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Quebec

Signature City Québec

Program No. 19748RJ
Join a local historian for an insider’s perspective on Québec City. You’ll hear fascinating lectures, taste regional cuisine, visit must-see icons and go off the beaten path.
Length
6 days
Rating (4.88)
Activity Level
Starts at
1,899

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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Apr 24 - Apr 29, 2023
Starting at
1,899
May 8 - May 13, 2023
Starting at
2,099
May 15 - May 20, 2023
Starting at
2,549
Jun 5 - Jun 10, 2023
Starting at
2,099
Jun 12 - Jun 17, 2023
Starting at
1,999
Jul 10 - Jul 15, 2023
Starting at
2,349
Jul 17 - Jul 22, 2023
Starting at
2,199
Aug 14 - Aug 19, 2023
Starting at
2,349
Aug 28 - Sep 2, 2023
Starting at
2,349
Sep 11 - Sep 16, 2023
Starting at
2,249
Sep 18 - Sep 23, 2023
Starting at
2,249
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Private Group - RS Women on Facebook

Oct 2 - Oct 7, 2023
Starting at
2,249
Nov 13 - Nov 18, 2023
Starting at
2,549
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Apr 24 - Apr 29, 2023
Starting at
2,309
May 8 - May 13, 2023
Starting at
2,569
May 15 - May 20, 2023
Starting at
3,279
Jun 5 - Jun 10, 2023
Starting at
2,569
Jun 12 - Jun 17, 2023
Starting at
2,469
Jul 10 - Jul 15, 2023
Starting at
2,999
Jul 17 - Jul 22, 2023
Starting at
2,729
Aug 14 - Aug 19, 2023
Starting at
2,999
Aug 28 - Sep 2, 2023
Starting at
2,999
Sep 11 - Sep 16, 2023
Starting at
2,899
Sep 18 - Sep 23, 2023
Starting at
2,899
Itinerary Note

Private Group - RS Women on Facebook

Oct 2 - Oct 7, 2023
Starting at
2,899
Nov 13 - Nov 18, 2023
Starting at
3,279

At a Glance

Discover the best that Québec City has to offer as locals introduce you to the food, arts and history of this fascinating region. Explore the heart of Old Québec's Upper and Lower Towns and examine the city's extensive fortification system with an expert historian. Traverse down pedestrian streets and laneways to discover its quiet residential neighborhoods. A visit to Musée National des Beaux Arts will introduce you to paintings and sculpture by Québecois artists. Lectures are brought to life with field trips encompassing both landmark sites and less heralded aspects of the city, opening doors to historic interiors that few visitors discover. Learn about Québec’s architecture and enjoy a farewell dinner at Le Château Frontenac.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Varies by date. KEEP THE PACE: Walking two miles on uneven surfaces, cobblestones; some hills and stairs. ON YOUR FEET: Activities have been adjusted to reduce amount of walking and hilly terrain. Walking up to one mile, some stairs.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Explore the Plains of Abraham, site of many clashes between the French and British Empires, and walk the cobblestone streets and well-preserved 17th-century architecture of Old Québec with local experts.
  • Visit Montmorency Falls and discover one of the most beautiful natural jewels of Quebec.
  • Discover the rich cultural heritage at the National Museum of Fine Arts, boasting the highest concentration of artists in the province.

