Walking about 2 miles; approx. 3 hours; some hills, cobblestones and stairs. Driving approx. 15 miles; about 1/2 hour.
Breakfast at the hotel
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.
We’ll enjoy lunch at the café at the Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec.
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.
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.
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.