22010
Quebec
Hike, Bike and Kayak in Québec's Eastern Townships
Bike southern Québec with stops for wine and cider tasting, kayak the calm waters of Lake Memphremagog and hike Vermont’s historic Long Trail on this expert-led outdoor adventure.
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Program No. 22010RJ
Length
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
5 B 4 L 5 D
DAY
1
Check-In, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Glen Sutton, QC
D
Outdoor Lodge in Glen Sutton

Afternoon: Transfers and arrivals in the afternoon to the Outdoor Lodge in Glen Sutton. There will be a shuttle transfer available from the airport in Burlington, VT, departing at 3:00 pm. Check-in time is 3:00 - 5:00 pm for those arriving independently. All levels are welcome. Meet your hosts and fellow Road Scholars in the commodious Great Room with its fireplace and extensive library that provides a casual and comfortable spot for refreshments and lively conversation.

Dinner: Dinner is at the lodge in the open format kitchen and dining room. Enjoy high-end homestyle cooking with menus designed and prepared by our team of chefs. Dinner is a plated meal and will consist of salad or soup, entrée, and dessert. In this age of fast cuisine, we think you’ll appreciate the effort that the dining team puts into their “from scratch” delicacies. Most special needs diets can be accommodated if arranged ahead of time; special dietary needs must be noted on the Participant Information Form. If you do not advise us of your requirements or special needs well in advance of your program, we may not be able to accommodate your requests once you arrive on the program.

Evening: Orientation: Around 7:30 pm we gather for ageneral introduction of guests and a detailed outline of the week. After dinner we gather for introductions and outline the activities for the week. Following that there will be a talk about Glen Sutton, the Eastern Townships and the general scene in this part of the world. Please be aware that local circumstances may require adjusting program elements for weather or other circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Evenings at leisure offer opportunities to make the program more meaningful and memorable through personal independent exploration, engaging in available activities on your own, or simply relaxing and making new friends among fellow participants. The Group Leader will always be happy to offer suggestions. continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Hiking, Walking or Kayaking
Glen Sutton, QC
B,L,D
Outdoor Lodge in Glen Sutton

Activity note: Options for a gentle walk or a more demanding hike. Hikes are 4-5 hours on varied terrain; walks are 3-4 hours over forest trails and flattish country laneways. Daypacks required. Van transfers to trail heads between 20 - 50 minutes. Kayaking is on flat water, swimming ability would be useful. All kayaking equipment provided.

Breakfast: Enjoy a self-serve breakfast at the Lodge offering a variety of healthy options: generally a hot option (eggs, oatmeal, hot cereal, etc.) fresh fruit bowls, yogurts, local maple syrup, variety of breads.

Morning: Gather on the porch to get the map of the day for our 9:00 a.m. departure. Hikers: Our adventure this morning is to Round Top (Mont Sutton), the local peak visible from the Lodge (it's a 25 minute drive to the trailhead). We climb through a mixed beech-maple forest to Spruce Lake where we lunch at a waterside pavilion. Walkers: We walk alongside a dancing brook that leads us gently downhill from the base of Mont Sutton towards the village of Sutton (alias Three Pines in the Inspecteur Gamache crime novels). We lunch by an old dam in the presence of an Inukshuk sculpture garden. Kayakers: For those who wish some watersport 3 of our 5 days will offer optional small group excursions to a local marsh, river and lake. All water gear provided (kayak, paddle, PFD, etc.)

Lunch: Bag lunch near trails or on shore around noon at a pre-designated spot.

Afternoon: Outdoor activities continue; there is plenty of time throughout the day for museums, country stores, local swim holes or milkshakes. Hikers: From Spruce Lake continue upwards to summit of Round Top. Descend by a different path to point of origin. Time for a visit to town of Sutton. Hiking time approximately 4 hours. Intermediate difficulty. Walkers: The downward trail continues to Sutton. Some time to see the sights of this tourist town with 5 bakeries and a chocolate shop. Much ado about the magical natural order. Walking time approximately 3 hours. Kayakers: Instruction on technique is part of each outing from very basics (first timers) to fully water tested (old hands). The river day will be for those who have previous paddling experience. Paddling time approximately 4 hours. Please: no cotton garments while in water, polyester OK. We are normally back at the Lodge between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. where there is plenty of time for a swim, a snooze, a snack. or a pre-dinner drink (BYOB).

Dinner: Dinner at 6 pm. Drinks before dinner if so desired. The lodge is a B.Y.O.B establishment. Alcoholic beverages are not served on-site but participants are welcome to bring their own.

Evening: Evening lectures commence at 7:30 p.m. Topics might include the following: Heart Healthy Living, Canadian History, Quebec Politics Since the Quiet Revolution of the 60s, The Gerry Bull Story or a private musical concert. Each week has one free evening where guests can sample our world-class movie collection, play bridge, play tennis on our lighted court or sample some local theatre.

DAY
3
Bike the Border Line, Inspector Gamache Rides Into Vermont
Glen Sutton, QC
B,L,D
Outdoor Lodge in Glen Sutton

Activity note: All cycling takes place almost entirely on pavement. Average ride 25 miles over rolling terrain (some do more and some do less).

Breakfast: At the Lodge at 8:00 a.m.

Morning: Gather on the porch to get the map of the day for our 9:00 a.m. departure. Today we bike on the Quebec and Vermont side of the border. Rental bikes are fitted as needed in early morn. We can choose from 25 different day rides which average 25 miles in length (some do more, some do less). Our sag wagon is constantly on patrol and is equipped with repair tools, spares and reserve water. A short van ride with bikes in tow and then the spinning begins. Rides are 99% on pavement and our area is renowned for good shoulders and very low traffic densities that often see more bicycles than cars on any given day.

