Join a local author and 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.
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Program No. 19748RJ
6 days
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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 presentation at 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 cobblestone streets and well-preserved 17th-century architecture of Old Québec with a local expert.
  • Meet locals and experience the flavors of Québec on an expert-led culinary walk.
  • Discover the rich cultural heritage at the National Museum of Fine Arts, boasting the highest concentration of artists in the province.
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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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Marie Legroulx
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Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on, a website that supports local bookstores.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Canada and Quebec: One Country, Two Histories
by Robert Bothwell
An in-depth look at Canada-Quebec relations through interviews with prominent Canadian figures.
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.
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.

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