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23165
Quebec

Walking and Hiking in Québec City

Take daily hikes across four centuries of history and French Canadian heritage in the urban UNESCO setting of Québec City with enjoying plenty of time for independent explorations.
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Program No. 23165RJ
Length
5 days
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1,049
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Quebec

Walking and Hiking in Québec City

Take daily hikes across four centuries of history and French Canadian heritage in the urban UNESCO setting of Québec City with enjoying plenty of time for independent explorations.
Length
5 days
Starts at
1,049
Special Offer
Click on Dates & Prices below to see special offer details.
Program No. 23165 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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Authentic Room
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Restored, cheery room in authentic Monastic setting, with sink, mirror, dresser and desk. Includes a shared bathroom (1 bathroom between 5 rooms) and either a single bed or two single beds.
Modern Room
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Renovated, modern room in authentic Monastic setting, with sink, mirror, dresser and integrated storage space. Includes a private full bathroom and either a king bed, a queen bed or two single beds.
Jun 8 - Jun 12, 2021
Authentic Room 1,049
Modern Room 1,099
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No extra cost for single rooms in select categories!

Jul 27 - Jul 31, 2021
Authentic Room 1,079
Modern Room 1,149
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No extra cost for single rooms in select categories!

Aug 23 - Aug 27, 2021
Authentic Room 1,079
Modern Room 1,149
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No extra cost for single rooms in select categories!

Sep 13 - Sep 17, 2021
Authentic Room 1,079
Modern Room 1,149
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms in select categories!

Oct 12 - Oct 16, 2021
Authentic Room 1,079
Modern Room 1,149
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms in select categories!

DATES & PRICES

Authentic Room
Details
Accommodation Details
Restored, cheery room in authentic Monastic setting, with sink, mirror, dresser and desk. Includes a shared bathroom (1 bathroom between 5 rooms) and either a single bed or two single beds.
Modern Room
Details
Accommodation Details
Renovated, modern room in authentic Monastic setting, with sink, mirror, dresser and integrated storage space. Includes a private full bathroom and either a king bed, a queen bed or two single beds.
Jun 8 - Jun 12, 2021
SOLD OUT
Authentic Room 1,049
Modern Room 1,379
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms in select categories!

Jul 27 - Jul 31, 2021
Authentic Room 1,079
Modern Room 1,479
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms in select categories!

Aug 23 - Aug 27, 2021
Authentic Room 1,079
Modern Room 1,479
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms in select categories!

Sep 13 - Sep 17, 2021
SOLD OUT
Authentic Room 1,079
Modern Room 1,479
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms in select categories!

Oct 12 - Oct 16, 2021
Authentic Room 1,079
Modern Room 1,479
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms in select categories!

At a Glance

From the stunning architecture of the Old Town to the historical countryside of the “Nouvelle France” Orléans Island—explore some of the most beautiful and fascinating neighborhoods of Québec City and the surrounding parks and islands. You’ll have lots of time to continue exploring Québec on your own, sampling its world-renowned cuisine, language, architecture and culture.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Walking five to eight miles daily on varied terrain that includes steep hills, stairs, cobblestones, river banks and forest trails with loose dirt and rocks.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Walk through Plaines Abraham, a historic urban park in the heart of the city, and learn about the battle that took place there in 1759.
  • Hike to Chutes Montmorency to learn about the geological history of this 272-foot waterfall that descends into the Saint Lawrence River.
  • Explore Jacques-Cartier National Park with its beautiful glacial valley in the Laurentian Mountains.

General Notes

You might also be interested in the Winter version of this program, "The Wonders of Winter: Seasonal Adventures in Quebec City" (#24039). Program includes independent time to explore the city and several meals on your own. Group Leaders will provide directions for self-directed excursions. Suggestions for free-time activities provided in preparatory materials.
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Judith Lavoie
In tune with her ancestors of the XVII century, Judith has explored every corner of the province, learning about the challenges of the first settlers and the role of nature in people’s traditions and culture. A professional outdoors instructor for many years, she is inspired by nature and her curiosity about history and culture. Blending physical activity and cultural experiences, Judith combines her passions to bring visitors in touch with the complex and diverse heritage of the region across the landscape and trails of Quebec.

