit openings for larger girths. All paddles, PFDs, bilge pumps, throw ropes, spray skirts are also provided.Participants must be mobile and walk up to two miles over uneven surfaces. Kayaking takes place on still water lakes and one lazy river, 3 - 5 hours daily. Entry to the water is from beaches.

Breakfast: At the Lodge.

Morning: Gather on the porch for 9 am and then off to Lake Brome, Quebec. Home of Quebec's old-moneyed elite with their summer 'cottages' (best seen by water) we explore the inlets and coves (many guests consider the hours in the Quilliams Marsh as the highlight of the week) before turning our ships towards Knowlton (at the headwaters of the lake). This quaint town has the highest density of millionaires in all of Canada.

Lunch: We meet for a bag lunch at a pre-designated spot.

Afternoon: Kayaking continues as we go back to the water for a Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew paddle into Peacock Alley. End the water day at Gerry's Tikka Bar by the shore. Thence home to Glen Sutton.

Dinner: Dinner at 6 pm at the Lodge.

Evening: Each week has one free evening where guests can sample our world-class movie collection, play bridge or sample some local theatre.

DAY
5
Kayaking Lake Willoughby
Glen Sutton, QC
B,L,D
Outdoor Lodge in Glen Sutton

Activity note: Kayaks are full on sea kayaks with either skegs or foot controlled rudders. These are sit-in, not sit-on boats. We will have 1 tandem along and the rest will be solo boats. Some have larger cockpit openings for larger girths. All paddles, PFDs, bilge pumps, throw ropes, spray skirts are also provided.Participants must be mobile and walk up to two miles over uneven surfaces. Kayaking takes place on still water lakes and one lazy river, 3 - 5 hours daily. Entry to the water is from beaches.

Breakfast: At the Lodge.

Morning: Today we paddle Lake Willoughby. Known as the Switzerland of Vermont with its soaring 1000' cliffs (this was the first site in all of Vermont to see the return of the peregrine falcon) and wild Northeast Kingdom shoreline. This is also Robert Frost country and poetry will accompany this final full day of paddling.

Lunch: We meet for a bag lunch at a pre-designated spot.

Afternoon: We continue our kayaking exploration of Lake Willoughby.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at 6 pm at the Lodge.

Evening: Evening lectures commence at 7:30 pm. Topics might include Heart Healthy Living, Canadian History, American Invasions of Canada (1775 - 1871), Quebec Politics Since the Quiet Revolution, The Gerry Bull Story or a private musical concert. Each week has one free evening where guests can sample our world-class movie collection, play bridge or sample some local theatre.

DAY
6
Program Concludes, Departures
Glen Sutton, QC
B

Activity note: Check-out is 10 am

Breakfast: Enjoy our final breakfast together at the Lodge.

Morning: Departures after breakfast according to individual travel plans. The airport transfer will depart at 8:00 am; approximate arrival at the Burlington airport is 9:30 am. Check-out is 10:00 am for those departing independently. 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.