21816
Quebec

Exploring Québec City, the St. Lawrence River and Its Islands

Discover the intertwined history of the St. Lawrence River and Québec as you explore the area’s culture, circle Ile d’Orleans and enjoy regional cuisine.
Rating (5)
Program No. 21816RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,099

At a Glance

It seems that every neighborhood in Québec City is made more beautiful by the majestic views of the St. Lawrence River. Explore a piece of the Old World right here in North America on a discovery of this crucial waterway from historical, ecological and economical perspectives. Meet experts who tell the tale of those who explored the mighty river and gave birth to New France. Embark on two study cruises to find the treasures tucked away on the river’s shores and islands, and walk the 400-year-old cobbled streets of Old Québec to see what history has changed and what remains the same. Witness Montmorency Falls plunge into the river, circle Ile d’Orleans to taste local specialties and sail to Grosse Isle in the Gulf of St. Lawrence to share the experience of 19th-century immigrants.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking and standing one hour indoors and out; some cobblestones, uneven terrain.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • At the Irish Memorial National Historic Site on Grosse Isle, learn of the thousands of Irish immigrants to Québec who fled the potato famine of 1847.
  • Drive the 42-mile loop around Ile d’Orleans, stopping to sample local flavors and to discover the history of wooden shipbuilding at the Parc Maritime.
  • Step aboard the Louis-Jolliet for a 90-minute study cruise showcasing Old Québec, Ile d’ Orleans and Montmorency Falls with expert commentary on the history of all you see.
Featured Expert
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Francois Vidal
François Vidal was born in Québec City, where he spent years studying theatre and travel. He frequently combines his education with his love for Québec City and its rich history, performing in numerous educational theatrical productions. François has been an educational interpreter in Québec City since 2009 and is well-known for his personification of historical figures including a recent production in which he portrayed General Montcalm from the French-Indian War. François displays a keen interest in the architecture, culture and lifestyle in Québec City.

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

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Jean Pierre Deschenes
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Francois Vidal
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