Getting on/off school bus. Driving approximately 15 miles, about 1/2 hour. Walking about 2 miles; approximately 3 hours; some hills, cobblestones and stairs.
We will start by heading to the Morrin Centre on foot, 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 will 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. We’ll explore the remnants of this first fort revealed by archaeologists and revisit the past with a Parks Canada expert. 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. The digs have turned up 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. We’ll then travel by school bus to the Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec for lunch, followed by an expert-led field trip.
We’ll enjoy a plated lunch at the café at the Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec. Coffee, tea, water included. Other beverages available for purchase.
A museum expert at the Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec (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 Québécois art, largely influenced by religion; European-influenced modernist work up to 1945; and figurative and abstract art from the mid-20th century on.
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 that continually innovates while blending the old and the new. We’ll dine in a relaxed setting with an incomparable view of the St-Lawrence River and Dufferin Terrace. We will have a plated meal, with coffee, tea, water included. Other beverages are available for purchase.
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.