General Notes

Select dates are designated for small groups and are limited to 24 participants or less.
Featured Expert
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Marie Legroulx
Marie is an eleventh-generation Quebecoise whose ancestors settled on the shores of the St. Lawrence River in the mid-17th century. She has a BA in history and an MA in Quebec literature from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. Marie draws on both fields in her Road Scholar learning adventures as well as within her life more broadly. She taught French and Quebec literature for 25 years at the university level. Marie has been leading groups in Quebec City and the surrounding area since 2008.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Harry Hunkin View biography
Harry Hunkin began teaching at the age of twenty and completed his career as a professor of education at the University of Toronto. He worked for four years with the Inuit in Northern Québec assisting with the development of their travel program. Harry’s interest in the arts grew from his time managing the Green Room at Toronto’s famed Massey Hall, where he met Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington. Harry is also a history buff with a particular fascination with military history.
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Chantal Bellon View biography
A retired teacher, Chantal Bellon has lead visitors around the province of Québec, to the vibrant city of Toronto and the beautiful Niagara Falls, to the nation’s capital in Ottawa. Chantal enjoys sharing the charm and beauty of her home country with guests from around the globe and always looks forward to learning something new from them too. Although as a teacher, she primarily taught math and science, she has an eclectic love for travel, music, carpentry, and animals.
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Clarisse Fréchette View biography
Clarisse Frechette’s family arrived in Québec back in 1677 as shipbuilders. She has a bachelor’s degree in sociology and worked as a research agent for Québec’s Department of Education before taking on the role of a field manager for Statistics Quebec. Becoming an educational interpreter was second nature for Clarisse, with her love of history and certainly her love of Québec! She has explored the old streets of Québec for over 20 years. It is always her pleasure to help people discover this area.
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Marie Legroulx View biography
Marie is an eleventh-generation Quebecoise whose ancestors settled on the shores of the St. Lawrence River in the mid-17th century. She has a BA in history and an MA in Quebec literature from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. Marie draws on both fields in her Road Scholar learning adventures as well as within her life more broadly. She taught French and Quebec literature for 25 years at the university level. Marie has been leading groups in Quebec City and the surrounding area since 2008.
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Francois Vidal View biography
François Vidal was born in Québec City, where he spent years studying theatre and travel. He frequently combines his education with his love for Québec City and its rich history, performing in numerous educational theatrical productions. François has been an educational interpreter in Québec City since 2009 and is well-known for his personification of historical figures including a recent production in which he portrayed General Montcalm from the French-Indian War. François displays a keen interest in the architecture, culture and lifestyle in Québec City.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Shadows on the Rock
by Willa Cather
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.
Arundel
by Kenneth Roberts, N. C. Wyeth (Illustrator)
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.
Wolfe at Quebec, The Man Who Won the French and Indian War
by Christopher Hibbert
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.
Surfacing
by Margaret Atwood
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.
Canada and Quebec: One Country, Two Histories
by Robert Bothwell
An in-depth look at Canada-Quebec relations through interviews with prominent Canadian figures.
Champlain's Dream
by David Hackett Fischer
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.
Identities in North America, The Search for Community
by Robert Earle
David Crombie (the former mayor of Toronto) writes on Canadian cities, Mark Pachter takes on American identity, and several politicians debate the Quebec question. It is a stimulating, wonderfully uneven book.
Montcalm and Wolfe, The French and Indian War
by Francis Parkman, Caleb Carr (Editor), John Keegan (Introduction)
This volume, a reprint of the original 1884 edition by the great Francis Parkman, is an extensively researched account of the French and Indian War and of the great generals Montcalm and Wolfe.
Maria Chapdelaine, A Tale of French Canada
by Louis Hemon
A young woman living with her family on the frontier in Quebec, Maria endures the hardships of isolation and climate and must choose between three suitors.
A People's History of Quebec
by Robin Philbot, Jacques Lacoursiere
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.
Bury Your Dead
by Louise Penny
This is the sixth book in the Chief Inspector Gamache Series. A Who Done It set in present day Old Quebec. Other books in the series are set in the Quebec Eastern Townships. Series is better read in order.
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6 days
5 nights
12 meals
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DAY
1
Check-In, Program Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Quebec City, Québec
D
Fairmont Château Frontenac

Activity note: Hotel check-in available from 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Arrive to historic Quebec City and transfer to the hotel. Program Registration. 4:00-5:00 p.m. Come meet our group leader in the lobby and get your welcome packet. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in and the front desk will be happy to help you.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: We’ll begin our evening with an orientation session where we’ll get to know each other as well as review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes. We’ll go over important information as well as have time for questions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars or settle in for the night. You may also wish to explore what the city has to offer. The hotel is within walking distance of many restaurants, shops, and attractions including the Quebec City Fortifications, Le Capitole Performing Arts Centre, and Dufferin Terrace.

DAY
2
Historic Quebec, Town Walk, Civilization Museum
Quebec City, Québec
B,L,D
Fairmont Château Frontenac

Activity note: Walking about 1.5 miles over 1.5 hours; some hills and cobblestones.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy a presentation about the history of Québec City, beginning with its founding, to the fortifications which surround the Old Town and date back to 1745, to the culture of the city today. This morning’s field trip will take us on a walking exploration of the Upper Town, beginning at the hotel. We will visit the monument of Samuel de Champlain, father of New France and founder of Québec City. We will continue to Dufferin Terrace, where we will enjoy magnificent views of the mountains, the St Lawrence river, the Lower Town, and the star-shaped Citadel. Enrich your knowledge of the city while learning about cannons, loopholes, and Québec’s defences under two different regimes—all mingled with the city of today.

Lunch: We’ll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Explore the Museum of Civilization where we’ll learn about the Indigenous Peoples, their culture, traditions, and their contemporary expression of international autochthony. Museum staff will lead us through the various Indigenous territories, through a storyline which will recreate their vision of history and challenges for the future.

Dinner: We’ll enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure. You may wish to continue getting to know your fellow adventurers, explore the local galleries and shops on your own or enjoy the hotel’s facilities.

