A French Canadian Quest: Québec and Montréal With Your Grandchild

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.
Rating (4.67)
Program No. 20505RJ
7 days
Starts at
1,999 / ADULT
999 / CHILD

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 up to 1-2 miles daily; 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.
  • Find out about the 11 Aboriginal nations of Québec and their culture as you take part in an herbal tea tasting and a music and dance discovery!

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 10-13.
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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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