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Quebec

A French Canadian Quest: Québec and Montréal With Your Grandchild

Program No. 20505RJ
Explore fairytale Québec and metropolitan Montréal with your grandchild as you discover a great fortress, a massive waterfall, a colossal organ and more on this grand adventure.
Length
7 days
Rating (4.5)
Activity Level
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2,199 / ADULT
1,199 / CHILD

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Age 10 - 13
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Jun 19 - Jun 25, 2023
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At a Glance

Does music sound grander when played on a gigantic organ? Is a greeting friendlier when it’s spoken in French? Do waterfalls look more beautiful up close? Find your own answers to these questions as you and your grandchild explore the French heritage, language and food of Québec City and Montréal. Travel by train from one fascinating city to the next through the beautiful Québec countryside, and ride a cable car to see the rushing waters of Montmorency Falls. Learn a little French and try using it with Québecois at a local market, and hear a musical performance at Montréal's famous Notre Dame Basilica.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking 2-3 miles daily over varied and uneven terrain including steep hills, cobblestones and busy city streets; some standing; some stairs.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • See Montréal from the water and from the air on a boat ride along its famous Canal Lachine and a ride on the tallest Ferris wheel in Canada — La Grande Roue.
  • Explore the Parc de la Chute-Montmorency with a ride on a cable to the top of the 272-foot Montmorency Falls.
  • Travel through the Canadian countryside by train and discover two cities that are linked together by train while learning some common words in French.

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 10-13.
Featured Expert
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Neil Schomaker
Having studied first at the University of Minnesota and Université Paul Valéry in Montpellier, France, Neil Schomaker obtained a Master’s degree in Early Modern French history from the University of Kansas. He moved to Quebec City to be immersed in a culture and language he adores. He teaches at Collège Mérici and is part of the team that trains Quebec City tour guides. Neil has been consulted by media outlets such as CBC Radio and the Montreal Gazette for his expertise on Quebec City history.

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

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Having studied first at the University of Minnesota and Université Paul Valéry in Montpellier, France, Neil Schomaker obtained a Master’s degree in Early Modern French history from the University of Kansas. He moved to Quebec City to be immersed in a culture and language he adores. He teaches at Collège Mérici and is part of the team that trains Quebec City tour guides. Neil has been consulted by media outlets such as CBC Radio and the Montreal Gazette for his expertise on Quebec City history.
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A Montrealer by birth, Julie has diplomas in cultural animation and teaching. With her warm and dynamic personality, her prime objective is to share her passion and knowledge of Montreal and Québec City as well as little secrets of the living style of each community.
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Get By in French
by Brigitte Rix, Louise Rogers Lalaurie, Julia Key
Get By is a phrase book and mini course all in one making it the perfect travel companion for your trip abroad. Designed specifically for travellers of all kinds, it will introduce you to all the language you need to get around with confidence. Get By in French will help you to:understand the basics of the language with clear and easy-to-follow explanations, try out what you have learned with mini role plays and activities, communicate with confidence using thousands of essential words and phrases, get around easily with useful tips for the visitor, eat out the French way with the comprehensive menu reader.
Montreal & Quebec City Guide – Lonely Planet
by Montréal-based author
Montréal and Québec City really serve it up. You've got old-world grandeur, new-world sensibilities and big-city charms - there's enough neighbourhoods, restaurants and festivals to keep you mon-dieu'ing for months. This guide, penned by a Montréal-based author, gets you straight to the action. Pick & Mix: buy and download individual chapters from this book You could download free: Introducing Montreal (Very interesting…)
A People’s History of Quebec
by Jacques Lacoursière
A People’s History of Quebec is a lively guide to a little-known part of North American history. It tells of the settlement of the St. Lawrence Valley, but also of the Montreal and Quebec-based explorers and traders who travelled, mapped, and inhabited most of North America, and embrothered the peoples they met.
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7 days
6 nights
14 meals
6 B 3 L 5 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Montreal, QC
D
SpringHill Suites Old Montreal

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: 5:30-5:45 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come to the Road Scholar table on the Mezzanine Level to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.

Dinner: At a popular steak house restaurant on rue St-Paul, the oldest street in Montréal, enjoy a 3-course plated meal with appetizer, choice of entrée, dessert of the day, and beverage choices including milk, soft drinks, coffee (regular/decaf), hot tea, water; other beverages available for purchase from the bar. After dinner, we will return to the hotel for our Orientation session.

Evening: Orientation. In our meeting place on the Mezzanine level, the Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. We will also have some useful tips to enhance this experience of French America. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. 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, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
City Field Trip, Pointe-à-Callière, La Grande Roue
Montreal, QC
B,L,D
SpringHill Suites Old Montreal

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach. Walking up to 2 miles throughout the day.

Breakfast: At the hotel, the breakfast buffet offers choices such as a hot dish, waffles, cereal, fruit, bread and pastries, milk, juices, coffee (regular/decaf), hot tea, water.

Morning: With a local expert, we will go for a city field trip via motorcoach, focusing on the city's history, architecture, main neighborhoods, and its astounding underground city that features a 20-mile network of pedestrian walkways. Among the highlights are the Underground, Mont-Royal, and Ste-Hélène Island that was the site of Expo 67 (1967 International and Universal Exposition).

Lunch: At one of the city’s numerous cafés, we’ll have a light yet filling buffet lunch.

Afternoon: For our next field trip, we’ll walk to the Pointe-à-Callière Museum that was inaugurated in 1992 during the city’s 350th anniversary. This designated national archaeological and historic site is located on the very place where Montréal was founded. The museum presents centuries of history from the settlements of Indigenous People to the present. In addition to permanent and changing exhibitions, there are remarkable ruins of national significance. Museum staff will lead our exploration.