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

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In tune with her ancestors of the XVII century, Judith has explored every corner of the province, learning about the challenges of the first settlers and the role of nature in people’s traditions and culture. A professional outdoors instructor for many years, she is inspired by nature and her curiosity about history and culture. Blending physical activity and cultural experiences, Judith combines her passions to bring visitors in touch with the complex and diverse heritage of the region across the landscape and trails of Quebec.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Shadows on the Rock
by Willa Cather
Set in seventeenth-century Canada, an evocation of North American origins highlights the men and women who struggled to adapt to the new world even as they clung to the one they left behind. The novel covers one year of the lives of Cecile Auclair and her father Euclide, French colonists in Quebec.
A Short History of Quebec
by John Alexander Dickinson and Brian J Young
A Canadian classic, A Short History of Quebec offers a concise yet comprehensive overview of the province from the pre-contact native period to present-day constitutional struggles. The authors bring a refreshing perspective to the history of Quebec, focusing on the social and economic development of the region and its diverse peoples.
Where the River Narrows
by Aimee Laberge
This novel sweeps across the centuries, from the French royal court to the founding of Québec City in 1608, from the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 to the FLQ Crisis. Against this rich panorama, the daily lives of the Tremblay family unfolds over generations.
Montreal & Quebec City Guide – Lonely Planet
by Montréal-based authors
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 Montréal-based authors, gets you straight to the action. The Lonely Planet website has options to buy and download individual digital chapters from this book in addition to the full guide.
The Two Solitudes
by Hugh MacLennan
First published in 1945, and set mostly in the time of the First World War, this story revolves around the life and times of the fictional character Paul Tallard and his struggles in reconciling the differences between his English and French Canadian identities.
Bury Your Dead
by Louise Penny
BURY YOUR DEAD has come out to some spectacular results - hitting the extended New York Times bestseller list, as well as the USA Today and bestseller lists in Canada! It has been named one of the Top Ten Mysteries/Thrillers of 2010 by Amazon! This sixth Gamache mystery is set partly in the tiny fictional (and oddly murderous) village of Three Pines, in Québec’s Eastern Townships. However, most of the action takes place in Quebec City, a vibrant and sophisticated fortress city that lives in the present while guarding its past. It’s February and bitterly cold in Quebec City, but Chief Inspector Gamache barely notices. He's consumed with grief and guilt over his past mistakes. He spends his time with his now-retired mentor in the peaceful library of the Literary and Historical Society, a bastion of the dwindling English population. If Gamache thought death was finished with him, he was wrong. The body of a celebrated eccentric is found in the Lit and His, and Gamache is drawn again into hunting a murderer. The victim was an amateur archeologist with a monomaniacal pursuit to find the body of Samuel de Champlain. This is the great mystery that has haunted Quebec for centuries - Where is Champlain? The founder of Quebec died 400 years ago, and while the burial places of nuns, farmers and minor functionaries of the time are known, no one knows what became of the Father of Quebec. How could this be? As Chief Inspector Gamache digs through the crime and the venerable old city, it becomes clear the murder is rooted in this 400 year old mystery, and in people long dead but perhaps not buried. It also becomes clear to the Chief Inspector that to find the truth he needs to confront his own ghosts, and bury his own dead.
A People’s History of Quebec
by Jacques Lacoursière and Robin Philpot
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, as well as the Montreal and Quebec-based explorers and traders who travelled, mapped, and inhabited most of North America.
The Tin Flute
by Gabrielle Roy
The Tin Flute is a classic of Canadian fiction. This moving story focuses on a family in the Saint-Henri slums of Montreal, its struggles to overcome poverty and ignorance, and its search for love.
Champlain's Dream
by David Hackett Fischer
In this enthralling biography, acclaimed historian David Hackett Fischer brings to life the remarkable Samuel de Champlain—soldier, spy, master mariner, explorer, cartographer, artist, and Father of New France.
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5 days
4 nights
8 meals
4 B 2 L 2 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Quebec City, QC
D
Le Monastère des Augustines

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 4:00 p.m. Walking up to a mile in the heart of the Old City

Afternoon: Program Orientation. At 5:00 PM meet in the hotel conference room for an orientation to the program and introduction to your fellow participants. Your Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date Daily Schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have.This program is staffed with an expert Study Leader who will also serve as our Groups Leader. We will set out with our Study Leader who will provide expert commentary as we stroll through the streets of the Old City to the famous Château Frontenac and form our first impressions of Québec as we begin to explore the city. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.

Dinner: At the Monastery restaurant, we’ll have a 3-course plated meal with appetizer (soup or salad), dessert of the day, and beverage choices including coffee (regular/decaf), hot tea, water; other beverages are available for purchase from the bar.

Evening: Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Old Québec City, Architecture & History
Quebec City, QC
B,L
Le Monastère des Augustines

Activity note: The historical district of Quebec City is built on the hight of Cape Diamond, a 300 feet elevation above the river. Be prepared for dirt trail in the morning, steep hills (ascent and descent) challenging staircases, cobble stones and narrow streets in the afternoon. We walk for about 5 hours.

Breakfast: At the monastery, we will have a buffet featuring fresh fruits, bread and jams, yogurt, cereals, granola, applesauce, hardboiled egg, veggie pâté, chia pudding, cashew yogurt, fritata, waffle or beans in vegan sauce, tea, herbal tea and filtre coffee.

Morning: We will regroup in the Monastery lobby and set out on our first walking field trip through the Plains of Abraham. Walking from West to East, we will follow the nature path that runs along the cliff. Long before the historical battle of 1759, the area situated just outside the city wall was famous for the diversity of its natural resources. Heading towards the East, we will climb on the fortifications for an overview of military and civil architecture. In the wall city, we will learn about the various districts marked by the presence of French, English, Scottish, and Irish who left a significant legacy of architecture, economic, and political heritage. As we reach Cap Diamond, we will have an amazing view of Québec’s natural harbour made of three very ancient geological formations.

