Walking about 1.5 miles over 1.5 hours; some hills and cobblestones.
Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
A local historian will join us at the hotel and give a presentation on the history of Quebec City, giving us an excellent overview of principal events ranging from the city’s founding to the present day. The city was awarded its World Heritage City designation in 1985 based partially on the preservation of the fortifications around the Old Town, which date from 1745. This area has a distinct European feel with its stone buildings and winding streets lined with shops and restaurants. Our local historian will lead us on our walking exploration of Upper Town, which will begin at Place d'Armes. Start with a visit to the monument of Samuel de Champlain, Father of New France and founder of Québec City who established his first “abitation” here in 1608. Dufferin Terrace offers magnificent views of the mountains, St. Lawrence River, Lower Town and the star-shaped Citadel. Examine how Québec's defenses developed under the French and English regimes and learn about the cannons, loopholes, Artillery Park, and fortresses that are part of Quebec's fortifications.
We’ll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant
A short walk will take us to the Museum of Civilization to view the exhibition - This is our Story. The exhibit aims to familiarize visitors with the aboriginal cultures of today, their diversity, their visions of the world, their identity processes in relation to their stories, and the contemporary expression of international autochthony. The exhibition offers a reflection on what it means to be aboriginal in the twenty-first century. The grand narrative of the exhibition is based on aboriginal words. Throughout the process of creating this exhibition, the Museum collaborated with Québec’s 11 aboriginal Nations. Accompanied by a guide, the visitor “meets” the aboriginals in their territory, through a storyline and through their vision of history, through what they have become beyond romanticism and prejudice, and finally, through their concerns and questions about the challenges of the future. Afterwards, we will walk back to the hotel for a presentation by our local historian that will explore the evolution of Nationalism.
We’ll enjoy dinner at a local restaurant
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.