DAY
3
Lower Town Walk, Ursuline Nuns,Plains of Abraham
Quebec City, Québec
B,L,D
Fairmont Château Frontenac

Activity note: Walking about 2 miles; approx. 3.5 hours; some hills and cobblestones. Driving approx. 25 miles; about 2 hours.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Learn about Québec through a comparison of “Then and Now,” together with an illustrated lecture given by our local historian, a long-time resident of Québec City. Gain insight into the city’s unique architecture on an expert led walk through the historic Old City. This field trip will begin at the hotel before heading toward Lower Town and Place Royale, known as the cradle of French civilization in North America. Observe the merchant houses and Notre-Dame-des-Victories Church and uncover the charming commercial district on rue du Petit-Champlain.

Lunch: We’ll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Learn from a museum expert about the educational mission of the Ursuline nuns and their way of life. The convent is the oldest institution of its kind in North America. The Ursulines museum contains one of the richest ethnographic and artistic collections dating back to New France, including exquisite embroidery by the Ursuline nuns. By coach we will explore the Plains of Abraham, the site of a pivotal battle in the Seven Years War. An expert will bring to life the ways in which this battle shaped the city. We’ll also show you how essential the Plains have become in the life of Québec City’s residents, year round.

Dinner: We’ll enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
War and Peace, Montmorency Falls
Quebec City, Québec
B
Fairmont Château Frontenac

Activity note: Walking approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) for 1 hour over mostly groomed trails. Some stairs.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: During a morning lecture, learn about the periods of war and peace that have defined Québec City’s rich history. Visit Montmorency Falls, at 272 feet high, they are almost 100 feet higher than Niagara Falls. Walk to different viewpoints and learn about the history of the area. At the foot of the Falls, passing over the river, the old railway crossing has been replaced by a long, wide footbridge providing pedestrian access with platforms on various levels. With unforgettable views, Montmorency Falls is one of the most beautiful natural jewels of Québec.

Lunch: Lunch on own to enjoy local fare.

Afternoon: Free Time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Dinner: On your own to explore the local fare.

Evening: At leisure

DAY
5
Quebec Archaeology, Morrin Centre, Fine Arts Museum
Quebec City, Québec
B,L,D
Fairmont Château Frontenac

Activity note: Walking about 2 miles; approx. 3 hours; some hills, cobblestones and stairs. Driving approx. 15 miles; about 1/2 hour.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: We start by heading to the Morrin Centre, built over 200 years ago. As the city’s first prison, it now houses one of the world’s most beautiful libraries. A local expert will recount spellbinding and haunting stories surrounding this Victorian building steeped in history as we walk through it. Home to a collection of literary gems, some of which date back to the 16th century, this was also the site of the city’s first English-language institute of higher education, which closed in 1902. Next, we examine the archeological heritage of Quebec City with a Parks Canada expert at the dig site near the Dufferin Terrace, overlooking the St. Lawrence River. Next to the Saint-Louis Fort, which Champlain erected at the top of the cliff, this site is a history lover’s dream. Explore the remnants of this first fort, revealed by archaeologists. Digs have uncovered part of the foundation of the eastern wall of the first Château Saint-Louis, built by the first official governor of the colony in 1648. Revisit the past in the company of a Parks Canada guide as you discover the lifestyle of French and British governors who inhabited the sites. The digs have generated a large quantity of artifacts including Normandy stoneware and French terracotta, bones from birds, pottery from the Netherlands, Dutch or English pipes, beads for the fur trade, and a papal insignia.

Lunch: We’ll enjoy lunch at the café at the Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec.

Afternoon: A museum expert at The National Museum of Fine Arts will provide an in-depth presentation and examination of the works of art, giving us a great overview of the treasures housed here. Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec is home to the most important collection of paintings and sculpture by Québécois artists. Over 22,000 selections of works are displayed in three chronological exhibitions: The earliest date from the beginnings of Québécois art and are largely influenced by religion. The second covers the European-influenced modernist period up to 1945. The third showcases figurative and abstract art from the mid-20th century.

Dinner: For our special farewell dinner on our final night of the program together, we will dine at Le Château Frontenac where food lovers from around the world have enjoyed the art of Quebec’s fine dining for more than 100 years. It is a tradition of cuisine which continually innovates in its blend of the original and the creative. We’ll dine in a relaxed setting with an incomparable view of the St-Lawrence River and Dufferin Terrace.

Evening: Share some of your favorite experiences from the program with new Road Scholar friends. After returning to the hotel, the remainder of the evening will be at leisure. Be sure to prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Quebec City, Québec
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 12:00 Noon.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel. This concludes our program.

Morning: We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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