Lunch: At the famous Château Frontenac, we’ll have a 2-course plated meal with choice of entrée (prepared specially for us as hikers), dessert of the day, and beverage choices including coffee (regular/decaf), hot tea, water; other beverages are available for purchase from the bar. The Frontenac — one of the landmarks of Québec City and the most photographed hotel in the world — boasts a fascinating history. It was named in honor of Louis de Buade, Comte de Frontenac, who served as the governor of France’s colony in Canada during the late 17th century. Bon appétit!

Afternoon: With our Study Leader, we will explore the lower part of Old Québec near the river — including Quartier Petit-Champlain — that represents centuries of compromises and struggle between people and geography, to facilitate defense and economic development while protecting the natural bounty of the St. Lawrence. The Quartier Petit-Champlain is the site of Québec’s first port. As one of the city’s original neighborhoods, it has gone through various periods of development, decline, and revitalization. Today, after an extensive restoration project, the district exudes an Old World atmosphere with historical architecture and buildings dating back to the 1600s, narrow streets, artisans and craftsmen, charming boutiques, and much more. Before dinner, we will gather in a local bistro for camaraderie and drinks (on your own).

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like. Our Study Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy an opportunity for the excitement of more independent discovery. Our Study Leader will have plenty of suggestions for where you can go and what you can do.

DAY
3
Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier
Quebec City, QC
B,L
Le Monastère des Augustines

Activity note: Getting on/off a bus. The drive to Vallée de la Jacques-Cartier is about 30 miles, less than 1 hour. The beginning of the trail is uphill and downhill on a former forest road. There will be option for an extension (1mile) through a narrow trail with stone steps, roots, dirt and rocks. The main trail is mostly shady and follows the Jacques Cartier river. We walk for about 4h30 over approximately 5 miles.

Breakfast: Monastery Buffet.

Morning: We will venture out to the Laurentian massif for a hike in one of the most ancient mountain ranges in the world, home of the Parc National de la Jacques Cartier. The main feature of the park is the famous Rivière Jacques Cartier (Jacques Cartier River) put under the protection of the Park Act in 1981. The river has carved its passage down to more than 1,800 feet (550 meters) below the top of the plateau in a valley that existed even before the glacial period. During the hike with our Study Leader, we will learn about the ancient trail connecting Quebec to the Saguenay through the floating timbers period that ended in 1978. The Jacques Cartier national Park is an environmental testament to the role of nature and geography in the development of Canada. Focusing on area history before the European arrival up to modern time, the hike will provide insights into local conservation efforts of this historical salmon river and protected glacial valley.

Lunch: In the National Park, we’ll have box lunches.

Afternoon: We’ll return to the hotel mid-afternoon. The remainder of the afternoon is free.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: At leisure. You might like to stroll through the Old Town or enjoy coffee and a digestif in a café or bar.

DAY
4
Île d'Orléans, Montmorency Falls
Quebec City, QC
B,D
Le Monastère des Augustines

Activity note: Getting on/off a school bus. The drive to Île d'Orléans is about 30 miles, approximately 1/2 hour. The trail begins and finish in a woody area: expect dirt and mud. On the river bank, mostly small rock, overstepping some stones and walking on unstable sand. We walk for about 3 hours covering about 3 miles.

Breakfast: Monastery Buffet.

Morning: Our next field trip is to the Île d'Orléans (Orleans Island) that has been called “a shining jewel in Quebec's crown.” It is the largest district under the protection of Cultural Property Act and first agricultural settlement of Nouvelle France. After crossing the bridge, we will drive to the eastern tip of the island and immerse ourselves in a wide open view over the estuary where fresh and salt water mix. A leisurely walk along the riverside will bring us to the intertidal area for a closer connection with the mighty Fleuve St-Laurent (Saint Lawrence River). As we explore, we will learn about its wildlife and navigation. We will then ride to St-Jean, considered the most beautiful village of the Island, renowned for its typical neoclassic architecture.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like in St-Jean. There are boutique restaurants, a bakery, and snack bar.

Afternoon: After lunch on the island, we stroll along Montmorency falls Park for a visit to the 272' Montmorency Fall, a spectacular force of nature rich with military, economic and cultural history.

Dinner: At a renowned restaurant in Old Québec, we’ll have a 3-course plated meal with appetizer (soup or salad), choice of entrée, dessert of the day, and 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 at this restaurant noted for its local “farm to table” gastronomy.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy a last evening together with new friends, step out to see another spot in the city, sip an after dinner drink at a favorite café, or just relax. Prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

DAY
5
Program Concludes
Quebec City, QC
B

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

Breakfast: Monastery buffet. This concludes our program.

Morning: We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding pro-grams in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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