Dinner: At a neighbordhood restaurant.

Evening: We will gather to experience La Grande Roue de Montréal — the tallest Ferris wheel in Canada. We will be able to see the city and its surroundings from nearly 200 feet (60 meters) in the air, the equivalent of a 20-storey building!. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give you the information for an independent exploration of the Mémoire en histoire outdoor projection circuit. You could walk along the streets of Old Montréal that will be animated for the occasion with multi-media projections inspired by historical events.

DAY
3
Boat ride - Canal Lachine.
Montreal, QC
B,D
SpringHill Suites Old Montreal

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles. Getting on/off the boat, use public transportation.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will set out on a boat excursion from Le Petit Navire on the Canal Lachine, learning all about this special National Historic Site.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like at The Farmer Market Atwater. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Afternoon: After lunch we will return by subway to the Old town.

Dinner: In Old Montréal. We’ll order from a menu.

Evening: Prepare for check-out and transfer tomorrow.

DAY
4
Notre-Dame Basilica, Train Transfer to Québec City
Quebec City, QC
B,L,D
Hotel Manoir Victoria

Activity note: Getting on/off a train. Participants will need to carry their own luggage, restricted to one piece of baggage and one carry-on bag on the train. We will carry our baggage when we transfer to the train station. There it will be loaded onto the train for us; keep carry-ons with you. The train ride is about 180 miles, approximately 3.5 hours. Upon arrival in Québec City, we will retrieve our baggage and load it onto a van for transfer to the hotel where it will be taken to our rooms.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will have a short walk to the Notre-Dame Basilica of Montréal for an expert-led exploration followed by a presentation for our group of the fabulous organ by the Basilica's titular organist. We will then walk back to the hotel and check out, take taxis to the train station, and board a train for the transfer to Québec City.

Lunch: Aboard the train, we’ll have box lunches from a local bakery with a sandwich, salad, and soft drink, coffee, or tea.

Afternoon: Upon arrival in Québec City, we will take taxis to our hotel for check-in with some time to freshen up and relax before dinner.

Dinner: In an Old Québec restaurant a short walk from the hotel, we will have a 3-course plated meal with appetizer choice of entrée, and dessert of the day, plus beverage choices including coffee (regular/decaf), hot tea, water; other beverages available for purchase from the bar.

Evening: Walking back to the hotel with our Group Leader, we will see street artists in the Old Town.

DAY
5
Québec City History & Architecture, Montmorency Falls
Quebec City, QC
B,L
Hotel Manoir Victoria

Activity note: Getting on/off a school bus. Walking up to 2 miles.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will set out with a local expert on a walking field trip in Québec's historic district. The very European atmosphere of its quaint streets is charming. We will also gain an appreciation for the historic value of its buildings. We will then board a bus and ride to Parc de la Chute-Montmorency. Led by a local expert, we will ride a cable car to the top of the Montmorency Falls.

Lunch: At Manoir Montmorency, we’ll have a meal Buffet style featuring area specialties with beverage choices of coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We will have some time to explore Parc de la Chute-Montmorency — Montmorency Falls Park — independently. This is one of the most scenic spots in Canada. The spectacular falls are nearly 100 feet (30 meters) higher — though much narrower — than Niagara. You might like to take a short walk to the bridge that goes over the falls. We’ll take the cable car down and ride the bus back to Québec City.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: For those who would like to see Québec City from the river, the Group Leader will take us on a ferry ride. You might also like to go out and see some of the city’s distinctive street performances or just relax.

DAY
6
Plains of Abraham Museum, Mosaicultures, Music Traditions
Quebec City, QC
B,D
Hotel Manoir Victoria

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles. Getting on/off a school bus.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will board a school bus for a field trip to the Plains of Abraham. With a a member of the Canadian militia (our local expert) will explore the Battlefield Park Museum. Learn about the history of the siege of Québec as if you were there. In an evocative, interactive setting, find out about the crimes, punishments and laws in force. Take part in an incredible immersive screening featuring original, often moving, accounts of those who loved through the battles of the Plains of Abraham. Then, join in and explore military life from every angle. Finally, admire treasures from the magnificent collection of artefacts in the Identities exhibition. Mid-morning we will board the school bus and driving about 3 miles to the Mosaîcultures. This amazing flowers and garden exhibition titled: Once Upon a Time... The Earth. A tribute to life on earth by different themes, not to be missed: The Polar and Marine World, Endangered Species, The Huron Wendat Nation and The Farm.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like in the Park.

Afternoon: Free time. You might like to explore the Musée de la Civilisation with its exhibitions tracing the history and culture of Québec and its peoples. Among them is “Our Story: First Nations and Inuit in the 21st Century” that provides an in-depth look at the 11 Aboriginal nations of Québec (voucher provided). Before dinner, we will join local musicians who will guide us in a discovery of Québec through song, instrumental music, tales, and jigs. We will learn about Québec musical traditions, rhythm and song, experiment with musical instruments (including percussion), and try out dance forms.

Dinner: At the hotel, we will have 3-course plated meal with appetizer (soup or salad), choice of entrée (meat, seafood, vegetarian), and dessert of the day, plus beverage choices including coffee (regular/decaf), hot tea, water; other beverages are available for purchase from the bar. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell dinner.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

DAY
7
Program Concludes
Quebec City, QC
B

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

Breakfast: Hotel buffet. This concludes our program.

Morning: If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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