Lunch: Meet for a bag lunch a pre-designated spot.

Afternoon: Cycling continues in the afternoon and ends around 3-3:30 p.m. Plenty of time to shuttle home, shower, nap, read, swim and have that pre-dinner drink.

Dinner: Dinner at 6 pm. Drinks before dinner if so desired. The lodge is a B.Y.O.B establishment. Alcoholic beverages are not served on-site but participants are welcome to bring their own.

Evening: Evening lecture commences at 7:30 p.m. Topics might include the following: Heart Healthy Living, Canadian History, Quebec Politics Since the Quiet Revolution of the 60s, French popular song, or our resident mezzo soprano reeling off some arias.

DAY
4
Hike Mount Pisgah, Walk Ruiter Valley & Missisquoi Trail
Glen Sutton, QC
B,L,D
Outdoor Lodge in Glen Sutton

Activity note: Options for a gentle walk or a more demanding hike. Hikes are 4-5 hours on varied terrain; walks are 3-4 hours over forest trails and flattish country laneways. Daypacks required. Van transfers to trail heads between 20 - 50 minutes

Breakfast: At the Lodge.

Morning: Gather on the porch to get the map of the day for our 9:00 a.m. departure. Hikers: Mt. Pisgah, the Switzerland of Vermont, lies in the famed Northeast Kingdom and is about 50 minutes from the Lodge. Stunning overlooks of 1,000' cliffs make this day very special. This was the first site in Vermont to which the peregrine falcon returned after the DDT crisis of the 60s. Walkers: The Ruiter Valley Land Trust (about 15 minutes drive from the Lodge) comprises hundreds of acres of mixed hardwood forests with a trail network that dazzles in variety. Beaver ponds, meadows, deep woods, all accessed by a gentle walk of about two hours duration. Much chatter on the nature we see (birds, flowers, land forms, human impacts). Kayakers: Our van and trailer travel to Lake Brome (about a 35 minute drive). We will spend about two hours exploring the Quilliams' Marsh (the finest in S. Quebec).

Lunch: Meet for a bag lunch a pre-designated spot (on the summit, back at the lodge or by the lake).

Afternoon: Outdoor activities continue. Hikers: Another 90 minutes or so will have us off the mountain……time for a swim or ice cream. Then back to Glen Sutton, perhaps stopping (if time allows) at the Bread and Puppet Museum in Glover, Vermont. Level of hike: intermediate. Walkers: The Missisquoi Trail is a much storied walkway starting right from the village. Earlier known as The King's Highway, it was and is a bootlegger's dream, hosted Gerry Bull's warhead dreams and to this day is home to an infinity of aliens. Approximately 2 hrs. Totally flat. Kayakers: Two more boating hours in Lac Brome, along Peacock Alley (fancy real estate best seen from the water), and on to the Tikka Bar to end the day in the "Northern Caribbean".

Dinner: Dinner at 6 pm. Drinks before dinner if so desired. The lodge is a B.Y.O.B establishment. Alcoholic beverages are not served on-site but participants are welcome to bring their own.

Evening: Free evening. Each week has one free evening where guests can sample our world-class movie collection, play bridge, play tennis on our lighted court or sample some local theatre.

DAY
5
Bike or Kayak
Glen Sutton, QC
B,L,D
Outdoor Lodge in Glen Sutton

Activity note: All cycling takes place almost entirely on pavement. Average ride 25 miles over rolling terrain (some do more and some do less. Kayaking is on flat water, swimming ability would be useful. All kayaking equipment provided.

Breakfast: At the Lodge.

Morning: Gather on the porch to get the map of the day for our 9:00 a.m. departure. Bikers: Another Tour du Jour map circulates at 9 a.m. A short drive to our start point and off we go to the lake, the winery, the chocolate shop, the bakery and the bar. All gears will be needed in this rolling terrain but the rewards of this world class scenery combined with the sparklingly clean air will have you wanting more. What is it this part of the world….where are all the people? Thanks to Napoleon, the Civil War and the mean Summer of 1816 we present to you some of the finest riding on Planet Earth. Kayakers: Lake Memphremagog . Crystal clear, over 300' deep with stunning exploration potential. We launch and play by a public beach and work on technique appropriate to the group's skill level.

Lunch: Meet for a bag lunch a pre-designated spot.

Afternoon: Outdoor activities continue: Biking: There is plenty of time throughout the day for country stores, local swim holes, milkshakes, photography, gelatos, etc. We are normally back at the Lodge by 4 p.m. Kayakers: Excursion time. How about Molson Island? Check the wind, the rudder, the giddiness. Applying new techniques can turn daunting to dreamy. We'll cross the lake to explore some hidden gems on the other side…water travel at its healthiest, simplest and most fulfilling.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at 6 p.m. Drinks before dinner if so desired. The lodge is a B.Y.O.B establishment. Alcoholic beverages are not served on-site but participants are welcome to bring their own.

Evening: Farewell evening.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Glen Sutton, QC
B

Breakfast: Enjoy our final breakfast together at the Lodge.

Morning: Departures after breakfast according to individual travel plans. The airport transfer will depart at 8:00 am; approximate arrival at the Burlington airport is 9:30 am. Check-out is 10:00 am for those departing independently. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys.






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