Walking up to a mile on snowy sidewalk; some icy conditions, some stairs. Dress in layers for winter weather.
In the restaurant at Le Château Frontenac. The Frontenac embraces its role as the “star” atop the city’s figurative Christmas tree with a beautiful display of decorations and a wonderful sense of revelry and bonhomie.
At the hotel, we will be joined by a local expert who will tell us about the Frontenac and reveal its history — even some secrets! — as well as its role in Québec’s economic and social development and influence in the development of winter sports. We’ll then learn about the history of Québec City, the birthplace of French America and the first settlement in Canada. We’ll learn how winter has shaped the military and political destiny of Québec, and how residents deal with it in their daily lives. We’ll also get an overview of Québecois culture and Christmas traditions.
At a neighborhood restaurant.
Led by a local expert, we will explore the neighborhood surrounding the Château Frontenac. We’ll walk along narrow streets to illustrious monuments and significant buildings that eloquently illustrate aspects of the city’s history and architecture. The spirit of Christmas will be all around us, from exquisitely decorated storefronts to beautifully-lit cobbled alleys — a wondrous scene to behold. Our walking field trip will end in the Old Port at the Christmas Farmer Market featuring local flavors.
At the renowned restaurant Aux Anciens Canadiens, featuring traditional foods of Québec and located in the oldest house in the city (1675). Its thick walls, solid joints, marvelous wainscoting and recessed cupboards are characteristic of the houses constructed during that era.
At Carter Hall of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, we will enjoy a Road Scholar exclusive performance with classical musicians who have prepared a program of classical and seasonal music just for us.